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The most inclusive guide to what’s on in Cambridge

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from left to right: Alex, Tom, Beth, Sheila Stuart (The Mayor) and Harry.

THANK YOU The Cambridge staff of Worldpay have voted for FLACK as their Charity of the Year for 2013! This generous nomination was quickly followed by the Worldpay team getting off to a flying start by participating in a sponsored sleepout here at the FLACK base. Alex, Thomas, Beth and Harry all took part (pictured above with the Mayor, Sheila Stuart) and experienced first hand the realities of sleeping out for the night. Beth commented that ‘the grounds are not comfy, even with a sleeping bag, friends and colleagues around’ and that she would ‘love to spend more time’ with the homeless members she met on the night. The Sleepout was organised by Streebite, a student society that provides a daily service to the city’s homeless individuals. Everybody who was there, including members of FLACK, said their eyes had been opened by the experience.The Mayor joined the group in the morning for a congratulatory wake up call and very welcome hot drink! Thank you everyone who took part and especially the Worldpay team for their instant commitment to FLACK. They raised a fantastic £419.07! Here’s to the future together. Thank you

www.flack About the front cover... Averil regularly writes for FLACK Magazine and we’re as delighted as she is that Sammy won ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s FLACK Scrufts. Read all about why she’s so special on page 4.

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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15 MARCH 2013

FLACK ARENA, Cambridge





CELEBRATION Official Patron and Top Judge: Soggy Dog

One of the highlights of the FLACK year is our annual Scrufts celebration of the many animals that bring, pleasure, companionship and joy to the lives of people who are homeless or in recovery from homelessness. Thank you to everyone who took part, it was a great day and many congratulations to this year’s winners!


Jean who was kind and brave enough to give me a chance. It was on my way to work one gorgeous spring morning that I first met Sammy. She was in a garden and came bounding over to me, wagging her tail, seemingly overjoyed at my mere existence in the world. As soon as I gazed into those big, brown eyes I fell in love. Sammy possesses an innate ability to make whoever she is with feel like the most important person in the universe, as I discovered when I mentioned her to Brian that evening. I heard that he had also met her under similar circumstances. Equally besotted, he told me that he wanted her to live with us, to which I replied that he was crazy as neither of us had a secure home. However, where she was living never suited her either. A week later Brian brought Sammy home and, aged thirty one, I had my first ever dog.

Samantha Stewart (Sammy) Nominated by Averil Stewart Judges’ comments : Sammy was a natural in front of the camera. She is a well groomed bitch with a fantastic smile and sparkling eyes. CONGRATULATIONS. PS Soggy says can he have your number?

Me, Myself & Sammy by Averil Stewart

Hi! I’m Averil, the slightly less furry and marginally more human one, and I could not be happier to be starring on FLACK’s cover with my beloved dog Sammy. We found each other five years ago and I believe that she has rescued me as much as I saved her from a hard start in life. I was living in a hostel at the time and struggling with various issues including homelessness, poverty and mental illness, whilst my boyfriend Brian was virtually squatting at a friend’s flat. I had begun taking tentative steps towards turning my life around by volunteering to work in a bookshop called LibraAries on Mill Road for a wonderful woman called

From that moment on my life got better. I took the confidence I had gained working in the bookshop and applied to college where I have been ever since, working towards an access to university qualification. After a year at college I was offered my own council tenancy where we have been living happily ever since. Sammy has played a huge role in helping us integrate into our community. We are lucky enough to live very close to Coldhams Common, and she has an active doggy social life of which I am very envious. She even has a boyfriend called Norman with whom she and Brian play with every morning, and a best friend called Molly with whom she gets walked several times a week. Our neighbours are brilliant with Sammy as well. For instance, this morning our friend Tim even bought her a bone; and I can’t count the many people who approach us because of her inherent cuteness. She is such a happy dog and so well behaved that I rarely have to chastise her. When I do, calling her Ms Samantha Stewart, her full name, it is normally enough, sensitive wee soul that she is. Every day I thank the cosmos for bringing her into our lives and I love her. And thank you to the judges for voting for Sammy. We’re both very proud of her Best In Show 2013 rosette!






MOST RELIABLE Bird Nominated by Verge Walker Judges’ comments : Superb time keeping.


GREEDIEST CAT GB (Ginger Bastard) Nominated by Cos Judges’ comments : We commend GB for superb service at his place of cuddling and stroking - 451 Newmarket Rd.

Susie Nominated by Brian Judges’ comments : Excellent sales technique.


MOST FRIENDLY Stick Insect & Butterfly Nominated by Emma Cook Judges’ comments : Best friends stick together.

Curly Nominated by Jude Judges’ comments : Former cover star and very dedicated member of FLACK.

WINNER MOST THERAPEUTIC Mango Nominated by Kerry Judges’ comments : Everybody should have a little mango in their life.




Princess Nominated by Smiffy

Treacle Nominated by Cindy

Spartacus Nominated by Smiffy

Judges’ comments : Excellent colour coordination.

Judges’ comments : Sssssh!

Judges’ comments : Fantastic Chops





How to be homeless At FLACK we’re always on the look out in the blogosphere for people speaking up about homelessness. RenterGirl writes about everything to do with renting and the buildings tenants live in and she knows, she’s been there and has definitely got the T-shirt.


omelessness is rising. I mean actual rough sleeping – genuine, totally miserable, cold, damp, hopeless, abandoned, hiding in the night, freezing to death, homelessness. Most people find it hard to believe that anyone could end up actually homeless, let alone literally roofless, but believe me it’s really easy. Here’s how:

1. Find yourself in between jobs. Having budgeted

well, and until that point, you managed to pay reasonable rent on a modest flat, discovering only when claiming housing benefit that this little place of yours is over the Local Housing Allowance ceiling set by those ConDems: right at the bottom of local rents. When you try and move, discover that as far as landlords and letting agents go, you are a pariah. Apply to the council as homeless but lack priority need (no children or severe disability) and have no local connection. Good luck.

2. Relationship ends: one partner leaves, and pride, or confusion, leads to sofa surfing. Hosts get bored of a lump on the settee, and politely ask you to leave, assuming you have somewhere else to go, but also judgementally deciding that the accompanying joblessness is somehow your fault, as is the homelessness. 3. Be a claimant (and yes, most housing benefit

claimants are in work.) Then have your landlord decide, abruptly, to sell, but in between moving out and finding a new place, discover that nobody will house you without a guarantor. Only you don’t have a guarantor. And you’ve been a good tenant, so abide by the notice to quit. Except you have nowhere else to go. And no local connection, and are not considered to be in priority need (that is: vulnerable for reasons of health or age, or having a child.)

4. Lose your home due to a landlord going

bankrupt. (This applies to any of the above situations.)


5. Move away for employment/education, but find

no work, or lose the job, and be staying in temporary accommodation: a hostel or cheap bed and breakfast, but run out of money.

6. Be bullied out of a shared home. Then find you can’t get a reference from your previous resident landlord. 7. Be the bottom of the list when desperate in a high demand area. Place your sealed bid, but discover that people have outbid you for the hovel you could just cover on minimum wage. 8. Be thrown out by your parents, but not knowing how to access housing, support or the funds to find a safe new place. 9. Be freelance. Even high earning freelancers are deemed undesirable by letting-agents.

10. Be disabled, or mentally ill. Few private sector rentiers will touch you with a very long disinfected barge pole, no matter how much support you have, or how ‘well’ you now are. See – it’s not hard. In fact, it’s all too easy. Homelessness doesn’t happen to other people, to strangers with ‘chaotic lives’ or the feckless and useless. The UK private renting sector is broken. And nobody has the will to fix it. Still don’t believe me? All of those scenarios were sent by readers, and one (or more) also genuinely happened to me.

by Guru Badadada (aka Dylan Skelton)

Getting rid of parasites Over the course of our life we eat meats and veg that contain parasites; dem parasites live in our betty bowls, in our guts and intestines. They feed off our nutrients and inhibit nutrient absorption. This means you need more food to stay healthy and to keep your immune system up ‘n’ running well. So Guru Badadada has written this article for you so you can get them outta your system and feel ire ‘n’ well to dance another day in the sunshine. So to kick dem bummba outta ya guts you need to choose from da list!!!

So that’s it from me your health Freak Guru Badadada, over ‘n out till next time.

The winner of dem all is the Avocado. This is a complete food you could probably live off, but don’t try it and then blame me if ya mess up this is a disclaimer jah. Avocadoes have VIT A,B,C,E,K, AND LOADS A CALCIUM MAGNESIUM POTASSIUM AND NUFF IRON .

• Grapefr uit seeds extract. • Wormw ood tinctu re. • Pumpkin gettin’ the seeds are mighty m pesky b g lighters o ood at • Cloves: ut. 3 parasite e drops in a drink g a n g d s (M it wil i once eve re ry three m commend u do l kill o n th s yeah!!) dis • Garlic also activ Dis has cardioid b that will kates more o’ dem enefits and ill ‘em ou t yah. liver enzymes • Fruits ge n e ra ll yc antioxida nts that k ontain many eep canc • Green le er away .. plus assis afy veg will prote t in the re c moval of t your liver to toxins .


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Fish Pie by a fish loving FLACK friend This is a very simple version of the classic pub food using a supermarket fish-pie mix (from the fish counter). Having smoked fish is almost essential. A more luxurious version might have some cream added into the sauce and maybe some breadcrumbs mixing in with the cheese on the topping. Serves 4 (or more)


4 large potatoes, peeled and boiled for mash 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive is nice) 1 large leek, washed and sliced finely 2 large mushrooms, chopped finely 400g fish-pie mix (or a mixture of salmon, smoked cod/haddock and white fish) A few cooked prawns at room temp (optional) 400 ml milk (skimmed is fine), plus more if necessary 3 hard-boiled eggs (optional) 50 g butter 3 heaped tablespoons plain flour ½ teaspoon mustard powder (optional) 100 g grated cheese (reduced fat is fine)

Cooking Instructions

1.. Preheat oven to 180°C (170°C fan)/gas 4. 2. Peel the potatoes and put them in a saucepan of boiling water until cooked but not mushy. Drain well and mash with a splash of milk, salt and pepper. You want a dry mash so don’t add too much milk. Stir in some grated cheese (optional), reserving a little for the topping. 3.. Cut the fish into chunks, removing any bones. 4. In a frying pan, gently fry the leeks and mushrooms in the oil until just soft. Don’t let them brown. Remove to a bowl.


5. Put the milk in the empty frying pan and bring just to the boil. Add the fish and turn off the heat. Remove as soon as just cooked – it changes colour – this might be just a minute. Drain using a sieve, reserving the fish-flavoured milk. 6. In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter, add the plain flour and mix to make a paste. Slowly, over a medium heat, add the fish-flavoured milk to make a thick sauce. You might need a whisk. Add more milk if necessary. Add mustard and season with salt and pepper. 7.. Carefully mix in the fish, prawns, leeks, mushrooms and halved eggs. Add more milk if it is too thick. Put this fishy mix in the bottom of a fairly deep baking dish (to about 4–8 cm deep). Carefully spoon the mash on top, level and rough the surface with a fork. Sprinkle on any reserved cheese. Bake for about 30 mins until starting to bubble around the edges and browning on top. 8. Serve with steamed veg like broccoli (ketchup is possible too). Beware of burning your mouth ... and having too many helpings.

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Little Green Man How the UK Population managed to disintegrate into a lawless society within half a century: Pt 1

by Verge Walker


t seems like yesterday, but it actually happened several weeks ago. On my morning run through the city I have to cross several roads. Since the city is still quiet during the early hours of the morning, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary to happen. But on that particular morning not one, but two members of the car-using population tried to run me over as I was crossing a nearly empty road at a pedestrian crossing. The first incident was a light-controlled pedestrian crossing displaying the Little Green Man (as known to the majority of the UK population since childhood). A second person was trying to cross at the same time and had to stop to give way to the car in order to not get run over as well. Just one car, one crossing and two pedestrians, nothing else in sight. The second incident was just a normal pedestrian crossing, but I should have had the right of way again. These two occasions made me wonder, and I took a closer look at modern UK traffic behaviour during the following two weeks. A horrifying picture emerged. Nobody obeys the traffic rules and I mean NOBODY… I even witnessed a Police Community Support Officer nearly being run over by a car while trying to cross the road on a pedestrian crossing that should give people priority over cars. I came to the conclusion that I was seeing a not-very-nice picture of human behaviour. My observations and the growing number of people being killed in traffic accidents confirm my findings. For the first time since 2003 the number of fatalities has increased significantly (between 2011 and 2012 a total of 1901 fatalities - a 3 % rise) after years of stagnation. Even the constant improvement of safety equipment and features in cars hasn’t compensated for the failure of drivers and other traffic participants to follow the rules and regulations that have made traffic safe in the past. It seems that a new trend of disobeying has become the norm, with the possible PAGE 10 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

fatal consequences ignored. People routinely ignore red lights on roads, crossings and intersections, and fail to stop at train crossing barriers. Common sense seems to have become obsolete in the belief that Health & Safety procedures will take care of our lives. What is to blame? Two things; firstly the illusion that rules, regulations and safety features will keep us safe make us forget to use our common sense about road safety. And secondly there are the gadgets that have entered our daily life that we think we can’t function without. The mp3 player and smartphone blast the latest tune into our brains and mask all surrounding noises or keep us busy with social media sites. Thus the pedestrian becomes the perfect target for fast-moving traffic; traffic that is in the grip of the Satnav. Nobody looks for signs, including traffic signs any longer, just listen to your choice of sexy pre-recorded voice and you can get to your destination on autopilot. Unfortunately the little gadget doesn’t take into account many things; pedestrians, red lights and so on are not in its database. The list of misbehaviour is as long as the Never Ending Story: paramedics racing the wrong way in a pedestrianized one-way system (Sidney Street), bicycles used by traffic wardens that don’t comply with the highway code, cyclists that don’t dismount in pedestrian and other restricted zones, or go the wrong way in a one-way system. And finally the worst offence of all, which can only to be described as completely mindless behaviour, (I’d call it criminal.) Parents with their young children, crossing the road while the Little Red Man is telling them to wait. People, and in particular young people, learn by example … It seems to me that the Little Green Man, guardian angel of countless generations of kids has become irrelevant in the mindset of modern day people.

THE FOOL A fable by Steph Clarke


ust 3 days after his gypsy reading, the village elders called Chance to their hut. They told him he had been chosen to take part in the calling of the Crops Parade, an important annual event in which it was a great honour to participate. They also told him that there were only 2 places left to fill: that of parade king and that of parade fool. Chance immediately thought ‘Yay, king!’ But just as he drew breath to say king, he remembered the words of the gypsy. So Chance said instead, “I will let Drew be king, I know he wants to. I will be fool instead.” “A wise choice. The fool is the most important member of the parade. He leads it. The king is the willing sacrifice; he gives of his blood to the ground. The king is important just on the day, just for the day and is replaced next year. To become the fool you must commit to lead the parade 10 times. For that commitment the fool earns the permanent respect of the village. When you have rested a year from your time as the fool, then like all of those here today, you will join us as an elder. Know that no-one becomes an elder without first becoming the fool.” illustration by Toby Ilsley

April Fool’s Day: The Origin ? Historical Enrichment by Smiffy


n 1582 Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian calendar) to replace the old Julian calendar. This new one called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on 1st January instead of April the first (or around) which closely follows the vernal equinox – March 20th or 21st. Much of Europe celebrated the feast of Annulation as the beginning of the New Year. According to popular belief, many people either refused to accept the change or were not informed, so people used to send people on Fools’ errands, or try and trick them into believing something as true when it wasn’t. Of course people being people, they like to make fun of others, and so the tradition spread through Europe.


nother explanation was provided by Joseph Baskin. Apparently a group of crown jesters told the Roman Emperors (this was during the rule of Constantine) that they could do a better job than them. Constantine, amused, let a jester called Kugel rule for a day and he called an edict calling for absurdity and for the custom to become an annual event. It was a serious day in those times. This explanation was brought to the notice of the Associated Press who published it in 1983 it took the A.P. a good couple weeks to realise that Baskin had made it all up. Ha! April Fools !

Crimson Earth

Biography of a homeless ex-soldier living somewhere in the UK by SR Ahmed


ow shall I tell my story? Shall I start like Dickens –When I was born? How I was raised? Or shall I just start from when I became a man from a boy. I am a patriot and I love my country. I wanted to serve it to my best ability. So, at the age of eighteen I joined the Army. This story is a true account of some fragmented events that took place during my six years in the warzones of the Arabian Desert.*


irst Combat I remember it as if it was yesterday. Fuelled by adrenalin and righteousness I was pumped up and ready. Once we reached the conflict zone and took position - the noise of exploding grenades, shells and ammo from an array of firearms – trust me it’s nothing like the movies. Scared and confused, I hunched behind a big rock next to my friend. Bullets flew over our heads. The first fifteen minutes seemed like eternity. I was so afraid that I froze and my friend next to me took a bullet in the head. I will spare you the graphic details. I am not a coward but I pissed myself and thought I was going to die next.


he Addict After my first tour — which was compulsory— I was glad to be back home and see my family,

but I could not wait to go back. So much, that I volunteered for two further tours. I absolutely loved it. I was addicted. My addictive personality did not stop there. During my second tour a superior, rank undisclosed, introduced me to opium. It helped me keep my sanity. My second tour was short lived. I took a bullet in my shoulder.


he Holy Water One evening out on patrol our squadron got caught in a heavy sand storm. Three of us got separated from the unit. The weather was so extreme that the radio and other equipment wasn’t working properly. Visibility was less than a foot. We lost most our kit. Lost in the desert for two days without water or food, aimlessly walking and exhausted, we came across a pool of water. Our excitement was short lived as it was full of allied corpses. We had no choice, we boiled and filtered that water and despite all effort, once we poured it in our cups a layer of oily residue was floating on the top. We knew what that was – essence of human remains. We sieved out as much as we could, said the Lord’s prayer and drank. Can anyone ever forget a thing like that? Two of my brethren got diarrhoea. Opium makes one constipated, so I was spared.

image: Landscape 2012 by Nick Ward


he ‘Mirage’ It was my third and final tour, the holy month of Ramadan – things were a bit quiet. We were put on river patrol mostly escorting and checking the refugees. Under the baking heat of the Arabian sun we spotted a small passenger liner with roughly a hundred refugees. We boarded and started our checks. I noticed one guy unusually nervous trying to hide in a corner clutching a sack to his chest. I cautiously approached and asked him to open the sack. He was hesitant, clutching the sack further into his chest. He whispered, “It’s my life’s work”. I guess I had a gun, so he eventually obliged and slowly opened it. I could not believe what I saw. Pure, sublime, unadulterated Arabian gold bullion – it must have been five kilos. I told him to hide it quickly and that not all soldiers were the same and it might get ‘confiscated’. I would be lying if I said I was not tempted. For some reason a voice inside me said, “Pretend it’s a mirage and let it go”. These are only a few stories out of many. To this date I have nightmares every night for things I cannot change. I have been a heroin addict for the last twenty-six years. I am still homeless, but on the path to recovery. *For obvious reasons my missions, locations, timeline, regiment, even the government I served are undisclosed.

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Psytrance for beginners by Soul T


sytrance is one of my favourite genres of music. I feel like I’m dreaming awake when I listen to it and that anything is possible. It gives me a sense of worth that I don’t find in any other type of music. I love the way that it changes its direction. No matter how obscure or strange it may sound it really does feel like you’re in a magical wonderland. There is no easy way to describe psytrance other than to say it has the potential to get anyone, and I mean anyone, stomping their feet and jumping around like a complete maniac. So where did it come from? Probably it began with the arrival of the hippies in Goa in the mid 1960s. Groups of friends sitting around a campfire on a beach playing acoustic guitar and dancing on various hallucinogens. To this day many psytrance tracks have guitar parts driven into them. During the 70s the Goa DJs were starting to play tunes from psychedelic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and The Doors. In ‘79 the beginnings of electro music could occasionally be heard in Goa in the form of tracks by artists such as Kraftwerk. But it wasn’t until 1983 that DJs Laurent and Fred Disko, shortly followed by Goa Gil (who is now an icon in the history of psytrance) began switching over to electro, which was flooding out of Europe in the shape of New Order, Frontline Assembly and Front 242. Hippies embraced these new futuristic ‘space age’ sounds with open arms, preferring them to the classic wah-wah sounds that they’d been used to. These new tracks were remixed, removing the lyrics, looping melodies, beats and manipulating the sounds in all manner of ways before being presented to the dancers as mixes known then as Goa Trance. By 1995 all Goa trance music was made electronically and people were constantly searching for new mind blowing music to remix into this new style. By 1996 the music had changed so much that the term Goa Trance no longer seemed suitable and PAGE 14 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

the new name of Psychedelic trance, or Psytrance for short, was born, leading to further stylistic developments and sub genres such as darkpsy, progressive, minimal, full-on and even morning psy. The multi-layered melodies were stripped away and a darker more repetitive form of the music appeared, concentrating on rhythm and groove. The psytrance scene developed a life of its own. New artists were springing up all over the world as well as festivals such as Gaia in France and Voov in Germany. In 1998 the border opened up between India and Israel and young Israelis, after finishing their mandatory military service, started to travel to India to find a cheap, fun place to unwind. When they returned home they brought the music back with them. The Goa music being played in Israeli clubs inspired younger generations and soon new top quality producers were popping up on the scene. The most famous of these were Astral Projection from Tel Aviv. Also a landmark album of this time in psytrance’s evolution would be the 1998 album ‘Radio’ by X-Dream. So that’s a little bit of the history but really it’s all about the music and how it makes you feel. Nothing beats coming home, turning on the amp and playing your favourite tracks and even after a hard day at work to still be able to dance around with passion. To really appreciate Psytrance you don’t have to be in a club or out in a field totally bonkered on anything. This is music that I enjoy even more when I’m sober. It’s brilliant when riding around on your bike or going for a run. It gives you an extra energy. It will make you laugh, cry, jump around like a complete loon, and maybe even give you the inspiration you need to pull you out from the deepest pits of despair. Without psytrance my life would be much less colourful. Check out my Psytrance Mix for Beginners available here:





‘n’ I Dylan Jan Paul Skelton have been visiting FLACK for six months now. In the beginning I questioned their philosophy and ethics as a charity. I would come by and see what was going on, talk to people and see if there was any thing I could be involved in. After the first month or two I learned that this was a sound organisation and the people who work here are very human and real. I started to volunteer to do washing up and tidying up, this showed I was serious about being part of it, that I respected the venue and was lending a hand. I was also chatting to people and pouring in love and compassion. I was super happy when people realized my interest and was asked to do some jobs. So I have experienced street outreach and also cooked for the Sunday soup session. This I found to be a real compliment and was flattered by their trust in me. FLACK as an entity has enabled me to find my social confidence, a good work ethic and decent, passionate people to interact and be creative with. I can’t say enough good things about FLACK, they have helped and supported me in my life. I would like to say a real big thank you to Kirsten for her ever expanding compassion and strength, I would like to thank all her crew for the same too, Jerry (Peer and Locum Support Worker), Toby (Film and Creativity Leader), Diane (Facilitator), Ramona (Operations Manager), and Antonio (Peer). They are my friends on this journey of life and I hope to share more learning and good times with them and FLACK. What next? I’m chipping off to the sun, fulfilling one of my dreams which is to sail on the seas of our mother earth. Check out - This is Dylan on FLACK’s You Tube Channel

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For years now I have been donating works to some of the colleges of Cambridge University. I give a lot of my works to charities to be lease-auctioned (not sold) for a certain amount of years e.g. three years. For benefits and monies for those charities. I feel it is important to serve my country to the full of my abilities. My works vary from medicine, painting to literature. My mental health problem has led to genius. Having said that I consider my works to be not my own but belong to Christ Jesus. I have stated to all the colleges that anybody may use my ideas freely without recognition. In conclusion my works are the panacea of every known subject such as economics and every unknown subject such as Time Machines. Mr Barmy Art If you would like to bid to be the first lease owner of this new work by Mr Barmy Art please contact FLACK 01223 366532 or The highest bidder will receive the work for a three year lease – it may take you that long to understand what it means !

Remembered Friend - Michael Dwyer


t was with great sadness we learned of the death of Street Voices member Michael Dwyer, on 14th February 2013. Michael joined the Street Voices group on 23rd September 2011 and went on to attend the group regularly. We loved his rich bass voice and he contributed some of his favourite Johnny Cash songs to our repertoire. He was also an accomplished guitarist and would sometimes treat us to a rendition of ‘Blackbird’ by Paul McCartney, or part of a Jimi Hendrix song. We have some lovely photos of Michael enjoying himself at our events and performances. We have sent an album of photos and memories to his parents in Bristol.

Memories of Michael from the Street Voices Comments Book We heard the very sad news yesterday that Michael has died. We’ll miss his friendship, his warmth, and his wonderful deep bass voice. Yvonne I will remember Michael bringing his music, i.e. Johnny Cash, a welcome addition to Street Voices repertoire! He will still be with us in spirit. Dick I’ll always remember you with the rainbow umbrella, smiling in the rain on our ramble to Grantchester. I hope you are now part of the music in some way we can’t yet understand, full of joy and at peace with yourself. Kay I will miss him – a great voice and gentle spirit. Neil x

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I am so glad I got to spend some time with Michael and sit and talk with him when he was sad, but even gladder that I saw him here at Street Voices, where, in his music, he seemed his true self. Happy, joking and hopeful. We will miss you with love. Holly x I didn’t know you well, But at Street Voices I could tell That you knew the sound And in you I’d found A friend… R.I.P. for me man! Love Dave x I enjoyed our little wake for Michael – I will miss him. Elaine I knew Michael for many years. He was always a good friend to me. He was as I knew him, a hopeless alcoholic. He loved The Doors + Sex Pistols. Above all it was the Doors he really loved. When he was wasted he would always call himself “Michael Morrison” as he felt he had an affinity with the man – Jim Morrison singer of the doors. Michael could be a bit strange, temperamental at times but he would always be there for you as a mate. I’ve known him for roughly 25 years, when he first came to Cambridge from Bristol. He would always buy you a drink (if you were rattling) or lend you some money. I still miss him as a good mate and I hope he is now free and in peace. See you later mate, love you to bits Loopy A xxx



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Cambridge Spring Wordfest Various locations

Fri 12 to Sunday 14 April See website for times and costs Immerse yourself in a literary world. World class authors like A.C. Grayling, Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichie, Deborah Moggach and loads more will be appearing, with talks on everything from fiction to history, science to philosophy and travel to current affairs. festivals/spring

The 45th Cambridge Drama Festival Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Tues 23 to Saturday 27 April £8 per evening/£20 for the week 7.30pm Enjoy two or three short plays each evening, share your opinions and compare them to the professional adjudication. Prizes will be awarded for the best plays after the Saturday night performances. 0845 196 2320 ART, EXHIBITIONS & HISTORY

Excavating the Present 6/16 Gallery, King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN

To Sun 7 April 11am to 6pm Christ’s College Cambridge artist-inresidence Issam Kourbaj exhibits his latest project, amalgamating x-ray images of the human body and animals with aerial photographs of British landscapes. All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

Andy Newman: Cambridge Corners Williams Art, Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Preview night Wed 24 April 6pm to 8pm Free Fri 26 April to Wednesday 15 May 8.30am to 6pm Free All the way from the USA, Andy’s love of quiet Cambridge streets is reflected in this series of small paintings. Spot the locations! 10% of all sales on the preview night will go to CAMTAD 01223 31187 PAGE 20 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

A Soviet Design For Life

Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9RD

To Sat 6 April Mon to Fri: 9am to 6pm Sat: 9am to 4.30pm Free First showing of the collection of Russian 20th century design and architecture that academic and architect Cooke left to the University Library. The thematic arrangement includes large-format posters alongside day-to-day objects such as soup packets, ration tickets and children’s books. Check on web for days library is closed.

Katie Paterson

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

Fri 26 April to Sunday 23 June 11.30am to 5pm Free Katie Paterson uses simple gestures to produce poetic meanings on a grand scale. This exhibition focuses on themes of Earth and time, duration and distance, and includes both new work and some of her previous projects. 01223 748100

Nicholas Juett: Architectural Landscapes Williams Art, Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Thur 4 to Tuesday 23 April 8.30am to 6pm Free One of Cambridge’s most high-profile artists shows his latest paintings of interesting Cambridge buildings past, present… and future! 01223 311687

We Object!

Aid & Abet, Cambridge Station Buildings, Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JW

To Sat 13 April (Thursdays to Saturdays) 12 noon to 7pm Free Curated by Benedict Drew: ‘Contemporary artists working in diverse media with a particular interest in the body’s intersection with the object, with machines’ effect on the physical, and how text and speech can unfold scenarios where the world and the body collide’.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Frances the Stingray, age 4 Defining feature – lovely eyes Best in Show 2018

Scott, Amundsen and... ?

Saffron Walden Museum Society, St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL

Monday 8 April 8pm £3/£1 members Talk by Hilary Shibata: An evening in Antarctica with Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Expedition of 1910-12. See website for calendar of other events.

Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand Shiba Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB

To Sun 12 May usual opening hours Free New exhibit of massively popular illustrator Quentin Blake. Individual works from the past decade: book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Also display of artist’s materials from his studio.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Arnie the Hippo, age 7 Special Skill – underwater attacks and eating plastic balls. Defining feature – large nose with lovely moustache. Best in Show 2010

Outpost: An Introduction Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Thursday 4 April 1.10pm to 1.40pm Free A lunch time talk from one of OUTPOST gallery’s artist members 01223 748100


The Practice Sessions

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

Fri 26 April 6pm to 8pm £8 (pay on the door, includes a drink) Drop in on your way to the pub, and enjoy some creative art-making, music, talks and, of course, drinks. Start your weekend off in a novel and creative way! 01223 478100


Queen Edith’s Knit and Natter

Get Crafty in 2013

Coffee House, 132 Wulfstan Way, Queen Edith’s, Cambridge

Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, The Wharf, Hooper Street, Cambridge CB1 2NZ

Thurdays 10am to 12 noon Free Local community venture – meet your neighbours! Bring your own knitting, talk about a new knitting adventure or knit for the Rosie Hospital. Enjoy tea, coffee and cake at a special price. All welcome. Cafe: 07751 212543

Wed 17 April (3rd Wednesday of each month) 7pm to 9pm £10 Friendly women-only craft making sessions. Must book (but you can check on the day to see if there are still places). 01223 321148

Studio Sundays

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

Sun 7 April 1pm to 4pm Free Drop-in practical art workshop for all ages. Make your own artwork inspired by the Kettle’s Yard exhibitions and collection. 01223 478100

Cambridge Quilters: Show and Tell

The Village Hall, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF

Fri 20 April 9.30am to 12.30pm Long-established local group. New members always welcome. This talk will cover ‘charm squares, jelly rolls and layer cakes’.

Sew Creative: Simply Scrappy Sew Creative shop, 97–99 Kings St, Cambridge CB1 1LD

Wed 24 April £30 (£10 deposit) 10am to 4pm The latest in a series of in-shop classes. Dig out those scraps! Create something from a combination of scraps and leftover fabric strips from your scrap bag. 01223 350691

St Barnabas Press

Coldhams Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW

See website for dates, times and costs of courses Local & friendly print studio. Offers short courses in all kinds of printmaking and also term-long intro courses. Check their website for workshops and exhibitions in their gallery.


Cambridge Classical Concert Series: European Union Chamber Orchestra Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Tuesday 16 Apr 7.30pm £34 or less (discounts for more than 3 concerts) World famous cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and his wife Jiaxin Cheng perform a programme which includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Eric Whitacre’s evocative and pastoral piece The River Cam.

Friday lunchtime concerts at Anglia Ruskin

Mumford Theatre (or Recital Hall, Helmore 029), Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Fri 19 April, Friday 26 April 1.10pm Free Established series of free concerts, this month featuring pianist Robert Mitchell (19 Apr) performing material from his album ‘The Glimpse (Whirlwind)’ and David Kirby on clarinet and Peter Hewitt on piano (26 Apr) playing music from Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Gerald Finzi. No need to book.

Cambridge Early Music Various locations

Sat/Sun 13/14 April £15/£12 concessions Cambridge Early Music’s April programme includes two performances by the Belgian 4-piece ensemble Encantar, making their Cambridge debut, tenors John Potter and Christopher O’Gorman, and sensational American ‘basso profundo’ Joel Frederiksen. See website for details. 01223 847330

Jazz Wave

Upstairs function room, Baroosh, 8 Market Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PF

Wed 3 April (first Wednesday of each month) Over 21s only. Mix of trad jazz. Check in the bar for times etc.

Cambridge Philharmonic presents Elgar: The Kingdom King’s College Chapel, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Sat 20 April 8pm £15-£30 (£10 on door for students and under 18s) Tenor Nicky Spence (recently described as having ‘a voice of real distinction’ by the Daily Telegraph) features as part of a quartet of soloists with Yvonne Howard, Heather Ship and Dean Robinson. 01223 357851



Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Tuesday 9 April 8pm £6 Two brothers, guitars, drums. Described by The Guardian as having the ‘heavy riffage of Black Sabbath’.

Fossil Collective

Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Tuesday 16 April 8pm £7 Multi-instrumentalist two-piece from Leeds, inspired by classic artists like Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. Like a solid English version of Fleet Foxes, Midlake or Bon Iver.

Rob St John and Dean McPhee

CB2 Cafe, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Mon 29 April 8pm £6 Rob St John is a keen observer of place and landscape, as manifested in his flowing prose pieces and open-hearted songs. Dean McPhee’s signature guitar sound features long melodic explorations, based around simple basslines and intricate clusters of notes. event/211438 APRIL 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 21


The Cambridge Band Competition Final: Sound Clash The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Friday 5 April 7pm £6/£8 on door Five of Cambridge’s best bands battle it out for the title of ‘Sound Clash Champion’, with special guests Page To Performance poets (led by Hollie McNish).

Daevid Allen and Marshall Allen Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TX

Sat 6 Apr 8pm £5 A live performance from guitar legend Daevid Allen, of Gong and Soft Machine, and avant-garde jazz pioneer Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra). The performance will be preceded by a FREE music masterclass from 4pm (book viaWysing’s website). 01954 718881

Reggae Music

Man on the Moon, 2 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF

Thursdays 8.30pm Free Reggae from live DJs – like DJ Jeff Levi (Living Roots) and DJ Blen (Rapture FM).

Cambridge Rock Festival Springfest 3 The Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JP

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Clarence the small python, age 6 months Special Skill – eating things five times larger than himself Defining feature – forked tongue


The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Wed 10 April 8.30pm £7 adv/£8 on the door Three-way collision of DJ Scotch Egg, Taigen from Bo Ningen and Dokkebi Q.

kleeep-a-kleeep: House Music The Frontroom, 23-25 Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LG

Fri 19 April 7pm to 9pm Free Music and performance with Liam Wells, John Boursnell and Holly Rumble


Cambridge bike tours

Various starting points: generally under the lamp post in the middle of Parkers Piece (‘Reality Checkpoint’)

Every day except Tues (through to Nov) 10.30am, 1.30pm or eves Various prices (includes bike hire) For all ages and abilities. Half or full-day cycle-based tours within Cambridge, to Grantchester, River pubs, with lunch and punting. Various bikes available including electric ones. Leisurely pace with emphasis on fun. Check online for details.

Fri 26 to Sunday 28 April 7.30pm £12-£16 per gig CRF are delighted to present the third Spring Festival, with a lineup of great bands as well as great beers and a great atmosphere. Featuring the Pure Floyd Show on Friday, Cregan & Co performing Rod Steward Classics on Saturday and an evening of rock classics from Don Airey & Friends on the Sunday, your evening gig tickets also allow you free entry to the Beer Festival on Saturday and Sunday daytime. 01353 749749

Cambridge Canoe Club

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FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Prince Charles the horse, age 20 years Special Skill – excellent hearing Defining feature – freedom! Best in Show 1970 when I was born!!! PAGE 22 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

Clubhouse: Sheep’s Green, Newnham Rec, Cambridge

Membership £50 (adults)/£35 (concessions)/£100 (family) For recreational and competitive paddlers (ages 8+). Activities and events all year round including at Abbey Pool but also trips to other parts of the UK. Newcomers (and guests) welcome. Club year starts in April. ‘Give it a go’ taster sessions available. See website for contact details.

Theodore the African bull-frog, age 2 Special Skill – jumping 6 feet in the air Defining feature – size (big) Best in Show 1999

Cambs Beekeepers Association

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambs CB22 3AE

Sundays 14, 21, 28 April Local group of bee enthusiasts. Talks, intro courses or visits to apiaries at Wandlebury most Sundays. See their website for more info.

Mill Road Cemetery Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AW

Historic cemetery with several entrances, which makes it a relaxing way to walk/ cycle into/across town, including with a dog. An active Friends group organises art, history and wildlife events. Check the noticeboards or their website.

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

Free This ‘local arts enterprise incubator’ has produced an art walks map that is downloadable from their website or available to pick up from various locations around town. Milton

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Admission charge Extensive programme of events and short courses for all ages and interests - and a great place for a day out. Check-out their new cafe on the ground-floor of StirlingPrize winning Sainsbury Labs. See their website for more info, including on their Friends membership and events. Have FLACK honesty box.

Gay Outdoor Club

Sun 7 April (1st Sunday each month) 11am Local branch of national organisation: ‘Activity club for gay men and women and their friends’. Mostly Cambs walks of about 7 miles. ‘Friendly group who always look forward to new friends joining us’. This month’s walk is Great Green Pirton, Bedfordshire. Register online for more information. Recommended by Jerry at Flack.


Milton Country Park Health Walks

The Visitor Centre, Milton Country Park, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AZ

Tuesdays 2pm Free Run by national Walking for Health project (Ramblers and Macmillan). One walk lasts approximately 20 minutes, then there is a further 5 minute walk for those who wish to do more. The walk is followed by a hot drink and a chat!

Wandlebury Walks

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham,

Wyrd Sisters

Ballet Central

Tues 16 to Saturday 20 April 7.45pm £10 or less A surreal mash-up of panto, Python, fairy tale and Shakespeare, in this adaptation of one of the best Discworld fantasies by Terry Pratchett (adapted by Stephen Briggs)

Tues 9 April 7.45pm £12/10 Ballet Central bring a varied repertoire which mixes ballet, contemporary, jazz and narrative dance, showcasing the company’s young and emerging dancers. The show features new works from acclaimed choreographers including Darshan Singh Bhuller and Sara Matthews, and re-staged works by company founder Christopher Gable CBE.

ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS


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CB22 3AE

Thursdays 10am-10.30am Free (£2 parking) Wandlebury Walks are suitable for anyone interested in walking or who wants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. An extended walk sets off from the Stable Rooms or Tadlow Granary at 10am, with a shorter walk leaving at 10.30am, then both groups return for tea, coffee and refreshments together at 11am. All ages and abilities welcome.


INKA + short documentary Polonia House, 231 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1AS

Fri 27 April 7.30pm Free, but voluntary contributions welcomed Polonia is a Polish Club, in a Polish restaurant (to eat there, you need to join first but membership is free and can be arranged on the day). INKA is a lowbudget Polish language drama about an alien regime overpowering Poland after the second world war, inspired by the true story of a 17 year old girl shot in Gdansk in 1946. 01223 365854

The Pitmen Painters

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Mon 22 to Saturday 27 April 2.30pm, 7.45pm £30/£25/£20/£15 (plus booking fee) Written by Lee Hall, who also created the popular Billy Elliot, this show tells of a group of miners in the 1930s who begin an art appreciation class and then become painters themselves. A humorous, moving and timely examination of art, class and politics.

ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS

Lankeu the Rhino, age 3 Special skill – writing letters Defining feature - photogenic Best in Show 2 B.C. and still in the way!

More Travels Through The Archive Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR

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Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Tues 2 April 1pm £13 (£11 concessions) A live streaming of the National Theatre in London’s performance of Alan Bennet’s new play.


ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS

Tue 23 to Saturday 27 April 7.45pm £10 or less The Pied Pipers return to the ADC with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s most important musical work. Follies features sassy, show-stopping dance routines, beautiful costumes and iconic songs that you are bound to recognise. This groundbreaking show defined musical theatre for a whole generation.

Wednesday 17 April 1pm £6.20 (including booking fee) Cambridgeshire Film Consortium present a travelogue of archive footage including a young Richard Dimbleby’s journey through Norwich in 1952, women’s train trips across the UK from 1955 and a dawn-to-dusk picture of East Anglian life from 1966.

Autism-Friendly Screenings

Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Saturdays 6/13/20/27 April 10.30am £3 These film screenings take place every Saturday morning, especially for people on the autism spectrum who might be sensitive to sound and light, and usually find going to the cinema difficult. April’s films are Mary Poppins, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Wreck-it Ralph and Jasper, Penguin Explorer. These screenings use advice and information from the National Autistic Society to ensure that they are comfortable and welcoming experiences for cinema-goers on the autistic spectrum.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Ben the Lizard, age - 2 Special Skill – slow walk Defining feature – changes colour Best in Show 1001

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Tom Crean

Circus Skills

Monday 29 April 7.30pm £12.50/£10/£8.50 This one-man show was written and is performed by Aidan Dooley, and brings vividly to life the intrepid Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean (1877-1938). Hear Crean’s riveting true stories, in this dramatic, humorous award-winning performance.

Sundays (most of year)Workshops timetabled between 3pm to 8pm £5 or less From Cambridge Community Circus (CCC) – a voluntary organisation to promote, teach and perform circus skills in the Cambridge area. Various drop-in circus skills workshops. All ages 7+. Also local juggling group. Check online for more info. 08717 334446

Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT


Watery Wonders at Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambs CB22 3AE

Wed 10 April 10am to 12.30pm £6.50/£5 members/adults free ages 5+, all children must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential Explore the pond at Wandlebury to find what mammals, fish and insects live there, and try some fun pond-related craft activities, under the expert guidance of Cambridge Past, Present and Future’s field teachers. Meet at Wandlebury’s Stable Rooms Education Centre, dress for the outdoors, and bring a snack. 07833 598155

Bumpercise and Aquatots

Various venues in and around Cambridge

Afternoons and eves £5 or block book Ante- and post-natal exercise in water, baby and toddler swimming and parenting classes. You can even buy Swimfins – to help you float and learn to swim.

Doctor, Doctor Activity Trail

Cambridge and County Folk Museum, 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Sat 30 March to Sunday 14 April Free ‘Doctor, Doctor, I feel like a pair of curtains’ ‘Well pull yourself together man, and join us for Doctor’s rounds at the Museum!’ Follow the trail to visit patients, solve funny riddles and discover mystery cures. Laughter is the best medicine, in this fun Easter Holiday activity for kids. 01223 355159 PAGE 24 | FLACK |APRIL 2013

Citylife House, Sturton St, Cambridge CB1 2QF

Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences

Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ

Mondays to Fridays 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm/Saturdays 10am to 4pm Collection of fossils and geology. With regular events (including arts/crafts) for all ages. Excellent Charles Darwin exhibition. Check their website for details.

Denny Abbey Farmland Museum: Easter Holiday Family Days

Denny Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9PQ

Tues and Thursdays 2/4 April and 9/11 April 12 noon to 5pm £5/£4 adults, £3.50 over 5s, under 5s free Two special Family Day events: Toylandia on 2 and 4 April, investigating the museum’s collection of curious playthings from the past; Perfect Ploughing on 9 and 11 April, finding out how ploughing works, including a ‘plough trail’ to follow.

Rat-a-tat Music Group

Two locations: Old Vestry, St Augustine's Church, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS (Mondays) and Baptist Church, 103 High St, Girton, Cambs CB2 0QQ (Tuesdays)

Mondays or Tuesdays £3.50 per family (includes refreshments – with cake!) From two local musical/teacher mums. Relaxed and friendly group providing action-packed classes of music fun for ages 0 to 3 years. Puppets and parachutes. See website for details. No need to book.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Fred the Cat, age - 10 Special Skill – crunching cat food Defining feature – Tabby type patterns. Best in Show 2012

Mammal Day at Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambs CB22 3AE

Sat 6 April 11am to 4pm £6.50/£5 members/adults free (all children must be accompanied by an adult) Spot the mammals at Wandlebury! A Cambridge Past, Present and Future ranger team will help you identify different animal tracks, show you how to dissect owl pellets and explain humane small mammal trapping. If the weather’s kind, you could even bring a picnic! 07833 598155


Allographic: Other Voices

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

Sun 28 April 8pm £5/£3.50 Local publisher of ‘Small Word’ fanzine presents a stage, a microphone, a bunch of lovely people and some words. Plus free snacks! Come and step up to the open mic, enter our mini-poetry competition, or just enjoy the talent on display. This month’s event features internationally-renowned poet Hollie McNish and writer and performer Josh Seigal.

Cambridge Poetry Group

Tibbatts Room, St Luke’s Church, Victoria Rd, Cambridge CB4 3DZ

Thur 4 April (1st Thursday of month) 7.30pm to 9.30pm £17 full members or less (annual) Friendly local group of poets and poetry lovers. Members are encouraged to write a poem to a set subject each month - although poems on any subject are acceptable. These are read aloud and published in a booklet for members (also available in Central Library/Grantchester Tea Rooms). Drop in to monthly meeting if interested bring a poem of your choice. Paulina Gooding (Sec) 01223 210711

Hammer and Tongue

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

Wed 10 April (2nd Wednesday of month) 8pm £6.50 or less Local branch of international ‘slam poetry’ network. Plus support, and open-mic for up to 8 competitors.


Portland Comedy Club

Bujinkan Cambridge Dojo

Still Caring

Fri 26 April 8pm Guest acts take to the stage for an evening of laughter. Phone the pub for confirmed guests and prices. 01223 357268

Tues/Thur 8pm–9.45pm First session free Non-competitive Ninjutsu martial art training. Beginners and all levels welcome. See website for more details. 01223 235264

Jesterlarf Comedy Club

Body Active Sports Massage Clinic

Wed 10 April (Second Wednesday each month) 12.30pm for 1pm £9 for lunch, plus drinks from bar A lunch club for carers supporting someone with dementia. Join local volunteer-run organisation dementia COMPASS for a two-course lunch and update of local resources.

The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

J2, Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Fri 12 April 8.30pm £12 April’s Jesterlarf residency at The Junction features Irish comedian Keith Farnan, with support from Tom Rosenthal, Duncan Oakley and Tiernan Douieb

Lee Nelson

J2, The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherines Road, CB4 3X

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Queen Anne Terrace, City Centre, Cambridge, CB1 1NA

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays Sports, therapeutic and pregnancy massage and reflexology offered 3 days per week (or other times, by appointment).


Sat 6 April 7.30pm £15 Comic character Lee Nelson warms up for his national tour with a brand new night of “qwaliteeee jokes, games and banter”, with legendary audience interaction and special “guest appearances” from Dr Bob, Jason Bent and more.

Six Bells Pub, High Street, Fulbourn, Cambs CB21 5DH

They welcome carers who are caring at home or at a distance, for someone in a residential home or who have recently lost someone who had dementia. Must book, up to three days before. See their website for other activities and support. They also welcome enquiries by interested community members who would like to participate in the programme or volunteer. Edye Hoffmann: 07876 350638

Easter Diving Crash Course

Parkside Pool, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY

Mon 8 to Friday 12 April £30 per child For all ages (from 5+) and abilities. Learn to dive (springboard and highboard) and then compete. Run by volunteers.

New Poetry in the UK

ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS

Sun 14 April 8.30pm £8/£7 Part of the Cambridge Wordfest, this event features a range of talented young UK poets, reading from the groundbreaking new anthology Dear World and Everyone In It, which has not only sparked debate but captured the mood of a whole new generation of poets.


Fitness Pilates Drop-In

Mill Road Baptist Church, (Stockwell Street Entrance) 178 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3LP

Tues 7pm to 8pm £5 A drop-in pilates-style matwork class. Learn how your body moves in space, become aware of the bad habits your posture may have taken and try to correct the imbalances in your body. All levels welcome. Bring a mat for exercises on the floor, as well as standing work. 07866 471671

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Cambridge Cycling Club: Morning Rides Weds 3/10/17/24 Apr (each Wednesday) 8am to 1pm Local cycling group’s moderately-paced endurance rides. A good base training for those with a reasonable fitness level (usually with a built in café break after about three hours). Departing from Newnham Corner: see their website for more info.

St. Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN

Tuesdays from 19 Feb to 30 April (10 weeks with show on 3 May) 6.30pm to 8.30pm Free For adults aged (about) 18 to 30 years, of any level of experience. Dear Heart drama and creative workshops (including improvisation, acting, music and dance) aim for ‘healthy heart through theatre’ (they are funded by two heart-related charities). Participants will devise their own show with support from professional artists. Need to book. 07507787639

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Andrew the Gerbil, age 10 gerbil years Special Skill - nibbling Defining feature – backflips inside a plastic ball Best in Show 2008

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Bodywork’s community classes

Bodywork Dance Studios, 25–29 Glisson Rd, Cambridge CB1 2HA or 17 Brookside CB2 9JE

Weekday eves; Saturday am From £5 Adult classes for aerobics, ballet, contemporary jazz, pilates, street dancing, yoga and zumba. Check website for current timetables and prices.

All ages welcome (it is quite physical) no need to bring a partner. Wear loose clothing and flat-soled trainers.

Cambridge Parkrun

Milton Country Park, Milton CB24 6AZ

Cambridge Kung Fu

Saturdays 6/13/20/27 April 9am Free Not a race, but regular (timed) volunteerrun 5km run. For all ages and abilities, for your own enjoyment or to help train for charity event. Meet-up in cafe afterwards too.

Days, eves... Try classes for free (then joining fee plus month/term fees) From well-established, not-for-profit social enterprise, loads of classes from ages 2+ (kids, youth and adults).

You must register in advance the first time (bring your bar-code along) – see website for details. They are keen for more volunteers to get involved too.

Not just regular (or Wing Chun) Kung Fu but also ‘Circular Strength Training’ (CST), ‘Energy Systems’, ‘Escrima Concepts’ and Tai Chi Chuan & Chi Kung. Check their website for more details.

Cambridge Phoenix Korfball

They are FLACK friends, coming to FLACK each week for Tai Chi or CST. Recommended by FLACK staff, volunteers and members. 01223 368229

Mondays 8/15/22/29 April 8.15pm to 10.15pm 3 sessions free Get fit, make friends and have fun! Korfball is similar to basketball or netball, but played with both men and women.

Various locations

Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Tues 2 April 8pm Monthly general meeting of this wellestablished and very enthusiastic local group. Organises social/leisurely rides and has social gatherings as well as the monthly meeting, to which all are welcome. If you join, you get a useful newsletter and really useful discounts in local shops and for training. Their website is packed with info about cycling in and around Cambridge.

Lindy Hop (Swing) Dancing

Mondays, Wednesdays 7.30pm to 10.30pm £5 or less Well-established non-profit society. Two weekly events: ‘Speakeasy’ (Mons, 7.30pm) at Man on the Moon, Norfolk St (with live Jazz) and ‘Class night’ (Weds, 7.30pm) at The Centre at St Pauls, Hills Rd. Also workshops, events and performances. See website for start of next 4-week course or just turn up. PAGE 26 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, CB4 2QT

Phoenix Korfball is an expanding club with lots of beginners so now is an ideal time to join. They also have a range of social events. Email or just turn up.

Cambridgeshire Reminiscence Network

Cambridge & County Folk Museum, 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ; other libraries and museums around Cambridge

Small fee for weekly rental of boxes, and/or fees for staff/volunteers Project to provide loan boxes or even whole 1950s kitchen cabinets for use in reminiscence sessions. These are great for older people, especially those with dementia – both enjoyable and therapeutic. Some museums also provide staff/volunteers to lead the sessions – as outreach or in the library. There is also an archive of oral histories.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Spider the Octopus, age 2 1/2 Special Skill – underwater calligraphy Defining feature – multilingual (speaks five languages) Best in Show MMX


Anglia Chamber Choir

LAB 028, Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Thurs 4/11/18/25 April (Every Thursday) 5pm to 7pm Local choir singing a range of music. Membership is open to all at Anglia but also local community, by brief audition. Prior experience of sight-reading music is preferred.

Cambridge Guitar Club St James Centre, Wulfstan Way, Cambridge CB1 8QJ

Thur 18 April 8.15pm to 10.15pm £3 or less Monthly club event for classical/acoustic guitar, with ensemble playing for first 30 mins. All ages, but under 16s must be with adult. Bring along some food and drink to share with the group. 01223 565552

Dowsing for Sound

Telephone or email for dates, times and location Musical collective of over 60 voices and a house band. All from Cambridge and taking part in their spare time. Covers of an eclectic range of music - from Icelandic soundscapes to Indie hits, soaring club anthems, Scottish mouth music and orchestral pop to plainsong and early polyphony. Perform for charity – and fun. Keen for new members – especially men and also for their band. No audition and no need to read music. 01954 204727

Michaelhouse Chorale St Michael’s Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Fris 5/12/19 April (every Friday) 2.30pm to 3.30pm Free Small, friendly choir for anyone with a mental health condition, whatever his/her age, together with informal or professional carers and friends. No singing ability or previous experience required. No need to book either! Richard Taylor: 01799 541522 Peter Hilken: 01223 709769


Funky Days with Inspire

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Fridays 10am to 3pm £45/day For adults with disabilities, ages 16+. Can use IPBs. Write poems and songs, rap, photography, film-making, dance, music and fun. From ‘wellbeing through arts’ charity.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Transport can be available. Need to book. Also sessions at Inspire in Milton on Thursdays. 01223 441106

Singing Lessons

Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Weds 3/10/17/24 April (every Wednesday) One-to-one tuition. Voice development, technique, repertoire, breathing and retraining. Whatever genre you like. Also at Saffron Walden. 07799 553304

Cambridge Natural History Society

Talks Thur 4, Mon 8, Thur 11, 17 April; Excursions Sun 7, Sat 27, Sun 28 April Free to members Open to everyone interested in natural history - including zoology, botany, ecology, entomology, palaeontology, conservation and the environment. Annual membership is £6. Offers a series of talks, exhibitions, excursions, field studies and an annual dinner. Links with other local groups such as the Cambridge group of the Wildlife Trust and the Magog Trust. See website for details.

Cambridge Science Centre 18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ

Tuesdays to Sundays Times vary from school term to holiday times £3.50 adults/£2.50 children Current exhibitions include Electromagnetic Power, Inside DNA, Light and Colour, Microscopic World and Seeing & Feeling Sound. 01223 967965

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Hairy the tarantula, age 5 spider years Special Skill – IT skills, she loves Ubuntu Defining feature – wears a monocle Favourite food: icecream-fly Best in Show 11111100101 (2021 in binary)


Roger the sea anemone, age 6 seconds Special Skill - dancing Defining feature – brilliant hair Best in Show 2009

Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

Mondays to Fridays (not bank hols) 12.30pm to 4.30pm Free Internationally important collection of scientific instruments/gadgets, models etc. A Cambridge secret [but now we’ve told you about it].

Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub

FLACK is proving a great way to earn some extra money. Some of our vendors are saving for a rent deposit for instance.

A group that get together (in the pub, of course) to listen to talks on a wide range of topics. What is skepticism? It aims to take viewpoints based on evidence, to gain a greater understanding of the world. Check out their website for information about upcoming events and meetings.

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.

Goods and Experiences Fundraising Auction

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 11am - 3.30pm

St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Sat 27 April 7.30pm to 9.30pm Fundraising auction for Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with both silent and live auctions of fantastic prizes donated by businesses and individuals from around Cambridge. Not just ‘items’, but some interesting ‘experiences’ and services have also been donated…

Beginners’ Sewing Workshop

Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Future Business (Cambridge City FC), Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1UY

Sat 13 April 11am to 3pm Free Did you know that extending the average life of clothes by just 3 months could lead to a 5-10% reduction in carbon, water and waste footprints? This workshop will teach you how to alter and repair clothes to bring new life to them. Booking is essential, so email or phone for your place. 01223 301842

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

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

Mill Rd Co-Operative Supermarket

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Cambridge Philosophical Society

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Dept of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EW

Wed 24 April 6pm to 7pm Free The Society’s Dr Jimena Berni and Dr Ulrike Bauer will each deliver two half-hour lectures, open to all who are interested. Lecture titles to be confirmed, check back on the website for more information.

All About Cropshare

CB1 Café, 32 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AD

Thur 4 April 7.30pm to 9pm Free Come along to find out more about this local Community Supported Agriculture project based at Willow Farm in Lode, and its plans for 2013.


Diamond Way Meditation

Friends Meeting House (Caroline Stephen Room), 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA; Cambridge Diamond Way Buddhist Group, 13 Tamarin Gardens, Cambridge CB1 9GQ

Tues 2 April (introductory); Tuesdays 9/16/23/30 April (guided meditation) 8pm Free (donations welcome) Local Cambridge branch of national Tibetan Buddhism network. Organisation holds regular weekly sessions, newcomers welcome. Check website for details of times and locations.


Pagan Moot

The Salisbury Arms, 79 Tenison Road, Cambridge CB1 2DW

Sun 7 April (first Sunday of each month) 8pm Discussions, speakers, events, rituals. All who follow a path of Nature spirituality are welcome.

Sikh Diwan

Arbury Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD

Sun 28 April (last Sunday of each month) 3pm to 5pm Local Sikh community meets in their temporary Gurdwara in Arbury. Worship consists of Indian music and readings. Need to remove shoes and cover your head. All welcome. Followed by a vegetarian meal. 01223 232 519

Falun Dafa

Kings College Cambridge (contact for details), King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Saturdays 10am to 12 noon Free Local branch of international (apolitical) organisation (also known as Falun Gong). Learn and enjoy this ancient (spiritual) practice for improving body, mind and spirit. Just five gentle and easy to learn exercises. All welcome. Avoid tight clothing [good advice in general]. Miatra 07956 493481


First Aid for Canine Companions

Red Lion, 27 High Street, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JD

Wood Green, King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambs PE29 2NH

Mon 1/8/15/22/29 April (each Monday) 8.30pm Free Blokes from New Life Church meet to hang out, put the world to rights and enjoy real ales. Martin Wilde 01223 233484

Thur 18 April 7pm to 9.30pm £30 Course designed to teach how to give first aid to dogs, along with practical instructions for treating minor ailments. It will help you distinguish between conditions that need the immediate attention of a vet, and those that you can manage for yourself.

St Andrew’s Church Healing Group

St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Mon 1/Fri 19 Apr 7pm to 8pm/12 noon to 12.45 Contact Rosemary for more information about this twice-monthly group. Rosemary Matthew: 01223 525009 PAGE 28 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Andre the Bat, age immortal Special Skill - making peanut butter sandwiches. Defining feature- likes to wear the batman costume. Best in Show: Hickk-K-h*^@ 23000BC in really old bat language!!! (at the wikikiBat)

Maggie’s Wallace 21 Milton House, Puddicombe Way, Cambridge, CB2 0AD

Local cancer-support charity, Wallace Cancer Care, has now joined with national Maggie’s cancer charity, and they are in new premises on the Addenbrooke’s site. Well-worth looking at their website for events, local cancer support groups, opportunities for counselling (including for families), complementary therapies (mainly for people in treatment) and advice (including their advice centre on the Addenbrooke’s concourse). Also, great for volunteering. Recommended by FLACK volunteer. 01223 596 379

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Syrup the goldfish, age 20 seconds Special Skill – dodging raindrops Defining feature – freckles Best in Show 2002.

Antique and Collectors Fair Wood Green, King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambs PE29 2NH

Sat 6 and Sunday 7 April 10am to 5pm Weekend event at the Wood Green Animals Charity. Over 100 stalls, in the centre’s indoor arena. Plenty to find for all treasure seekers, while helping out the animals.

Blue Cross Cambridge 20 Garlic Row, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8HW

Open Mondays to Fridays 10am to 4pm This is the Cambridge rehoming centre for pets, part of the national Blue Cross animal charity. Visit the website to read about rehoming, and their current Big Neutering Campaign, or to volunteer.


Free Career Advice A service provided by Cambridgeshire County Council, for adults looking for work, learning or a change in career. By appointment in Cambridge and other libraries. Also practical help with applications, interviews. Need to book. Louise Bachelor, 01480 373776 or Liz McKim, 01480 373775


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Grad Pad top-floor Cafe, University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RU

Mons 1/8/15/22 April (every Monday) 9am to 10am For self-employed creatives wanting to meet other creatives and motivate themselves for the week ahead.

Cambridge Pitch and Mix Meet-up Clown’s Cafe, 54 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN

Thur 4/11/18/25 April (every Thursday) 8.45am to 10am Free to members Structured but informal networking group for technology innovators, start-ups etc.

Need to email first.

Invited speakers plus you can do 30-sec or 3-min pitches. Also podcasts.

Cambridge Personal Success Group

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour

Orchard Park Community Centre, Kings Hedges Rd, Cambridge CB4 2EZ

Wed 17 April 7pm to 9.30pm £10 pre booked Top experts speaking each month, sharing wisdom and knowledge on discovering or fulfilling your life purpose. April’s talk is from Soul Freedom Therapist Andrea Foulkes, who asks: Have You Lived Before? A friendly network group for holistic, natural lifestyle and spiritual entrepreneurs and people who would like to discover more about life and themselves!

Courses in English, maths and computing for women

Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre, The Wharf, Hooper Street, Cambridge CB1 2NZ

Well-established local charity provides resources, opportunities and space for women to change their lives for the better. As part of this, they offer training, support and an integrated volunteer programme. Facilities include a crèche and coffee room with library and internet. Contact them for course details. 01223 321148

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Nikky the Gruffalo, age 9 yrs old. Special Skill - excellent at knitting currently completing a 20 square meters blanket using very good high quality knitting wool. Favourite Food - Strawberry Milkshake with chocolate sprinkles Best in Show 2004

FLACK STOCKISTS Thank you to all these retailers for giving FLACK shelf space !

Tony the Siberian Tiger, age 2 years and three months Special Skill : Chasing FLACK Listings Designers Favourite food: Homeless people (especially if they are vegetarians) with a side helping of T-Shirts and Chilli Defining feature - pacifist! Best in Show: GgGrrroaou-grGruuuu 2001 in Tiger Language or something like that, I was running fast at the time!

Menagerie Theatre Company

Local independent new writing theatre company – and neighbour of Flack. As well as developing productions they also run corporate training workshops (communication skills) and writerdevelopment courses.


Wed 24 April (last Wednesday of the month) Friendly local network of people interested in graphic and web design, media of all kinds, literature and publishing, visual arts, multimedia, performing arts. Check website for location and any fees but you can just turn up.


105: Flavour

Fortnightly Saturdays (6 April, 20 April) 12 noon Dedicated to food and drink produced and enjoyed in and around Cambridge. The show will discuss what is available in local specialist food stores, cafes, restaurants and more. www.cambridge105fm/shows/ flavour

Post Office Newmarket Rd Best One Express Fitzroy St King St Post Office King St Your News Victoria Ave Spar Barnwell Rd Hazelwood Stores Hazelwood Close Daily Bread Co-Op Kilmaine Close Cromwell News Cromwell St The Poetry Stall Market on Thursdays And an extra special thank you to our Honesty Box Hosts: Arjuna Mill Rd Visitor’s Centre Milton Country Park The Box Cafe Norfolk St Coffee Savoy Newmarket Rd The Corner House Newmarket Rd Jocalatte Burleigh St The Champion of the Thames King St Emmanuel Utd Reform Church Cafe Trumpington St CB1 Cafe Mill Rd Urban Larder Mill Rd The Portland Arms Mitcham’s Corner The Carlton Arms Carlton Way Food 4 Food Wintercomfort Cafe St Andrews Hall, Chesterton St John’s Innovation Centre Botanical Gardens Brookside Blue Ball Granchester Emmaus Landbeach Future Business City Football Ground Indigo Coffee House St. Edward’s Psg The School Run Centre Hope St. Yard The Foyer Fitzwilliam Museum Kasush King St The Cambridge Blue Gwydir St First&Last Melbourn Place The Clarendon Arms Clarendon St The Mill Mill Lane Tourist Information Corn Exchange St Black Cat Café Mill Rd Bell Language School Hills Rd Cambridge Art Salon Cromwell Rd Emmaus Landbeach Contact if you would like to stock FLACK

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Star 107 Rock with Neil Jones

Sundays 7pm to 10pm This long-running show (it’s been going more than 10 years now) brings you three hours of ROCK every Sunday evening, including interviews with some of the rock world’s biggest names (recent interviews have included Slash, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and more) and local bands. Tune in, and turn your radio up to 11! Listen online via the website, or on 107.9/1 fm.


Engage in the Afternoon

Cambridge Central Library, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3QD

Mondays 2pm to 3.30pm Free For ages 50+. Knitting and crocheting group meet every Monday. Creative writing on 1st Monday of month, speakers on 3rd Monday of month and book group on 4th. Ask library staff or check website. Also meet in other libraries around the county.

Cambridge City Credit Union (CCCU)

CCCU, 82 Akeman St, Cambridge CB4 3HG

Credit Unions try to make it easy for their members to make regular savings and give them access to low-cost loans after 13 weeks. You don’t get interest on your savings but might get a dividend. Anyone who lives or works within Cambridge can join the Cambridge City Credit Union. It costs only £1 to join and open an account. You can download the application form on their website but they will need to verify your identity and your address before you can open an account. Or drop in to the City Homes North office on Arbury Road any Tuesday between 9.30am and 10.30am. A volunteer can answer questions, sign people up and arrange applications for loans. 01223 314664

Car Boot Sale Cambridge Cambridge City Football Club, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1UY

Sundays 7am to 12noon Free Cambridge’s original car boot sale. Loads of bargains and hard-standing (so no muddy feet). Pitches from £7. 07807 684274 PAGE 30 | FLACK | APRIL 2013

Quiz Night at the Milton Arms


Tues 2/9/16/23/30 April (every Tuesday) 8pm (warm-up round), 9pm start £1 entry With FLACK friend Lesley, cash prizes. ‘Big deals’ on food every night too.

Membership: £15/year

205 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XG

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Worm Colony, ages many Special Skill: playing rugby. Favorite food: a greedy fat banker in a elegant and expensive coffin (they add candles and wine). Defining Feature: pretty toenails Best in Show: 1977

One-day Bike Maintenance Courses Outspoken Cycle Training, Outspoken Workshops (between Riverside and Newmarket Rd), Cambridge

10am to 4pm £50 or less Courses to keep you safe on your cycle. For complete beginners or intermediates – gain confidence to fix common (or more complicated) problems. Just 6 in groups and lots of time to practise. See also programme of ‘balance first’and ‘bikeability training’ and of course their fantastic delivery service.


The Place, 22 Sidney St, Cambridge CB2 3HG

Weds 3/10/17/24 April (every Wednesday) 10pm to 3am £4 or less With Cambridge LBGT Soc, the ‘Number 1 LBGT night in Cambridge’. DJ from Heaven Club (London) plays ‘biggest club anthems around’.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Susan the Sloth, age 21 Special Skill: good at maths and laying the table for the “merienda” which is a meal that children love in Spain because it’s cakes after school!! It was the best thing to come home from school and find a delicious cake!!! Yummmm. Favorite food: South American cake for the “merienda” Defining feature: nice hair Best in Show: 1997

Cambridge & County Folk Museum, 2/3 Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Open scriptwriting forum of writers, actors, directors and producers. Monthly casual script reading group as well as professionally-led workshops and panel discussions. All welcome! They put on the Naked Stage, Monologues and Duologues Festival. Good links on their website too.

The Green Man Beer Festival The Green Man Public House, 59 High Street, Granchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF

Fri 29 March to Sunday 1 April Free entry (£3.60 per pint) Great festival packed full of beers and ciders, also featuring live music and food. 01223 844669

Cambridge Wine and Dine Book Club Sun 7 April (1st Sunday of month) 12.30 pm £5, but taken off bill Discuss a book while enjoying food and wine. April’s book is ‘Flowers for Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes. Check online for venue information.

FLACK Scrufts Roll of Honour Jim the Octopus, age 26. Special Skill: Car Mechanics Favorite food: chilli con carne Defining feature : small tattoo of a naked lady on right shoulder Best in Show: 1995

PACT Group of local people in Petersfield (where FLACK is based) who organise the ‘Summer Event’ 22 June 2013 12 - 5pm. This year will include an auction, Chinese Lion dance, circus acts, exhibitions, music and dance workshops. Keen to welcome new volunteers. Please contact for details of next meeting. also on facebook

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

Local Secrets Website 0845 2071205

I forgot to list in FLACK! IT IS FREE TO LIST IN FLACK BUT WE DO NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING. Increase your chances by subscribing to our friendly email reminder of the next month’s deadline .... We’ll choose what we like the sound of (especially events, groups and iniatiatives that don’t get mainstream promotion) the quirky, the kind and the interesting.

IF YOU WANT TO GUARANTEE YOUR LISTING IN FLACK WE DO MAKE A CHARGE. Our rates are very reasonable and all proceeds go towards supporting FLACK’s work with homeless people ... Guaranteed box listing As above + pic/logo Business box inc logo Personal Ad on p19 contact:

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The Junction 01223 511511

Faculty of Music

University of Cambridge

Cineworld 0871 220 8000

Vue cambridge 08712 240 240

Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - click on ‘Cambridge’ 0871 902 5720

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FLACK April 2013  

A magazine produced by homeless people in Cambridge for Cambridge

FLACK April 2013  

A magazine produced by homeless people in Cambridge for Cambridge