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The most inclusive guide to what’s on in Cambridge

AUGUST 2013 | ÂŁ2.00

written by homeless people not just sold by them

www.flack About the front cover... Simon Frampton is a FLACK Peer and Vendor. He is also a talented and dedicated visual artist who takes especial care of our art studio. Dali is one of his heroes!

Inside this issue...

photo: Toby Peters

About FLACK...

FLACK is a new kind of what’s on magazine for Cambridge. We’re different in two important ways. Firstly, we cover the kind of events that can be hard to find out about in the city, from free films and exhibitions to live music, stand-up comedy and even bike maintenance workshops. Secondly, homeless people are core members of our production team. FLACK - which is also a registered charity – offers them training, support and a sense of vocation; helping them to get back on their feet. All of which gives our readers a new way to explore Cambridge, beyond old divisions like town / gown or homeless / housed.

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Why FLACK? Well ... homeless people get a lot of flack! (aka random criticism) ... and ‘to flack’ means to publicise and promote and that’s what FLACK is all about... providing a positive insight into who homeless people are, what they have to say and offer.

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Down And Out In the South CamCon 2013 DIY Hairdressing FLACK Poetry Spot The Difference Blooms Day FLACK Attack Centrefold Poster Remembered Friends Cambridge Listings

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FLACK is written for your information and entertainment. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the publication, FLACK cannot be held responsible for the use of information that it publishes. The contents should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical, legal or professional advice. FLACK is a forum for discussion, and opinions expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of FLACK. AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 3


Down and Out in the South A FLACK interview with Jan Banning


couple of weeks ago, FLACK got wind of an intriguing project conducted by Netherland photographer Jan Banning. Born of Dutch East Indies parents, Jan’s work is reflective of and upon the world around him, and he uses his profile and education to tackle uncomfortable subjects that deserve to be brought to light. As reviewer Merel Bem wrote: ‘Each subject that Banning approaches… the photographer dives right into with the passion of a scientist’. Commissioned to photograph members of the south US homeless community, Jan decided the best way to tackle this often abused subject would be to photograph the people he met and interviewed the same way he would any member of society – no tear-jerking black and white shots, no shopping carts, no beat poet romanticism. The results are a collection of stunning, dignified portraits that are sure to endure; both as works of art, and as a valuable social document in the mission to end misconceptions about homelessness. The FLACK editorial team collected our most probing thoughts, and elected some representatives to Skype the gentleman. The result was the following conversation…


Which picture was the most important in the series? If you formulate it like that, which one is the most important I couldn’t tell you… almost like I’d take one person in the series more seriously than the rest. There was a reason why I picked a specific one for the cover of the book – his way of looking with those piercing blue eyes, and the quality of the image were both factors (pictured right). I’d also say he was representative of the biggest single group in the homeless population as I saw them in the south, which is typically middle-aged white men. I didn’t do any statistical investigation, so this is just my own impression. The smallest number was probably African American women I would say, and not that many families – at least where I was. I could well be mistaken – there could well be a large number of homeless families. But my impression is, certainly in the south of the US, a lot of the activities directed towards helping homeless people are pity driven. Pity first of all goes to families and children; I think the public react much more strongly and sympathetically to those groups than to single men. Is there anything you learnt during the interviews that really shocked or surprised you? This was not the first time I’d been to the US, but the jungle character of society still surprised me. There is so little protection. Of course we have homeless people in the Netherlands too, but my impression is there are far more safety nets and systems in place to help people. If you listen to the interviews on my website, you hear several stories of people who’ve just had bad luck. Many I met were so unaware of their rights... In that sense, it was each man for himself. When they were talking about the causes of their homelessness, I was expecting a lot of people to involve society in that; to mention injustice – the ridiculously low minimal wages that are set for people. What struck me is that so few people interpreted their own fate in that context. They try to solve it individually, and they also look at it in a completely individualistic way – in a social vacuum, as if there were no society around them, no politics, no economy. Has there been any resistance or reaction to your work that’s surprised you? When I started this whole series, one of the things I kept on hearing was nobody was paying

www.flack attention – or, they were paying attention, in that they consciously avoided homeless people! My biggest fear was that once the book was out, people would simply ignore it. Some of the reactions were silly, or completely idiotic. People were coming up with things such as “All homeless people are mental patients who refuse to take their medicine!” – I mean, what is that?! (laughs) Yes, there are quite a lot of people with mental health difficulties on the streets, but is that something to blame them for? But I have to say, there were a lot of sympathetic comments and reactions. My idea was to bring the debate into the public domain from another angle, and I get the impression that it worked. What sort of equipment do you use? It was shot on film, a medium format camera, 6x8 cm, in a small mobile studio in any room or office that I could borrow from one of the organizations involved. What I was trying to do was create atmosphere as remote as possible from the norm of homeless photography. In fact I tend to compare this more to a sculpture piece – the message is: you and me, the photographer and subject together, are going to try to make something monumental. The whole atmosphere of having a big camera, the studio, an intimate setting, and asking people to be silent around it – I hope it contributed somehow to the feeling that ‘now, we are going to make a monument of you as a person’. What do you think your participants got out of the experience? My guess would be that they felt taken seriously as a human being; worth being listened to, that they had a voice. I did get the impression that they find very little opportunity in general to talk about their experiences. Before this, I did a project on Comfort Women; women who during the Second World War were forced to serve the Japanese army as prostitutes. They really had to overcome huge doubts and huge barriers before they could show themselves to a photographer. In the beginning, a lot of them said “We have no problem with you showing this in the Netherlands, but if you show it in Indonesia we don’t want to be a part of it.” When the exhibition went to where some of these women lived, they had completely changed their minds and they really wanted their photographs to be seen. Having your image shown and having your story heard by a general audience, even if just in short quotes, says something about acknowledging your existence; acknowledging yourself as a human being. That feels like a beautiful contribution to make.

Has the work changed your own perception of homeless people? I had never realized, certainly in the US, that stupid accidents can play such a role. For example, in the interviews, there’s a heart-breaking story of a woman whose fiancé dies in their house – he gets electrocuted in front of her eyes. From that moment on she cannot really be in that house because all she sees in the house is that image of him dying there. To become homeless because of that – that is barbarity in society. That is the kind of thing I’d never thought of. Finally, do you have any photographic heroes? Well actually, not necessarily photographic heroes, but it might be interesting to mention Percy Bysshe Shelley, or George Orwell for that matter. Both of them combine art and politics in an interesting way. They are not creating art as a decoration for bourgeois homes, or for a museum completely remote from everyday life. They use their work to question society in an artful way. Those people to me are absolutely a source of inspiration. Editor’s Note: For more images and recordings of Jan’s interviews do visit : AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 5

CamCon 2013

by Steph Clarke



amCon is Cambridge’s Official Anime, Sci-fi, Comics, Manga and Gaming Convention. The day everyone is looking forward to is 31st August. I’ve tried very hard to get the day off work but can’t – I’m so disappointed. It was at the first CamCon last year and I had a great time, watching the fashion show and cosplay competition. I also enjoyed the various presentations and if I had had more money on me I would (still) have spent it all and needed more. PAGE 6 | FLACK |AUGUST 2013

et me start at the beginning. When we (FLACKers) arrived we had our names checked and were given a press badge and a wrist band in a seemingly random colour – some attendees were already trying to collect them all. There was then time to wander around getting to know people and find out where the events that interested you were, everyone was armed with a programme. First up for me was a good explore, and meeting and chatting with all the wonderful cosplayers. After getting myself a drink I went upstairs to have my cosplay * (badly done, in a hurry) photo taken at the booth/room. Then I sat to watch the lovely Lolitas (a subset of cosplay) hard at work in their café. I certainly did not go to everything as that would be impossible – there was so much going on! I went to a very fascinating demonstration on how to put on and wear a sari (a garment worn by both men and women). While we were told it was simple it didn’t look it to me, but it looked totally worth it as the model looked amazing when it was done. I really enjoyed wandering around the stalls in the vendors’ room and seeing the wide variety of things for sale like saris, t-shirts, toys, comics, and Japanese food and drink. I still have my lemonade

www.flack bottle with the marble in it. On some of the stalls there were comic book artists and if you wanted they would draw an original picture for you to buy. These were my highlights of the day: Fashion Show Some of the most incredible cosplay and Japanese fashions. I will never forget the ‘floating stiletto’ shoes that clearly held the foot at stiletto angles, but just as clearly had no sole or heel beyond the ball of the foot. Gaming Competition A knockout competition of Mario kart, played on a big cinema-sized screen. Japanese Advertising Talk Very, very funny, a must see if it comes back – but otherwise no English words could do it justice. Cosplay Competition Fabulous and detailed cosplay costumes shown off with the right attitude, won by a lovely Canadian couple cosplaying Game of Thrones. & Nightclubbing Yay!

*Cosplay - is short for ‘costume play’; the ACTUALITY is an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. These are usually taken from Manga, Anime, video games, TV, films or comics

FLACK will be at CamCon 2013 . See you there! details on inside cover page.

Happy Birthday Crossword Answers Apologies we forgot to publish these last month. All these amazing people share a birthday in June – did you find them all? ACROSS 2. David Bache 1925, Designed Land Rover 4. Charles Fabry 1867, Discovered ozone layer 5. Les Paul 1915, Electric guitar 7. John Dykstra 1947, A pioneer of computer special effects 12. James Young Simpson 1811, Discovered anaesthetic properties of chloroform 15. Julian Shuxley 1887, Founding member of World Wildlife Fund 16. Helen Keller 1880, First deaf blind person to earn a BA 17. Lancelot Ware 1915, Founded MENSA 18. Konrad Zuse 1910, Invented the first freely programmable computer 19. John Robert Gregg 1867, Irish inventor of shorthand 20. Christopher Cockerell 1910, Invented the

Hovercraft 21. Wilbur Cohen 1913, First hired employee of Social Security System 22. George Stephenson 1781, First steam train DOWN 1.Tim Berners-Lee 1955, Led development of World Wide Web 3. Francis Crick 1916, Co-discovered DNA structure 6. Vinton Cerf 1902, Invented jets and eight-track tape 8. William Lear 1943, American inventor of internet protocol 9. Ernst Chain 1908, Invented a manufacturing process for penicillin making it available as a medicine 10. Susan Elizabeth Blow1843, Invented kindergarten 11. Jeff Hawkins1957, Invented Palm Pilot and Treo 13. Paul Lansky 1944, Pioneer in the development of computer music languages 14. Oliver Joseph Lodge 1851, Invented spark plugs AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 7



Hairdcuts are expensive - especially if you want something a little more ambitious than a quick trim round the edges or a brutal No 2 all over. So we were all well impressed when Steph recently demonstrated her quick and easy approach to achieving a stylish layered hair cut. All you need is a comb and a sharp pair of scissors.


1. Wash your hair and towel off excess water. 2. Hang your head down and comb hair together. 3. Gather hair into a ponytail and twist. 4. Be brave! Cut straight across the twisted pony tail. The closer to your head you cut, the shorter the cut. 5. De Dah! Go treat yourself with the money you’ve saved.



Latest Behaviour: Self Taught

Writhing whilst you’re writhing and Writhing whilst you’re writing I know, but do they?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy isn’t so hard. You keep taking care of yourself. Y’know, personal hygiene. Making food like you care. Tidying your space like you care.

Jade Rivers

There’s no bliss in this Except the knowledge that you really know you’re gonna win the ace And smash that demon one last time One last time smash it Smash that painstaking, brain aching, stained glass You will You know you really will Get it You will get the last laugh No one’s saying you can’t pick up a drink Just make sure that Make sure for you not for it Make sure that the drink you do pick up’s not that! (Water eh! Ha, ha, ha!) So please let’s just get back to the start… I wouldn’t be here today if If never came the day when pen and ink never parted The journey on the page is where it all happened Where it really all started Its only ‘cos the ink arrived on the page that breath what I breathe today And the rage what comes before me ‘Tis only cos of the pen and ink That I have been allowed to tell my story

Emma Cook

Upon reflection, I have discovered that: Facebook is too reflective upon me. Like a rabbit caught in the headlights of flashing mirrors, and backrooms of a kind. Facebook is too reflective upon me. In high, intense and frequent doses – like any addictive behaviour. Like any addiction. Moderation. Balance. And Everything is Everything. Facebook is too reflective upon me. It can make me, and it has made me, self-absorbed. Any addiction can make you withdraw from conscientiousness. From the cosmos. From us all. “You must accept yourself or you will deny us all”. I can and will accept myself for us all. Sometimes self-inflicted isolation, sometimes fragmented steps. I will not suffer, just one poison despite us all. Recovery Ongoing. Work In Progress. More Often Stabilised. NB: Must interrupt brain when en route to rumination. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy isn’t so hard.

illustration by Zak Craig AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 9


Owl And The Pussycat by Layla Jackson

Spot the Difference



Integral Lines by Robert Worship

There are nine differences between each of these images. Can you spot them all?


Blooms Day, or 24 Hours In My Day (Never Mind Joyce) by Bedford Bob with illustrations by Jo Cox and Toby Ilsley Blooms Day is a celebration where once a year, enthusiasts commemorate the life of Irish writer James Joyce by re-enacting events from his Modernist classic Ulysses. The name is derived from the novel’s protagonist Leopold Bloom, the main story following a day in Leopold’s life as he wanders around Dublin. It is generally considered one of the most brilliant, and near unfinishable works in literature, and works as a tribute to Homer’s epic Odyssey. This is Bedford Bob’s tribute to both.

2am I think I’m seeing Nuns, driving around in sports cars.They’re slowing down, stopping, getting out and walking around the other cars. Comparing Porsches with Ferraris, tech spec and the like, nought to sixties. Phew! Was a bit worried, then. I’m asleep… it’s a dream. A very strange one. Time for a change of scene… it all goes black. 4am I know I’m awake. I’m looking at my watch. I’ve never dreamed of looking at my watch. Why am I awake? Oh, it’s the curse. I have to get up and wee. ‘Tis the curse served upon middle aged men. Damn prostrate! Why am I peeing like a cart horse? This is daft. My bladder is only supposed to be the size of a small orange! Where is it all coming from? A little after 6am I’m awake! I have a collection of tablets to take. Never had this many before. Hey, that last one was soluble! I’ll take a big swig of water, then jump up and down for a bit, that should do it. Must remember to drop that one in water tomorrow. Tea, breakfast, then more tea. Then just for good measure, one for the road. Have to stock up on the old Rosie Lee. Lord only knows when or where the next one is coming from.


9am You know, being at the doctor’s isn’t so bad nowadays. The view has improved over the years. I blame the doctors getting younger, and fitter. The receptionists wear short skirts and plunging neck lines. You know, when I was a lot younger the receptionist was a terror. A suit made from either army surplus blankets or very coarse wool, specially picked by nuns. Worn in order to remind them of how they should suffer, so they could suffer as the patients did. A form of surplice! Their hair would be scraped back in a very, very tight bun; a pull achieved with the aid of blocks and pulleys. But on the plus side it saved the NHS a fortune in paying out for facelifts. However, it did give them a very tight lipped look. I am soon on my way. On my odyssey, my search for tea and comfort. I overhear a strange thing that went something like this, “It’s the 10th today, isn’t it?” Her friend twisted her face in rapt concentration. Finally she answers, “Yesssss, something like that”. With confirmation the first speaker continues, “Had my Bert’s Mum been alive today she’d have been 101.” This fact is followed with a collective “Oooh,” and congratulations are handed out on all sides. It made me stop and think for a few moments. When Elvis was my age, he’d been dead for ten years. I nod then move on.

11am Wintercomfort. A strange name for a place open in June. I suppose it was that, or it’d cop for some Councillor’s name. The Alderman Smith’s Tea Room. He wouldn’t have lent his name to a day centre. Tea, ah that blessed brew. Papers and company. Fags and chats. Some talk, some don’t. Some, so tired from a night on the streets, simply fall asleep from having a hot meal inside of them. There is a whiff of nobility

about the place. Some still have dignity, homeless they may be, but they try their best to keep body and soul together. They are chirpy and chipper. They have lived without Facebook and iPhones; they live in the here and now. What ever you talk about, you can be sure that they won’t be getting a stream of text messages, or having to hop on Google to find some fact that has, after all, no meaning. I had a look around for Charlie. He’s moved on I think. Never can tell. I can understand why he slipped the shackles of society, and in his case ran away screaming. It had rained for a week, his tent was soaked, his few treasured personal items were soaked. It was a fine day, at last, so he hung out his tent and his meagre keepsakes to dry. Then shot round to Winter Comfort for something to eat. He couldn’t have been gone for more than 30 minutes.

In that time there was an ‘overzealous’ application of local bylaws. His tent had been served with, of all things, a fixed penalty ticket. My, what will the imaginative minds of the honest Burghers of Cambridge think of next - a parking ticket for tents! It must have taken several fact-finding tours of the Seychelles to have come up with that one. They threatened to tow his tent away! And scrap it! I think that it was the straw that broke the camels back for Craig… Westward ho! At least that’s what he said, but he may of gone North. He always hankered for Yorkshire. Lunchtime. Lunch… Sandwich… 50p! Bargain! Most grumble about paying 50p for a sandwich, then storm of round to the shop and buy a £5 bottle of cider to sooth their righteous indignation. 3 pm Had a final cuppa, went for a walk. I was in luck! A bench that hadn’t been smashed up! You know, if

you sit in a small park for long enough, you start to notice things going on around you. People do the strangest things. Especially if they think nobody is watching them. I do. It’s better than the telly.

6pm Tonight is AA night. A time to cleanse my soul of what ails me. We drink tea; some opt for coffee. We talk about the problems that would in times past would have had us reaching for the bottle; others listen. Can’t tell you much more, yellow card! It sits on the table and reads, ‘who you see here, what you hear here, let it stay here!’ Not a bad thing, wouldn’t want to have anything from my last life repeated in a loud voice whilst standing in a bus queue.

Bedtime And so to rest my weary body in bed, I’ve done a lot of walking today, a lot of talking and had more than a few pints of tea. I hope I sleep well… I hope the nuns haven’t opted for motor bikes.



FLACK Attack!


ast month FLACK set a little competition to see if any of our readers could come up with inventive (and affordable) ways to spell out “FLACK”. Out of all the entries, we received the photo above by Lorna Gough was the most interesting; mostly because of the wonderfully insightful letter that came with it. So we’re printing both the letter and the photo; read on below ... “Looking at the picture afterwards made me think how much can be learned / assumed about someone from random objects. For instance, for the photo I just used objects found on my table. From this, you can tell or presume that: I am lucky enough to have a table, which means I have a home to put my table in. I have a bank account, as there is a pin code reader. I have access to a car, due to the car keys. The envelope was from a wedding invitation, which means I have friends / relations who contact me. I have a good mobile phone which means I can either afford it, or I have job which funds it for me. There is a used spoon which means I was able to eat, and a piece of leftover bread which means I had so much to eat that I didn’t need to finish my bread. A Euro coin means it’s likely I have been lucky enough to travel outside Britain.


There is a pen, which probably means I can write and am literate. All this really got me thinking about what different life profiles could be found out or assumed by others, simply by looking at the everyday random objects within their reach. Thinking about this has made me feel exceptionally lucky, as I’m sure the objects within reach of someone who has nowhere to call home would tell a completely different story.” Thank You, Lorna

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REST IN PEACE It was with great sadness that we heard of the untimely deaths of Jim Sinclair (Snowball) and Kim Reid, just as we were going to press with this issue of FLACK magazine. Jim and Kim (pictured here when they won a FLACK Top Vendors Award) were loyal supporters of our work. They recently thoroughly enjoyed our music gig at the Portland Arms and were looking forward to getting married in September. We will miss them terribly. Next month we will publish your tributes and memories of Jim and Kim - please contact: or call in at the FLACK Office. Everyone at FLACK is thinking of Jim and Kim’s friends and family at this very sad time.

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Dictionary def: flack (verb) ~ to publicise or promote

Recovery Paraphernalia 2013 by Jo Cox

FLACK LISTINGS are researched by our volunteers and homeless members. FLACK’s mission is to offer our readers a new way to explore Cambridge, beyond old divisions like town / gown or homeless / housed.

Ping! Cambridge


Various locations

Throughout August Free! Cambridge is set to go ping-pong crazy over August, with free tables dotted all over the city. Download a map from the website and get playing - lots of special events too.

Metaphysical Landscapes

sixonesix gallery 6 - 16 King Street, Cambridge 6 - 10 August 11am - 6pm FREE Group show organised by FLACK’s very own Toby Ilsley and including works by Christopher Joyner, Andy Rhodes, Austin Whiteside, Chris Loades, Joseph Bailey, Elizabeth Eade, Marc Daneshyar and Mathew Wilson.

Fri 1 August - Mill Rd Thursday 8 August - Various Sat 31 August - CanCon 2013 Look our for our Dali Parade on August 1st around Mill Rd. Thursday 8 August we’ll be joined by a group of ChYpPs youngsters and you might get to answer a tricky question or receive a free promo copy of FLACK. Finally look out for the FLACK Stall at CanCon at the Junction.



Romsey Art Festival

Various venues in the Romsey Town area Sat 3 to Saturday 17 August Free The first ever art festival for Romsey, organised by the Cambridge Art Salon to say “thank you” to the community. Workshops, talks, walks, music, art and performance at a range of the area’s venues, including Hope Street Yard, Black Cat Café, Hot Numbers, Romsey Labour Club and lots more.

Summer at the Museums Various venues

August Various times and charges, many free Nineteen museums in and around Cambridge are putting on events for families in the Summer at the Museums programme throughout August (and on into September). We’ve picked out some highlights in the individual listings below, but you can find out more about the whole set of activities (nearly 100 altogether!) on the website.


The Origins of the Afro Comb: Hair Braiding Demos Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ

Tues 6 August 2pm to 4pm Free To tie in with the museum’s current exhibition of afro combs, expert hairdresser, Lorraine Dublin, will be demonstrating some styling and braiding techniques. Might just inspire a ‘new look’? 01223 333516

Wrongdoing in Spain and England in the Long Nineteenth Century

my children being nice to each other

Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library, West Road, CB3 9DR August Mondays to Fridays 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4.30pm Free Find out about how acts of wrongdoing, crimes and criminals were written about and publicised in the nineteenth century, with this entertaining exhibition of broadsides and chapbooks: the tabloid press and gossip magazines of their day. 01223 333000

Sculpture in the Close

Jesus College, Cambridge CB58BL August 11am to 8pm Free An exhibition of contemporary sculptures in the outside spaces of the College, featuring works by Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates, Harland Miller, Damian Ortega and Doris Salcedo. Brochures area available to buy at the Porters Lodge. Wander in the lovely grounds and take in some impressive culture at the same time.

Tour of the Museum

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DA Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August 2.30 to 3.30pm Free Step into the past with the museum’s curator. This drop-in tour is for all ages. They advise prompt arrival! 01223 335153

Christopher Wood

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Museum Touch Tours

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Tuesdays to Sundays in August 11.30am to 5pm Free A new exhibition exploring the work of the charismatic English artist Christopher Wood (1901-1930).

Tues 6 August 2pm to 3pm Free Explore the museum’s antiquities through touch, and experience the wonders of Ancient Cyprus, Greece and Rome. Each tour is a partnership between the Fitzwilliam and Cambridgeshire-based charity Cam Sight. Booking is essential. 01223 332904

There will be a free introduction to the exhibition on Thursday 22 August at 1.10pm, by Kettle’s Yard’s Director, Andrew Nairne, and a lunchtime talk by Anne Goodchild about Wood’s correspondence with Winifred Nicholson on Thursday 8 August at 1.10pm. 01223 748100


This makes me happy ...

Medieval Life at Denny

The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ Sun 25 and Monday 26 August 12pm to 5pm £5/£4/£3 The knights return to Denny Abbey, to demonstrate their skills in the ring, and show what their life in camp would have been like, on this family event day at the museum. 01223 860988

Like a Monkey with a Miniature Cymbal

Aid & Abet, Station Road, CB1 2JW Thur 1 to Saturday 17 August 12pm to 7pm Free This large group exhibition of UKbased artists is curated by Mermaid & Monster. Its themes are obsessions, repetition, perseverance and the drive needed to carry on as an artist or in any way of life.

This makes me happy ... two dogs playing and running around

Mixed Summer Exhibition cambridge contemporary art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Thurs 1 August to Sunday 1 September 9am to 5.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm Sundays Free This is an annual exhibition, with the gallery showcasing their regular artists. This year it includes pieces from Max Angus, Emma Brown-John, Heather Power, Paul Edwards, Reg Cartwright and Paul Harvey. It will feature a wide range of mediums and subjects, and promises to bring colour, shape and life to the gallery space. 01223 324222


Glass Cube Project: Chloe Leaper The Drawing Cube, 9 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

August Free Artist Chloe Leaper will be working on a ‘Glass Cube’ project throughout August at The Drawing Cube. Exploring her interest in special perception, she will focus on the delineation of space using 2D and 3D linear elements. The installation will be developed at the gallery throughout August (and until 6 September), culminating in a weeklong exhibition of the final installation afterwards. Come and watch her workin-progress and discuss the ongoing work as she carries it out.


Fitzwilliam Museum Art Week Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Tues 6 to Friday 9 August 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 4pm Free Pop in to the Fitz and make your own works of art to take away with you, or contribute to a group installation. Each day a different art material will be used, taking creative inspiration from the museum itself. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 01223 332900

This makes me happy ... Free stuff

Studio Sunday Sessions

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, CB3 0AQ Sun 4 August 1pm to 4pm Free A practical art workshop for all ages. Create some artwork inspired by Kettle’s Yard’s exhibitions. Suitable for any age, just drop in. 01223 748100

Ely Horticultural Society Show

Paradise Sports Centre, Newnham Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4PQ Sat 24 and Sunday 25 August Free A traditional arts and produce show, with lots on display, as well as entertainment and demonstrations. 01353 663250

Get Crafty in 2013

Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, The Wharf, Hooper Street, CB1 2NZ Wed 21 August (3rd Wednesday of each month) 7pm to 9pm £10 A friendly, women-only craft making session. You need to book, but you can check on the day to see if there are places still available). 01223 321148

Big Draw on Tour

Arbury Court Library, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JQ Mon 5 August 10.30am to 1pm Free Join the Museums’ tour for a drawing workshop, inspired by the Library Reading Challenge “The Creepy House”. This drop in session is also suitable for all ages. The tour also visits Barnwell Road Library on Fri 9 August, Cambridge Central Library on Sat 10 August and Ely Library on Sat 17 August. 0345 045 5225

This makes me happy ... Creativity

Hope Street Yard Arts and Crafts Market

Hope Street Yard, Cambridge CB1 3NA Sat 3 August 10am to 3pm Free A beautifully-presented little market, tucked away in Romsey Town’s Hope Street Yard (just off Mill Road) featuring some of the finest arts and crafts in Cambridge, including recycled bags, gift cards and gifts, paintings and drawings, pottery, jewellery, upcycled vintage items, textiles, toys, illustrated books and lots more. There will also be live mural painting and a troupe of portrait artists (and delicious ice creams for sale too!)

Unshaken: Photography Courses Short photography courses for both beginners and professionals. Small classes and a fun environment to learn in and improve your snapping skills. Courses include Beginners, Portrait, Wedding, Landscapes and Sports photography. 0800 819 9379

CamLakes Art Competition

Limoncello, 212 Mill Road, CB1 3NF A competition running as part of the Romsey Art Festival inspired by the CamLakes campaign. What do you imagine a Romsey Beach, or a Cambridge Urban Park, might look like? Submit an entry on any 2D media (illustration, drawings, doodles, paintings, inks etc) and it will be displayed in Limoncello for the duration of the festival in August.

This makes me happy ... FLACK magazine

Romsey Women Photoshoot

Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road, Cambridge CB1 3EB Sat 3 August 10am Fancy being immortalised as a “Romsey Woman”? Ruthie Collins is gathering 30 to 40 women from the area for a photoshoot as part of a year-long Inspirational Women project with Romsey Mill. They’re looking to promote positive female role models in the community for a text and art show next year. If that sounds like you, why not head on over? www.inspirationalwomenconnecting. com

Junction University: Bento Workshop Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Sat 3 August 12pm to 3pm A chance to get creative, but using food rather than pen or paints and paper! Learn the basics of making a Japanesestyle bento lunch and the products that go into it. Apples made into rabbits, an octopus cut out of sausage or a rice ball made into a cute cartoon character: make cooking (and eating) fun. The session is led by Cambridge-based manga artist Laura Watton-Davies. Suitable for 16+ and no previous cooking experience is needed. www.romseyartfestival2013.

This makes me happy ... a really windy day



Vivaldi Chamber Concertos: The Parley of Instruments

Little St Mary’s Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QG Sun 4 August 4pm £20/£15 Oboe, violin, bassoon and continuo Vivaldi concertos, including La Pastorella and Il Gardellino. 01223 847330

Masters of Europe: Music for the Hapsburg Monarchs

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR Sat 10 August 7.30pm £12/£10 Students of the Baroque Music Summer School perform music that they studied, including works for baroque orchestra and choir. 01223 847330

Lute Music by John Johnson

Sidney Sussex College Chapel, Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HU Sun 11 August 2pm £15/£12 Stewart McCoy performs work by Elizabethan composer from the golden age of English lute music. 01223 847330

Speaking in Tongues: The Music of Lassus

All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BP Wed 14 August 8pm £25/£20 Works from Lassus and the composers that he championed, from the anarchic comedy of the ‘commedia dell’arte’ to examples of his ‘Musica Reservata’, performed by The Intrepid Academy, directed by Philip Thorby. There’s more music from Lassus at Sidney Sussex College Chapel on Fri 16 August too, for just £12/10. Contact Cambridge Early Music for details. 01223 847330

This makes me happy ... My goldfish pond


Birds in my garden

Trinity College Chapel, Trinity Street, Cambridge CBC2 1TQ Mon 19 August 7.30pm £25/£20 Stile Antico performs ‘music for coronations, celebrations and funerals’. 01223 847330

Savoy Jazz

Jesus Green, Cambridge

From Monteverdi to Vivaldi

This makes me happy ...

Sun 11 August Free As part of the City Council’s Summer in the City, you can enjoy jazz in the park most Sundays. This week it’s on Jesus Green so go along and chill out in the sun.

Royston Town Band

Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge Sun 25 August Free More daytime park musical fun courtesy of the City Council, with brass from the Royston Town Band. Bring along a picnic! www.cambridge/

Cambridge Summer Music Festival Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR

Thur 1 August 8pm £18/£16 An engaging and exciting programme of classical meets jazz, with piano (Gwilym Simcock), violin (Thomas Gould), cello (Gabriella Swallow), double bass (Yuri Goloubev) and drums (Martin France). 01223 357851

Cambridge Summer Music Festival Fitz Prom Main Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB

Sat 3 August 1.15pm Free (donations welcomed) The Fitz Prom this year, with Kausikan Rajeshkumar on piano, performs Scarlatti’s Sonata in D Minor K213 and K141, Chopin’s Sonata in B Minor No 3 and Vila-Lobos’ Impressoes Seresteiras.

William Byrd, Recusant and Rebel: The Mercian Consort

Queens’ College Chapel, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET Sat 17 August 12pm £15/£12 A concert focusing on Byrd’s works of particular important to his recusant Roman Catholic beliefs, including some familiar works like the five-part Mass, ‘Vigilante’ and ‘Ne Irascaris, Domine’. 01223 847330

Belarus and Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR Fri 9 August 7.30pm £10/£8 Cambridge Summer Recitals present the orchestra playing pieces by Mendelssohn, Schnittke and Tchaikovsky, with Eugenija Lubyantseva on violin. 01223 357851

Cambridge Modern Jazz Club

Hidden Rooms, The Basement, 7A Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA If jazz is your bag you can become a member of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club. The club is run by a committee devoted to promoting the highest quality in creative music in Cambridge. You get a loyalty card when you join (at no charge), which entitles you to free entry to one gig of your choice. Loyalty card are valid for a year: all you need to do to get one is collect the stamps from attending six qualifying Hidden Room gigs.


The Lion of St Mark’s: The Parley of Instruments Queen’s College Chapel, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET

Wed 7 August 8pm £25/£20 A programme with Philippa Hyde, showcasing the new type of church music for solo voices and violins that was created by Montiverdi and his contemporaries at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, as well as later music in the same style from St Mark’s. 01223 847330


Lonely The Brave

The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Sat 10 August 7.30pm £6 This Cambridge band are currently making big waves and picking up plaudits from the likes of Kerrang! and Classic Rock magazine, as well as having been recently picked to support none other than The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, himself! See what everyone is getting so excited about for this album launch night at The Portland.

Space Time: Convention T Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TX

Sat 31 August 12pm to 12am £20/£30 with camping Wysing Arts Centre’s annual music festival is a mix of live music, sound, spoken word performance, film screenings and more. There is a loose theme of “hidden systems and structures”. The day-long event takes place on three stages at Wysing’s rural site, and it promises to be a unique and fascinating occasion. 01954 718 881

Acoustic Night at La Raza

Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight

with support from Wight, Bright Curse and Buzzard King The Man On The Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LF Friday 30 August Doors 19:30 £5.00 A night full of bluesy doom rock/ metal, Sabbath-esque riffage and a fist full of Jack Daniels soaked grit. Trippy wicked will be making there first Trip to Cambridge after playing London’s Desertfest back in April! A must see for all Metal heads and rockers!

Cambridge Rock Festival Haggis Farm Polo Club, Cambridge Road, Barton, Cambridge CB22 7PZ

Thur 1 to Sun 4 August £99 (full festival), £20/24 (day tickets) With headliners including Cregan & Co, Pure Floyd, Quireboys, Bonafide, Hazel O’Connor, The Animals and more, if rock is your bag then this might be the festival for you. With over 80 real ales and ciders, several other stages (including three indoors, in case the weather is less than kind!), great food and a friendly crew, it’s been called Britain’s best value music festival. 01252 749749

SHINDIG: Romsey Arts Festival Official Closing Party

St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN Sat 17 August 8pm £6 A concert in two halves, realising the collaborative, community and multidisciplinary aspects of SHINDIG as never before. Music, film, spoken word and art all happening in the beautiful, open-doored community space of Mill Road’s St Philip’s Church. Come and celebrate your community.

4-6 Rose Crescent, Cambridge CB2 3LL Wednesdays 8pm to 10pm Free Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and some acoustic music every Wednesday evening at La Raza from 8pm. Buy a nice dinner or just some tapas while you soak up the sounds. 01223 464550

The Wednesday Session

The Boathouse, 14 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AX Wednesdays 8pm Free Free acoustic folk and blues nights, every Wednesday in the pub. 01223 460905

I Am I, Unit 9, The Simpletone, We Are Godzilla

The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Thur 8 Aug 7.30pm £7.50 I Am I is the new band from the former vocalist with Dragonforce, ZP Theart, promising a less frenetic sound but one that fans of his former band are sure to be able to still embrace.

When We Were Wolves, Distance To Fall, Wolff Parkinson White, Turn And Run The Man On The Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LF

Tues 13 August 7.30pm £3 The headliners are a five piece posthardcore band from Bridgend and Newport in South Wales who have built up a strong following since they formed in July 2011, known for their fierce, dynamic live performance.

This makes me happy ... Having a new life as a non smoker

Music Box

Box Café, Squeakygate, 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD Thur 8 August 7pm New music venue at the Box Café on Norfolk Street. Musical evenings taking place on the second Thursday of every month. 01223 576110

The Portland Arms

129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA This pub and live music venue has recently opened a completely new gig room with an increased capacity. They’ve already got a reputation for bringing some great live music to Cambridge: you can see a band in the Portland and then six months later see them all over your TV and radio. They also put on live comedy, let rooms and do food. Check their website to get an idea of the range of events that they run. 01223 357268 AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 23


The Magic Brick Tree

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Sat 3 August 11am to 3pm £3 per child plus adult admission charge Discover the story of the Magic Brick Tree and join the modelling workshops. Ages 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a drop in session: no need to book in advance. 01223 336265

Flower Fairies at Wandlebury Country Park

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Tues 6 August 10am to 12.30pm £6.50 per child, adults free, parking £2.50 Introduce your children (ages 5+) to some of Wandlebury’s common flowers and the fairies and rhymes that go along with them. Make your own fairy wand and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult for this event, which is led by one of Cambridge PPF’s experienced field teachers. 01223 243830

Night Walk at Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE

Wed 12 August 11pm to 12am Free, parking £2.50 See Wandlebury under the auspicious magic of a full moon and in a completely new light. Booking for this event is essential and the walk will leave promptly from Wandlebury’s car park at 11pm, so don’t miss out! 01223 243840, ext 201

The Perseids Meteor Showers The night sky!

Sun 11 and Monday 12 August After midnight To best enjoy a meteor shower, escape the glow of city lights and find a dark secluded spot where oncoming car headlights won’t ruin your view. Lie back, gaze at the night sky and watch out for the meteors streaking by. Find out more from the Stardate website. PAGE 24 | FLACK | AUGUST 2013

Plum and Harvest Festival

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Sat 31 August 11am to 4.30pm Free (donations welcome) Come and sample some delicious countryside delights with the Cambridge PPF team at their harvest festival. There will be loads of local produce available to buy, and you can also find out more about soft fruit, orchard conservation and beekeeping. Bring along fruit and nuts for their expert to identify, have a go at archery, some craft activities, guided walks, or just relax with some tea and ice cream. 01223 243830, ext 201

This makes me happy ... Life

Cambridge’s Parks and Playgrounds

Richard III

St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP Thur 1 to Sat 17 August 7.30pm £15/£11 500 years after his death, Richard III’s actual remains were discovered earlier this year. The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival marks this exciting event by putting on this production of the play about the malicious, power-hungry and bitter king. Special 2.30pm charity performance on Sat 17 August. Box Office: 01223 357851


Trinity College Gardens, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ Thur 1 to Sat 17 August 7.30pm £15/£11 A dynamic, energetic, must-see production, as part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, of what is perhaps the playwright’s finest work. Special 2.30pm charity performance on Sat 3 August. Box Office: 01223 357851

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Robinson College Gardens, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN

Cambridge has a wealth of open green spaces. Parks, playgrounds and nature reserves are free and available for everyone to use and enjoy in the summer months, so why not explore a new part of town this August? This page on the City Council’s website (see below) will help you find the nearest park, playground, recreation ground, common or nature reserve to you.

Thur 1 to Sat 24 Aug 7.30pm £15/£11 A gentle romantic comedy to round off the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in the perfect setting of Robinson’s amphitheatre. Special 2.30pm charity performance on Sat 24 August. Box Office: 01223 357851

FILM, DANCE & THEATRE A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL

Homerton College Gardens, Homerton College, Hills Road, CB2 8PH

Thur 1 to Sat 17 August 7.30pm £15/£11 Part of the annual Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Homerton’s lovely gardens form an ideal setting for Shakespeare’s fairy tale of love, jealously and youthful exuberance. Bring your kids along dressed as fairies! Special 2.30pm charity performance on Sat 10 August. Box Office: 01223 357851

The General

Thur 29 August 8pm £10 Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film masterpiece will be shown on a big screen in the cathedral, with live organ accompaniment from organist Jonathan Lilley. Part of the money raised by this event will go to the cathedral’s Chorister Fund charity. 01353 660349

This makes me happy ... A day without pain and knowing I am not going to have pain anymore


The Moo Man

Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR Sun 4 August time and cost to be confirmed A film telling the remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed on the marshes of Pevensey Levels. A “heart-warming, tear-jerker of a movie about the incredible bond between man, animal and countryside”. There will be a question and answer session after the film’s screening.

Cambridge Cinema Shorts Romsey Labour Club, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3NL

Sat 3 August 11am to 12pm, 2pm to 3pm Films made by a Cambridge-based group “with a passion for short films”, hosts of the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival. Come and see some of these bite-sized chunks of film and get a taste of what short film making is all about. Morning programme is suitable for children of 6 and above, while the afternoon films are appropriate for 15 and over.

It’s Not A Cardie

Six Bells, 11 Covent Garden, CB1 2HS Sat 3 August 8.30pm to 10.30pm Free This fun short film shows the Six Bells’ knitting group and will be projected onto the outside of the pub on a loop for two hours over the course of the evening. www.romseyartfestival2013.


Paper-Cut Animation Workshop

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB Sat 17 August 10.30am to 4.30pm Free Explore the museum’s collection, make some drawings and then create and animate your own paper-cut puppets. Full day workshop (so bring a packed lunch). Booking is essential, places confirmed once payment has been received. 01223 332904

Italian for Teenagers and Children

Italian Cultural Centre, La Dante in Cambridge, The Lodge, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge CB4 1BT Fun lessons for children, or GCSE and A Level preparation for older kids. 01223 315191

Tennis Camps

Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0EQ Mon 29 July to Friday 30 August 9.30am to 11am (Mini), 9.30am to 12.30pm (Junior) £10.50 per half day (Mini), £19.50 per half day (Junior) Inspired by Murray and Robson at Wimbledon? These kids’ camps provide coaching, fun drills and activities with qualified trainers. Equipment is supplied. Discounts are available if you are already a club member or if you book in advance for 5 days. Mini sessions are for 4 to 7 year olds, and Junior sessions for 8 to 16 year olds. 01223 312550

Life on the High Seas

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA Tues 6 August 2pm to 3pm Free Learn about life on the high seas in ancient Greece and you can even design your own Greek vase! Suitable for ages 7 to 100. Free, but you should pre-book to be sure of your child’s place. 01223 330402

Sedgwick Storytelling

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, CB2 3EQ Wednesdays 7 and 28 August 2pm to 3pm Free The Fen Tiger Tells Tall Tales. Look at his fossilised remains and hear the stories that he has to tell about them. Suitable for children aged 3 to 7. Prebooking advised. 01223 333456

This makes me happy ... Peace of mind

Digging for Buried Treasure

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA Mon 12 August 2pm to 4pm Free Kids from 7 to 11 can become an archaeologist for the day. Find out more about life in ancient Greece and Rome while digging for that exciting treasure. Just drop in (but not to the hole you’ve dug!) 01223 335153

Creative Movements Summer Workshops

Milton Community Centre, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL / Colours of Dance, 182 Histon Road, CB4 3JP Various dates in August These classes for children from 2 to 8 use dance, movement and storytelling and include artwork that the children can create and bring home. Kids can get creative by exploring characters in stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (5 to 7 August), Beauty and the Beast (26 to 28 August), Jack and Flum Flum Tree, or Sleeping Beauty (29 August), and then develop the tales in their own direction. Contact Michelle for dates and prices. Michelle: 07837 844759

Treasure Trails

From £6.99 A fun and inspired new way to explore Cambridgeshire. Download or purchase a “treasure trail” mission from the website, and set off around Cambridgeshire to follow the clues and solve your mission, solve the mystery or find your treasure. A clever and exciting way to get out and about with the family. 01223 834554

The ArC Children’s Centre

82 Akeman Street, Cambridge CB4 3HG A centre for families with children aged 0-5, the ArC centre offers a wide range of groups, drop-in sessions and activities, including parenting courses, help with access to health and family support, information about local childcare and more. Telephone for more information. 01223 703828 AUGUST 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 25


Wimpole Farm Basement Tour

Wimpole Hall Farm, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW Thur 29 August 10.30am Normal admission fee applies Learn about life below stairs, with a guided tour of the servants’ areas of the hall – including rooms that are not normally on the visitor route. 01223 206000


Lee Nelson: On the Road to Edinburgh J2, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Sat 3 August 8pm £15 Over 16s Star of Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show brings a brand new show to Cambridge, warming up for his Edinburgh appearance. We’re promised “qwaliteeee jokes, games and banter”…

Romsey Poets

CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD Fri 2 August 7.30pm to 9pm £3/£2 A passionate, surreal, puzzling and occasionally hilarious night is promised with some of Romsey Town’s most exciting writers. Compere Patrick Waddess is joined by the two featured poets Ian Patterson and Rychard Carrington. There are also a number of short open mic slots available for new voices in poetry and a bookstall. Open mic slots must be booked in advance by email.

The Blue Moon Café

The Black Cat Café, 2 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3NF Sat 3 August 11am A collection of performance pieces as part of the national Time To Change project, which challenges discrimination against people with mental health problems. The Blue Moon Café is run by Mrs Saltbrigg where she cares for all her customers in a show that combines music, poetry, performance and visual art around important issues.


Bobby Freeman, David Ward

The Emperor, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW Wed 7 August 8.30pm Free Comedy show in the pub, also featuring Craig Murray, Johnny Katz and Mark Cram. Doors open at 8.

Poetry at The Empress The Empress, 72 Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX

Mon 12 August 7pm Free A poetry reading with Joanne Limburg, Clare Crossman and Time to Change writers form Lifecraft. Hosted by Tom Sheerin and Dodie Carter. There will also be open mic slots available. Suitable for age 16 and above. www.romseyartfestival2013. FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLBEING

R.E.A.C.H. Weekly Groups ArburyCommunityCentre,CampkinRoad, Cambridge CB4 2LD (Mon and Fri), 1a FortescueRoad,CB42JS(Sat)

Mondays 12.30pm to 2pm Free Fridays 2pm to 4pm Free Saturdays 11am to 12.30pm Free R.E.A.C.H. is an independent and autonomous support service for anyone experiencing the negative effects of physical or psychological dependence on drugs and/or alcohol. They offer a truly empathetic service, having all themselves experienced dependency. R.E.A.C.H. recovery groups take place on Mondays and Saturdays, and every Friday is the drop-in session: a relaxed informal group where anyone is welcome for a general chat. One-to-one support is also available every week day from 10am to 3pm at the Fortescue Road address. 07542 728433

Zumba Fitness

St Philip’s Church, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm Get fit and dance, losing yourself in the music with a Zumba party fitness workout.

This makes me happy ... Alan Partridge

Orienteering taster for beginners

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Tues 20 August 10am to 12.30pm £6.50 per child, adults free Orienteering is a different way to explore the countryside and get some exercise at the same time. Give it a try with the CambridgePPF team – learn how to read a map and have fun too. Suitable for 5 and above. Places are limited so do make sure to book yours. 01223 243830

Make Do and Mend

74 Ditton Walk, Cambridge CB5 8QE This is a local not-for-profit organisation. They offer creative and empowering workshops, some of which include life skills, for people with experience of mental health issues or distress. Many creative activities – everything from cleaning and foraging to making rag rugs and the martial art of Tai Chi. There are volunteering opportunities here too. 01223 521634

Cambridge Lakes Golf Course Trumpington Road, CB2 8FA

8am to dusk Green Fees £5-£8, Club and ball hire £2 each Learn, practice and play on Cambridge’s only public golf course (just a mile south of the city centre). This relaxed and informal setting has a 9 hole 3 par course that’s open every day, with practice nets and putting/chipping greens and a coffee shop. 01223 324242

CrossFit Stags and Does

123 Norman Industrial Estate, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AT Crossfit offer a range of classes, including free taster sessions every Saturday morning at 9am. CrossFit will challenge you physically and improve flexibility, technique and work capacity. Gruelling but fun! For class times, prices etc visit their website. Duncan: 07711 534975 Dino: 07595 336710


This makes me happy ... Coming to FLACK

Cambridge Rangers Women’s Football Club


Girton Recreation Ground, Cambridge Road, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0FH A club that has been going more than ten years, formed by experienced players who wanted to promote girls’ and women’s football for players of all abilities to enjoy. Their philosophy is that football is for all, and winning shouldn’t come at any cost. Their players end each game smiling! They are looking for new female players over the age of 16, so why not get in touch? 07588 465771

Cambridge Women’s Football Club

Ely City Football Club, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH Formed after Cambridge’s top two women’s clubs merged in 2009, the club are always looking for talented new players. They take pride in being the highest competing ladies team in Cambridgeshire, and play in the South East Combination League. If you are a female player, over 16 and you wish to play football in Cambridge then get in touch with the club (via their website).

Cambridge NCI Cricket Club NCI Sports & Social Club, Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL

If you want to join this friendly and welcoming club that competes hard and socialises well, telephone or email Richie or Pete on the contact numbers below. Richie Young: 07753 147953 Pete Allcock: 01223 353038

Tennis for Free

Various courts around Cambridge Play tennis in Cambridge this summer without having to join a costly club. All you need is a racquet, some balls and enthusiasm! Free courts in Cambridge can be found at Barnwell, Cherry Hinton Hall, Christ’s Pieces, Coleridge, Jesus Green, King George V Playing Fields (Trumpington), Lammas Land and Nightingale Avenue. See the Tennis for Free website for more details of exact locations. Ace!


Songsmith Sessions

The Alma, 26 Russell Court, CB2 1HW Wednesdays 8.30pm to 11pm Free Open mic sessions open to all acoustic musicians. Just bring along your instrument and play. 01223 316722

Open Mic at The Dobblers Inn The Dobblers Inn, 184 Sturton Street, Cambridge CB1 2QF

Thur 15 August (3rd Thursday each month) Free Come along to showcase your talent, perform either covers or original numbers: any styles are welcome. All musicians will get the opportunity to have their performance videoed and shown on the website (make your own recording, then give it to them to upload).

FLACK is proving a great way to earn some extra money. For instance, some of our vendors are saving for a rent deposit. Anyone can sell FLACK on the same basis as Big Issue Vendors. They buy their copies for £1 sell for £2 and agree to abide by FLACK’s Vendor Code of conduct. Five free copies for every new vendor to help them get started. Badging up and Information Sessions @ the FLACK Base. Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 11am - 3.30pm FLACK has agreed the following pitch locations with the City Council:

Sidney Street between Boots and M&S Passage

Market Square between M&S and Oasis

CaOS: The Cambridge Operatic Society A group of amateur singers who perform to a high standard under a professional director. They enjoy welcoming new members. The next show they’re putting on is Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific in November 2013, which they are performing at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. Tempted to audition? Go on, we dare you!

This makes me happy ... Flowers in full bloom

Petty Cury outside Boots

Christ’s Pieces Drummer Street Entrance

Fitzroy Street Grafton Centre Entrance

Sussex Street Sidney Street Junction

Downing Street John Lewis Entrance

St John’s Street All Saint’s Passage

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This makes me happy ... A hug from a good friend

Ben Piper Drums A drummer who is also a freelance drum tutor, working from his home studio, or he can come to you or a studio. He can provide lessons for beginners, take students to grade standards and also discuss other aspects of drum playing like practice regimes, jamming with other musicians, starting a band etc. Email him for more information.


Rockets and Cranes

Cambridge Museum of Technology, The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 August 10am to 12.30pm £3.50 adults/£1.50 children Design and make your own cranes and rockets, which will then be tested and (fingers crossed!) launched into the air. Fun for kids of age 7 and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Prebooking is necessary. 01223 368650

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Museum of Technology Steam Day

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD Sun 4 August (1st Sunday every month) 2pm to 5pm £5.50/£3 The museum exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, including the original equipment of the pumping station in which it is set and more information and artefacts from local industries. Visit on the first Sunday of the month for one of the museum’s active “steam days”. 01223 368650

Make your own Sundial at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science


Citylife House, Sturton Street, CB1 2QF

FLACK’s neighbours CCF are a registered charity that promotes sustainable living. Their goal is to help empower people to reduce their carbon footprint and lead more sustainable everyday lives. They run Carbon Conversion courses, carry out Home Assessments (for free), run Food Challenges and more. They rely largely on volunteers, so get in touch if you would like to help – they’ll train you on all the different aspects of their work. 01223 301842

Swop and Roll

Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road, Cambridge CB1 3EB

Wed 21 August 12.30pm to 4.30pm Free This University of Cambridge museum has a fascinating collection of scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and more. Make your own sundial as part of the University’s Summer at the Museums programme. Normal visiting hours are weekdays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. 01223 330906

Sat 3 August 2pm to 4pm Free A glam clothes swop, featuring makeovers and catwalk gallery shots. Help to keep unwanted textiles out of landfill by swopping your old clothes with other people. The event is hosted by styling gurus and you’ll get ‘eco tokens’ in exchange for textiles, which you can trade in for more pre-loved clothes, or upcycling workshops. Lots of information on the day, too, about reducing, reusing and recycling. www.romseyartfestival2013.



Community Lover’s Guide Meet-up

Flower Festival

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

Wed 7 August 7pm to 9pm Free Join Transition Cambridge at this meetup to celebrate the Community Lover’s Guide project’s successes so far, enjoy a coffee and a cake and meet some of the people involved in the project.

18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ

Tues to Fridays 1pm to 5pm (term time) Sat and Sundays 10am to 5pm (and week days in holidays) This new centre has regularly changing science-themed exhibits and displays throughout the year. They also run family workshops and hands-on demonstrations, with the aim of making science and discovery interesting and fun for all. You can also hire the gallery out for a birthday party with a difference.

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School of Philosophy, Cambridge

Thursdays, Saturdays £7 per session or £30 for five Affiliated to the School of Economic Science and the East Anglian School of Philosophy, the school was started in the ‘90s. It provides a range of practical philosophy courses, with Thursday evening sessions and Saturday morning Economics classes. Classes are based around Advaita philosophical/spiritual beliefs.

Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG Fri 30 August to Sunday 1 September Free As part of their celebrations of a century of Wesley Church, there will be a flower festival, with the theme of “Time”. 01223 353839

Between Earth and Heaven The Orchard Tea Rooms, 45-47 Mill Way, Grantchester, CB3 9ND

Sat 31 August Free A Grantchester Summer Lecture arranged by the School of Philosophy, Cambridge. The speaker is author Valery Rees who will talk about angels, our understanding of them and their reality, and the fascinating world of angelic presences, from ancient protective deities to biblical angels and more modern examples.


Cambridge Mosque Project Follow the progress of the planned new Mosque on the old Robert Sayles depot site on Mill Road. Look at the architect designs, hear the latest on the progress of the build, or donate to the project fund.

Jesus Lane Friends Meeting (Quakers)

12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA Tues 20 Aug (3rd Tuesday each month) 7.30pm to 8.15pm Wednesdays 1.15pm to 1.45pm Sundays 10.30am to 11.30am Quaker meetings each week in central Cambridge. The Tuesday meeting is followed by discussion and coffee, the Wednesday meetings are preceded by a soup and cheese lunch from 12.30pm, and the Sunday meetings have a crèche and children’s group. 01223 357535

Cambridge Humanist Group: Pub Social The Free Press, 7 Prospect Row, Cambridge CB1 1DU

Tues 6 Aug Free Local group for anyone (non-religious) interested in exploring the “Big Questions” over a cup of coffee or a pint “rationally and passionately”.They are committed to “good company, a good life without religion and good governance”. In addition to pub social and Sunday coffee mornings, they hold monthly discussions and various social events throughout the year. They also campaign in defence of the rights of non-believers to be free from religious imposition.

Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Sikh Diwan

Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD Sun 25 August (last Sunday of each month) 3pm to 5pm The Sikh community meets in the temporary Gurdwara in Arbury on the last Sunday of every month. Worship consists of music and readings. Attendees should remove shoes and cover heads. Everyone is welcome to come along. A vegetarian meal follows the worship.


Cambridge Friendship Club CB2 Café, 5-7 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

Tuesdays 2pm to 8pm A group of independent game developers who meet up once a week – usually upstairs at the back! Bring along a laptop to work on your own stuff or let other people see what you’re working on. If you fancy coming along, tweet them on @cb2indies to let them know to look out for you.

CamJelly Co-Working Group

ideaSpace, Common Room area, Second Floor, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0GT Fridays 10am to 5pm Free, with suggested £1 contribution A casual co-working event for freelancers, homeworkers and people who run small businesses. Meet new people and work together in a sociable environment. Work from 10am, then join in a topical Chat Session from 3pm. 07774 168643

Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre

38 Newmarket Road, CCB5 8DT

The Wharf, Hooper Street, CB1 2NZ

Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.45pm £3/£5 These weekly drop-in classes provide support in meditation practice, and also explore the Buddhist context of meditation, along with teaching and further discussion. No need to book: as the name suggests, just “drop in”. 01223 577553

The Centre has, among other resources, a qualified Guidance Worker, there to advise women who are looking for work, training or further educational opportunities. They can help in all sorts of ways – by identifying your training needs, helping you write a CV, fill in an application form or prepare for that all-important interview. Book an appointment for a free detailed, confidential, one-on-one guidance session. This is a service available to all women.

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Cam FM

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This website lists available public sector jobs in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire – with key employers like Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, the British Antarctic Survey and more.

A community radio station produced and presented by students at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin. Find them on 97.2fm, where they broadcast over 80 hours a week. The programing is very varied, taking in entertainment and a diverse selection of music from indie to electronica to world music to classical.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Grad Pad (top floor café), The University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RU Mondays 9am to 10am A breakfast club for self-employed creatives. If this sounds like you, and you’d like to meet other people in a similar line of work to get you motivated for the week ahead, then this might be for you. Contact the group by email if you’d like to attend.

Free Career Advice This is a service that Cambridgeshire County Council offers adults seeking work or learning. Make an appointment at the Central Library (or other Cambridgeshire libraries). They also offer help with filling in job applications and interview preparation. Louise Bachelor: 01480 373776 Liz McKim: 01480 373775


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Cambridge 105 at the Cambridge Rock Festival Cambridge 105 Radio

Thur 1 to Sunday 4 August Broadcasting live 24/7 from the Haggis Farm Polo Club in Barton, at the Cambridge Rock Festival for their third year in a row. There will be interviews as well as broadcasts of live performances direct from the festival’s stages.

Under the Music Tree Cambridge 105 Radio

Every other Saturday 6pm to 7pm Presented by Matt Cooke and Nathan Luhar, the show will help you get ready for a Saturday night out with the best of underground music, what gigs are going on, live sessions and more. PAGE 30 | FLACK | AUGUST 2013

The Social Media Show Star 107 Radio

Mondays 7pm A look at how social media is transforming how we communicate – both in the workplace and in the wider world. Presented by Ann Hawkins and Eric Swain.

The Travel Show Star 107 Radio

Alternate Fridays 7pm Presented by Isha Pit, with a focus on a different destination for each show. Listen in and enjoy some armchair travel, even if you are just planning on staying in the UK for the summer!


Mandarin Chinese Lessons A qualified and experienced teacher can help you to quickly acquire the necessary basic Chinese Language skills. Try something new! One-to-one tutorials, small groups, conversation, pronunciation and Chinese culture are covered. Day and evening lessons are available – all in central Cambridge. 07722 090333

Greg’s Greats Record Sale

79 High Street, Foxton, CB22 6RP Sun 11 August 11am to 5pm Free A giant record sale with over 180,000 discs up for grabs, including thousands of 7”singles, 45s, 12” and LPs, as well as over 120,000 78s. All at bargain prices. There’s also a free barbecue and other refreshments on offer. 01223 872937

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Boat Trips on the Cam

Rosie Camboats, c/o The Plough, Green End, Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8SX Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from Jesus Green Lock, or Sundays from The Plough at Fen Ditton £10/£5 Take a relaxing river cruise along the Cam on Rosie: a purpose-built traditional style narrowboat. Public cruises last 40 to 45 minutes, and are round trips that will pick you up and deposit you at the same place. A lovely alternative way to while away a summer’s day. Check their website for specific cruise timetables, and costs. 07706 734763

Cambridge City Credit Union (CCCU)

82 Akeman Street, Cambridge CB4 3HG A straightforward and easy way for members to make regular savings. After saving for 13 weeks, credit union members also get access to low-cost loans. Instead of getting interest on your savings, you may qualify for a dividend. Anyone who lives or works in Cambridge can join the Cambridge City Credit Union, at a charge of just £1 to open an account. Get an application form from the website, or drop in to City Homes North, Arbury Road on Tuesdays from 9.30am, or Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. 01223 861772

Chilford Hall Tour and Tasting Chilford Hall, Balsham Road, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4LE

Thursdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays 10.30am to12pm and 3pm to 4.30pm £12.50 Take a tour around Chilford Hall Vineyard, starting in their winery, where the entire wine-making process is explained from start to finish. At the end of the tour is a tasting session, with expert on hand to explain the subtle tasting differences between wines, and what to look out for when choosing what to quaff. 01223 895625 / 895600

www.flack WHAT’S ON ON-LINE

A FLACK selection of websites with information about what’s on in Cambridge. (we can’t include everything!)

Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333

ADC Theatre 01223 300085

Corn Exchange 01223 357851

Fitzwilliam Museum 01223 332900

Botanic Gardens 01223 336265

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FLACK August 2013  

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