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Roz has been a member of FLACK since we started. Roz is famous for her beautiful handmade greeting cards which we sell to raise funds. It’s great to see her now taking up the editorial challenge.

Inside this issue...

Centrefold Portraits of FLACK’s Heroines by FLACK Members

About the front cover...

photo: Mark Woods Nunn

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.

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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Soggy Dog 04 Editorial 05 Remembered Friends 05 Same For Everyone - Or is it? 06 - 07 Jerry’s DIY Gym Part 3 08-09 Remembered Friend 09 Embrace The Margins 10 - 11 Interview: Ellen Kent 12 - 13 Spotlight on CWRC 13 Roz Pinkney meets Dance Moves 14 15 Why aren’t there more women leaders? FLACK’s Heroines 16 - 18 Cambridge Listings 19 - 31 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.



EDITORIAL ~ Steph Clarke


elcome to this month’s FLACK where we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) happening on Friday 8th March. We at FLACK have honoured the day by using the suffragette colours of green, purple and white for this month’s masthead logo. FLACK members have also nominated their inspirational female role models, dedicating our centrefold tribute to some amazing women who have made a difference in many diverse ways. The first IWD was celebrated on 19th March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The date was changed to 8th March in 1913 and has been that date ever since. IWD is a holiday exclusively for women only in 3 countries, but also a general holiday in 24 other

countrries where it is often a celebration much like Mother’s Day, with gifts being given to female relatives. (Or wives.) We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the women who contributed to our survey (see overleaf) so openly. It has been very informative and we will be sending a report to other agencies including Crisis. I know men around the world are supportive of IWD. Our newest employee Jim being game in Jerry’s gym article is a good example. Worry not all you men, we will be celebrating International Men’s Day when it comes around in November. (Movember). We promise!


Jason was a good friend of mine. We both had a difficult life. We met at Jimmy’s Nightshelter back in January 2012 and then we were both living at 222 Victoria Rd Hostel and moved on to a shared house together. Jason was doing really well in getting his life back on track. He was volunteering for Timebank with myself which everybody was very grateful for. Jason was a very house proud man which made life easy at home. He was also a great cook. I went to his funeral and met his family and they all spoke well of him and I heard many good stories about him when he was a boy with his brothers. It was a shock to find Jason gone but he will always be in the hearts and minds of many people. Goodbye and rest in peace my friend. George

REMEMBERED FRIEND ~ DONNA SMITH Everyone at FLACK was very sad to hear that Donna passed away in February aged just 42. We send our thoughts and condolences to her friends and family. Rest In Peace. MARCH 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 5

“The same for everyone” Or is it? Most people probably wouldn’t identify ‘female’ as one of the aspects of the stereotypical homeless person; they seem invisible and underrepresented in the fact and fiction about homelessness. In keeping with this month’s theme, we set about gathering the views of 23 women who are or have been homeless.

Who? There were a wide range of experiences, from rough sleepers (former and current) to those in insecure accommodation, and their ages while homeless ranged from under 16 to mid 40s. It is generally believed that women are well looked after in terms of being ‘rescued’ from their homelessness, but over 67% of those we asked remained homeless for over 6 months. 26% had over a year of this and 28% over 3 years. Of those we asked, only 47% agreed that women were given a speedier turnaround from homeless to housed.

Numbers When asked if there were more male than female homeless people, 81% agreed. Various reasons were given. ‘Maybe women, being aware of their vulnerability, are more likely to put up with an unsatisfactory domestic situation,’ and ‘I think women feel more tied to homes than men or are maybe just a tad more organised at keeping a home together.’ It was also said that women were ‘more protected and given higher priority by both families/friends and by services’ and that when it comes to who leaves a broken relationship, it is usually men who are forced into homelessness. PAGE 6 | FLACK | MARCH 2013

‘Men are the most likely to be put out of a home and least likely to have people ‘go the extra mile on their behalf to get them housed quickly.’ One person said ‘sometimes women are seen as more capable of change and are housed quicker as a result’. Conversely, some pointed out that women were less visible when homeless, as ‘more women couch-surf’ and the perception that there were more men is ‘just an observation of what is VISIBLE on the streets, [and] not necessarily a true reflection.’ It is possible that there are also a large number of women who are living in what could be described as unsuitable accommodation, choosing to stay because of loyalty to an abusive partner.

Experience of homelessness 54% said their experience of homelessness would be different if they were male, and 63% felt that they were treated differently by the general public because of their gender. However, an ambiguous picture emerged from the comments. Things could go in women’s favour; ‘The public are less inclined to automatically assume it is your own fault that you are homeless if you are female,’ and ‘the advisers at the council were much more patient and understanding with me than I [have] heard them be with males in similar circumstances.’ However, there was also evidence of a double bind in that ‘people see [a homeless woman] as easy, and irresponsible’ and they ‘seem more disgusted if female and homeless’ precisely because it is unexpected.

What’s important to homeless women? 91% said safety was the most important issue, above prejudice (5%) or other issues (10%). 10% said none of

the issues we mentioned were primary, instead citing the lack of emotional support, and basic survival infrastructures.

Safety Here emerged the most shocking information. 47% of those asked said they had been attacked or intimidated while homeless because of their gender, with an extra 4% saying they knew of others who had been affected by this. The abuse ranged from stalking, invasion of privacy, or bullying by other women, unwanted attention by men which homelessness services found hard to control, to rape and physical violence.

‘When I was homeless I would sleep with the cover right over my head hoping that people would think I was male.’ ‘I was placed in a shared house with two male alcoholics I had never met, and was so scared I never left my room. While I was living there (aged 18) I was raped.’ 70% of women said it was okay to be single when homeless, but there were many comments, possibly from those who had slept rough, that there were significant issues about safety that were avoided by being with someone. ‘It makes it safer,’ and ‘I’m sure it would be better if you were in a couple as you would feel more secure. I was single but I at least was sleeping somewhere I felt secure.’

Getting into safe accommodation There seemed to be the suggestion that being without children was a distinct disadvantage:

‘It just isn’t worth it, if you’re not a mother or under 25, going to the council.’ ‘There’s very few services focussed on single women’ ‘I think people assume that because you’re female you get a better deal with services. Not the case, you’re stuck on the same waiting lists.’

Services for Women

45% said they felt less like a woman. A few commented on the fact it was harder to keep clean and well-groomed, and that this had an effect on how they felt and their relationships with partners. Many respondents said it affected their dignity and self-respect, with a marked impact on general mental health. 63% said there were gaps in the service provision for women, with women reporting that they’d found it hard to access sanitary products, contraception and there was a lack of emotional support, with women ‘just expected to overcome sexual abuse’. Those who had used female-specific services had found them useful, however, and they gave very high praise to Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, and Corona House.

Services for homeless people 52% said their experience with homelessness services wasn’t influenced by their gender. However, several respondents noted that they had either not used homelessness services, or they had been transferred to a female-only project or agency right away and hadn’t used ‘generic’ services. For some who had, however, there was a strong feeling that mixed accommodation was likely to exacerbate any issues that women already had: ‘Men seem to be more represented in hostels – all my neighbours were male – this led to me feeling vulnerable while using communal facilities’ There was a sense of the lack of privacy and it can be quite a macho world.’ Those we spoke to at Corona House said that being in a single-sex place was much better, and that the level of support was excellent. They noted that men in mixed hostels, especially those that drank alcohol, could be an intimidating presence and could prevent women’s recovery. They also much preferred female support workers than men. As ever, this survey reveals a varied picture about what people experience when homeless, with the strongest conclusion we can make being that homeless women are more vulnerable to the worst aspects of homelessness, and usually treated differently (for good or bad) because of their gender. We’d like to thank all the women who helped us gather this information for their honesty. If you have an experience you’d like to share, please get in touch:



Jerry’s DIY Gym ~ Part Three My “Do It Yourself” Gym is simply a short training and exercise guide which you can use at home without going anywhere or buying anything! A little reminder from our reader Mark, to stretch before you start any exercise, and make sure you eat a balanced and healthy diet while doing any exercise regime. In fitting with this month’s theme here are tips & tricks for women. By the way Jim (our photo model) was not hurt during any of these exercises and he actually put the dress on without asking questions. LET’S CRACK ON

Side Kick Kneel on right knee and put your body weight on your right hand, now lift your left leg as high as possible without bending it. 10 times should be enough and then you can change sides.

Knee Job Stand straight and lift your left knee up (as slow as possible) and try to touch your chest with a knee cap. Contnuing on from this in a single movement, bring that leg down and as far behind you as possible into a lunge position. Repeat this movement for a minute and then do the same with your other leg.

Butt Squats > Take a wide-legged stance, (not too far) enough to be able to make a squat. While you’re going down make sure that your chest is straight. Now on your way up squeeze your butt muscles. Repeat exercise for about a minute squeezing each time on the way up.


VERY IMPORTANT! Your diet is as important as working out (only eating fast food and working out 5 hours a day won’t help you at all). This doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself. It is more important that you eat at regular times. That will get your body used to those times of day and get it processing your food properly and in a healthy way.


Remembered Friend

Flying Bird Stand straight and lift your hands up. Now lift your right knee up and try to touch your chest. On the way down don’t put that leg back on the ground but throw it back and lay your upper body down so it looks like you’re trying to fly. Carry on for about a minute and change legs. These four exercises repeated daily will give you great bum muscles and it will make your bum more round as well as burning some fat from the sides of your stomach and legs.

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Where’s Me Bike Dad? In Memory of Jamie Winter Now I am sure that at least once in our lives We may each have been affected by a kid and their bike And if we can each see our own life as a winding road And see the things that just happen as a story being unfold So this poem that I am writing and same time story you’re being told Is being written in loving memory of Jamie Just twenty one years old He really wasn’t a bad young lad He was much more of a loveable rogue

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But he wasn’t always the first to admit He didn’t like doing what he was told With his cheeky chappy smile and his diamond geezer walk And to any of you who knew him, you’ll know he liked to talk He was Olympic with his patter If only talking was a sport At times he was a good laugh And sometimes he was hard not to like And ah bet you can all just picture him when he was a little lad saying “Dad where’s me bike?”

by Jade Rivers MARCH 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 9

Embrace the Margins: Adventures in Archaeology and Homelessness James Elliott interviews Rachael Kiddey


armite, you either love it or hate it. When an archaeologist has this word punkily tattooed on her hip at the age of seventeen it is the job of a journalist to find out which hip, left or right, right? So I was delighted that Rachael Kiddey from the University of York agreed to chat with me about her work as an archaelogist. Rachael wants to map and record homeless people’s heritage as a means of understanding how homeless people use and view the city. Working with homeless people makes Rachael’s approach unique. During our hourlong conversation some strong themes emerged that are similar to those fostered by FLACK. Rachael’s projects focus upon sites used by homeless people. Participants include members of the homeless community, students, and the local police. Surface collection is followed by the excavation of trenches for a full archaelogical study of homelessness. Interestingly, from the outset, much of the research prior to ‘the dig’ is undertaken by getting out and asking the homeless community for their participation and advice. In her words, she wants to ‘truly engage the homeless community…in constructing [an] archaeology of themselves;…’ The involvement of the homeless community is a significant success, not least because of the quality PAGE 10 | FLACK | MARCH 2013

of information it uncovers about homelessness, demonstrating materially how homeless people have always been part of the cultural fabric of our urban communities. From the perspective of FLACK, the focus on the inclusion of this group, if such a category is really definable, refreshingly breaks from the tendency to bracket street people as criminal and therefore not worth understanding. There is a high mortality rate in the homeless community, as is clear from the obituaries in this month’s edition. I was touched by Rachael’s mention of a photo of Tibor Tarr, an Issue seller – ‘killed on his pitch by a bus, some people said’. His photo was put up on a lamp post in Bristol city centre but removed during the course of their study there. Rachael told me ‘As we walked through Bristol we asked Smiler to recall the homeless people who had died or vanished whom he associated with the places we passed through. These places came thick and fast.’ Drink and drugs are always in evidence in the sites that Rachael studies. The community that inhabit these kinds of areas in cities is well informed about the history and cultural use of intoxicants. The presence of such things in the site is unsurprising, since they numb pain, both emotional and physical, and are integral to street

www.flack life survival, trade and culture. The same thing goes on in the wider population but behind closed doors because they have doors to close. Criminality and addiction have always been symbiotic. The highly visible evidence of street life reinforces mainstream negative perceptions of homelessness. Many homeless people live transitory and migratory lives and have no material or cultural connection to the places where they find themselves. It was interesting that the homeless people Rachael worked with had nevertheless developed a very real connection to the sites where for now they were living, albeit without homes. I asked if there had been any perceived benefits for those that took part. Rachel talked about the community engagement between people who wouldn’t normally meet or work together, and that she finds the work personally rewarding on a human level. Friends are made, barriers broken down, and some participants have remained in contact and gone on to pursue shared interests. The projects give participants a purpose, an opportunity to discover new possibilities and their success in collective participation helps to re-build self-esteem and offers real camaraderie. Projects like this can make a huge

difference to people who might otherwise be isolated and devoid of opportunities to break patterns of destructive behaviour or depression, anxiety, isolation and fear. It was moving and encouraging to hear about the wide range of people who are ready to engage positively and without prejudice. Rachael’s team reaches out humanely in its search to understand street life culture and homelessness, and by doing so they are helping to remove a barrier of fear and misunderstanding. The cultural heritage of the city lives and breathes in the existence of marginalised groups, not despite them, and this will always the case, iniquities and all. There is a pride of place in the cityscape that flows more strongly in the veins of the people who live on the streets. Smiler planted daffodil bulbs when the trenches were back filled in Bristol; now everyone enjoys them. Which hip for the Marmite tattoo? Sorry, I forgot to ask. Find out more about Rachael’s Homeless Heritage projects here:

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Ellen Kent’s productions of Tosca and Carmen are coming to Cambridge. FLACK spoke to Ellen about her work and Guru Badadada tells the story of these epic masterpieces in his own inimitable style!

How did you first get into opera? I was working at the French National Children’s Company in the early 90s, and a member of the city council wanted me to do a big outdoor gig as a show, but I thought most people wouldn’t want to see a show about goldfish, so I suggested doing an opera instead. They liked the idea and we ended up having the Romania National Opera perform, 200 of them, and ended up selling out the castle gardens. People were coming from London to see it. It was a fabulous do; it was Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’. What are your inspirations in pursuing opera? I used to be a performer myself; actor and dancer. Once I saw what opera was all about, the largeness, the melodrama, the colour, the music, the drama of it, that’s when I was inspired. Then I tried to make my operas spectacular user-friendly operas where the audience can see beautiful costumes, beautiful girls, a little like a film. I like to see what the composer had in mind and so my niche market is for traditional productions. What’s the difference between a pop song and an opera? I haven’t a clue! I’ve never been asked that before! That’s an interesting one. I have a reasonably eclectic taste. I like reggae, jazz, Mick Jagger, rock and roll stuff but pop music jars on my ear. I loved Amy Winehouse’s music, things like that - with some story, some soul because opera is rounded with colour and emotion. Look at Puccini, people cry when they hear that, do they cry listening to pop?

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Carmen - a story of enticement and quarrel The old arranged marriage ting yo! And the girl leading the guy up the garden path is the jist of this story ting yo! Set in Spain, in a factory full of women workers, one fine beauty by the name of Carmen is asking questions and trying to find a corporal by the name of Don Jose. Mr Don is set to marry a woman arranged by his mother . After a little scuffle Carmen is tied up by the Don, she has a little flirt with him and asks him to go dancing, he crumbles at her request and sets her free. As they are leaving, she scarpers and da man gets thrown in the clink! As she and her girly friends are entertaining the other officers. She is propositioned a number of times and she says, ‘Nah Mr I’ve already got my beady on some other fellah.’ Carmen meets up with Mr Love Don Jose after he is released and makes him jealous then offers a private dance to him. I reckon a serious lovey-dovey story, you see she says he don’t love her unless he runs away with her, then the old crime of passion comes out - he mashes up one of the officers she’d been dancing for then has to do the off and goes AWOL. He joins some smugglers but starts to regret his choices, then Jose’s arranged wife shows up just to stir it up a bit more.This little story has many a twist and turn ending with the old boy killing his beloved cos she don’t want him no more she wants the fancy-pants bullfighter geeza . Game set and Whoops...

What has been your favourite opera you’ve produced and directed? That’s always difficult. I love Tosca and Traviata. Then there’s Nabucco and Aida. But my top favourites are Tosca and Carmen. I lived in Andalusia and my Carmen reflects Spain as I experienced it; it seeps into your blood. My production reflects that hot dusty Spanish passion. Carmen is a nice one to do; I put a little spin on it, I use a white horse in some productions, and there are always beautiful women and possibly handsome men. I want to create a user-friendly spectacular; Zeffirelli-like film versions. Do you write your own music? Definitely not, I’m too busy trying to put it all together. I have rewritten Die Fledermaus, translating the libretto into English. It would have cost an arm and a leg to use the German-English version that they were suggesting so I decided to do it myself. I found a Russian version and, working with a translator, put it into standard English. It was very funny. I don’t know if I had it right but judging by how the audience reacted I must have been doing something well! Finally, do you think anyone could become an opera singer? I don’t see why not, people are too purist about opera. You don’t have to be an intellectual and have a first class Cambridge degree! You need an inherent talent to sing and then to get noticed. I think anyone who wants to have a go should go for it. My mother used to say to me, years ago in Spain, if you believe in something 100%, not 99%, then you must do it. And she’s right. I never thought in a hundred years that I would be an opera director and producer.

That singy thing Costco… no…Tosca... Mate, this is just like adventure crossed with Eastenders! There’s jealousy, revenge, manipulation, escaped prisoners hiding out, fighting and of course, the old soggy sandwich. Love, love, love is the pinnacle vibe…ahhh nice eh? Well, this dude who is a hardcore political prisoner manages to liberate himself, hides out in a church then runs off with some woman who someone else has his eye on. Bit tragic, bit of the old suicide too. Then the old girl has to marry the bad man, but switches up and shanks him down at the last moment. That’s almost all, I’ll leave the ending for you to watch…

Spotlight on ...

Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre by Emma Cook Cambridge Womens Resource Centre (CWRC) is run by women for women. They are sensitive about some of the issues experienced by women so males (over creche age) are only allowed in the building by appointment. The centre offers a wide range of classes from Tai-Chi to practical woodworking and everything in between. I regularly take part in the Creative Group meeting on Friday mornings. The Creative Group is led by Penni Walker. The group is currently concentrating on customising and decorating boxes. We glue and sew fabrics, painting and ink stamping, with a view to including pieces of creative writing in or on them. Suggestions and ideas for words have been to write our own, or adapt a poem, verse or song, or, for boxes dedicated as gifts to children, a nursery rhyme or a personalised greeting message. I made this box (pictured) as a gift for someone who needed somewhere safe to keep her treasures. The women who attend often do art and crafts on their own as a hobby. When I initially met Penni we discussed how that although being creative in your own time is a good source of well-being, it can also be isolating. The impetus of the group is to be creative together; being social, ‘having a laugh,’ and creating a relaxed and friendly environment where all ideas and skills are welcomed and encouraged rather than applying any pressure to complete a final product.

Creative Group: Friday 9.30 -12 Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre Hooper St CB1 2DN 01223 321148

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Roz Pinkney meets Dance Moves


have been attending FLACK for about two years now and I love my “job” making greeting cards. However I have noticed recently that our team of journalists is rather small and no doubt overworked so I thought how proud I would feel to be part of something I admire so much as well sharing their workload a little. I wanted to write on a topic related to physical activity so I was delighted when I got the opportunity to interview Filipa and Kathryn from Dance Moves. Kathryn had a career as a ballet dancer as well as many other types including tap, contemporary and folk. Filipa has worked as a dance teacher and movement therapist. Dance Moves began by working with patients at Addenbrookes. They used dance as a very natural, more inviting form of physiotherapy to complement the medical treatment of a range of illnesses from arthritis to cardiovascular disease. They have since worked with a range of groups throughout Cambridgeshire; children in schools, pregnant women, older adults, those with physical and mental disabilities and impairments and neurological problems right through to people in great health and fitness such as professional dancers. Dance has so many functions. It is a primary form of communication, and so appeals to children and can help them develop their social skills and enhance their creativity. Filipa has been struck by how thrilled and filled with self-belief children are when given a chance to see their performances, so she likes to use documentation such as film or photography. I wondered if you need a special talent for dance. Kathryn pointed out that people are moving everyday and these same very simple gestures can be the foundation for dance. Dance Moves is committed to including any interested individual and can adapt to all levels of mobility as well as ability. For example they teach chair based dancing to clients who have limited mobility and/or strength. The idea is that participants approach dance as a PAGE 14 | FLACK | MARCH 2013

means to express their individuality and how they feel, meaning that no movement will be criticized and judged as ‘wrong’, only possibly inadvisable should it cause physical pain. Dance and movement are powerful in breaking down people’s inhibitions. When music is playing we respond automatically to the rhythm without being fully conscious of it. Movement can really help communication. It can often be extremely difficult for someone to literally to express their feelings in words when they are in a highly emotional state so it can reassure them to be offered an alternative means expressing themselves. When working to improve people’s health, Filipa and Kathryn stress the need for every relevant person involved (doctors, nurses, carers) to actually dance themselves. Collaboration in a shared project gives a vital sense of belonging and helps to break down boundaries. The patient becomes more aware of his/her own body, its strengths and weaknesses which increases their sense of control over their health and reinforces their motivation get well. Filipa also pointed out that dance can have a significant role to play in preventing illness. Filipa and Kathryn particularly enjoy running integrated workshops in the wider community, and find that dance can improve communication between diverse groups, allowing people to learn and understand more about one another and thus helping to reduce tension, aggression and conflict, and promote harmony. Dance is one of the oldest social activities and appeals to many people, and Filipa and Kathryn may take their adventure throughout the country and even worldwide. Who knows? In the meantime, many of us at FLACK are excited. Dance Moves are going to be working with us. Over three Saturdays in March they will be running workshops at our office for our members and five lucky members of the public (see page 24 for details) And we’ll be creating a film with Toby Peters, our very own filmmaker! Hooray.


Why aren’t there more women leaders? by Merle Jermyn


ne of the reasons I felt immediately comfortable at FLACK is that the status of staff, peers, members and volunteers is not immediately obvious. At Wednesday lunchtime meetings, where visitors are also welcome, everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas towards the running and improvement of FLACK. Important decisions are discussed in the open, brain-stormed by staff and members until a decision is reached. Traditional management structures tend to be a pyramid hierarchy - think of the army - with a boss at the top and everyone knows their place. 

Is FLACK’s non-hierarchical management system because it is being run by women? And why aren’t there more women running organisations? I went to speak to Monica Wirz, a researcher in the impact of gender on leadership at the University of Cambridge, to see what she had to say about it. Monica told me that women and men are not hard-wired in their leadership styles. This means we should avoid thinking in too simplistic terms and look at the bigger picture of all the different factors involved in being a person: gender is one factor, but so is being black or white, educated or not, rich or poor: all these other characteristics together make us who we are, and impact how we think. The differences we see in the styles of men and women are mostly to do with how we are brought up and our position in society. As babies we are dressed in pink or blue and people interact with us differently. From then on our experiences in life are channelled in a gendered way that will affect leadership styles and public perception of male and female leaders. 
Studies in the 80s showed that maths teachers expected less academically from girls than from boys and treated girls quite differently. The technology boom has catalysed a change in modern workplace management systems. The role of the leader is changing from being authoritarian to being a facilitator whose job it is to motivate a team, and encourage cooperation and creativity. Google is a good example of a less hierarchical organisation where people share a sense of joint ownership for their projects while also having more control in managing their time. Studies show that women perform very well in this new style of leadership. As a mother and educator of my children, I found what worked

best was to lead from among the children, as part of the group, allowing them to change the direction of study according to their interests. The benefit of flexibility is that you get the unexpected. So why are women still not getting the higher management positions? Monica suggests the reason lies in our biases which prevent us from associating the image of “the leader” with women. If we were to think of a Managing Director we would probably imagine a white, middle-class, middle-aged man in a suit. But our ideas are not totally fixed. If we were to imagine a Theatre Director, our idea would certainly be different; we would perhaps expect a more unconventional appearance. The problem is that with so few female role models, young women are deterred from imagining themselves in leadership roles. Even Google is having trouble enabling women to succeed in promotion. Sheryl Sandberg, who was the first woman elected to the Facebook board of directors, explained it this way “Men attribute their success to themselves and women attribute their success to external factors. If you ask men why they did a good job, they will say ‘because I’m awesome’. If you ask women why they did a good job they’ll say someone helped them, they got lucky and they worked really hard.”

 So, the non-hierarchical structure of FLACK is not unique to women, and the lack of women in management positions is not because of an inherent difference between the way men and women think and behave. Our differences are because of our differing experiences, and these can be an asset to any company. Women are proven to be as good as men in the more modern, less hierarchical management style, and we need to be encouraging our daughters to see their potential as future leaders.

Diane ~FLACK Facilitator, Kirsten ~ Creative Director, Ramona ~ Operations Manager. Portraits by Toby Ilsey

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13 14 15 16 17 18 Portraits: Toby, Dylan, Dwayne, Alex, Julian, Jim and friends

1. AUNG SANG SUU KYI (Nominated by Angela) Aung Sang Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. She was held under house arrest from 1989 until her release on 13 November 2010. In 1991, she won the Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts. 2. JO FROST (Nominated by Diane) Joanne “Jo” Frost is an English nanny and television personality. She was the central figure of the reality television program Supernanny. She has more than 22 years’ experience in the field of childcare. 3. VIRGINIA WOOLF (Nominated by Anon) Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. 4. RACHEL MADDOW (Nominated by Sian) Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show.’ 5. BEATRIX POTTER (Nominated by Simon) Beatrix Potter was an illustrator, natural scientist and one of the few women authors to be published in the early 1900s with ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ and other illustrated children’s books. 6. MARIE DE GOURNAY (Nominated by Jim) Marie de Gournay was one of Renaissance France’s most active literary figures. A French writer, she is best known for her proto-feminist essays defending equality between the sexes. 7. DEBBIE HARRY (Nominated by Nicky) Deborah Ann “Debbie” Harry is an American singersongwriter and actress, best known for being the lead singer of the punk rock and New Wave band Blondie. 8. MARY SEACOLE (Nominated by Brendan) Mary Jane Seacole was a Jamaican-born woman who set up a ‘British Hotel’ behind the lines during the Crimean War. With her knowledge of herbal medicine from the Caribbean, she provided help for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. PAGE 18 | FLACK | MARCH 2013

9. RUTH HARDIE (Nominated by Jerry) Ruth Hardie has spent the last three years creating and delivering a diverse outreach programme for the Faculty of Music at Cambridge, including the community piano project “Play Me I’m Yours” as part of last year’s Festival of Ideas. 10. MINERVA (Nominated by Antonio) Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, knowledge, arts and defense. She was born fullyformed from the head of Jupiter carrying her weapons 11. ERIN PIZZEY (Nominated by Ian) Erin Patria Margaret Pizzey is a best-selling author and successful women’s speaker, she battles against family and domestic violence. Founder of the First Women’s Refuge in Chiswick. 12. ANNE MILLER (Nominated by Kirsten) Anne Miller is an engineer and inventor of a range of products, from Power Tools for Bosch to the manufacturing system for the Femidom. She is probably one of the world’s most successful female inventors, with 39 patents to her name. 13. AMANDA PALMER (Nominated by Tash) Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer, sometimes known as ‘Amanda Fucking Palmer’, is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo The Dresden Dolls. 14. HOLLIE MCNISH (Nominated by Wesley) Hollie McNish is a poet and writing workshop leader based in Cambridgeshire. She has won the UK Slam Poetry Championships and represented the UK in the World Poetry Slam in Paris. 15. INDIRA GHANDI (Portrait by Julian) Indira Ghandi was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. She is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister (first 1966–77 and then from 1980 until her assassination in 1984). 16. WINIFRED NICHOLSON (Nominated by Toby) Winifred Nicholson was an English painter, a colourist who developed a personalized impressionistic style that concentrated on domestic subjects and landscapes. 17. SAINT SARAH (Nominated by James) Saint Sarah, also known as Sara-la-Kali is the mythic patron saint of the Roma (Gypsy) people. The centre of her veneration is Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a place of pilgrimage for Roma in the Camargue. 18. JOCELYN BELL (Nominated by Anon) Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS is a British astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics.



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

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.

‘It’s Crazy’ by Smiffy

Streetbite Sleepout FLACK HQ, City Life House, Sturton St, Cambridge CB1 2qF

Sat March 2 9pm - 7am 3 March Free to take part Students and members of the public sleep out for one night to build bridges of understanding and raise funds for Cambridge’s homelessness charities. FLACK is delighted to be hosting this event for the second year running.

FLACK ON THE ROCKS Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge for a sponsorship form

FLACK EGG HUNT All over Cambridge

Saturday 30 March All Day Free Watch sculptor Tom Phillips transform a block of ice into a giant copy of FLACK Magazine. With thanks to Cambridge Ice Services.

Easter Sunday 31st March from 10am Check out the listings pages for clues as to where you might find your very own FLACK Egg. We promise prizes and surprises in every single one.

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Cambridge Science Festival Various venues across Cambridge

Friday 8 to Tuesday 26 March Probably all free Gazillions (is that a SI unit? If not, it should be) of things to do and see, for all ages, in this annual event. This year guest-directed by Benedict Cumberbatch .We have listed a few in our science section but best to spend an evening wandering around their website. Some need booking others are just drop-in. [I want to see how to develop photos in coffee].

Eat Cambridge Festival Various around Cambridge

Friday 8 to Friday 15 March ‘Discover your local pantry’ with new, local not-for-profit foodie festival, including ‘fringe events’ (which sound a bit like ‘ice cream in one’s hairstyle’). The main event ‘Food & Drink Market’ will be on Saturday 9 March in the Guildhall (10.30am to 4pm). Check their website for up-to-date info.

Japan Day

Kaetsu Educational and Cultural Centre, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0SH

Saturday 9 March From 12.30 Free From local FLACK friends. Annual event co-hosted by the Japanese Embassy. With a Japanese film show (4.30pm) and lots of workshops on Japanese arts, crafts, music and culture – including a tea ceremony (at 1pm) and a walk around their new garden. Families welcome. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY


McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College (Near the Eagle Pub), Cambridge

Tues 5 March 5.30 Free please book With Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre and convenor of the IWD WOW (Women of the World) Festivals. And ‘Fifty Shades of Feminism’with coeditor, write, activist, historian and cultural programmer Dr Rachel Holmes. To book 01223 332286

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Peace Unveiled

Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT - Lord Ashcroft Building

Sat 9 March 5.30 - 7pm FREE Film screening with Q&A. Part of the ‘Women, War & Peace’ documentary series, ‘Peace Unveiled’ is an inspiring film about women’s rights in Afghanistan: ‘peace and justice can’t come at the cost of women and women’s lives’. Hosted by Chitra Nagarajan, Director of Gender Action for Peace & Security. To book 01223 332286

WiSETI Lecture: ‘My Mum’s a Scientist!’

The Theatre, Peterhouse College, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RD

Tuesday 12 March 5pm - 6 pm FREE With Professor Francesca Happé from the Institute of Psychiatry and a mum of three, who specialises in autism and Asperger Syndrome Research. To book 01223 332286


Easter Fun Day at Wandlebury

Easter Egg Trail

Anglesey Abbey Gardens, Quy Road, Lode, CB25 9EJ

Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 11am to 4pm, last admission 3pm £2 +usual admission For families. Hunt for clues around the stunning garden to claim your yummy (Cadbury’s) prize. Dress for the weather, with good outdoor footwear. No need to book, just pick up a trail leaflet at reception. Assistance dogs only.


We Object!

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

Friday 15 March to Saturday 13 April (Thursdays to Saturdays) 12 noon to 7pm Free From Aid and Abet. 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’.

Wandlebury Country Park, Babraham, Cambs CB22 3AE

You will find an egg

Saturday 30 March 11am to 3pm £6 per child (adults free) Get out and about in the woods. Have fun with Easter crafts using natural or recycled materials and receive an Easter surprise. Drop into stable rooms any time. No need to book. Also (free) night walk on Wednesday 27 March (9pm to 11pm).

nestled in the paws of the lion outside the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Milton Country Park, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AZ

Sunday 31 March From ‘The Friends’. See website for up-todate info. Probably involves something egg-shaped made of chocolate and small children running around making a lot of noise.

Easter Trail

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, CB7 5XP

Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April £1.75 plus normal admission charge Follow the Easter Trail to claim your Cadbury's Egghead. Dogs on leads welcome. No need to book.

behind the Leper Chapel.

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

To Sunday 12 May 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.

Are The Suffragettes OverRated? Heffers bookshop, 20 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TY

Monday 11 March 6.30pm Free From Historical Association, a public debate – come and have your say!


Cambridge Science Festival Exhibition

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

Sunday 10 March to Sunday 24 March 8am to 5pm Free (Probably) photos from ‘nano to the macro, high into the stratospere and way below sea level. Unbelievable shots and compelling images’. And they do very good cakes. Also, immediately after this exhibition and to 14 April: ‘FERENG! FERENG!’ James Albon’s exhibition from his time spent in Ethiopia.

The Things Some Things Say Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DZ

Wednesday 13 March to December 6pm to 7.30pm £5 per session or £40 for 11 Second in 11 monthly sessions at Museum. Best to book but some drop-in too. Aims to ‘encourage participants to imagine life from the literal or metaphorical perspective of objects, through story-telling or drawing’. Each workshop can be treated as a standalone experience or participants can attend all workshops and work on a more ambitious project. Each session will begin with a series of small literary or graphic tasks to get the creative juices flowing, then participants will be released to work on their own projects.

You will find an egg in the circles beside Tatties. at Reality Checkpoint.

Frozen Worlds

Scott Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER

To Monday 18 March Usual opening hours Free Temporary exhibition explores the links between polar exploration and science on Earth, and the exploration of other ice worlds in our Solar System. How scientists investigate life in the polar extremes to understand what life may be present within Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, or Mars. Learn about experiments in Antarctica to test space suits for use on other planets, and how human adaptation to the extreme conditions at the Poles are an analogue to the challenges faced by astronauts.

Flicker: Artists and Super 8 Smiths Row, The Market Cross, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1BT

Saturdays to 23 March Tue to Sat 10.30am to 5pm Free Exhibition co-curated by Cambridge Super 8 Festival and this Bury gallery (40 mins from Cambridge, in centre of town). It will examine how 20th and 21st-century artists have worked with, or been inspired by, the Super 8 format and low gauge film-making. With work by a broad range of international artists, it demonstrates the accessibility, adaptability and experimental nature of Super 8. From iconic film-maker Derek Jarman through to contemporary visual artists including Giovanna Maria Casetta and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, Flicker will explore how analogue film, through its preservation and continued practice as a moving-image medium, remains a rich source of cultural heritage. Plus a lively programme of events including screenings at the Abbeygate Picturehouse (in Bury), live performances, artist talks/surgeries (Tuesday 12 March) and 2-day film-making workshops (Saturday 9 March). Workshops are by tutors ‘who have mastered unique techniques’ including hand-processing. See Smiths Row website for booking details. Gallery: 01284 762081 www.cambridge-super8.org3

Outside In: East

Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Wednesday 20 March to Thursday 4 April Usual opening hours Free By national arts agency set up in 2006 by Pallant House Gallery that provides access to the art world for artists who would otherwise encounter difficulties due to health, disability or social circumstance. This exhibition showcases artists living in the East of England who have chosen to align themselves with the project. ‘From substance misusers to self-taught visionaries... a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth and vitality of work produced by individuals from outside the mainstream art world’.

All Saints - The Church That Rose From The Dead Cambridge Central Library, Lion’s Yard, Cambridge

Wednesday 20 March 2pm Free From local branch of Historical Association and Cambridge Collection:

‘the remarkable story of Cambridge’s preRaphaelite masterpiece, and how it came within an ace of being demolished’. 01480 467 259


Hot Numbers, Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Morgan Howell: Wonderwall II

1 to 19 March 8:30am to 6pm Free A must-see for music lovers of a certain age. As seen on the recent Rolling Stones BBC interview: nostalgic, larger-than-life box framed paintings and limited-edition prints of classic singles (complete with battered sleeves) available to buy. Stones, Beatles, T-Rex, Neil Diamond, Dylan and more.

CAMaraderie II 21 March - 2 April 8:30am to 6pm Free

A mixed exhibition of work from members of Cambridge Arts Movement - paintings, prints, photographs. 01223 311687           


Get Crafty in 2013

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

3rd Wednesday of month (20 March) 7pm to 9pm £10 Must Book In March: learn the basics of felt making and make a small wall hanging or a felt bangle, or crochet a sunflower wall hanging. Also Women’s Consciousness Raising Group on 2nd Wednesday of the month (7pm) and Global Women on 1st Wednesday of the month (7pm). 01223 321148

You will find an egg in Mr Asbo’s nest. MARCH 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 21


Drawing from the Collection

Kettle’s Yard New Music: Ensemble Phoenix

Fortnightly to Saturday 23 March (including Saturday 9 March) 11am to 1.30pm £10 per session (includes materials) For adults aged 16+ ‘confident artists and those finding their feet’. From Irregular Circle. See website for more info - best to book. 01223 333516

Monday 25 March Pre concert talk 6.30pm, concert 7.30pm £12, £7 concessions A unique opportunity to hear one of Europe’s leading contemporary music ensembles in action in the newly refurbished St John’s Divinity School.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Willow Weaving Workshops

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambs CB7 5XP

Friday/Saturday 22 & 23 March 10am to 12.30pm £30 (incl. Materials) Half-day workshops to learn how to construct traditional willow plant supports. Must book.

The Sheep Shop: Stitch & Bitch etc The Sheep Shop, 72 Beche Road, Cambridge CB5 8HU

Fridays: 10am-12 noon Every other Tuesday eve Free Knitting and crochet groups at local woolly shop. If you’ve never knitted before they’ll show you how. Just drop in, it’s free (donation welcome for tea and biscuits), and a chance to meet new friends. 01223 311268


JS Bach’s Easter Oratorio

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Saturday 30 March 7pm (or 5pm for free pre-concert talk) £30 or less From Academy of Ancient Music, to end Holy week music making. Stephen Cleobury conducts King’s College Choral Scholars. Also Vivaldi’s Concerto for violin, cello and organ RV554a and Charpentier’s Te Deum. 01223 769 340 Tickets:ShopatKing’s,King'sParade, Cambridge

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The Divinity School, St. John’s College, Cambridge CB2 1TP

You will find an egg on the War Memorial.

Carmen Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Monday 4 March 7.30pm £34.50 or less Directed by Ellen Kent and starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova. This dazzling new production set in Seville and reflecting a Goya painting, with fountains, flowers and orange trees, guarantees an evening of passion and romance.

Emmanuel URC Lunchtime Concerts Emmanuel URC, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RR

Thursdays (check website for dates) 1pm Free (retiring collection) Come early to avoid the rush. And you can enjoy the Fare Shares cafe afterwards.

Lunchtime Concerts at the Fitz Gallery 3, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Sundays 3, 10 March 1.15pm Free (get there early for a seat) Latest in series of weekly concerts: 3 March: Promenade Concert with Nadav Hertzka (piano) performs pieces by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Wagner. 10 March: Britten Sinfonia Academy: with young musicians from the east of England, working with professional members of the orchestra. This concernt follows a weekend residency at the Fitz, where they will create music inspired by the Museum and its artefacts. To include new works composed by the ensemble and other complementary pieces.


Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Sunday 3 March 7.30pm £34.50 or less Directed by Ellen Kent, starring international soprano Elena Dee. Puccini’s popular opera of true love, torture and treachery… and a blood curdling villain. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Cross-Currents Between The Music of Spain, France and Latin America The Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Saturday 9 March Doors at 7.30 for 8pm £12 or less Part of Alliance Francaise’s Myriad Festival. Piano recital and talk by Patrick Hemmerlé on the influences exerted by the Spanish on French composers: Claude Debussy, Déodat de Séverac, Maurice Ravel, Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, etc.

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

Friday (1, 8, 15 March) 1.10pm Free (no need to book) Established series of free concerts: 1 March: Mifune Tsuji (violin), Jin Theriault (saxophone) and Paul Jackson (piano) play compositions by Will Gregory, Astor Piazzolla and Marc Eychenne. 8 March (in Recital Hall): Rite of Spring, piano duet. 15 March: music for santouri duo (traditional Greek island hammer dulcimers).

A Musical Banquet

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR

Friday 15 March 7.30pm £20 or less From Cambridge Early Music. Michael Chance (countertenor) and Nigel North (lute) are the ‘superstars of the lute-song constellation’. Recital of songs from the turn of the 17th century, by Dowland, Luzzaschi, Danyel, Rore, Palestrina and Monteverdi, interspersed with lute solos. 01223 847330


Kettle’s Yard Lunchtime Concerts St Giles Church, Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Friday 1 March 1pm (new earlier time) Free Another in the regular series of free lunchtime concerts – now in the Church opposite the gallery. Girton Opera perform scenes from Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Just turn up (early for a good seat).

acclaimed and innovative acoustic guitarists. Also, on Saturday 23 March, ‘Basement Sessions’ with special guest Rosie Eade. See website for details


Arbury Piano Trio

Organ Recital

St John's College Chapel, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP

Sunday 3 March 6pm Free Andrew Nethsingha (St John's College) performs JS Bach, Howells, Langlais. No need to book.

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concerts

West Rd Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tuesdays 5, 12 March 1.10pm Free Regular events: 5 March: Collegium Musicum perform Rebel's Les Characteres de la Danse; 12 March: Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence performed by the Capriccio Sextet; See website for other events – mostly with charges.


Clive Carroll, Chris Woods, Justin Dowling CB2 Basement, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Saturday 9 March Doors at 7.45pm for 8.30pm £9 From Acoustic Routes. Original and traditionally inspired music from three

Events at Scotsdales

Cambridge Rd, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5JT

Various dates; Free; Best to book a seat Series of free talks and events in March: Sunday 17 March (10am to 12 noon): Peter Jackson’s Gardening clinic ‘bring your problems’; Wednesday 20 March: (2pm to 3.30pm) Behind the scenes at Chelsea Flower Show; Thursday 21 March (7pm to 8pm): Gardening for beginners: ‘Seeds and compost’ (1 of 5 sessions). Also Children’s gardening club: Saturday 9 March (10.30am to 3.30pm): Mother’s day basket making (£5); Saturday 30 March (10.30am to 3.30pm): Easter chicks – bring a camera; Friday & Saturday 29/30 March (9am to 6pm): Easter bunny hunt. 01223 842 777

Institute of Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambs CB23 8AQ

Sunday 3 March 2.30pm Free Second of four monthly recitals by University instrumentalists. Katherine Lee (violin) Ghislaine McMullin (cello) and Johnson Leung (piano) perform Tchaikovsky. Not wheelchair accessible. Best to book. 01223 746212


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Cambridge Folk Club

The Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP

Fridays (8, 15, 22, 29 March) 7.30pm for 8pm £10 or less Series of regular Cambridge Folk Club events at Golden Hind pub: 8 March: Landermason with supportDave Neale; 15 March: The Willows; 22 March: Robb Johnson with support-The LarksEntry; 29 March: open stage.

Orchard Tree and Hedge Planting

Coton Countryside Reserve, Coton, Cambs CB23 7PZ

Saturday 16 March 11am to 3.30pm Free, donation welcome All ages welcome. Help plant trees & hedges on the reserve; tools and gloves provided. Drop in any time and follow signs from Martin Carpark. 01223 243830 ext 201

West Anglia Country Show Wood Green Animal Shelter, London Rd, Godmanchester, Cambs PE29 2NH

on Trinity St ... but you won’t find it.

Sunday 31 March and Monday 1 April 10am to 5pm £6 or less (or free) Annual Country Show on the shelter showfields, with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.

Roughneck Riot, Smokey Bastard & Bootscraper

On Monday bring your dog to the Companion Dog Show (all proceeds from entries to Wood Green Animal Shelters).

All welcome, with a discount for members. See their website for more details.

You will find an egg

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

Saturday 30 March Doors 7.30pm £7 Warrington’s ‘Guinness-fuelled punkas-folk rockers’, plus Smokey Bastard ‘sounding like a gang of extremely talented pirates’ and ‘7-piece Aggro-folk mob Bootscraper’. And DJs. (Sounds like a night out for your Gran?).

Night Walk

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

Wednesday 27 March 9pm to 10pm Free, donations welcome Join Rangers on a guided walk around Wandlebury by the light of the moon and stars. Bring a torch if you wish. Must book. Head Ranger: 07833 598155 MARCH 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 23



Wimpole Estate Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW

Saturday 9 March to Thursday 28 March 10.30am to 4.30pm £8.70 or less Watch new born lambs frolicking at Wimpole. You might even see a lamb being born. No need to book. Check the website for other courses and activities. 01223 206000

Guided Walk

Coton Countryside Reserve, Cambridge CB23 7PZ

Sunday 17 March 10am start Free, donation welcome A 2to 2.5-hour guided walk through the reserve, starting at the Coton footpath entrance.



St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, Cambridge

Friday/Saturday 22/23 March 8pm £12 or less From in situ theatre company ‘leading the way in environmental theatre’. New (allseated) performance about relationship humans have with birds.

Non Ti Muovere

Hester Adrian Centre, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge CB4 1AX

Tuesday 26 Feb 7pm £5 (includes brief discussion and a glass of wine) Spring event from La Dante. Film in Italian, with English subtitles, based on the novel ‘Don't move’ by Margaret Mazzantini. Need to book. 01223 315191

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

Wednesday 6 March to Saturday 9 Mar 7.45pm (& 2pm Saturday) £10 or less From Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Songheim’s ‘popular, bawdy tale of slapstick, mistaken identity, cross dressing, pretend deaths, puns and witty dialogue’.



AT FLACK FLACK Base, City Life House, Sturton St, Cambridge CB1 2QF

Saurdays 2, 9 and 23 March 12.30am to 3.30pm Booking Essential ~ FREE Five free opportunities (for members of the public) to be involved in Dance Moves’ forthcoming workshops at FLACK see page 14. You are highly likely to be involved in transforming FLACK’s vibrant office space into an oscillating hive of movement, music and dance (with the occasional moment for stillness or a cup of tea!). Toby Peters will be making a film to showcase later in the year. 01223 366532

2013: An Improv Odyssey

King’s Bunker, King’s College, Cambridge or Corpus Playroom, St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Thursday 28 Feb to Sunday 3 March (Kings): 8pm £3 or less (pay on door) Monday 4 March (Corpus Playroom): 9.30pm £6 or less (book) Join Cambridge Impronauts, as they improvise a complete comic play around the adventures of intrepid spacefarers and their evil nemeses. ‘Who’s hiding aboard ship? Are they struggling against pesky aliens, troublesome robots, or irksome clones of Ringo Starr? You’re in control of this improvised interstellar spectacular’. Book for Corpus Playroom night.

The Woyzeck

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

Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 March 7.30pm £12.50 or less From Acting Like Mad and Theatrical Niche Ltd. Based on the true story of a man who murdered his wife for her infidelity. A ‘fiery production, with an original score to complement the eclectic artistry on show’. Suitable for ages 16+.

You will find an egg on one of the river boats (it’s a hiding place and it’s a secret).

Centre Stage

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

Friday/Saturday 1 & 2 March 7.30pm (2.30pm on Saturday) £10 or less With Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society members ‘fun-filled show’ including lyrical and street dance.


Seeds & Rubbish

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Saurday 2 March 11am to 3pm £3 per child (parents/ carers to stay) plus usual admission charges Grow seeds in recycled containers and give a plant a home. Drop in, no booking required. (I wonder if they’d like all my rubbish?).

You will find an egg in my heart.

Mother’s Day Workshop: Fabulous Felt Flowers

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

Saturday 9 March 10.30am to 12.30pm £3.50 per child Make a fabulous hand-stitched, felt corsage or posy for your Mum and learn some new sewing skills along the way. Ideal for people aged 7–15 years with basic sewing skills but previous experience not essential. Need to book (and please be prompt). 01223 355159

Cambs Buried Treasure

Saturday 9 March 10am to 12.30pm £5 per child For ages 8+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Join a search for buried treasure, starting at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and moving to The Fitzwilliam Museum to discover precious coins. Then ‘make your own embossed treasure’ in the education studio to take home. Must book. 01223 332904


Still Caring



Allographic Other Voices

Live Salsa Night

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

Saturday 2 March Doors: 8pm to 1am £12 or less Exciting salsa concert and party with Jesus Cutiñoy Son D'Cuba and DJs.

Second Wednesday of the 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 dementiaCOMPASS for a two-course lunch and update of local resources.

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

Sunday 24 March 7.30pm for 8pm £5 or less Latest in series of open mic poetry and storytelling with free snacks. It’s founder Fay Roberts’s birthday, so she'll be inviting as many of her favourite poetry/ storytelling types as possible to feature, ‘in a self-indulgent party atmosphere’. Happy birthday from FLACK! 07904 488009

At the Gate: A Reading

Continents Apart, Glasshouse Range, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, CB2 1JE

Wednesday 6 March 5.45pm for 6pm Free (with usual admission charge) Botanic Garden’s ‘thresholds poet-inresidence’, Ann Gray, will read from ‘At the Gate’ her Cambridge-based volume concerning love and loss. No need to book, just turn up!

University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

Get Back Into Cycling Milton Country Park, CB24 6AZ

Tuesdays 5 and 19 March 1.30pm to 2.30pm £5 per session Last 2 of 6 adult cycling session from ‘You can bike too’ and Milton Country Park. Gain cycle confidence with instructors away from traffic. Bikes for all abilities available Must book and wear cycle helmet. 01223 420060


Hammer and Tongue

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

Wednesday 13 March 7.30pm for 8pm... £6.50 or less Latest in series: open slam with up to eight competitors going head-to-head for a place in the Regional Final. UK Slam Champion Adam Kammerling started in Brighton’s hip-hop scene. Cambridge-bred Sam Berkson’s first proper gig ended in a fight (eek). Best to book in advance. 07904 488009

Portland Comedy Club

Every Wednesday, except 29 March and Fridays (invited teachers) From 7pm to 9pm £12 or less From Cambsdance, a not-for-profit run by volunteers. 5 Rhythms is a free-form of dance (taught all over the world by professionals) that anyone can do. See their website for more information.

St Laurence's Church, 91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB

Annual subscription to FLACK is still only £24 per year. A copy of FLACK on their doormat at the beginning of every month ...

Last Friday of month (29 March) 8pm It’s a comedy club, at the Portland. In the evening. Ask at the pub for details.

somewhere by the river.

St Paul's CE Primary School, Coronation Street, Cambridge CB2 1HJ


how can you resist ?

in the basement of CB1 behind the typewriter.

5 Rhythms Dance

Sing and Swing

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

You will find an egg

They welcome carers who are caring at home, 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. Edye Hoffmann: 07876 350638;

subscribe online

Feel Free Dance

Thursdays New group, which meets at Man on the Moon pub, for people who want to ‘dance to Feel Free... dance your way, any style, any moves!’ All welcome. See meet-up page for more info.

Saturday 23 March 7.45pm Cost: TBA (tickets on the door) From Chesterton Choral Society – ‘songs from ancient and modern times’, including Nelson Mass, Swinging Samson and Scarborough Fair. New singers welcome – no audition required. Sight reading is an advantage but not essential. Check online for more info.

Chesterton Choral Society Chesterton Methodist Church, Green End Rd, Cambridge CB4 1RW

Mons 7.30pm to 9.30pm Subs rates: £52/£26/year. Well-established local amateur mixed choir - with the emphasis on enjoyment. New singers welcome – no audition required. Sight reading is an advantage but not essential. Check online for more info. MARCH 2013 | FLACK | PAGE 25


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

Fridays 1, 8 March and dates to June 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

Women of Note Cambridge

Tuesday eves (8pm to 10pm) Small, friendly women’s choir that sings ‘all kinds of music’, learned by ear and sung a capella (without instruments). Regular concerts and attendance at events including international ones (in Wales this July). Contact them for info about where to meet etc. Jane: 01763 247372


Cambridge Natural History Society Open to everyone interested in natural history - including zoology, botany, ecology, entomology, palaeontology, conservation and the environment. Annual membership is £6. Offer 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. In March: 13 talks (including on Bats and Batty tales) or excursions, including to Wennington and Holland woods, Cambridge University Herbarium and Old Buckenham.

News from CERN and the Large Hadron Collider

Pippard Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory, 19 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE

Tuesday 19 March 6pm to 7.30pm Free For sixth form students, from Cambridge Physics Centre, Christopher Lester talks about the LHC, how it works and what it has (and hasn’t) discovered since it was turned on. No need to book.

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ThinkCon 2013

McCrum Lecture Theatre (just off the beer garden of Eagle pub), Benet St, Cambridge CB2 3QN

Saturday 16 March 10am Free Annual event from ThinkOutreach, part of Cam Science Fest: ‘some of the best communicators in their field’. Lots of short and longer talks including ‘A world of science toys’, ‘Sex and the media’; ‘Disconnected: how not to do the Internet’; ‘Ocean’s got talent’; ‘I’m a ghost hunter...’; ‘Diffusion of the dead’ and ‘PodDelusion LIVE’! Pre-book - you can attend as many as you wish.

Where the Wild Things Are Kept

University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ

Saturday 16 March 11am to 4pm Free All welcome but kids need to be accompanied by an adult. With live insects and hands on activities, join scientists and staff of the Museum to explore the science behind the collections. No need to book. Also Wednesday 20 March 7pm to 8.30pm (free,) ‘Animal bytes’. For ages 14+. Launch of new project ‘capturing stories of the Museum and responses to the collections by its staff and visitors’. Based at the Museum, regular events for all ages. Check online for more details.

Makespace ‘Community Inventing Shed’ By the time you read this the City-centre shed should be operational – see their blog for updates (I want to cut something with a laser!). From local group working to open a ‘making space’, like other FabLabs found internationally. The aim is to have sufficient kit for making prototypes plus meeting & training areas. They aim to bring together a ‘network of enthusiasts and innovators, the prototyping industry, consultants, businesses and educational communities in a mutually beneficial way’. They also have an active meetup programme.

You will find an egg under the bed.

Public Open Evenings at the Institute of Astronomy Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

Wednesdays (dates to 20 March, maybe 27 March) Doors at 6.45pm; talk (Hoyle Building) from 7.15pm; telescopes (on lawns) from 7.45pm (on a clear night) Free (Optional) 30-min talk about some aspect of astronomy followed by an opportunity to look through the historical Northumberland and Thorrowgood telescopes if (and only if) the weather is clear. Get there early to bag a seat. Members of the Cambridge Astronomical Association also set up modern telescopes on the observatory lawns, with video projection facility and commentary. On a cloudy evening, after the talk will be a tea break and some short entertainment from the CAA. Booking required only for groups. 01223 337510

You will find an egg on Christ’s Pieces. where I can find an empty property, on the steps.

Cambridge Science Centre 18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge

From local educational charity. New yearround public interactive science centre opened in Feb with exhibit on ‘Cambridge giants of science’. A venue for science-themed exhibitions, shows, workshops and talks: ‘a place in which to discover, to create and to learn... a gateway into some amazing scientific research from this great city and around the world’. Sunday 17 March: Sunday science from 10am to 5pm: ‘fun-filled day of hands-on non-stop workshops for all the family... make and take away some amazing bits of science and engineering’. Tuesday 19 March: 7pm to 10.30pm ‘Latenight Lab: the next generation. ‘amazing night of science comedy, workshops, music and exhibits, for adults only!’(£9, to include wine and nibbles. Need to book (I wonder who will nibble?). Check online for opportunities to get involved including fundraising but also volunteering your time – and it has a good blog.



Dept of Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Old Addenbrooke’s site,

Tuesdays (5 and 12 March) 8pm Free if a member, or £2 Also known as Cambridge University Scientific Society. In March, Professor Colin Blakemore and Dr Philip Ball are speaking. Should both be very good (seen them on the telly). By its series of expert talks and activities, it aims to promote ‘all branches of science at a level both stimulating to those studying science, and accessible to those with an arts background’. Open to anyone from the University but also for ‘town’ (‘at the discretion of the Exec committee’). Life membership is £15. See website to expand your knowledge.


Economics For a Finite Planet

Lecture Theatre 0, Engineering Dept, Trumpington St

Wednesday 20 March 6pm to 7.30pm Free Part of Distinguished Lecture series on Sustainable development: Professor Tim Jackson. See website for more info.

Super Salads

You will find an egg in the Central Library. in an old church somewhere in Cambridge.

What’s In A Footprint?

Friends Meeting House on Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA.

Wednesday 20 March 7pm to 9pm Free Part of the Science festival. Hands on activities with experienced facilitators in this taster session for Carbon Conversations. Must book. 01223 301842

Cambridge Climate Forum

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

Friday 15 March 9am to 5pm £40 or much less From Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Forum, which is part of the Cambridge Hub (local students). Annual conference, which this year focuses on ‘Local Action. Global Change? Will technological breakthroughs lead us to a sustainable future? Or will individual action drive the change we need’. 07733208674 Alan Bowman:

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.

Dept of Engineering, Cambridge University, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ

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

One Law For All

Monday 4 March 6.30pm to 8.30pm £5 donation suggested Second in series of low-carbon cooking workshops from Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Discover a whole new world of veggy possibilities. Materials provided. Only 10 places, so book early. 01223 301842

Thursday 28 March 7pm Free From Cam Skeptics in the pub, campaigner Anne Marie Waters, who has written about secularism, the rights of women in family law, and on human rights internationally.

Wear it, Love it, Share it!

Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB42LD.

Friday 15 March 7pm to 9.30 pm Free A ‘glamorous evening’ from Cambridge Carbon Footprint, celebrating their new photo collection: ‘this year’s biggest fashion trends’ created entirely from 2nd-hand clothing and accessories. With fashion show and swishing. No need to book.


The Maypole, 20a Portugal Place, Cambridge CB5 8AF

Saving and Investment For a Time of Uncertainty CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Thursday 7 March 7.30pm to 9pm Free From Transition Cambridge. Cafe discussion about ‘peak oil’, collapse of global finance and the age of prosperity. ‘Does it any longer make sense to save for retirement? If so, what kinds of savings or investments can offer the prospect of relative safety without making the world's problems even worse than they already are?’ Might lead to further work in this area.

Five free copies for every new vendor to help them get started. Badging up and Information Sessions @ the FLACK Base. Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 11am - 3.30pm FLACK has agreed the following pitch locations with the City Council:

Sidney Street between Boots and M&S Passage

Market Square between M&S and Oasis

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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Overcoming Peak Water: Moving to Sustainability LT0, Dept of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Wednesday 6 March 6pm Free Dr. Peter Gleick is a leading expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. All welcome.


Cambridge Buddhist Centre Open Day

Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 38 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8DT

Saturday 16 March 10am to 4pm Donation No need to book. An opportunity to see the Buddhist Centre and the historic Festival theatre next door, try out meditation or yoga, browse the bookshops and hear a talk on Buddhism and Science as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. 01223 577553

Pagan Attitudes: Christianity Observed in the Second Century CRASSH, Ground Floor Seminar Room, Alison Richard Building, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Wednesday 20 March 6.30pm to 8pm Free Public talk by Prof. John North, Institute of Classical Studies, related to the conference Christianity in the second century: themes and developments. All welcome but please register online.

Cambridge Inter-Faith Group - AGM

Friends’ Meeting House (downstairs), 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Monday 4 March 7pm Free Annual General Meeting of local group followed by talk by David Capey about East of England Faiths Agency. All welcome. Also monthly meetings and visits to faith communities. Join their Yahoo group for details.

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Science meets Faith: If Science is the Answer, What Are The Questions?

Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG


Cambridge in 20 years’ Time

Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus (check website for where)

Monday 11 March 7.15pm for 7.45pm Free One of a series of events held (usually) on the 2nd Monday of the month until December 2013. This month with Professor Alistair McGrath. 01223 352115

Thursday 28 March 6.30pm to about 8.45 pm £12 or less if member From CETEC, talk organised by Walter Herriot on ‘future landscape and focus of business enterprises in the Cambridge Region’.


You will find an egg

Cambridge Boundary Run Express Holiday Inn, Coldham’s Lane Business Park, Cambridge

Sunday 3 March 12 noon AKA ‘the Cambridge Marathon’, this annual event is organised by the University’s Hare and Hounds club. You can run a full or half-marathon ‘around the boundary’ of Cambridge. Entries are closed but why not cheer the runners on. See the website for the route. Or donate to a charity of your choice.

In the Central Library

Cambridge Speakers Club Royal Cambridge Hotel, CB2 1PY

Every other Tuesday (5 March) 7.15pm for 7.30pm Local branch of non-profit Toastmasters International. Learn to ‘public speak’, also leadership and presentation skills. Open to new members of any background. Check website for dates and fees (can attend as guest free).

Strawberry Fair Band Competition

Cambridge Internet of Things

Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Fridays 1, 8, 15 22 March 7.30pm Cost: TBA Who deserves the ultimate local music accolade: ‘Winner of the Cambridge Band Competition 2013’? Four heats to select unsigned acts for upcoming final on 5 April at the Cambridge Junction.

Vintage Fashion Evening King’s College, Chetwynd Room, King’s Parade, Cambridge

Thursday 14 March 7pm – 9pm £5 (£3 students) The Chetwynd room at King’s College will be transformed into a vintage boudoir for the evening, with vintage clothes and accessories on sale, live music, homebaked cupcakes and speciality teas. Take part in our clothes swap and spring clean your wardrobe, bringing along your unwanted clothes, old or new, and swapping them to give your wardrobe a new-season overhaul. In aid of Whitworth House. friendsofwhitworthhousecbg@gmail. com

New ‘tribe of designers and geeks who create future-proof information platforms’. Something about mash-ups (probably not potato-based). See their meet-up page for more info.


Strawberry Fair Band Competition Heats

Fridays, from 7pm throughout March Live coverage of all the heats and the final of the Strawberry Fair band competition for 2013 featuring the best local musicians playing live (see also own listing if you fancy smelling the atmosphere).

Cambridge 105 does Comic Relief

Friday, 15 March, from 7am 12 hours of fundraising for Comic Relief, broadcasting from around the city centre raising money - and doing something funny for money.

Saturday Sport Zone Saturdays, from 3pm Sean McKenna and the team bring you all the afternoons sport from around the world, the UK and closer to home.

www.flack MISC

Cambridge Public Policy Lectures

Fitzpatrick Hall Lecture Theatre, Queens’ College, Silver St, Cambridge CB3 9E

Thursday 7 March and Friday 22 March 6pm Free 7 March: Ann Cotton (CamFed International and entrepreneur in residence); 22 March: Prof Cass Sunstein (Harvard) on behavioural economics and public policy (he is the co-author of the popular ‘Nudge’ book... and others).The CPP series of open lectures, seminars and other events give audiences the opportunity to hear from, challenge and debate with ministers, senior civil servants, representatives from industry and academia. Open to all, but please sign-up via website.

The Art of Getting Published

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

Sunday 24 March 3pm £5 or less Local writer JS Watts leads a workshop ‘with no guarantees’. Hear how she had her short stories and poems published internationally, along with two poetry books and a novel. As an editor, she knows about rejection from both sides of the fence. 07904 488009

You will find an egg in a tea cup in the Orchard Tea Rooms. in the crow’s nest near where I live.

Spanish Conversation at FLACK City Life House, Sturton St, Cambridge, CB1 2QF (free parking available)

Mondays 5.30 - 6.30pm FREE (with current copy of FLACK) Spanish conversation group led by Antonio who is a native spanish speaker.

Charlotte Young: Isms and Manifestos Boardroom, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Saturday 16 March 10am Free Part of the new ‘Junction University’, join a group to create an ‘ideal art movement’, with manifesto, house style, aims and objectives, and archetypal pieces of work. Then take to the streets of Cambridge to declare your intentions to the public. Need to book.

Filipa Pereira-Stubbs – Mapping

J3, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Saturday 16 March 2pm Free Part of the new ‘Junction University’, a half-day practical session about maps and mapping: ‘using movement to tease out the process of mapping to create representational maps’. Need to book.

Families Need Fathers Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD

4th Wednesday of month (27 March) 7:30pm Free Local branch of national organisation, run by Ian Tyes, FLACK friend. In March: Issy Atkinson from CAFCASS will be attending. Includes drop-in for separated parents, grandparents and others wishing to see more of their (grand) children. Ian Tyes: 07941 621351

Storytelling In the Care of the Bereaved Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Saturday 2 March Time and cost TBA From Cambridge Storytellers. For bereavement professionals wanting to use storytelling, but also for non-specialists wanting to use storytelling to support the bereaved. Janet Dowling is a professional storyteller, and also has years’ experience in psychiatric social care and counselling. She ‘uses tales to inspire, to create and to make a difference, with an inspiring energy that comes directly from her heart’. Check online for up-to-date details.

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

Post Office Newmarket Rd Best One Express Fitzroy St King St Post Office King St Your News Victoria Ave Children’s Centre Cafe Campkin Rd Nip In Mill Rd Hazelwood Stores Hazelwood Close Daily Bread Co-Op Kilmaine Close 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 The Dobblers Sturton 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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From Cambridge with Love The Guildhall, Cambridge

Saturday 23 March 10.30am to 4.30pm £1.50 entry Handmade and retro fair from the curators of ‘Britain does Vintage’. Over 40 stalls: independent fashion designes, photography & textiles, retro home wares, ‘scrumptious tearoom’, crafty workshops.


You will find an egg

Group of local people in Petersfield (where FLACK is based) who organise the ‘Summer event’ (Saturday 22 June 2013, 12 noon to 5pm), which aims to grow to rival the Mill Rd Winter Fair – but (hopefully) will be much warmer.

inside the city council offices on St Andrew’s St

This year will include an auction, Chinese lion dance, circus acts, exhibs, music, dance workshops, hopefully a parade etc.

Kettle's Yard, Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Radio Rally

They are always keen to recruit more volunteers – so contact them for details of their next monthly meet-up.

Sunday 3 March 9am to 5pm Join Cambs & District Amateur Radio Club for its annual radio rally. (And you can pick up a rescue pet at the same time? One that likes listening to DJs.)

Foodcycle Community Lunch

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

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

The club usually meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday evening of the month at Parkside’s Coleridge Community College – if you get hooked. New members and visitors always welcome and under 18s join free. You can even learn Morse code . 01223 872258

Saturdays 12.30 pm £2 donation appreciated Three-course lunch from Cambridge hub of national food-waste charity. All welcome. Yes, really, everyone is welcome.

Cambridge City Foodbank

20 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TY

National franchises of free emergency food (for 3 days) to support people at times of crisis – run locally from 3 churches. Agencies (including FLACK) give vouchers, which can be swapped. Collection boxes are in large supermarkets. 07772 538628

You will find an egg East Rd Roundabout Underpass.

The You Can Hub March Social

The Robin Hood (Pub), 1 Fulbourn Road, Cherry Hinton CB1 9JL

Monday 11 March 6.30pm to 8.30pm Free (just buy your own food/drinks) ‘Do you believe in a different kind of success? Are you interested in doing more of what you love? Turning your passion into action? Meet others who are motivated by sharing and learning at our free monthly social. Compare stories, inspire, innovate and connect with people who believe that you can’.

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Reading Groups at Heffers ‘Crimecrackers’ (crime reading) – 3rd Wednesday of month (13 March). Fiction Group– last Tuesday of month (26 March) – with free glass of wine. 6pm to 7pm Free See their website for contact details or ask in store. And check the website for special events, including book launches and Historical Association events.

Only Connect (Cambridge CitiVillage) Network of local residents (all ages and nationalities) who exchange skills using a ‘local currency’: e.g. you could offer or receive gardening, DIY or lifts to the station, etc. Mainly for people living or working in or within 6 miles of Cambridge. Also information exchange, a local consumer group and a programme of social events. They host a weekly drop-in (Sats lunchtimes) at the Castle pub, Castle Hill when you can find out more. See their website for more info. £4 membership fee (cheque or postage stamps) if you provide an email address. 01223 311302

Kettles Yard Lunchtime Talks

Thurdays (7, 14, 28 March) 1.10pm Free Three more talks in regular series: 7th: Outpost – an introduction; 14th: Revisiting Elizabeth Vellacott; 28th: Truth to Materials: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and George Kennethson. Come early for a seat.

Humanitarian Centre Cambridge-based network for international relief and development. Brings together people and organisations working to reduce global poverty and inequality. Hosts events – check their website for more info. Lots on in March, including a ‘Global health hack day’ (17 March). Volunteering opportunities too.

Mother’s Day at Anglesey Abbey Robinson Room, Anglesey Abbey, Quy Road, Lode, CB25 9EJ

Weekend 9 & 10 March 12 noon £25 or less plus usual admission Treat your Mum to an afternoon of traditional English tea (sandwiches, cakes etc) in the specially decorated Robinson Room. Must book. 01223 810080

Garden Writing Workshop Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Friday 15 March 10am to 4pm £50 One of a series of educational workshops running throughout the year, which often sell-out early so get on their mailing list! This one is a guide to the ‘basic skills of garden writing’with Jackie Bennett, an award-winning writer. Also in March: Saturday 9: shrub taming; Tuesday 12: willow work; Weekend of 16/17: Learn to garden; Tuesday 26: Wedding flowers.

You will find an egg somewhere round the Round Church.


Unravelling the Mysteries of Destiny vs Freewill Orchard Park Community Centre, Cambridge CB4 2EZ

Weds 20th March 7pm £10 prebooked £15 on the door Well loved Author Dr David Hamilton looks at scientific evidence to bring us closer to understanding the balance between the forces of destiny and the power of free will. David was a cancer and heart DR before moving into the science behind energy and mind power. His knowledge is inspirational and thought provoking.

Sunday Coffee Mornings at CB2 Bistro Local group for anyone (non-religious) interested in exploring ‘Big Questions’ over a cup of coffee or a pint ‘rationally and passionately’ .They are committed to ‘good company, a good life without religion and good governance’. In addition to pub social and Sunday coffee mornings, they hold monthly discussions and various social events throughout the year. They also campaign in defence of the rights of non-believers to be free from religious imposition.

Cambridge Union Society 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB

Private members club (open to students of either University) – charity and student debating society. Their defence of free

Last month’s puzzle solution

speech and ongoing belief in participatory democracy commits members to promote these values in the wider community particularly in schools, universities and in local communities throughout UK and abroad. Check website for term-time events for members and community. Also cafe bar – open to all (with free Wifi): Mon to Sat 10am to 4pm.


In March: Monday 4 (7.30pm): Panel discussion on the media; Thursday 7 (7.30pm): ‘Celebrity is the opiate of the masses’; Thursday 14 (7.30pm): ‘New Labour ruined Britain’.

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

Cambridge Wine and Dine Book Club

Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333

1st Sunday of month (3 March) £5, but taken off bill Discuss a book while enjoying food and wine. Check online for more info.

ADC Theatre

In March: The Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Recommended by FLACK volunteer.

Corn Exchange

U3A 01223 332900

First Floor, 27-28 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UJ

£60 per year (plus £5 enrolment) Local branch of national network of member-led discussion groups, talks, courses and other activities for people ‘no longer in full-time employment’ (no age restrictions). You need to be a member. 300+ events throughout the year. See website for more info. 01223 300085 01223 357851

Fitzwilliam Museum Botanic Gardens 01223 336265

Local Secrets Website 0845 2071205

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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