The most inclusive guide to whatâ€™s on in Cambridge
July 2013 | ÂŁ2.00
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Transforming lives Revitalising neighbourhoods
David Holmes (left) and Kevin Scanlon (Riverside ECHG Area Manager) in the new reception area at 222 Victoria Rd
What’s happening at 222 Victoria Road? We’ll have moved into the shiny new hostel by the time you read this, and are working closely with the building contractors so we can make the move as painless as possible for our residents. During July, work will start on the buildings at the back of the site. I’m sure all of us agree that it’ll be great to get out of the cramped reception we’ve been using and get our front doors back! This has been a very big project for the builders. However, they have always been civil to the residents, and the building work has caused no problems for us. Staff have always kept us informed too. Not having known what to expect, I’m very pleasantly surprised at the resident rooms and impressed by the size of them. The bathrooms are also very well fitted. Everywhere is painted in nice colours which are not oppressive. I like the idea of the “dual use” kitchens with TVs in the lounge areas. This means we can watch TV socially as well as individually. The sensor lights are a very good idea and will save on energy, as will the bedroom access card system which will switch off power to the room when a resident goes out. The Reception area looks like it’s going to be really good – nice and bright with more rooms for staff to hold meetings in. I confess I had my reservations about moving back over there but, now that I have seen it, I am looking forward to it. It is all looking very good and it shouldn’t be long before it is finished. David Holmes, Resident (10th June 2013)
For more details visit our web page: tinyurl.com/222VictoriaRd If you’d like to make a comment or have a question, please email: 222VictoriaRoad.Cambridge@riverside.org.uk
www.flack ambridge.org.uk About the front cover... Brian Skilton is a loyal FLACK Vendor, Pedlar and Peer. Brian loves dressing up and has been known to walk a long way (with his friends) to raise money for FLACK.
Inside this issue...
photo: Toby Peters
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.
THERE BE A DRAGON HERE
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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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. JULY 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 3
obin Ahmed is one of the founder members of FLACK. Robin came to England at the age of 15 and lived here for over twenty years. When he joined FLACK, Robin was in the early stages of recovery from three years of homelessness and addiction. He is now running his own business and teaching business English in his hometown of Sylhet. This interview was devised by FLACK’s Editorial group, and Robin would like to stress that his answers are simply his point of view. He is not attempting to represent Bangladesh What was your first major impression when you arrived back in Bangladesh ? That it has improved, developed Dhaka, the capital, did feel like a bustling metropolis. The advancement in tech, the flashy Mercedes, and Porsches…felt good. However, the sheer number of people – I mean 180 million in place the size of England was overwelming. Oh, and how cold it was! 3.6 degrees - some kind of record. Houses aren’t built for that. In Bangladesh: they are ventilated not insulated. There is air-conditioning but not central heating. What is the situation regarding homelessness in Bangladesh? Homelessness is different in Bangladesh. To be homeless one has to have lost all, family, friends, possessions. PAGE 4 | FLACK | JULY 2013
by S Robin Ahmed
People live in the midst of extreme poverty, with 50% of people disfigured/disabled/unable to work. 99% of dogs in the UK live better than them. There are no night shelters, there are no homeless hostels. And if you become homeless due to natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, I guess it’s the same everywhere (standards may be different) – resettlement. And remember the cold I mentioned above! What language do you dream in? Now this is an interesting question. For the first couple of months it was still English. Then some dreams in mixed languages ie in Bengali as well as English. However, for the last couple of months have just been more silent, only the sounds of streets or rain, wind etc.
www.flack ambridge.org.uk I like most. There is a traditional steamed mustard fish recipe which is unique to Bengal but I think, to answer your question, my mum’s chicken korma recipe is the best. (See page 13)
Do you feel Bangladeshi? What makes you Bangladeshi? I was born in Bangladesh, but I spent most of my life in the UK. England became part of my soul and I always will love it, but being a Bengali is imprinted on my skin, it’s in my blood. Being Bangladeshi is a nationality, like being British. But I am a Bengali by race, like being English or Scottish. I do feel Bengali, yes. Only my birth certificate and national ID card makes me Bangladeshi. Safety in the streets? How does it compare with Cambridge? It’s chaotic. Just crossing the road is like a ‘game of death’, a very risky task. Nobody follows any rules. Rickshaws, Tuk Tuks, cars, bikes and let’s not forget the sheer number of human traffic coming from all angles – all in a rush. And if it happens to be during the times of political unrest, well then no one can give you a guarantee that you will come home unharmed. Torching trains, smashing buses and other vehicles while people are still in them. It’s depressing to say the least.
What’s particularly different about doing business in Bangladesh? Everything you do, you do with a lot of tact. TACT is the motto here, which is termed ‘Technique’ or ‘System’. Everyone has a place in the food chain and one must always act and maintain their place. Oh and trust no one - it’s a ‘wolf’ eat ‘wolf’ world.
Should we boycott Primark in the light of the recent tragedy? And if not, why not and what can we do? No, boycotting Primark or Walmart is not the answer. Over 3.6 million Bangladeshi women make a living by working in the garment industry. A relatively decent living which gives them independence and something to be proud of. Boycotting will lead to those women resorting to being housemaids, vagrancy or even prostitution. Instead companies like Primark should and must ensure when their delegates do go to Bangladesh that they actually do their job, which is take a tour of the factories, making sure the working conditions are adequate and if need be putting some pressure on the factory owners rather than spending their times in 5* hotels, lounges and accepting expensive gifts from the owners.
What’s the food like in Bangladesh? Could you give us your favorite recipe for a national dish? Simply great! The variety of fish is I guess is what JULY 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 5
How is Bangladesh’s political system organized - is it a democracy like here in the UK? In theory it’s identical, well almost. The constitution and the political system are based on the UK’s system. In reality, democracy is just a word. Bangladesh is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Breaks my heart to say it but it’s true. What kind of care/help is offered to drug addicts in Bangladesh? Is there a drug problem? LOL. Yes, there is a big drug problem. Liquid codeine, Yaba (cross between Amphetamine and MDMA), Cannabis (fashionable amongst youngsters, people involved in cultural industries i.e. music, dance, art etc and Sadus), all kinds of pharmaceutical downers/sleepers and the king of drugs – heroin. As far as I know there is no proactive help offered. You want help, you or your family go and get it. Taking drugs is a taboo and the addicts are looked upon as losers, social degenerates, scum. The help comes only in the form of rehab. There is no national health service. One in ten rehabs are government- run, which is the cheaper option. The rest are private and expensive. They lock you up (sometimes tie you up) for 3 to 6 months and treat you. They have AA, NA here too as after care, but one has to go through the rehab process to be part of it.
eople everywhere are the same. We all, men, women, have desires, passions, inspirations, hopes and dreams. It’s our attitudes and perspectives that makes us different. I was asked another question regarding women’s positions in Bangladesh. It’s a bit like Victorian England. I do like it here. I love the weather, I love the fact that I am spending time with my family and I am being me. Yet, I find myself in a world that seems unreal, weird. Like being in a wonderland. photographs by Shekar Dharvari
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REACH stands for Recovery Exists And Can Happen. We are an independent Community group who are ourselves in recovery from drug and/or alcohol problems. We are dedicated to supporting and encouraging recovery from drug & alcohol problems throughout Cambridgeshire. We offer warm, friendly, empathic and non-judgemental support to anyone wishing to recover. Drop In Group on Fridays 2.00-4.00pm, Campkin Road Community Centre, Arbury Recovery Group on Mondays, 12.30 – 2.00pm Campkin Road Community Centre, Arbury Recovery Group on Saturdays 11.00 – 1.00pm 1a Fortescue Road, Arbury. We also provide a direct phone line available for anyone to talk to a REACH member both in & out of hours.
0300 555 01 01 (Option 5) Or contact us on 0754 2728433 We are able to offer non- judgemental support to people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Why not come and join in? All REACH members have been fortunate in receiving training and support from both Addaction, Inclusion & The Cambridgeshire Drug And Alcohol Team (DAAT)
Whilst REACH cannot be the answer we hope we can be the catalyst for change.
am a REACH recovery champion and this is my story of recovery. I first started drinking and taking drugs when I was in my early teens. It was just cannabis and recreational drugs, it didn’t seem a problem at the time as everyone around me was doing it. But I always pushed it, I always drank before I met up with friends or took that little bit more than anyone else, I never thought I was going to end up an addict. Things started to get worse when I left school. I started taking harder drugs like cocaine and drinking a lot but I managed to hold down jobs. But it didn’t last and I started committing crimes and it wasn’t long before I found myself in prison and that is where I first took heroin. I liked it, the relief it gave me. It wasn’t long before it had a hold on me and I started committing more serious offences and spending more time in and out of prison. I got stuck in a cycle of going to jail, coming out, nowhere to live, taking drugs and drinking. This went on through my 20s. When you’re stuck in that cycle, in the hostels which were just rife with drugs, it’s very hard to break out. I started taking crack cocaine on top of heroin and alcohol which made me twice as bad and more mentally unstable. I lost all my self respect I didn’t care about myself so how could I care about anyone else. I lost contact with my family and came to just accept that this was me an addict and thought that’s what everyone else thought of me. I eventually got a methadone script and started to stop taking heroin at the age of 26, not completely,
I still took it occasionally but I stopped offending and managed to keep it under control. But my drinking just worsened I really started to have a alcohol problem it had always been there but now it just got out of control I replaced one addiction with another. I started having serious health problems from drinking. I started having seizures from alcohol withdrawals and serious liver problems. I was in and out of hospital. They would detox me, tell me I needed to stop and that I would die if I didn’t, but I couldn’t and to be honest at the time I didn’t want to. I had a partner who didn’t drink or take drugs who was very supportive and very patient. My drinking took a toll on everyone around me. My friends were dying around me. 5 people I knew well died in 1 year from drink or drugs. Eventually I got a place for an inpatient detox and I reluctantly went. I did want to stop but had little faith in myself. When I came out I thought I would really give it a go. I was 30 years old, I’d wasted the best years of my life and achieved little. I took it one day at a time and with a good support network from Addaction and my partner I remained sober. It was really hard at first. I had to get to know myself again, learn social skills again. It was like being a baby, my whole character had been moulded by drink and drugs. I have now been off drugs for six and a half years and sober for coming up to 3 years, I have been a recovery champion for a year now and enjoy giving advice and helping people and having faith in people’s ability to change.
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Colouring Therapy by Simon Flack
suffer from genuine problems in terms of psychosis and anxiety and in the last two years I have been at real risk of losing my accommodation. Since having problems with my mental health I have noticed that I love colour and whilst I am a beginner in terms of art I have turned to art as a form of self-taught therapy to help me express some of the emotions that I feel. The ups are brilliant: wisdom, clarity and precise self observations about who I am as an average person in this big blue planet. The lows are terrifying, overwhelming feelings that are unexplainable and periods of thinking that all others are judging me PAGE 8 | FLACK | JULY 2013
in awful ways. Despite the downs I am pleased that after having zero motivation for 1.5 years, I am now able to get things done and try to achieve something that is meaningful for me where I am. I like using a boy's colouring book because having a picture already in front of me makes things a lot easier, I can choose which picture I wish to colour in and then begin straight away. So my art begins first in four colours some red and blue then some yellow and green. Afterwards I am drawn to express what's in front of me to make the page come alive to my eyes. See page 19 for landscape painting by Simon Flack
YOUR STARS BY MYSTIC MARIE 21st March - 20th April
It’s about time you started to stop and listen and learn, before you miss an exciting opportunity. You know you’re blessed with a gift, use it!!!
Stop ramming about today is your day, just, calm down, and all will fall your way! Just be cool.
21st April - 21st May
24th Sept-23rd October
Too many people, are trying to tread on your, principles. Let them play, while you make up the action, it`ll work!!!
It’s now time to relax, now that you’ve done the groundwork, play it safe, you know what you’ve got to achieve.
22nd May - 21st June
24th October-22nd November
Why, blow me down, your energy is soaring, but which way is the wind blowing? Take heed This is a bit of a wake up call, grab it while you can.
You’re sceptical about a close relationship. Don’t trust your instincts, til you get a full picture.
22nd June - 23rd July
Has anyone ever told you not to get in too deep? Well, now is the time, to take a deep breath, come up for air, and slow down, or have a complete break from what you normally do.
24th July - 23rd August
24th August - 23rd September
Stop relying on what others think. Think of yourself for once, stand up for yourself for once and say no [for once]!
22nd Dec - 20th January
Your health is at risk. Stop your late nights, get into some sort of routine, and you will be back to your normal self.
21st Jan - 19th February
If the world invented computers & gadgets just for you, you would be made , but let your wild side out every now and again, don’t forget your roots!!
Time is a great healer, and that’s just what you’re doing, everything will eventually fall into place, and harmony will be restored.
23rd Nov - 21st December
20th Feb - 20th March
Your imagination sometimes gets the better of you, but that’s not bad, considering how talented you are (use it )!!
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by Marie- Bruce Collins , illustrated by Toby Ilsley
Silent & Forgotten by Jude Evans
ishamble have been delighting Irish audiences with their highly original productions since 2006. Their two one-man plays, Silent and Forgotten are now in their fourth year of national and international touring. And this month they are both coming to our very own Cambridge Junction! To quote the Irish Times, 'drop everything. Book now!...captivating, moving and – yes – even unforgettable.' Here's why I believe them and am counting the days until I get the opportunity to see Forgotten. Below is a review I did last year after seeing their production of Silent. Honestly? Not only was I utterly ignorant as to what to expect from Silent, I actually had deep misgivings. When Menagerie (our neighbours at FLACK) offered us tickets to view the play, all I was aware of was the theme; homelessness. I remember the sneer of my top lip as my eyes rolled at the thought of a shock-value, bandwagon, 'but aren't they brave', wipe away a middle-class tear as they (who'll never understand!) sit in the cab ride home, 'but thank God I'm not one of them!’, type thing. Deep suspicions! So my inverted ex-homeless snobbery and I entered the auditorium in total ignorance. How ironic! I've never been so pleased to be wrong. The dark, disorientating misty black stage suggested an urban, freezing, foggy night, enveloping the audience, transporting us into another world as we took our seats. Lights came up just enough to reveal nothing but a blanket covered form. Only hands and feet were visible. Still blanket covered, he begins to dance to a beautiful classical piano piece, bringing the blanket to life, perhaps
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symbolizing his subject’s invisibility. “All they see is the blanket,” he narrates later, so “if anyone asks, you haven't seen me!’ OK, I thought. One cast member? No scenery and barely a handful of props? Looking back, this was our first clue that Pat Kinevane's one man show is one of those can't-pin-it-down, highly original gems you feel lucky to have come across and will never forget. I would love to have personally congratulated the company for the brave less-ismore production. It was like theatre 'unplugged.' Kinevane is clearly a master of performance art. If I’m being honest classical and interpretive dance aren't usually my cup of tea, but the fantastically written, expertly-woven mix of dance, drama, soundscape, stand-up comedy plus Kinevane's own staggering stamina had me in the palm of his hand, roaring with laughter, crying like a baby and hungry for more. Intimate and intense, I sensed he had the entire audience captured. Silent's principal and only visible character 'Tino – homeless – McGoldrick' (short for Valentino because his mammy loved the silent film star) tells us a story. Or rather many little stories that make up a life. His memories, fragmented shards of insight into a shattered mind and a broken heart, are a peek into his journey and transformation into the perceived 'hopeless, helpless, in-the-wayperson' we often try not to notice. Flitting back and forth through time, punctuated with landmark life experiences such as childhood, his homosexual brother, marriage, son, breakdown and subsequent hospitalization, he reveals, layer upon layer, the beauty and misery of his life. The ups and downs
www.flack ambridge.org.uk and round and rounds of it all, now and before, the whys and the wherefores, are portrayed until he's distilled a novel's worth of imagery and emotional information into a play’s worth of profound physical expression. Just breathtaking. Tino is begging in a doorway. Every now and then we hear a couple of coins hit his bowl. These become cues for insightful offerings into typical issues and misconceptions surrounding homelessness – some funny, some just plain horrible – more often both. For instance ‘People think you're going to harm them before they even get to know you!’ and ‘welcome to the mental health helpline...if you are obsessive compulsive press one... repeatedly!’ He commands the stage with such style and skill – unspoken poetic mastery reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil - only more individual. He has your sides splitting then BANG! profound pain and loss. Pat Kinevane is utterly charismatic and I had to use all my will power not to run on stage and hug him as he took a bow! Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, directed by Jim Culleton, Silent was a well-deserved double award winner at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 (Fringe First & Herald Angel) both of which Kinevane dedicated to the homeless of Edinburgh. Kinevane dedicates every performance to his subject, urging people to give a little of their time and consideration to a homeless person – 'not everyone to the same homeless person all at once!' he chuckles, 'that would just be intimidating'! It's not unusual for Kinevane to receive a standing ovation at the close of a performance for his superhuman stamina and prowess that is dazzling without trying too hard. Also, whether you like it or not you learn something. You're at least reminded that people feel, that they are often victims of circumstance, that they are human. Pitch perfect. Like Silent, Forgotten depicts social exclusion. Where Silent uses the example of homelessness, Forgotten deals with old age. Silent takes inspiration from silent movies, Forgotten from Japanese Kabuki theater. This time Pat Kinevane plays four characters that live in care and retirement homes. Again directed by Jim Culleton, Jim and Pat apparently spent many months developing Forgotten alongside academics and community and health experts in order to fuse together the realities of those who find themselves deemed unable to care for themselves due to old age and vulnerability. Reality, originality and magical creativity. What’s not to like? See page 19 for performance details.
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The Observer Corps
A look at life, from Bedford Bob illustration by Jo Cox
he trouble with being homeless is we have too much. Time. We seem to have more than most on our hands. We have a luxury that many seem to have lost, with their iPhones, iPads and what not. Their lives seem to be overfilled with too much information, some of it of use, most, sadly, not. We used to call it being Time Poor. I can sit on a bench and have the time to watch. It’s ok. Them busy folk see me but don’t really see me, so my observations go unchecked. Nobody will ever say to me, ‘Can’t you mind your own business?’ So there I sit watching, sometimes with interest, mostly without. It was a warm sunny day. The Council had decided it was time for a change of colour in the flowerbeds. Up in the Depot, Parks and Green Spaces, I can imagine the Boss man saying something like, ‘Grub ‘em out Fred’, and Fred would load up all his tools and make for the flowerbeds, a glint in his eye as he thinks of the important job he has to do. He was, after all, the Public Relations Department of the Town Hall. There was no finer son of Cambridge more suited to the work, to bring a little colour into people’s lives. In the countryside, when a tractor ploughs the soil, flocks of seagulls would settle in the field behind the tractor, looking for food as the plough lifted more. Such is the way of the country. But this is Cambridge. We don’t have seagulls here,
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we have people taking lunch. As fast as Fred passes over a bed, the lunch takers would flock down, in their smart office clothes, picking the bulbs, a quick look at their find, then into the bag (Waitrose). I found this worth a watch. One lady caught my eye. She was very smartly turned out. Legal Sec? Insurance Salesperson? Who could tell? She had developed a technique in lifting bulbs that was both feminine and full of grace. It was like the moves of a well-rehearsed ballet. With such elegance her arm would extend and she would stoop low, bending at the knees, moving forward and down, her head dipping to follow the movement of her out stretched hand as she’d grasp the bulb. Her arm would rise, fetching the bulb closer, as she floated up like a cloud. With a flick of her fingers the bulb would drop silently into her jute shopper. Then strutting like a peacock, or indeed a victorious Matador, onward, to the next find! A student of Classical Dance? Trained in the Ballet? That would take some beating! As the ‘free for all’ proceeded during the afternoon, nobody could beat my free Ballet performance. A few fell about like circus clowns, most, like I would have, stumbled about. But as one of life’s observers I felt privileged to have witnessed, such, such, beauty in motion.
Mama’s Korma ~ desi style
by S Robin Ahmed
450g-500g chicken (diced) 250g-300g baby potatoes (halved or tiny ones) 3 shallots (finely chopped/blended) 2/3 garlic cloves (very finely chopped) ½ inch ginger (finely grated) 3 tbsp dessicated coconut 2 tbsp ground almonds ½ tps garam masala 4-5 tbsp cooking oil ½ litre chicken stock 5-6 whole black peppercorns 2 bay leaves 1 tps salt or to taste 3 tps sugar 1 cup of single cream (don’t be greedy and use a mug now)
(You can keep the chicken and the potatoes on the same plate, saves on washing up). Now, throw in the other bay leaf, shallots, ginger and garlic, salt and cook for 5 mins or til softened. Add the coconut and the ground almonds, sugar, black pepper and cook for a further couple of mins. When it starts to get dry add the chicken stock. After adding the chicken stock put the chicken and potatoes back in the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, add cream and garam masala and simmer for twenty minutes, stiring occasionally.
Well, shall we get cooking? Heat the oil up in a pan; throw in one of the bay leaves and the chicken. Seal the chicken and cook til it gets a little brown. Take the chicken out and do the same with the potatoes in the same pan and take them out.
Do stir when you add stuff, it can’t do it by itsself. Garnish with fresh coriander and almond flakes. Serve it with plain rice and a naan.
P.S. In the picture we used only spring onion to garnish as we were out of fresh coriander and almond flakes.
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Sodium Bicarbonate O The chemical with many uses
WHAT IS SODIUM
Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as Bicarbonate of Soda or by its modern chemical name ‘Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate’, is a naturally occurring chemical with many uses. We naturally produce it from other chemicals found in our bodies where it is used in saliva amongst many other things.... But the Bicarbonate you buy in the shop in likely to have been produced synthetically and not extracted from human saliva! The salt has been known by humans for thousands of years and its most useful property is its alkalinity neutralising acids to produce neutral, inert substances such as water ...
by Dav Dinneen
ur bodies naturally produce Sodium Bicarbonate from chemicals obtained in our diet. It has many uses amongst which include it being the primary chemical in saliva, where it acts to neutralise the acids that cause tooth decay – bacteria in our mouths produce these acids from sugars in the food we eat (sugar itself doesn’t damage the teeth). It is also naturally released into the bloodstream when our body detects that our blood is too acidic – when our blood is too acidic we begin breathing faster in an attempt to raise oxygen levels, (conversely, if our blood gets too alkaline our breathing slows down, in order to lower oxygen levels and increase CO2 levels). Because of its ability to neutralise acids, bicarbonate can be used to treat an overdose of Aspirin (Aspirin is acidic and so one of the main overdose symptoms is an increase in breathing rate, since it causes a dangerous rise in blood acidity. Therefore bicarbonate can be given orally or by injection to reduce blood acidity and treat the overdose…)
Forget those pricy mouthwashes and toothpastes, none work any better than simple bicarbonate, which makes a perfect natural cleanser. To use as a mouthwash, put a teaspoon or two into half a cup of water, stir and then rinse out your mouth for 30 seconds or more. It will immediately get rid of any unpleasant stains or odours and leave your mouth sparkling clean and your teeth whiter! It can also be used as an effective toothpaste – add a little to a toothbrush and brush as normal – it is almost as effective as any other toothpaste and perfect for people who can’t afford these items…
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www.flack ambridge.org.uk Deodorant
Bicarbonate oxidises (reacts with) many odourcausing chemicals and will make a perfect deodorant. Simply make a paste by mixing bicarbonate with a little water and apply to those areas of the body where you would normally apply deodorant. It will neutralise all those bad smells and keep you smelling fresh all day long!
you are placing it in (i.e. it will be more effective in small, confined spaces such as the fridge…).
When bicarbonate is combined with an acid and water, CO2 gas is released and it can therefore be used as a raising agent. Simply mix together bicarbonate 50:50 with a weak acid (e.g. citric, tartaric, ascorbic (vitamin C), vinegar) etc; add to the dough and when the water is added it will begin reacting and releasing CO2, trapping the bubbles in the dough and making the perfect raising agent!
Because of its reaction with acid, bicarbonate makes a highly effective antacid for treating heartburn. Just stir in approximately a teaspoon into a cup of water, stir, and drink, and the heartburn should be eliminated. (Note: Don’t swallow the bicarbonate directly as it will produce a large amount of gas upon reaching the stomach!)
Where to buy
To use as a cleaning agent, simply combine bicarbonate with a little water – it will make a highly effective cleaning agent, getting rid of all sorts of stains, spillages and many other undesirable products from surfaces, plates, cups and any other desired items. It is particularly effective at getting rid of tea and coffee stains – just don’t use it on any aluminium surfaces as it may damage them.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a grease/oil or electrical fire (which should NEVER be put out using water), throw all the Sodium Bicarbonate you have over the fire and provided you have enough it will immediately extinguish it. (Note: Sodium Bicarbonate is the primary chemical used in fire extinguishers designed for electrical fires).
Since it acts as a neutralising agent, simply leaving a bowl of bicarbonate in any space that you want to rid of an unpleasant smell (e.g. the fridge or bathroom) should help to rapidly eliminate the odour. Its effectiveness will depend on the area of the space
A note for homeless people
Sodium Bicarbonate can make an essential item for homeless people to have with them, given its cheap price and number of uses. For under £2, a homeless person can obtain a deodorant, cleaning substance, mouth cleanser and medicine! So if you are homeless or know someone who is, make sure to recommend Sodium Bicarbonate to them as an essential item…
illustrations by Dav Dineen, Toby Ilsley and Rober Worship
Sodium Bicarbonate is cheap and easy to obtain - most supermarkets sell Bicarbonate of Soda; however, the best value location is from the Kitchen Department of John Lewis where a large cardboard tub of it can be bought for an extremely reasonable price. Chemist’s, cooking and cleaning stores may also stock it.
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Brianâ€™s Shirt - handpainted by FLACK member, Simon Frampton
Why I Like ...Chess!
by Mark Standage
started playing chess when I was 7 years old, I picked up a chess set and taught myself to play. I was not very good though... hahaha! Then when I was 10 my uncle taught me how to play properly. I like chess because it’s a game about strategy, where you’ve got to out-think your opponent and beat him/ her. My favourite piece is the queen, she goes all over the shop! I also like using the knight because you can trap people with it. I like to respond to what my opponent is doing.
Do you like playing as black or white? Either! Who is the best to play with? Jimmy (Support Worker at FLACK) ‘cos I always win and he doesn’t like it ... hahahaha! What other board games do you like and why? A game called Othello. It’s similar to chess, but all the pieces look the same (little disks) You have a white piece and a black piece. You start with four in the middle and whoever captures the most wins. I play video games too and I think they’re both equally good (board and video games). Have you ever been to tournaments? No, although I would like to go to one. I’m not that good! Do you watch others playing? Sometimes, but I don’t copy, I have my own strategy. Anything else you want to add? I love coco pops… Editor’s Note: Mark is pictured here in the closing credits to ‘Dance Moves@FLACK’ on our You Tube Channel (flackcambridge) . Mark also likes to dance!
Do you have an opinion on alcohol or drug support services? Come and get your voice heard Friday 12 & 26 July from 1pm
07545 975979 or 07870559455 firstname.lastname@example.org Livingstone’s Cafe 43 St Andrew’s St Cambridge, CB2 3AR
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Dictionary def: flack (verb) ~ to publicise or promote
Landscape by Simon Flack
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.
Silent & Forgotten
Elspeth Owen Open Studio The Pavilion, Broadway, Grantchester CB3 9NQ Weekends : 13/14 and 20/21 July 11am to 6pm FREE Elspeth Owen, a FLACK trustee, shows ceramic and mixed media work in a wild garden setting. Refreshments, raffle and lucky dip in aid of FLACK. Open at other times by arrangement. email@example.com www.imaginedcorners.com
Hotbed Festival, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX Silent: Friday 12 July 9pm £12/£10 Forgotten : Sunday 14 July 3pm £12/£10 In ‘Silent’ homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He dives into wounds of this past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. In ‘Forgotten’ Kinevane brings to life the sometimes forgotten voices of older people. See review p 10 www.menagerie.uk.com
FLACK BASTILLE BBQ!
FLACK HQ, Citylife House, Sturton St, Cambridge CB1 2QF Sun 14 July Midday - 2pm Hopefully the sun will shine and Brian will be manning the barbie. Everyone welcome - bring something to add to the grill or the table if you can. Check out our facebook page for up-to-date info. There may be a surprise or two! facebook.com/flackmagazine
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www.flack ambridge.org.uk CAMBRIDGE HIGHLIGHTS
Cambridge Comedy Festival
Bar Nusha, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7EA Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX The Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB Tues 16 to Sunday 21 July Individual times and prices for performances A festival of funniness! The program has 30 shows lined up over its 6 days, with loads of big-name comedians previewing their new Edinburgh sets. Highlights are likely to include Simon Munnery at Junction 3 on 19 July, Cambridge local Rory McGrath at Junction 2 on 21 July and a selection of kids’ shows also scheduled. There’s even a daily “Funny Punts” tour on offer for the duration: a guided punt tour… with jokes! www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com
TheBigWeekend:Unison’s Birthday Parker’s Piece, Cambridge
Fri 5, Saturday 6, Sunday 7 July Free One of the country’s biggest unions, UNISON, is celebrating its 20th birthday in collaboration with the City Council at the city’s annual three-day Big Weekend in Cambridge. Live music on Friday evening from 6pm from The Mend, John Coghlan’s Quo (featuring Status Quo’s original drummer) then headliners the 70s stars Hot Chocolate. The evening will then draw to a spectacular close with a fireworks display from 10pm. Saturday is a Family Fun Day with music from 12pm, and Sunday is the popular International Day and Cambridge Mela, again from midday. www.cambridge.gov.uk/summer
Sometimes I wonder
Cambridge bands – The Willows, The Brass Funkeys and State of the Union (featuring ex-Bible singer songwriter and Cambridge favourite Boo Hewerdine) – performing this year, as well as local folk clubs in the Club Tent. Big headline acts this year, meanwhile, include K T Tunstall, The Waterboys and The Mavericks. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
EXHIBITIONS & HISTORY
Glynn Thomas: An Unforgettable Journey
Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU Fri 28 June to Sunday 28 July 9am to 5.30pm, 11am to 5pm Sundays Free In this exhibition local artist Glynn will showcase universally iconic imagery, taken from his travels around the world, from Cambridge’s famous streets to the foothills of Nepal. He will also run an etching demo at the gallery on the last day of the exhibition (Sunday 28 July). www.cambridgegallery.co.uk
Feast for the Eyes
Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road, Cambridge CB1 3EB Sat 20, Sunday 21, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 July 10am to 5.30pm Free A group exhibition of work of resident artists, Art Salon supporters and other artists in the Cambridge community. Offers a rare chance to see art exhibited at previously unopened Art Salon space, and also a taster of the upcoming Romsey Art Festival on 3/4 August (see next month’s listings for more on this….) enquiries@cambridgeartsalon. org.uk www.cambridgeartsalon.org.uk
Mandrake and Mole Paws!
Why is it always the last place you look?
The Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
Cambridge Folk Festival
Thur 25 and Fri26 July 3pm £5/£4 This talk by Susan Miller (Museum of Cambridge Visitor Services Officer) and Sara Brown (Collections Officer) discusses traditional remedies used in folklore, as found in the Museum’s collection. Why did people keep moles’ paws in their pockets? How did they cure the ague? Find out this, and more… 01223 355159 firstname.lastname@example.org www.folkmuseum.org.uk
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge
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Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ Exhibition: Untill Sun 28 July 1.30pm to 4.30pm Free “Guest” objets from eight other University of Cambridge museums and collections have been carefully placed amongst Kettle’s Yard’s own artworks and objects. 01223 748100 email@example.com www.kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk
The Stone of Heaven: ancient Chinese jades
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB Wed 24 July 1.15pm Free (but space limited, pick up a token by 12.45pm for admission) A talk about the scientific study of these beautiful jades by Dr Rong Wang from Fudan University in Shanghai. 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
Origins of the Afro Comb: 6000 years of culture, politics and identity
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB Tues 2 July to Sunday 3 November Free Discover the amazing 6000-year history of African hair combs in a joint exhibition with the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. The collection includes hundreds of remarkable combs – from ancient Egypt to modern day Black Power-referencing combs. A free talk introducing the exhibition will take place on Wed 10 July at 1.15pm. Free, but limited space, and you need to pick up a token beforehand. 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB Tues 16 July 1.15pm Free An enjoyable (friendly and informal) half hour devoted to looking at and talking about art with fellow enthusiasts. Meet at the Museum’s Courtyard Entrance. 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
Sometimes I wonder How come the more you chase a thought the faster it runs away?
5 Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ A gallery displaying original works, commercial and non-commercial, by leading artists in a relaxed and informal gallery. Most work is for sale, often at lower prices than most art dealers. The exhibitions change every few weeks (normally on a Wednesday). Right next door to the lovely Hot Numbers café on Gwydir Street, so you could combine a bit of art with some coffee and cake… 01223 311687 firstname.lastname@example.org www.williamsart.co.uk
Cambridge Open Studios Various venues, often the artists’ own homes
Every Saturday and Sunday in July 11am to 6pm Free Over 370 participating members, including painters, sculptors, jewellers, photographers, illustrators, furniture makers and more. The aim of these weekends is to promote the making of original works of art and craft, and forge relationships between local people and artists. Get a free printed guide and see what studios are open near you this year, then pop in, meet the artists and enjoy looking at their work. www.camopenstudios.co.uk
Mixed Summer Exhibition
Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU Starts Mon 29 July 9am to 5.30pm Free See the eclectic range of artworks on display at Cambridge Contemporary Art’s summer exhibition, running from the end of July until September. The gallery specialises in handmade prints, paintings, sculptures and crafts. Stay up to date with events at the gallery by signing up for their free monthly newsletter (see their website for details). 01223 324222 email@example.com www.cambridgegallery.co.uk
Sometimes I wonder Why are things so bad in this country for men and it goes unrecognised?
ART, CRAFT AND REPAIRS
Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road, Cambridge CB1 3EB
Get Crafty in 2013
Sat 6, Sunday 7, Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 11am to 6pm Free Multiple art directions meet in one studio complex. Contemporary and classical art from Diana Probst. Sculpture by Giulia Portuese. Ceramics and textiles by Penelope Sackett Hayes. Recycled and new bag making by Ruth Schmid. Drawing and illustration by Susan Windeatt. www.cambridgeartsalon.org.uk
Wed 17 July (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 www.cwrc.org.uk
Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, The Wharf, Hooper Street, Cambridge CB1 2NZ
Folklore and the Dead
Fixing and Preventing Knitting Mistakes
Wed 3 July 7pm £6/£5 Carl Watkins (Senior University of Cambridge Lecturer in Medieval History) delves into the world of ghosts, remembrance and prayer. He’ll examine a number of deep-rooted beliefs about the dead, and examine some of folklore’s enduring ideas and practices – some of which have carried on into the modern era. Booking is essential. 01223 355159 firstname.lastname@example.org www.folkmuseum.org
Sat 6 July 10am to 1pm £28 A class that will help you pick up on potential problems and mistakes as you go along. You’ll learn to rip and tink, insert lifelines, pick up dropped stiches, unravel a column of stiches back to change the stick or insert a missed increase or decrease, and weave in orphaned stiches. All sounds very useful! 01223 311268 email@example.com www.sheepshopcambridge.co.uk
Meet the Artist: Jeff Rowland
Socks for Beginners
The Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
Castle Galleries, 1st Floor, Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ Sat 20 July 1pm to 4pm Free Join the artist Jeff Rowland as he introduces his new collection of art. This collection is inspired by the theme of romance, and shows the artist’s dramatic, cinematic style. Look at the art, chat to the artist and enjoy the refreshments which will also be served. 01223 307402 www.castlegalleries.com
Cambridge Open Studios: Rowan 40 Humberstone Road, Cambridge CB4 1JG
Sat 13 and Sunday 14 July 11am to 6pm Free Look around Rowan’s studios, discover what they do and make some art along with them. This will be an informal drop-in event so do… drop in! 01223 566027 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk
The Sheep Shop, Beche Road, Cambridge CB5 8HU
The Sheep Shop, Beche Road, Cambridge CB5 8HU
Sat 27 July 10am to 1pm £28 Let’s talk about… socks! Learn the traditional way to knit a sock, including how to cast on to double-pointed needles and knit in the round, work a heel flap, turn a heel and graft a toe using Kitchener stich. At the class you’ll produce a mini sock (for mini feet?) and get a full-size pattern to take home. 01223 311268 email@example.com www.sheepshopcambridge.co.uk
Translucent Creatures – Beautiful Butterflies and Dragonflies
Stained Glass Museum, The South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL Wed 31 July 2pm to 4pm Free Get creative, and make butterflies, dragonflies and other winged creatures from recycled translucent materials at this all ages drop-in session that is part of University of Cambridge Museums’ ‘Summer at the Museums’ programme. www.stainedglassmuseum.com JULY 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 21
MUSIC – CLASSICAL & JAZZ
This long standing quilting group has a varied programme of ativities. Their day and evening groups meet ten times per year. They have workshops and a summer party for members, and hold a fundraising exhibition every three years (the next one’s in 2015, plenty of time to join in then!). Make contact via the signup page on their website: you might be in time to join in this year’s party. www.cambridgequilters.org.uk
The Hildegard Singers
Green Lane, Comberton, CB23 7DY
Cambridge Art and Craft Market All Saints Garden, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Fridays (weather permitting) and Saturdays The friendly open-air craft market has been a Cambridge mainstay for more than thirty years. In July it opens on Fridays as well as the year-round Saturdays, but only if the weather behaves… A great way to look at (and maybe buy) some hand crafted pottery, jewellery, paintings, photography etc from local artists and craftspeople. www.cambridge-art-craft-co.uk
Dr Dooley’s Drink and Draw
Hot Numbers Coffee, 5 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ Every other Tuesday 7pm to 9pm Free A friendly event for local artists and drawing enthusiasts. Meet up, share ideas, talk, draw and create! Each get together is hosted by a different local artist, and has a different theme (which is optional – you can always go your own way if you prefer!). Bring your own materials, grab a drink and/or a snack, and enjoy the creative atmosphere. No need to book – just turn up. firstname.lastname@example.org tinyurl.com/flackjul12
Make Do and Mend 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 www.makedoandmendinfo.co.uk
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The Chapel, Queen’s College, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET Thur 11 July 8pm Free (offering collected) Highlights from Linn Maxwell’s solo show Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light will be followed by The Hildegard Singers’ concert of medieval music including Gregorian chant, Spanish pilgrimage songs from the 13th and 14th centuries, and English medieval songs that would actually have been heard in Cambridge! email@example.com www.hildegardthemovie.com www.thehildegardsingers.com
Jakob Lindberg: Dowland, Purcell and Bach Queen’s College Old Hall, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET Sun 7 July 3pm £20/£15 For the 450th anniversary of the birth of composer John Dowland, Jakkob Linberg will perform his lute music on an instrument from 1590 - dating back to the composer’s own time – which has been restored to playing condition. 01223 847330 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cambridgeearlymusic.org
Sounds Green Series at the Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Each Wednesday in July 6.15pm to 8pm Free, but normal Garden admission applies These five relaxed and informal recitals take place on the Main Lawn, and will feature young and up-and-coming ensembles: Sirocco, Quintabile, Three Dimensional Jazz, Trovador and Meridian Duo, on respective weeks. Bring along a folding chair or cushion, keep your fingers crossed for the weather and enjoy the music. The Garden Café will also have a special seasonal menu, with an outstation on the Main Lawn for nibbles while you listen. 01223 336265 www.botanic.cam.ac.uk
Sometimes I wonder How long is a piece of string?
The Dowsing Sound Collective presents: Home Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
Sat 6 July 7.30pm £20/£18/£16/£15/£12 Dowsing Sound feature over 100 singers from the community. Their interesting set list covers songs by big names like The Stones and Peter Gabriel and lesser known European artists (Ane Brun, Agnes Obel), alongside 16th century polyphony. Their selection of instruments is also e clectic: they will be using the Cathedral organ in their performance as well as flugelhorn and African, Middle Eastern and European drums. Box office: 01353 660349 tickets.elycathedral.org www.dowsingsoundcollective.com
Harmony in Harlem Jesus Green, Cambridge
Sun 14 July 3pm to 5pm Free Part of the City Council’s free ‘Jazz & Brass in the Parks’ events throughout the summer. Turn up, with an optional picnic, and enjoy the music in the sunshine. www.cambridge.gov.uk/summer
Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians
West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP Sat 6 July 3pm Free A performance of music by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, by talented children aged from 3 to 18. Families with children over 5 are welcome to attend. 01223 335184 www.westroad.org
The Endellion String Quartet with Anna Hashimoto West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP Mon 15 July 7.30pm £20/£18£10 A concert for the charity Cam Sight, presented by Nigel Brown OBE, featuring soloist Anna Hashimoto. The quartet will be playing Weber’s Clarinet Quitet in B Flat Major, Op 34, Bela Kovacs’ Hommage a CM von Weber and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op 115. Corn Exch. Box Office: 01223 357851 www.westroad.org
Cambridge Philharmonic Season Finale Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
Sat 13 July 7.30pm £25/£20/£15/£10 Soloists Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Yvonne Howard, Daniel Norman and Nicholas Garrett join the orchestra to perform Jonathan Dove’s A Song of Joys, Britten’s Ballad of Heroes and Tippett’s A Child of our Time, to draw the current season to a harmonius end. 01353 660349 tickets.elycathedral.org
MUSIC – ROCK, POP, FOLK
Come Back Harriet
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Tues 23 July 8pm £6 advance/£7 on the door Munich band Come Back Harriet are touring to promote their debut album – Love Off. They are described as a mix of shoegaze shyness and roaring punk energy, combining to create the hybrid genre “shoepunk”. The line-up also includes support bands British IBM and Holden Girls. 01223 357268 www.theportlandarms.co.uk tinyurl.com/flackjul4
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Sun 7 July 8pm £12.50 advance The Felice Brothers drummer, now turned solo artist, Simone Felice brings a devotional quality to his music and his singing. His most recent recordings are full of a quiet, powerful intensity, which promise to make even more of an impact in a live setting. www.greenmind.co.uk tinyurl.com/flackjul6
The Sound of Pop Art
Hot Numbers Coffee, Unit 6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ Thur 13 July 7.30pm to 10pm Suggested donation of £5 Influenced by The Beach Boys and The Kinks, The Sound of Pop Art describe their songs as “post modern pop”, and have won rave reviews from Uncut Magazine and more. Hot Numbers operates a “pay what you can” policy, with a suggested £5 donation. All money collected goes to the musicians. http://goo.gl/64dfe
Acoustic Routes: The Basement Sessions
CB2, 5 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
J2, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
Sat 20 July 8.30pm £4 The Basement Sessions feature singer-songwriters Bernard Hoskin, Dave Streatfield, John Meed and Rhys Wilson. They will be performing individually, and also as The CAN House Band. Special guest for the evening is Bella McKendree www.acousticroutes.co.uk
Mon 22 July 7pm £12 advance Four of the best acoustic guitarists in the world take to the Cambridge Junction’s stage: Don Alder, Dan LaVoie, Justin King and Stuart Masters, in this all seated show for acoustic enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk/artist/4257
By The Sea, Fuzzy Lights, Plantman
Sometimes I wonder
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA
Tues 16 July 8pm £6 By The Sea are a Wirral-based band, inspired by some of the seminal indie bands of the 1980s. Their sound blends nostalgia with a contemporary sound that reflects the cold, dreary yet beautiful coastal landscape of their home. Support comes from Cambridge’s own Fuzzy Lights, and Plantman from Southend (one for fans of The Go-Betweens, Durutti Column and Sebadoh). www.wegottickets.com www.crushingdeath.com
The Archive and Major Rat Run The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA
Thur 11 July 8pm Free Two bands promising rock and indie cover versions at The Portland. 01223 357268 www.theportandarms.co.uk
R*E*P*E*A*T Presents: Garuda, Ethical Debating Society and more The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA
Sat 20 July 8pm £4 advance/£5 on the door The always exciting R*E*P*E*A*T fanzine bring a four band line-up, for an event described as featuring “indie pop noise punk”. 01223 357268 www.theportlandarms.co.uk www.repeatfanzine.co.uk
Sometimes I wonder What is it like to have boobs?
Why is a good hiding place so obvious?
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Thur 18 July 8pm £6.50 advance Energetic, passionate, brutal and raw garage rock ‘n’ roll is promised from Exeter band The Computers for this Green Mind evening. Buy advance tickets from the WeGotTickets website to get the best price. www.greenmind.co.uk tinyurl.com/flackjul5
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Mon 1 July 8pm £6 advance The Weeks are a rock-soul band who are tipped for greater things. Say you saw them first at The Portland. Expect killer grooves and licks. Support comes from The Hot Lights. www.greenmind.co.uk theweeksmusic.tumblr.com
Plantlore Walk at Wandlebury
Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Sat 6 July 2pm to 4pm Free (but donations appreciated) Join a Wandlebury ranger to discuss and discover the lore of the land and many traditional uses for some native plants. Find out about the wisdom behind old sayings like “oak before ash, in for a splash, ash before oak, in for a soak”. This is likely to prove popular so booking is a must. 01223 243830 ext 201 email@example.com www.cambridgeppf.org JULY 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 23
Spring into Summer Taster Tours
Lamiaceae – the Mint Family
Sun 7 July 3pm Free, but normal Garden admission applies Take a tour around the Botanic Garden to see the flowering highlights. You’ll also learn a bit about the history of the 40 acre site, with its more than 8000 (yes: 8000!) plant species.
Thur 18 July 6.30pm to 9pm £30 This course gives a short introduction to one of the most familiar and well loved flowering plants. The mint family includes lavender, rosemary, thymes and sages. Owen Mountford will explore and explain the key botanical features, and the great aromas, produced by plants from this family, by using material from the Botanic Garden. Booking is required to be sure of your place. Download a booking form from the link below. 01223 336265 tinyurl.com/flackjul7
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE
The tour sets off from the Brookside Gate and lasts an hour. It’s best to reserve a place at the ticket office. 01223 336265 www.botanic.cam.ac.uk
Hinxton Watermill Open Day Mill Lane, Hinxton CB10 1RD
Sun 7 July 2.30pm to 5.30pm £3/£1 Discover this working watermill that dates all the way back to the Domesday Book. It’s set in picturesque surroundings just outside Cambridge, in the pretty village of Hinxton, and this would make a lovely summer day out with the kids (or just for you). 01223 243830 ext 201 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cambridgeppf.org
Wandlebury Summer Picnic and Music Concert
Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridgeshire CB22 3AE Sun 28 July 3.30pm Suggested donation £4 (£1 children) This is part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, and will provide an afternoon of music for the whole family. Featuring the Panic Steel Band, for suitably summery sounds. Bring a picnic and enjoy. 01223 243830 ext 201 www.cambridgeppf.org
Milton Country Park Health Walks
The Visitor Centre, Milton, CB24 6AZ Tuesdays 2pm Free These Walking For Health project walks last around 20 minutes, with an optional extra 5 minutes for those who want to continue. Round off the lovely exercise in the natural surroundings of Milton Country Park with a hot drink and a chat in the café. tinyurl.com/flackjul13 PAGE 24 | FLACK | JULY 2013
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE
FILM, DANCE & THEATRE
The Master’s Garden, Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RH Wed 17 to Saturday 27 July 7.30pm to 9.30pm (some 2pm performances too) £20 An outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s ultimate tragedy by the world renowned Shakespeare’s Globe company. Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition, and will be performed on an Elizabethan-style stage in the Master’s Garden at Corpus. Joseph Marcell (best known as Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!) will play King Lear. 01223 503333 email@example.com www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Stagecoach Theatre Arts: 25th Anniversary Gala Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QJ
Sun 7 July 5.30pm £15/£12.50 Over 300 children from the Cambridge Stagecoach schools are coming together for this performance. A celebration of music, dance and drama – and a fun-filled evening and event – is promised. The show will feature highlights of popular modern musicals, to showcase Stagecoach students from 6 to 18 years old. 01223 357851 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cornex.co.uk
Sometimes I wonder When I will be lucky with women?
ADC Theatre, Park Street, CB5 8AS Tues 16 to Saturday 20 July 7.45pm (some matinees) £10/£9/£8/£7 The story of a group of ordinary women who undertake an extraordinary adventure. Based on a true tale of eleven Women’s Institute members who decide to pose nude for a calendar to raise money for leukaemia research, the play explores the effects of their actions on the women’s relationships with each other, their partners, authorities and others around them, with humour and sadness. The performance on Thursday 18 July will be followed by a post-show discussion. 01223 300085 www.adctheatre.com
A Field in England: Satellite Premiere and Q&A Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge Cb2 3AR Fri 5 July 6.30pm £11 This is a live satellite premiere of the film, about England during the Civil War staring Julian Barrat, Michael Smiley and Reece Shearsmith. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with the director Ben Wheatley and the film’s cast. 0871 902 5720 tinyurl.com/flackjul14
Insitu Theatre Group: Macbeth
The Leper Chapel, Barnwell Junction, Newmarket Road, Cambridge Wed 17 to Saturday 20 July 8pm £14/£10 An intense two-person version of one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and dramatic plays is staged in the unique setting of the Leper Chapel. email@example.com 01223 211451 www.insitutheatre.co.uk/Macbeth-2013
NT Encore: The Audience
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR Thur 4, Sunday 7, Thursday 11 July Various times and prices See a live transmission of this National Theatre West End play. Helen Mirren reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth, having a weekly audience with a range of British Prime Ministers from her reign. 01871 902 5720 tinyurl.com/flackjul15
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Picturehouse’s website for more details, or give them a ring. 01871 902 5747 tinyurl.com/flackjun24
Sat 6 July 7.30pm £12.50/£10/£8.50 Ages 12+ Set in the ‘70s, this popular Neil Simon play tells the tale of middle aged wouldbe lothario Barney Cashman, and his attempt to join the sexual revolution. Will he find “true lust”? A Theatrical Niche Ltd production. 0845 196 2320 tinyurl.com/flackjul8
KIDS & YOUNG PEOPLE
Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT
As You Like It
ADC Theatre, Park Street, CB5 8AS Tues 9 to Saturday 13 July 7.45pm £10/£9/£8/£7 This Historyonics Theatre Company production re-invents this popular Shakespeare comedy for the hippy generation, giving it a Swinging Sixites setting. With Eifion Melnyk-Jones as Orlando, and Slyvie England as Rosalind. The performance on Thursday 11 July will be followed by a post-show discussion. 01223 300085 www.adctheatre.com
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
Science Old and New
The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER Sat 20 July 2pm to 3pm Free For ages 7 to 13, as part of University of Cambridge Museums’ ‘Summer at the Museums’ programme. Explore changing technology as it has been used in polar science through the ages. 20 places available so please pre-book. 01223 336540 www.spri.cam.ac.uk
Digging for Buried Treasure
Museum of Classical Archeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA Mon 22 July 2pm to 4pm Free For ages 7 to 11, a drop-in session, as part of University of Cambridge Museums’ ‘Summer at the Museums’ programme. Become an archaeologist for the day, while learning more about life in ancient Greece and Rome. 01223 335153 www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum
Thur 11 to Sunday 14 July Events individually priced, or get a Saturday or Sunday pass for £30/£28 (each day) Packed with some of the best new writing outside London (says The Guardian’s Ly Gardner), Hotbed are staging a festival crammed full of events and performances: one act plays, short works, guests productions and workshops. See the festival’s online brochure for the full line-up and more information on booking, times and pricing. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk tinyurl.com/flackjul9
The ArC Children’s Centre
Arts Picturehouse Silver Screen Club
Tues 23 to Friday 26 July 10am to 2pm £22 per day or £84 per week (including lunch) A fun, but intensive, Spanish course for kids aged 5 to 12. Covers culture, food, games song and (of course) the language. With a look at different Spanish-speaking countries like Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Puerto Rico as well as Spain itself. Book to secure your place. www.lorytas.co.uk
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR Free annual membership The Arts Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over 60s. When you join you get discounted tickets and a hot drink and biscuits for the club’s special screenings. Other member offers are available from time to time – check the Silver Screen Club page on the
Parent and Toddler Yoga Classes Box Café, Norfolk Street, CB1 2LF
Fridays 9.30am to 10.30am Yoga that can benefit you and your little one. This class links yoga stretches and sequences with songs and stories that are fun and engaging for toddlers. No previous yoga experience needed (for parents or tots!). Check prices and book online or by email. firstname.lastname@example.org www.joyfulbirthbaby.com
Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Wed 31 July 10am to 12.30pm £6.50 per child (ages 5 and above) Led by an experienced Wandlebury field teacher, this Summer Holiday Activity will involve your child becoming a nature detective. Track down the mini-beasts in the Country Park’s ponds, grasslands and woodland. Meet at Wandlebury Stable Rooms Education Centre. 01223 243830 ext 201 email@example.com www.cambridgeppf.org
Little Monkeys Mother and Toddler Group
82 Akeman Street, Cambridge CB4 3HG
St Augustine’s Church Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS
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
Tuesdays 10am to 11.30am £2 per family Open to all mothers and carers of preschool age children. The group has lots of toys to play with, craft activities to do, songs to sing – even parachute games! Refreshments are included in the price, and carers stay with their children. tinyurl.com/flackjul16
Spanish Summer Holiday Club
Community Centre, 47-51 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
POETRY & COMEDY The Empress, 72 Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX Mon 29 July (last Monday of each month) 8pm to 10pm Free A monthly showcase that highlights a range of poetic material – from local history to internationally acclaimed work, with resident poets, guest appearances and floor spots, with musical interludes and accompaniments. Turn up and wax poetic! 01223 247236 www.theempresspubcambridge.com JULY 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 25
Cambridge Poetry Group
Cambridge Dancers’ Club
Thur 4 July (first Thursday of each month) 7.30pm to 9.30pm £17 annual membership This friendly group of poets and poetry lovers are encouraged to write a poem each month. There is usually a set subject, but poems on any subject are accepted. The poems are then read aloud and published in a booklet for members. 01223 232099 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 1pm to 2pm £5 Give your body a blast at this regular fitness session. First session is half price. 07986 340878 email@example.com
£8 membership, £4/£3 classes The club offers ballroom and latin, Cuban salsa and ‘other’ dancing lessons most weekday evenings. Check the timetable on their website for specific classes’ days and times. Have fun, get some exercise and meet friendly folk. firstname.lastname@example.org www.cambridgedancers.org
St Luke’s Church Centre, St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Portland Comedy Club
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA Fri 26 July 8pm The Portland Arms hosts a monthly comedy club in its newly-expanded gig room. Check with the pub for details of each month’s line-up, costs and timings. www.theportlandarms.co.uk
Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL
Legs, Bums & Tums
Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL Fridays 9.30am to 10.30am £5 Tone up, burn calories, increase your fitness and have fun. First session is half price. 07986 340878 email@example.com
FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLBEING
REACH weekly groups
Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD (Mon and Fri), 1a Fortescue Road, CB4 2JS (Sat) Mondays 12.30pm to 2pm Free Fridays 2pm to 4pm Free Saturdays 11am to 12.30pm Free REACH is an independent and autonomous support service for anyone experiencing the negative effects of physical or psychological dependence on drugs and/or acohol. They offer a truly empathetic service, having all themselves experienced dependency. REACH 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 facebook.com/reach.cambridge.75 PAGE 26 | FLACK | JULY 2013
The Man on the Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LF Thursdays 6.45pm to 8.00pm £5 For those who love to dance. The organisers of this session believe that everyone can dance, regardless of age or experience. Bring your own playlist. tinyurl.com/flackjul2
The Box Café, 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
How come you don’t recognise a situation until it is right in front of you?
See the main listing under Cambridge Highlights. Loads of comedy in town this month!
Feel Free Dance
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Sometimes I wonder
Cambridge Comedy Festival
St Columba’s Hall, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS
Dear Heart Theatre Workshops
Mill Road Baptist Church, 178 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3LP Mon 1, Wednesday 3, Monday 8, Wednesday 10 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm Free This free series of theatre workshops will share performance skills while at the same time promoting a healthy heart (and healthy lifestyle) through theatre. It will cover acting, directing and physical theatre skills, and people with all levels of experience are welcomed. Book in advance as places are limited. 07507 787639 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lanyttheatre.org
13th Annual Campod Golf Challenge
Ely City Golf Club, 107 Cambridge Road, Ely CB7 4HX Mon 8 July £45 (single) or £170 (team) Join the competition for 18 holes of golf. The game will be followed by a barbecue lunch, and a charity raffle. 01223 333711 www.campod.path.cam.ac.uk
Tuesdays, Thursdays 9.15pm to 10.15pm £7/£5.50 Level 1 (beginners welcome) classes on Thursdays, and Level 2 on Tuesdays for this gentle, flowing and dynamic form of yoga. email@example.com www.kayoga.co.uk
Chesterton Scratching Cats: Roller Hockey
Chesterton Sports Centre, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY Saturdays/Thursdays 3pm/10pm £10 membership, £6 per session A club for kids and adults. The children’s sessions are structured, teaching skating and hockey skills. The adult sessions are just for fun, and there is a relaxed atmosphere. You will need your own kit, including skates, helmets (for the kids) and pads are advised. www.scratchingcats.org
Dr Bass Bass and guitar tuition from a singersongwriter and bass player. He can help you learn the bass, guitar or ukulele. Phone him for a preliminary chat about your goals. 07990 634266 firstname.lastname@example.org www.drbass.co.uk
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. email@example.com www.benpiperdrums.co.uk
£35 per hour, £18 per half hour Learn essential singing techniques, from a very experienced friendly local teacher. A range of styles including pop, rock, soul, jazz, musical theatre, folk, rap, blues, R’n’B can be taught or refined. 07810 146501 www.cambridgesingingtuition.co.uk
The Man on the Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LF Wednesdays 9pm Free Fancy a jam? Just bring your instrument along to The Moon and join in the fun. This is a regular improvisation/ jamming session that takes place each Wednesday in the pub. Enjoy a pint and a play. Maybe you’ll meet your new bandmembers here, or maybe you’ll just have a good time! www.manonthemoon.freeserve.co.uk
Steve Hales: Singing Lessons
5 St Michael’s Lane, Longstanton, Cambridge CB24 3DD Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 9pm (to 5pm Saturdays) Get a free assessment session and an informal chat about what you want from your voice. Then book individual lessons. Suitable for everyone from beginners to professionals, from 12 years upwards. www.singinglessonscambridge.co.uk
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!
SCIENCE, TECH, TRANSPORT
Classic and Vintage Bus Day
Cambridge Museum of Technology, The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD Sun 28 July 11am to 5pm £5.50/£3 Family activities including making and racing balloon-powered model buses. A drop-in event as part of University of Cambridge Museums’ ‘Summer at the Museums’ programme. 01223 368650 www.museumoftechnology.com
Duxford Airfield, Cambridge CB22 4QR Daily 10am to 6pm £17.50/£14/Under 16s free Hundreds of famous aircraft from the Second World War, along with a collection of tanks, military vehicles and artillery. The museum also hosts air shows, special events, family activities, talks and tours. Check the website for full details www.iwm.org.uk
FLACK is proving a great way to earn some extra money. Some of our vendors are saving for a rent deposit for instance. 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.
Cambridge Science Centre
Badging up and Information Sessions @ the FLACK Base.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.cambridgesciencecentre.org
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 11am - 3.30pm
18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ
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Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH Weekdays 12.30pm to 4.30pm Free This University of Cambridge museum has a fascinating collection of scientific instruments, apparatus, modesl, pictures, prints, photographs, books and more. It has loads of material from the 17th to 19th century, although the oldest artefacts date all the way back to medieval times. Fascinating! 01223 330906 email@example.com www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple
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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Cambridge Museum of Technology
The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD Sun 7 July (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 www.museumoftechnology.com
Science Summer School
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, International Summer Schools, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX Sun 7 to Sat 20 July Fee on application This four week course draws on the expertise of a selection of senior Cambridge University academics to teach across a variety of scientific fields. Preparation is recommended! After the introduction, you choose one course each week. Each course meets five times, during the mornings. tinyurl.com/flackjul17
ECO & PHILOSOPHY
Freud: Psychologist and Philospher
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ Fri 12 to Sunday 14 July £240 Study this major intellectual figure, whose influence cuts across disciplines. This course aims to resolve some misconceptions by going directly to Freud’s own writings, accompanying him on his journey. Examine his theories of the unconscience, dreams, the mind’s structure and development, sexuality, love and the human condition. The aim is for you to come away from this course with a fuller understanding of one of the most important thinkers of the modern era. tinyurl.com/flackjul18
Greenzine Cambridge The Green Cambridge Zine has a new look and a new URL. Take a look to read about a wide range of green news, with information about local issues, groups and more. A great, useful local resource. greenzinecambridge.blogspot.co.uk PAGE 28 | FLACK | JULY 2013
Secrets of Antarctica
St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ Tues 2 July 7.30pm to 9.30pm Free Anne Miller – non-executive board member of the British Antarctic Survey – recently visited Antarctica. In this talk she will share her experiences, and what she learned about climate science and how (and why) Antarctica is changing. Talk organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Space is limited, so book a place first. 01223 301842 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org
St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH Sat 20 July 2pm to 3.30pm Free Swishing is clothes swapping… with STYLE. Bring a few good quality items of your own clothing, and get a few items from others to take away with you. A brilliant – and eco friendly – way to get some fabulous new clothes to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Men’s, children’s and babies’ clothes are welcome too! Book your place by email. email@example.com www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org
evening. This is still being planned, so get in touch if you have any good ideas, or would like to volunteer (or suggest another activity). More details will follow on their website. www.transitioncambridge.org
FAITH & SPIRITUALITY
When Life Goes Dark: finding hope in the midst of depression
Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR Thur 11 July 7.30pm Free (with retiring collection) A talk by Dr Richard Winter, Psychiatrist and Theologian. Open to all 01223 351174 firstname.lastname@example.org www.emmanuel-urc.org.uk
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, here the latest on the progress of the build, or donate to the project fund. www.cambridgemosqueproject.org
Transition Café: All About Recycling
Infertility and Sacred Space: From Antiquity to the Early Modern
Thur 11 July 7.30pm A café-based discussion meeting, this week focusing on waste. What happens after we put something in the bin? This interactive evening begins with a short talk by Emma Cross, who coordinates the City Council’s Recycling Champions scheme. There will then be lots of time for discussion and questions. www.transitioncambridge.org
Mon 15 to Tuesday 16 July £50/£35 A two day conference discussing and considering the relation between human reproduction and divinity in a range of religions and cultures. Topics will include: Gender and reproduction, Fertility and healing, Reproductive objects and Narrative reproduction. email@example.com www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2078
CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
Sometimes I wonder Where do all the odd socks go?
Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA and Maypole Public House, 20A Portugal Place, Cambridge CB5 8AF Sat 13 July 2.30pm to 11pm Transition Cambridge are celebrating their five year anniversary with a festival. They’re planning films, talks, skillshares, an afternoon café and then a meal and drinks in the Maypole in the
CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD Sun 28 July (last Sunday of each month) 3pm to 5pm The Sikh community meets in the gemporary 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. tinyurl.com/flackjun22
Cambridge Mosque Weekly Circle
1A Mawson Road, Cambridge CB1 2DZ Fridays, before Isha Prayer A regular circle at Cambridge’s Mosque, for brothers, sisters and families. Friends and relatives are welcome along too, and light refreshments are usually served. Check out the facebook page for updates on what talks will be taking place, and the timings etc. www.cambridgemosque.com tinyurl.com/flackjun21 (facebook page)
InspiralOnline Cambridge’s Natural Living and Conscious Network, since 2007. Regular talks, exhibitions, events and opportunities to meet like-minded people.
How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 simple ideas that will instantaneously transform your love life!
The Holiday Inn, Impington, CB24 9PH Wed 3 July 7pm to 9.30pm £10 prebooked (includes refreshments) Our Speakers Ariel and Shya Kane are some of America’s best-loved spiritual teachers, and on a rare visit to the UK, to give this talk that promises to be enlightening, fascinating and transformational. firstname.lastname@example.org www.inspiralonline.com
Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub The Maypole Public House, 20A Portugal Place, CB5 8AF
Tues 23 July 7pm Free This month, John Sweeny gives a talk based on his book about Scientology: The Church of Fear. Why disconnect a daughter from her mum? Does Tom Cruise believe in a space alien satan? What kind of Church hires private eyes? Skeptics in the Pub are a group of people who like to meet for a drink and a talk each month. Skeptics define theselves as those who prefer beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient. They try to rigorously and openly apply scientific methods, and reason, to all empirical claims. tinyurl.com/flackjul10
Sometimes I wonder Why does time fly when you’re having fun?
Race for Life Cambridge
Parker’s Piece, Park Terrace, CB1 1EH Sun 21 July 11am £14.99 This annual women-only 5k run is organised by Cancer Research UK. Sign up then get sponsored to fundraise for the charity and, as they say, “show cancer who’s boss”. It’s taking part that is important, so it doesn’t matter if you run it, walk or dance. tinyurl.com/flackjul1
London to Cambridge Bike Ride
Sun 28 July £20 Enter this 60 mile ride from North East London to Midsummer Common in Cambridge, get sponsorship and raise money for Breakthrough breast cancer charity. A fantastic challenge for beginners or seasoned old hands. Sign up and find out more online. tinyurl.com/flackjul19
WORLD OF WORK
Sometimes I wonder Why do things always go wrong on a bank holiday or weekend?
Office Space to Let
Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR Office space is available to let in this busy city centre church. Phone or email for more details, including prices. 01223 351174 email@example.com www.emmanuel-urc.org.uk
Jobcentre Plus Cambridge
Henry Giles House, 73 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BG Where to go for job advice, queries and searching for a new job. They also conduct advisor interviews for unemployed clients, and have a range of programmes that they should be able to advise jobseekers on. 0845 604 3719
Sometimes I wonder Why do great questions/ideas disappear just when you need them?
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Connected Cambridge An association for enterprising people of any age or walk of life. If you want to improve your chances of finding or achieving your next big goal (a job, a concept, a business plan or investment…), then this is a good place to start. You can sign up and receive e-letters for free, but there is a charge for events. Sign up via their website and look out for upcoming Cambridge networking events and more. www.connectedcambridge.com
Free Career Advice This is a service from Cambridgeshire County Council. If you are an adult looking for work, learning or a change in career then they can help. Make an appointment in Cambridge and the surrounding area’s libraries. Practical help with applications and interviews etc is also offered. Book an appointment. 01480 373776 or 373775 tinyurl.com/flackjul11
The Open University
Cintra House, 12 Hills Road, CB2 1PF Investigate the OU for everything from postgraduate studies (Education, Computing, Technology or an MBA) or getting a qualification to further your career. 01223 584647 www3.open.ac.uk/study
Sometimes I wonder Why does the great idea I had at midnight seem so silly in the morning?
Summer Saturdays Cambridge 105 Radio
Saturdays 2pm to 3pm The local radio station gets out and about this summer at all the local community events, reporting from the likes of the Folk Festival and the Big Weekend www.cambridge105.fm
Cambridge 105 Radio Every other Wednesday 11pm to 1am Harry Welburn presents a fortnightly two hour world music show, with an emphasis on latino and American rural music. www.cambridge105.fm PAGE 30 | FLACK | JULY 2013
The New Music Generator Cambridge 105 Radio
Wednesdays 7pm The station’s flagship show, presented by Tim Willett. Each week Tim showcases local and unsigned music, with a live session. The show is followed by the Unsigned Chart at 8pm, then Emily Jayne Allen’s Gig Guide at 8.30pm. www.cambridge105.fm
Cambridge 105 Radio Every other Saturday 12pm A show dedicated to food and drink from in and around Cambridge. What’s available and what’s tasty in local shops, cafes, restaurants and wine merchants. Mouthwatering! www.cambridge105.fm
Smallman – Making Sense of Business Star 107 Radio
Wednesdays 9pm David Smallman hosts this show with guests from around the world. Bringing advice and unique views on how to do business. The show has a listener’s question segment – perhaps you could get your business problem solved on air. www.star107.co.uk
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drivetime BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Weekdays 5pm to 7pm Chris Mann hosts the show to accompany your drive home, with the latest local news, travel weather and sports. 95.7fm 96fm tinyurl.com/flackjul3
Cambridge Veg*ns A meetup group for vegetarians and vegans in Cambridge. Get out of the house and do something social. It’s not just about foody outings, but trips and country walks too (although Rainbow Café and CB1 are regular venues). Sign up to the group to find out more about their activities. meetup.com/Cambridge-Veg-ns
Sometimes I wonder Why can’t people be honest with each other?
Foodcycle Community Lunch
Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, CB2 1JP Saturdays 12.30pm Optional £3 donation Turn up for a three course meal, and some company. The meals happen every Saturday, and anyone is welcome to join in. email@example.com foodcycle.org.uk
Sometimes I wonder Why are the adverts so much louder than the programme?
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. 01223 314664 cambridgecreditunion.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ £15 per year membership Open forum for actors, directors and producers for scriptwriting and script reading. Professionally-led workshops and panel discussions also. Everyone welcome. www.writeon.org.uk
Humanitarian Centre Cambridge-based network of international relief and development. Brings together people and organisations working to reduce global poverty and inequality. They also host events (check the website for details). There are also volunteering opportunities. www.humanitariancentre.org
Sometimes I wonder Why can’t I think of anything?
www.flack ambridge.org.uk 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 www.cambridgeartstheatre.com 01223 503333
www.adctheatre.com 01223 300085
Corn Exchange www.cornex.co.uk 01223 357851
www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk 01223 332900
www.botanic.cam.ac.uk 01223 336265
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