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www.flack ambridge.org.uk About the front cover... Kerry Packham has been a member of FLACK for over a year. We have seen her grow in confidence and cheekiness! Kerry helps out with our thank you letters and sometimes brings her snakes to visit us.

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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.

Subscribe to FLACK Make sure you don’t miss next month’s issue. Subscribe online to receive your copy of FLACK in the post at the beginning of every month.

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Published by FLACK Cambridge, City Life House, Sturton Street, Cambridge CB1 2QF Registered Charity Number : 1136657 Printed by Berforts Information Press

It Could Happen to You The Truth About Snakes FLACK Crossword FLACK Recipe Onward Christian Soldiers Poetry FLACK Rant Poetry FLACK Effect Object of the Month # 14 Play I’m Yours - the FLACK Piano Soggy Dog Cambridge Listings

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

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It Could Happen to You or Someone You Know ore and more people are experiencing the tough reality of having no access to shelter at night. In light of the recent horrific attacks on rough sleepers in Cambridge, and the news from Crisis that rough sleeping has gone up by 43% in the last year, the FLACK Editorial team urge you to read on.

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FLACK’s Advice for Rough Sleepers in Cambridge

Rough sleepers can also use Wintercomfort Monday – Friday, 8.30am-3.15pm, for internet access, activities, free tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch at 12pm. You can also use their lockers to keep a spare set of clothes and your important documents/photos safe.

Keeping Safe and Dry Do not sleep in city centre doorways as you are vulnerable to being attacked. Just because you’re in sight of CCTV doesn’t mean someone is watching over you.

Register with Street Outreach at Wintercomfort for the homeless on Victoria Avenue. There is a cooked breakfast, shower and laundry facilities for rough sleepers available from 8.30 – 10am.

Find a sleeping spot that is tucked away from passers-by. Don’t do your sleeping bag up as you may need to escape quickly if you are attacked. A torch is handy to check your chosen sleeping spot for broken glass and needles.

When it’s raining have a look around for dry spots these will be good places to sleep and keep dry. Carry your sleeping bag with you or tuck it away discreetly in a bin liner to keep it dry during the day. Put your shoes and valuables in the bottom of your sleeping bag so they don’t get stolen when you are asleep. During the day keep your money and bank cards in your socks. Use a roll mat or sheets of cardboard to protect you from the cold ground – it really makes a difference. Keep trying to gain a bed at Jimmy’s Night shelter on East Road by turning up at 5.45pm every night. Don’t give up; it’s definitely worth trying.

FLACK at City Life House on Sturton street is open Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3.30pm to anyone who is sleeping rough for free tea/coffee and a friendly ear at all times (no internet on Sunday). If the temperature is predicted to be below zero three nights in a row, the Council will provide you with overnight accommodation – check-in regularly with Street Outreach at Wintercomfort. Register with Cambridge Access Surgery on Newmarket Rd. Drop-in Surgery is Monday - Friday, 9 – 11am for a full health check by GPs familiar with the challenges faced by homeless people..

Food The Co-Op on Mill Rd, Hills Rd and Chesterton Rd reduces all sell-by expiry food to 10p from 9pm every evening. Wintercomfort or FLACK can give you a Foodbank food voucher if your benefits have been stopped or you have no money at all for food.

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk McDonalds are good for free milk, salt, pepper, sugar, napkins and ketchup.

Keeping Yourself Healthy

NEWS REPORTS with thanks to the Cambridge Evening News 08.10.2012 Homeless fear more attacks Ian Matthews was slashed, stamped on the head and urinated on whilst sleeping in Sussex Street. Detectives described the assault as “cowardly” after the 38-year-old was left permanently scarred.

Keep your feet clean and dry. Use the hand-driers in public toilets to dry your socks and shoes if they get wet. Wear a woolly hat - you can lose most of your body heat through your head. Wear lots of layers -and never underestimate how cold it can get at night.

08.10. 2012 Number of rough sleepers is on rise The number of rough sleepers in Cambridge is “rising steadily” – with more than 50 people bedding down under the stars in a single month. A new report revealed an average of 11 people* now sought shelter in the city’s streets every night, compared with five during 2011. 18.10. 2012 Rising number of homeless have roots in the city

Keep a packet of paracetamol for toothache, headaches or any other pains. Keep a bar of chocolate for hunger emergencies. It will make you feel better if you clean your teeth every morning. Borrow toilet roll whenever you can.

Growing numbers of Cambridge’s homeless have roots in the city – triggering concern as to why residents are ending up on the streets. Fears that the number of rough sleepers in the city is becoming self-sustaining, with fewer new arrivals from elsewhere in the country, have been discussed by city councillors following a new report. *FLACK counted 22 people we know slept rough on 8th Oct.

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Housing Family Benefits

Ladies can can use make-up samples and display perfume to stay looking good and smelling nice. If you are alcoholic save some of your last drink for the morning.

Looking After a Dog If you are a dog owner always keep him/her on a lead and under control as not doing so is a criminal offence. You can get free poo bags from Mandela House or the Guildhall. With thanks to: Toby, Emma, Kevin, Matt, Smiffy, Joby, Lucky, Steph, Peter and Chris for sharing their hard-won knowledge.

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The Truth About Snakes by Kerry Packham In the first issue of FLACK, published in October 2011, Kerry Packham wrote about her early experiences in an article entitled ‘Turning Things Right - a young life in journals.’ She spoke about foster care, the loss of her son who was put up for adoption and her subsequent heroin addiction and homelessness. The journals she kept during the time of her son’s adoption presented a view of her past as well as her hopes for the future. One year on Kerry is back to tell us about her unlikely love of snakes!

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f someone said to me three years ago that in March 2011 I would get my first snake, I would have said they were crazy. If they had then said that I would go on to have several more, and end up breeding snakes, I would have really worried about their mental well-being. Although I’ve never been scared of snakes, their reputation didn’t make them my first choice of pet. Like all animals they will defend themselves and their territory if threatened. But you soon learn that snakes are more afraid of us than we are of them. Is it the scales, the shape of their elongated body, the beady little eyes or the fangs that scare people the most? Although there are some positive messages about snakes in the media (shows like ‘The Crocodile Diaries show they can be harmless), movies such as ‘Anaconda’ give the inaccurate

sense that all snakes are aggressive or deadly. Literature like the Bible and ‘Harry Potter’ portray snakes as antagonists, certainly not enhancing snakes’ reputation. I think people are scared of what they don’t know, and their fear comes from poor education. Snakes would rather get their prey and go back to hiding than be seen in the open and possibly have to fight other predators. Most snakes will not squeeze and swallow you whole and like all animals, they deserve respect. There are many species of snake, not just one, I have Corn Snakes which are not venomous and don’t bite. So far, keeping and breeding my beloved snakes has been really beneficial to me, and I also think they’re pretty cute! Breeding takes time and effort, as it’s not as simple as a snake getting pregnant. The female snake should be 3 years old before she gets pregnant. It is a complicated process which deserves an article in itself! After 8-9 weeks, if all goes well, the babies should start to hatch and they must hatch on their own. Sometimes it takes up to a day for the babies to emerge from their

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk eggs after they make the first cut in the shell with their egg tooth (a tooth they lose after they hatch). When all the babies are hatched they can be moved to separate accommodation. After their first shed of skin the babies should be ready for their first pinkie (which is a one day old mouse). After you offer a pinkie it is not always the case that the young will feed, so other measures may need to be taken such as scenting the mouse, tease feeding or force feeding. My first snake was Mango. I find her very therapeutic because of the way she moves. Her skin is silky but not slimy as one might think. Corn Snakes come in a variety of wonderful colors. Mango is fed once a week and I love watching her eat, dislocating her jaw so she

can swallow a whole mouse! Mango will live up to 20 years and she is very tame. Recently a friend’s daughter who is 3 was at my house and accidentally squashed Mango’s head, Mango didn’t do anything! Recently Mango gave me 9 babies. Mango’s a great pet for me because I suffer with severe depression and she doesn’t have to be taken out for walks. Apart from feeding her once a week I can get though my depression and I know she will be fine. When I do take her out she cheers me up due to her nature and the way she moves on me and shows me love just as any animal would. I’m really proud of myself for my success in caring for and breeding snakes. I’m thankful that I found such a therapeutic pet, even if a lot of people think I’m crazy for it (shout out makeup counter lady!). I hope this article has gone some way to changing their minds. Photographs by Kerry Packham and Toby Peters.

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mushrooms (and extra oil if required) and fry for another 5 mins. 6. Add back the mince, plus the tomato ketchup, puree, stock cube, 300 ml of water and the seasonings. Cook for another 5 mins until well mixed (and not too wet). Taste it and adjust seasonings. 7. Put half the meat mixture in the dish, top with a layer of either potato or half the aubergine slices. Add the rest of the meat and then a layer of the remaining aubergine. 8. Make your sauce. Bring the butter to a boil and add the flour, turn the heat down and cook for a couple of minutes, adding a little of the milk. Stir constantly until all the milk is mixed in. Use a wire whisk if necessary (break up those lumps!). Season with salt, pepper and herbs. Add in half the cheese and stir to melt. 9. Pour the cheesy sauce on top of the aubergines and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 30–40 mins until bubbling and browning.

Moussakka with love* Serves 4 to 6 * A veggy-rich variation on a Greek moussaka – better for your heart!

Ingredients

Few tablespoons veg oil 1 onion (150 g), chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely 500 g of lamb (or other) mince 4 mushrooms (100 g), chopped 1/2 pepper (100g), chopped (optional) 1 stock cube (meat or veg) 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (or fresh) 4 tablespoons tomato puree 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce (optional) ½ or 1 aubergine (175 to 350 g), sliced across to 0.5 cm 250 g cooked potatoes, sliced (optional) 300ml boiling water For white/cheese sauce 60 g butter or marg 60 g plain flour 50–100 g grated hard cheese (reduced fat is fine) 500 ml milk (skimmed is fine)

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1. Get a 1.5 litre baking dish ready. 2. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (or gas mark 4) 3. On to a baking sheet (preferably with greaseproof paper), put slices of aubergine and brush on both sides with a little veg oil. Bake for about 20 mins until soft and a bit brown (this is less oily than frying them). 4. Cook mince in a medium saucepan until grey, add a little oil if it is too dry. Drain off fat using a sieve. 5. In the empty saucepan, fry the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of oil until soft, add the pepper,

Serve with love, and maybe a side salad (not chips!). Alex learned this recipe at the Wintercomfort cooking group and found it easy and delicious. Thanks to Rebecca for testing and tasting and photography.

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Onward Christian Soldiers by Homeless Harry

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was living in Northampton between 1999-2001 with a really bad heroin and alcohol habit and was given a room in a hostel. I’d overdosed a few times but luckily woke up in alleys and at friends’ houses but on this occasion I overdosed in the hostel. I woke up in hospital just as the oxygen tube was being removed from my throat. Due to using illegal substances on the premises I was given an instant eviction notice and kicked out onto the streets. When the hospital discharged me the real nightmare began. I had heard street people talking about the Jesus Army, a religious group in a small village near Northampton called Bugbrooke in an old mansion. I called them. To my surprise they asked me if I wanted to join right away and gave me a room that night. The only way to describe the place is like a 1970s hippy commune. Everyone was praying, singing songs and sneakily taking drugs. They were proclaiming, “Christ Jesus our Lord,” which I didn’t have a problem with so let things carry on as they were. However the longer I was there the more I realised it was basically full of untreated mental health patients who had all joined for the same reason, a roof and a comfy bed. Everyone’s Giro was taken weekly and we were given pocket money when needed. We were given virtue names such as Ian the Awakener, or Brian the Sincere. Mine was Warrior as I was always fighting and very defensive. They had factories you could work in, or chicken coops and olive groves; the work was done free by the ex-homeless residents. Also a large number of ‘brothers’ (as we were known) regularly used class A drugs – within the accommodation areas but not in front of the staff - such as crack and smack. I shared a room with five other people around my age who were born in the commune. This is when the brainwashing began. Because they had been born there they had a passionate belief in the JA that distorted their perception dramatically. Those who were born into it had privileges such as first

access to meals, spending money and the use of cars. Possessions were held in common so I would wake up with someone else wearing my clothes (their response would be, “it’s okay, you can help yourself to my stuff, brother”). The brainwashing was clever and subtle. The other lads would get up to work, ask me to come and at first I’d say “Yeah right!” and return to sleep. After a while anyone would start feeling guilty about being lazy (which is one of the seven deadly sins sloth) and you join in with anything you are told to do to avoid a crisis of conscience. I started working 11 hour days picking and packing hundreds of eggs, and cleaning the chicken coop (for no money). I found the true meaning of clucking - ha-ha - as I was still withdrawing from speed, heroin and crack whilst working. I was in a slave labour trance, I wasn’t in my right mind. When I asked for help to cope with my depression and desire to use drugs I was told to pray to God, he would help me. I accepted this and carried on for the time being. Gradually I became worse and psychosis kicked in like a bullet to the brain. I started hallucinating biblical characters, my guardian angel, God himself and Lucifer and all his minions. When I told people about this they told me it was a blessing, and that I had to give thanks for the episodes of psychotic drama. I was slowly going insane. I began to lose touch with reality, not knowing what was going on. I was given medication by one of the JA brothers (not a health professional), but felt like taking it was a sin, so I started throwing it away. When I went into town all I could see was people sinning (for example, Bingo was evil because it was gambling) and I had to get back to the mansion. I was totally freaked out. After about eight months I lost control and beat up two men in the compound for sinning. It was then I asked to go and when I got home to my mother’s I immediately went and scored some smack and speed and ended up on the Addington

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk mental health ward in Kettering General Hospital on the 25th August 2001. As soon as I mentioned the Jesus Army the Doctor tutted and told my mother she had seen hundreds of people in a similar position to mine through the commune’s lack of rehabilitation tools (except praying). I was in a really bad mental state after living there but with professional medical help I regained full mental capacity. I am currently taking things day by day and I have occasional slips but for the most part I steer clear of drugs. I am enrolled as a University student studying a BA/BSc in Sociology and Media. I am still a Christian and follow the gospel of St Thomas which states “lift a stone and you will find me, split a piece of wood and I will be there.” Yet what this group did is not Christian. Taking homeless people, many of whom have mental health and addiction problems, to such a crazy environment with no professional support for them is essentially creating a ticking time bomb. The answer to everything was to pray but sometimes this is simply not enough. The Jesus Army is still up and running although there have been other similar stories about their practices in the press. In 1995, a very similar story to mine was published in the Independent Lifestyle magazine (see the link below). I just hope they take better care of homeless people now than they did in the past. Editor’s Note: This article does not necessarily represent the views of FLACK Magazine. Homeless Harry’s medical records were acquired to corroborate his story. We invited John Campbell, Director of Communications of the Jesus Army, to comment on Homeless Harry’s experience. This is what he said: “I am very sorry to hear of Harry’s illness and glad to hear that he is in much better mental shape now. However, the Jesus Army as described in this article bears little resemblance to the Jesus Army as it actually is. Certainly, in none of our houses do 50% of the people openly use class A drugs! Neither do we advise those prescribed any form of medication to ‘throw it away’ - in the case of psychiatric medication we would insist that it be taken. Furthermore, the Jesus Army works alongside many professional and statutory agencies in its work with those who struggle with addictions or mental health problems, not least through its registered charity, the Jesus Army Charitable Trust, with its Jesus Centres in various cities and towns.”

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TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO by Stephanie Pink

TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO TO BE TOLD WHAT TO SAY TO BE TOLD WHERE TO GO TO BE TOLD WHEN YOU CAN GO TO BE TOLD WHO TO BE IS BEING TOLD WHAT I WANT TO BE TO BE TOLD WHEN TO EAT TO BE TOLD WHEN TO DRINK TO BE TOLD WHEN TO WALK TO BE TOLD WHEN TO THINK TO BE TOLD WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THIS THE WAY MY LIFE SHOULD GO TO BE TOLD HOW TO ACT TO BE TOLD WHAT IS GOOD TO BE TOLD WHAT IS HAPPY TO BE TOLD WHAT IS SAD TO BE TOLD HOW TO LOVE TO THE RULES FROM ABOVE TO KNOW WHERE TO STOP TO KNOW IT’S TOO MUCH TO IGNORE THOSE WHO RULE TO KNOW HOW TO WALK TALL TO PUT YOUR SELF IN CHARGE IS THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE

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FLACK Rant ~ Albert Pike’s Plan by Lucky Di Salvo

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verybody for himself, and God for everybody. That’s a saying in Italy, where I come from. I’m not saying I’m the new Jesus or anything like that! All I’m interested in is the truth. No fluffy clouds or pink dreams. The truth, whether that be good or bad, that’s what I’m after. I rarely read a newspaper because whilst half of it is interesting, the other half is made up of lies. This doesn’t mean I’m not interested. Just because I am homeless and live in a tent doesn’t mean I ignore the wider world around me. Ever since 9/11 I have been looking at what is going on in the world. All the wars, fighting and conspiracy theories have made me question the terrible events that occur in this modern day. This is 2012 and people having been talking about the Mayan predictions of the end of the world. I believe in a new world. I am not talking about a change occurring to the planet, but a change in the way of life that human beings experience, changes to the economy and to living standards. I am just thinking of myself and my 18-year-old daughter and the world we live in. So that’s why I was researching on the internet and that’s how I discovered Albert Pike’s letter to Mazzini. When I first read it I felt confusion. Can it be? But then I saw that this was a plan. A really accurate plan, not a prediction, that was devised over a century ago by two powerful men. Albert Pike and Mazzini were two really big fish. Not just two guys in the pub talking about Bush. They were major figures and freemasons in the 19th century. Pike was an American confederate soldier, attorney and writer. Mazzini organised Garibaldi’s expedition to unite Italy into one nation and is said to have been one of the founding fathers of the Mafia.

I would like other people to know about this. The past is history, we cannot change it. But the future can be different. In 1871 Albert Pike wrote a letter to Mazzini proposing a plan for creating a New World Order. He begins .... ‘The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.” This is what happened. This was more than a dream, it was a plan that came to be. He went on ... “The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.” Finally, he suggested the following ... “The Third World War must be fomented by taking

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion.” This was the final stage of Albert Pike’s plan, a third World War involving the mutual destruction of all religions and the rise of Lucifer. When I look around at what’s happening in the world right now, the wars in the Middle East, the tensions between Israel and Iran, this seems to be happening! I would like other people to know about this. The past is history, we can not change it. But the future can be different. People need to open their eyes. Otherwise soon we too will be history. We can write our own history, if we open our eyes in time. We can write a new future. Editor’s Note: This article does not necessarily represent the views of FLACK. What do you think?

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FLACK EFFECT

by Joby Warnes

Feeling good Lasting pride Active Calm Kinship

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’ve been involved with FLACK from the pilot issues that were only available to the homeless community. I then spent a year away living with friends in the Fens. The first thing I did when I got back is look up FLACK to see how things were going. What a surprise, a new office and on sale to

the public! I’ve since signed up as a vendor and am loving being able to get involved with FLACK again. There’s not much in my life I can honestly say I’m proud of but helping out with FLACK in the early days and seeing what it’s become now is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life. I’ve been on and off the streets since I was sixteen: a product of nineties children’s homes. I never managed to settle anywhere as I never felt a sense of belonging until I came to Cambridge and started helping out with some projects, FLACK being one. This is the only place I’ve ever felt at home. FLACK has offered me a way to feel like there’s something more to life than sitting around doing nothing. FLACK also reminds me that I’m not completely useless and fills me with pride every time I walk through the door. Being involved with FLACK from the start has made a huge difference to my life.

Object of the Month #14 by Josie Camus (Fitzwilliam Museum)

Josiah Wedgewood. Teapot. 1775-80

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ig features of this year have been Chinese stuff, and the Queen. So what better way to toast them both than with a nice hot cup of

tea? Whilst tea was being drunk in China long before the time of the Han emperors, it became popular here when Queen Katherine took a liking to it about 400 years ago. Back in those days tea was exotic and expensive, and thought to have medicinal properties. Because the water wasn’t too clean, the people drank a lot of beer. But the brewers got worried when tea

came along, and pushed for so much tax on it that only the wealthy could afford it. In 1700 it would have cost the equivalent of £160 for 100g tea. There was a big black market for it and tea leaves would sometimes be cut with sheep dung. By the 1770s, when this teapot was made, tea was reaching the masses a bit more. While it is a fine quality teapot, it is made of earthenware, which is cheaper than Chinese porcelain. And has the picture printed on it, not painted. It was Queen Charlotte (wife of mad King George) who made such teapots OK, when she commissioned one from Josiah Wedgewood. He was thrilled, and claimed that people were soon using them ‘all over the globe’. The couple shown on this teapot still look pretty posh though. They seem to be sitting in a country estate, and have a black servant making the tea behind them. At that time the taking of tea provided an occasion for men and women to get to know each other. And perhaps it can still work its hot brown magic in that way today. The Teapot can be found in Gallery 27 (Case 6, Shelf E) on the ground floor. NOVEMBER 2012 | FLACK | PAGE 15

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FLACK’s ‘Play Me I’m painted by Simon Fram with helpful suggestio by the FLACK team.

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FLACK LISTINGS

localsecrets.com the lively guide to everything local

supported by:

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.

‘You’re never too old’ photo by Tash Stryder

CAMBRIDGE HIGHLIGHTS

Bonfire Night

Mon 5 Nov. From 7.30pm. Free, with buckets for donations. Highlight of the ‘Cambridge Calendar’. Free display (promoted by Council) on Midsummer Common with a bonfire immediately afterwards. Get there early to get a good view and practise your ‘oohs and ahhs’. Family Fun Fair from 6pm. Check website for road closures, transport tips and best/worst places to view. And lock up your pets and nervous relatives. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov1

Cambridge Music Festival Various locations in Cambridge

Fri 9 to Tue 20 Nov Days and evenings. Prices range from the free to the quite expensive. Annual classical/contemporary music do in Cambridge’s big venues, colleges and churches. Some educational events (including ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ on Sun

18 Nov) and school groups are very welcome. See the website for details. www.cammusic.co.uk

FLACK Recommends

The Big Switch On Market Square, Cambridge

Sun 18 Nov. Lights from 5pm. Free. Part of Cambridge’s official Xmas celebrations, when the lights are switched on. With music, dance & theatre entertainment from early afternoon. Do you know who is switching them on this year?

Festival of Ideas

Wed 24 Oct to Sun 4 Nov. Various times. Free. Explore the arts, humanities and social sciences for free. From the University of Cambridge and their sponsors. Huge programme of events, talks and programmes around Cambridge. For all ages. Booking opened on 12 Sept, but most are drop-in. Look out for painted ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ pianos, including one by FLACK’s talented artists on Midsummer Common. www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas

FLACK Piano Play Me I’m Yours 22 October - 4 Nov

We are very proud of our piano on Midsummer Common. It was painted by FLACK members ~ Jerry Gregory and Simon Frampton. Please do visit, play and upload your videoos and photos to the ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ website. www.camstreetpianos.co.uk

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk EXHIBITIONS & HISTORY

Beckie Reed – New Work 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

Thurs 11 Oct - Sun 4 Nov Mondays-Saturdays 9.30am to 5.30pm; Suns 11am to 5pm. Free Local artist shows evocative landscapes, combining techniques and processes, merging abstract with detail. www.byardart.co.uk

‘It’s all about the paintings’

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Sat 27 Oct-Sun 25 Nov. Usual gallery hours. Free Mixed exhibition of CCA’s painters, with special feature of Shazia Mahmood’s new paintings of the Cornish landscape. See ‘the difference in the light... incredible rock formations... coastal paths that led to beautiful deserted enclaves’. Other painters include Rebecca Barnard, Dan Bennett, Alice Cescatti, Katty McMurray and Nicola Cooke. ‘The perfect little treat before Christmas!’ www.cambridgegallery.co.uk

Calligraphy Today

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Sat 10 Nov- Sun 13 Jan. Usual opening hours. Free First ever exhibition of the Museum's remarkable collection of contemporary calligraphy, acquired in 2008. The wide range of media - paper, parchment, papyrus, glass, ceramics, stone and woodcarving, showcases the work of leading British and foreign artists inspired by the rich traditions and contemporary cultures of Europe, the Middle East, China and Japan. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Fitzwilliam Talks:

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Lunchtime talk: Silk Gloves and Mangoes Wed 7 Nov. 1.15pm. Free Elenor Ling, Research Assistant for Paintings, Drawings & Prints, explains what the well-to-do bought in London between 1765-1785. Admission by token, available from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Art Speak Tue 13 Nov. 1.15pm. Free Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Drop-in but meet at Courtyard Entrance. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Winifred Nicholson

Kettle's Yard, Castle St, CB3 0AQ

To Fri 21 Dec. See website for opening hours Latest in ‘artist in focus displays’. Nicholson, including her theories on colour and light, was an important influence on Jim Ede in the 1920s and 30s, when he was developing his ideas for Kettle’s Yard. The exhibition will include works not normally on display, and correspondence between Nicholson and Ede. Wed 7 Nov: 5.30pm to 8.30pm Special late opening of exhibition and shop – for Xmas presents (special discounts). Thu 15 Nov: 1.10pm. Free Lunchtime talk: Winifred Nicholson: a view from the Kettle’s Yard archives by PhD student from the University. Thu 29 Nov: 1.10pm. Free Lunchtime talk: Artists and their materials in early 20th century British art and design by PhD student from the University. www.kettlesyard.co.uk

The law I would make ... You can choose to be deported to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread.

Susan Moxley - the female form: celebrating women Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3

To Sat 17 Nov. Check opening hours with college. Free Susan’s portraits hang side by side forming one huge painting of 100 women. ‘Look past the group and seek the individual, with her own space and story’. While preparing this exhibition, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. ‘Compelled to incorporate this life-changing into an entirely new body of work, she began a series of bold prints, which hang alongside the portraits, telling her own story’. www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk

(Un) Sustainable?

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

Wed 21 Nov to Thur 13 Dec. Usual opening times This exhibition explores the idea of sustainability as an imperative for future thinking and acting. Also to 15 Nov: BA (Hons) Fine Art exhibition – 2nd year students curate and display their work on the Ruskin Balcony. Check online for opening hours. www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskingallery

Barnwell & Fen Ditton Local History Society

Community Wing, Abbey Meadows School, Galfrid Rd, Cambridge CB5 8ND

3rd Wed of month. 7pm to 9pm. £2 Meet other friendly people, of all ages, with an interest in history – keen for new members (£10 annual) but visitors can attend too. Refreshments and raffle. Nov’s talk is on Addenbrooke’s. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov2 01223 241031 johnmoyle@yahoo.co.uk

Williams Art – reopening! 5 Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Tues to Fris: 11am to 6pm; Sats/Suns: 11am to 5pm This well-established gallery hopes to re-open in mid-October – you will even be able to bring your Hot Numbers coffee in there! They have two exhibitions during November: Patrick Thurston and Nick Ellis (to 15 Nov) and Justin Hawkes (18 to 29 Nov). Check their website for news. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov3 01223 311687

ART, CRAFT AND REPAIRS

Drawing from the collection

Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DZ

Sat 10 and 24 Nov. 11am to 1.30pm. £10 per session (materials provided or bring your favourites) For both confident (ages 16+) artists and ‘those finding their feet’. With Irregular Circle artists, create mixed media artworks taking inspiration from the amazing and beautiful collections in our local museum. Special access to exhibits. Best to book. www.irregularcircle.com maa.cam.ac.uk

Queen Edith’s Knit and Natter

Coffee House, 132 Wulfstan Way, Queen Ediths, Cambridge

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

The law I would make ... You can camp anywhere.

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Rework Bikes

Q Club, Cambridge

Wednesdays and Saturdays. 11am to 5pm. Community bike workshop. Second-hand bikes and spares for sale. Access to tools and tuition to keep your bike ‘running sweet’. Also run bike courses, especially for unemployed. www.reworkscambridge.org

Fri & Sat Nights 9pm to 2am. £4 or less That place on the corner near the Station. Features nights of: ‘Back to the 80s’, ‘Bad Medicine’, ‘Factory’, ‘Massacre’, ‘No Limits’, ‘Rock Lobster’, ‘Subculture’, ‘PsychoCandy’ ‘The Indie Thing’ and more... See Facebook for more info. www.qclubcambridge.com

9–11 Harvest Way, Cambridge CB1 2RW

Tindalls demo days King St, Cambridge

Most Saturdays. Demos from 10am to 4pm. Free Local arts/craft/graphics materials shop invites artists/craftspeople to demonstrate in the shop their work and/or materials. Sat 3 Nov: art of pencil (Suzy Herbert); Sat 10 Nov: Illustration using egg tempera (Rebecca Merry); Sat 17 Nov: Watercolour and mixed media (Corinne Blandin). Just drop-by and be inspired. All ages welcome, and you might even get a discount on related purchases. www.tindalls.co.uk

NIGHTLIFE

Beats

Cow Pub, Corn Exchange St, CB2 3QF

1st Fri of month DJs Oddbeat, Helio Bee and Butter Fingers, play hip-hop, breaks, neo soul, trip-hop, nu jazz and more.

Propaganda Indie Night

Fez Club, 15 Market Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PF

Fridays 10pm to 3am £5 or less UK's biggest Indie night, featuring ‘top tunes, cracking drinks offers and an unforgettable nightclub experience’. www.thepropaganda.com

Salon Rouge

J2, Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

1 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2JB

CLASSICAL & JAZZ

From the Renaissance to the present day

Printmakers – Jazz Band

Hidden Rooms, 7a Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Fri 23 Nov. 8pm. £16 or less From Cambridge Modern Jazz Club. ‘ECM-recording artist, exquisite lyricist and pioneering innovator of the voice in jazz, Norma Winstone is joined by fellow virtuosi for an evening of music that defies categorisation. The music crosses the boundaries that traditionally separate jazz, folk music and the contemporary music world’. www.cambridgejazz.org

Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge

The law I would change ...

Thurs 29 Nov. 7.30pm. £6 or less Anglia Chamber Choir presents a concert of acapella choral music and instrumental music spanning three centuries. The concert is presented in the beautiful surroundings of Great St Mary's Church in the heart of Cambridge. Tickets from Mumford Box Office or cash on the door. www.anglia.ac.uk

Decriminalise cannabis.

The law I would make ... No raw onion in sandwiches.

Cambridge Classical Concert Series: Prague Symphony Orchestra

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Tue 13 Nov. 7.30pm. £34 or less (discounts for more than 3 concerts) Programme includes SmetanaThe Moldau (‘father of Czech music’), Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 (‘one of world’s major piano concerti’) and Dvorak Symphony No. 8 (‘draws on Bohemian folk music’). Second in series of 6 concerts from FLACK friends – ‘world class orchestras on your doorstep’. Next one is in Jan. They have pre-concert talks too, which are free to ticket holders. Book via Corn Exchange Box Office. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov4

Sat 17 Nov 9pm to 2am. £12.50 Adv For 18+ (take ID). Monthly ‘glamour & glitz’ vintage and burlesque night.

Piano Recital by Matthew McCombie

Dress: burlesque & vintage –or risk not getting in. For Nov: Xarah Von Den Vielenregen, The Great Voltini & Nurse Electra, plus Salon Rouge’s very own Cherry & Ruby. With Felicity Flappes, Hocus Pocus Theatre, Dolly GoTightly, Harlow Heartbreak & Gentleman Jacques, The Appletinis, Spencer Maybe and Sassy La Mynx. www.junction.co.uk

Sun 4 Nov. 8.30pm £12 or less. In aid of Cambridge Cruse Bereavement Care. Programme includes Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor and Liszt: Sonnet 104 of Petrarch. Tickets from the Cruse Office. cambridge@cruse.org.uk www.cruse.org.uk/cambridge 01223 302670

Emmanuel URC lunchtime concerts Emmanuel URC, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RR

Thur 8 Nov, Weds 14, 21 and 28 Nov. 1pm. Free (retiring collection) Four free concerts for you in November: Thur 8 Nov: Stephen Nicholls, French Horn and Erik Azzopardi, piano. Wed 14 Nov: Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, with Stephen Foster, violin and Ervin Nagy, piano. To perform: Mendelssohn’s Violin Sonata in F (1820), Schubert’s Moments Musicaux D780 (selection), Janacek Violin Sonata and Brahms’ Scherzo in C minor for Violin & Piano. Wed 21 Nov: Jessica Lawrence-Hares, mezzo soprano and Patrick Hemmerlé, piano. To perform works by Debussy, Fauré, Hahn, and Szulc.

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www.flack ambridge.org.uk Wed 28 Nov: Katarina Majcen, cello and Tina Anderlic flute. Further dates in Dec. Come early to avoid the rush. And you can enjoy the Fare Shares cafe afterwards. www.emmanuel-urc.org.uk

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

Suns 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1.15pm Free (get there early for a seat) Latest in series of weekly concerts:

Friday Lunchtime Concerts at Anglia Ruskin

The Strange Doors

1.10pm. Free Established series of free concerts for Nov, includes Fri 2 Nov: Cerberus; Fri 9 Nov: Organ recital (at Zion Baptist Church); Fri 16 Nov Cambridge Music Festival (see entry under ‘Cambridge highlights’); Fri 23 Nov: Bach to Britten; Fri 30 Nov: Sector7. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov5

Sat 17 Nov. Band from 9pm. £8 Doors tribute band. The ones from the USA not B&Q. manonthemoon.freeserve.co.uk

Mumford Theatre

ROCK, POP, FOLK

Jazz Morley

4 Nov: Ensemble L'Amfiparnasso: Purcell, Charpentier, Monteverdi. 11 Nov: Metier Ensemble, Claire Overbury flute, Elspeth Wyllie piano: Amirov, Prokofiev. 18 Nov: Le Petit Orchestre: 'Heavenly Harmony: Music for St Cecilia'; Helen Kruger violin/director, Kate Macoboy soprano: Purcell, Blow, Handel, Stanley. 25 Nov: An-Ting Chang piano: Brahms, Chopin, Bach, Ravel. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

CB2 Bistro, 5/7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Kettles Yard lunchtime concerts

CB2 Basement, Norfolk St, Cambridge

St Giles Church, Castle St, CB3 0AQ

Fris 1.10pm Free Another three in the regular series of free lunchtime concerts – now in the Church opposite the gallery. 2 Nov: String quartet; 9 Nov: Anne Denholm (harp); 16 Nov: Mark Seow and Maya Amin-Smith (violin). Just turn up (early for a good seat). www.kettlesyard.co.uk

La Cenerentola

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

Thur 8 to Sat 10 Nov 7.30pm. £15 From Suffolk Opera, ‘a witty and exciting interpretation of Rossini's jolly classic based on the Cinderella story’. www.anglia.ac.uk

Tenor and Harp recital

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

Fri 9 Nov. 7.30pm. £18 or less By James Gilchrist and Alison Nicholls. Best to book. www.wesleycam.org.uk 01223 352115

The law I would make ... No jail if you rob a bank.

Fri 9 Nov. 7.30pm. £6 For ages 14+. Part of 40-date tour of Dorsetgirl Jazz: who has a ‘rich, warm, emotive voice capable of the tiniest whisper of love to the full vent of a woman scorned’. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.jazzmorley.co.uk

P Jørgensen, Simon Scott & Hollow Mountain Wed 14 Nov. Doors 8pm £5 From Crushing Death & Grief promoters. P Jørgensen ‘continues to blur the boundaries between the genres of neo-classical, ambient and drone. Full of wonderful textures and sounds. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.crushingdeath.com

Tom Copson, Annie Dressner & Cara Winter CB2 Bistro, 5/7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Fri 23 Nov. 9pm. £TBA From the monthly acoustic live shows of Night of the Artisans, which have also inspired a fortnightly Cam105fm radio show (and podcasts via iTunes). Recommended by Wes at FLACK. facebook.com/nightoftheartisans

The Wedding Present perform Seamonsters

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

Pure Love + Sharks + Scholars + The Social Club The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Sun 4 Nov. 8pm. £10 adv Pure Love are a London-based EnglishAmerican rock band with new album ‘Anthems’. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.theportland.co.uk

Catherine Feeny

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

Wed 7 Nov. 7.30pm. £8 American singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny promotes her 4th album America, inspired by her time spent at Occupy Wall Street. www.theportland.co.uk

Clock Opera, Nzca/lines, Bright Light Bright Light

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

Thur 15 Nov. 8pm. £8 adv Green Mind presents. Indie/electronica. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.theportland.co.uk

Peace

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

Thur 22 Nov. £6.50 adv Green Mind presents. Brighton-based Indie band: ‘expect great things’ [World Peace, an end to hunger and homelessness or maybe just a good night out...]. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.theportland.co.uk

J1, Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Songsmith Sessions 2 – Open Mic

Wed 21 Nov. 7pm. £15 adv From Green Mind: ‘energetic shows... live performance of their intense Seamonsters album, hailed as almost a piece of performance art’. Recommended by Wes at FLACK. www.junction.co.uk

Every Thurs. From 8pm. Free The Alma’s Songsmith Sessions are doubling up, now resident at the Emperor too. ‘Promising an increase in local Quality of life, a hike in local property prices and a boost to the sales of hangover cures.’

The Emperor (formerly Globe), 21 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NW

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Reggae Music

Clarendon Arms – live jazz

Thurs. 8.30pm. Free Reggae from live DJs – like DJ Jeff Levi (Living Roots) and DJ Blen (Rapture FM). manonthemoon.freeserve.co.uk

Suns. 8.30pm to 11pm. Free Live jazz with Andy Bowie quartet, with regular guest appearances. www.clarendoncambridge.com 01223 971015

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

Rocsoc Fresher’s Gig

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

Saturday 17th November, 7:30pm Entry is £4 for Rocksoc members, £5 for non-members. It's a Metal gig and the bands playing are Stuka Squadron, Unit 9 and The Temptress. http://alturl.com/r2wta

PUB LIFE

Sea Of Bees + Barbarossa

The Corner House, 231 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JE

Tue 13 Nov. £10 adv From Green Mind: ‘singing so close to the microphone that she scrapes it with her nose, her vocals are simultaneously childlike and aged, intimate and astonishing’. Recommended by Wes from FLACK. www.acousticstage.co.uk/thecorner-house

Weds session at The Boathouse

35-36 Clarendon Street, Cambridge CB1 1JX

Jazz up your Sunday The Green Man, 59 High Street, Grantchester, Cambs CB3 9NF

Sundays. From 6.30pm Dinner and (free) live Jazz; food served until 9pm, drinks until 11pm. thegreenmangrantchester.co.uk 01223 844669

GREAT OUTDOORS

Geocache taster day Wicken, Ely, CB7 5XP

Fri 2 Nov. 10am to 3pm. £5 includes GPS hire Want to find out what geocaching is all about? At Wicken Fen you can have all explained and try it out. No need to book unless you need to hire a (Garmin) GPS. By the Cycle Hire Centre. Dogs on leads welcome. 01353 720274 wickenfen@nationaltrust.org.uk

Mill Rd Cemetery

Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2AW

Weds. From 8.30pm Free Riverside pub hosting Cambridge’s ‘most talented musicians including blues’. Good deals on food too. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov6

Historic cemetery with several entrances, which makes it a relaxing way to walk/ cycle into/across town, including with a dog. Active Friends group organise art, history and wildlife events. Check the noticeboards or their very good website. www.millroadcemetery.org.uk

Carlton Arms events

Health Walks

14 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3AX

53 Carlton Way, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 2DF

Wednesdays, 9pm pub quiz, free to enter. Fridays, 8.30pm Folk night Community pub in Arbury has lounge area and also darts/pool tables. Real ales and food. Check their (good) website for events. You can also get FLACK mags via an honesty box. www.thecarltonarmscambridge. co.uk 01223 367 422

The law I would make ... One international language.

Mostly week days Free At least six schemes within 5 miles of Cambridge (600+ in UK). Run by national Walking for Health project (Ramblers and Macmillan). Some start at GP practices, community centres or in country parks. See online for locations and times. All welcome – especially if you don’t currently get much exercise. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov8

You Can Bike Too - cycling for the less confident or super sociable!

From the You Can Hub, cycle with others on a range of different bikes. ‘Three wheels, four wheels, two seats, three seats, wheelchair bikes... prepare to be inspired.’ Cycling instructors on hand to advise and support. Need to book. See their website for other cycling-related activities. 01223 420060 ruth@theyoucanhub.org.uk www.theyoucanhub.org.uk

FILM, DANCE & THEATRE

The Seagull

Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton Cambridge CB23 7EY

Fri 2 Nov. 7.30pm £10 or less Chekhov (abridged to 50 mins) with ‘fire-pits, music, beautiful men and women, passion, heartache and bag-loads of sass’. Innovative and lively outdoor (but undercover) production at Burwash Manor. You can buy warming soup, coffees and pastries before the performance ‘to ensure you're well-fed and ready to enjoy the show’. See website for where to book. 01223 264444 or 07855 846 964 www.burwashmanor.com

Northern Soul

J2, Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Thur 15 Nov. 7pm for 8pm £12 or less ‘A bit about northern soul, pigeons, but mainly it’s about – me’. Me, being Victoria Melody: ‘a hilarious one-woman show about Victoria’s attempts at joining in’. Immersing herself in other people’s worlds, Victoria examines national characteristics, focusing on the extraordinary in the everyday. www.junction.co.uk

The Rivals

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

Mon/Tue 12/13 Nov. 7.30pm £12.50 or less From Creative Cow productions. ‘A day in the life of a circle of socialites swooping in on the fashionable city of Bath, to take the waters, find romance and have a jolly good gossip!’ Not another modern day 'docusoap', it's Richard Brinsley Sheridan's hilarious 18th Century masterpiece The Rivals. Suitable for ages 12+. www.anglia.ac.uk

Milton Country Park, Cambridge

The law I would make ...

Tue 6 & 20 Nov

Hanging all corrupt politicians.

1.30pm to 2.30pm £5

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Ward of the Rings: The Clinical Fellowship

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

Tue 20 to Sat 24 Nov. 7.30pm. £10 or less From the William Harvey Theatrical Society, this year’s Addenbrooke's Panto brings you adventure, romance, tragedy, comedy, music, dance and a litany of precarious puns in a thinly-veiled parody of a popular fantasy trilogy. Parental discretion advised in respect of adult themes and double-entendre. Raising money for charity too. www.anglia.ac.uk

her side, see an opportunity to survive, a way to profit from the slaughter by selling goods to both sides. And the time is about to come when, in her quest for material gain, she must make the ultimate sacrifice’. With free pre-show talk by Dr Sue Wilson before the Monday performance at 6.15pm in Room Lab026 at Anglia Ruskin. www.anglia.ac.uk

LUCKY SAYS ... did you know a year’s subscription to FLACK costs just £24 ?

inspired new drama from local WRiTEON writers. ‘There will be chairs but you won’t get to sit for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. Please bring an umbrella/rainwear as some pieces may be performed in the courtyard. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or fruit juice and an opportunity to look around the museum again afterwards. Tickets from ADC. www.writeon.org.uk 01223 300085

KIDS & YOUNG PEOPLE

Fitzwilliam Education:

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Screening of the brand new movie Choice Point

Orchard Park Centre, Kings Hedge Rd, CB4 2EZ Weds Nov 21st, 7pm

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Refreshments included plus a chance to meet one of the movies stars that evening for questions and discussion. Book tickets at : www.inspiralonline.com/specialevents-2/

Mother Courage and Her Children

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

Mon 26 - Wed 28 Nov. 7.30pm. £12.50 or less From Blackeyed Theatre Company. A play where ‘two ideologies collide in a conflict that stretches across a continent and threatens the balance of world power. In its midst, one woman, her three children by

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Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

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

Fri 30 Nov & Sat 1 Dec. 7.30pm. £12.50 or less For ages 13+. From Pursued by a Bear Productions in co-production with Kali Theatre. ‘A powerful new drama about sport, nationality and belonging, with a haunting love story at its heart: In 1936, against a backdrop of Indian revolutionary fervour, two players compete for the Berlin Olympics and for the love of Azadeh, a freedom fighter with a troubled past. In 2012 at London's Olympic stadium, their descendants wrestle to win favour once more, with disturbing consequences...’ www.anglia.ac.uk

Scene at the Museum

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

Thur 1 Nov. 7pm. £8 or less Site-specific promenade of museum-

Splashes of Snow Sat 10 Nov. 10.30am to 12.30pm. £5 per child For ages 8+. Using the Snow Country exhibition as inspiration, create a snow scene using printing techniques. Please wear suitable clothing. Need to book. The Magic of Gold Sat 24 Nov. 10.30am to 12.30pm. £5 per child For ages 8+. Learn how to use real leaf and gold paint, as seen in works on display in the Calligraphy Today exhibition. With Calligrapher Penny Price. Need to book. fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam. ac.uk 01223 332904

How to Catch a Star

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

Sat 17 Nov. 11.30am & 2.30pm. £7 For ages 4 to 7 years. From Blunderbus Theatre Company, based on the bestselling children's book by awardwinning author Oliver Jeffers. This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. www.anglia.ac.uk

Scrapstore – Xmas event

Meadows Community Centre youth wing, Cambridge CB4 3XJ

Sat 24 Nov. 12 noon to 2pm One in a series of workshops for children and young people to learn about recycling... but you can also pick up things for adults to re-use in art/craft activities. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov9 01223 457873

The law I would change ... Scrap anti-squatting law.

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Cambridge Kung Fu Various venues. Check website

Days, eves... Try classes for free (then joining fee plus month/term fees) From well-established, not-for-profit social enterprise (and FLACK friends), loads of classes from ages 2+ (kids, youth and adults). Not just regular (or Wing Chun) Kung Fu but also ‘Circular Strength Training’ (CST), ‘Energy Systems’, ‘Escrima Concepts’ and Tai Chi Chuan & Chi Kung. Check their website for more details. www.cambridgekungfu.com 01223 368229

Sunny steps

Two venues in Cambridge plus Papworth and St Ives

Mondays-Thursdays. 9.45am. £5 (£4 sibling) One-hour drop-in creative dance and movement for toddlers (ages 2–4 years) – adults encouraged to join in too. Some in school holidays. Drink & biscuit at the end. Check website for details. sunnysteps.co.uk Alison on 01954 267378

POETRY & COMEDY

The Red Soil

Corpus Playroom, St Edward's Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Tue 30 Oct to Sat 3 Nov.7pm. £6 or less "I’ve never buried anyone before." 1982. Texas State. Pete is gravely ill and the sons he hasn’t seen for years are spread out across America. In one last effort to unite his family he calls them to his expansive ranch. What he doesn’t realise is that calling them together will only serve to drive them further apart. Enter a world where violence reigns and the power of family bonds are called into question. Book at ADC. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov11

Me, as a penguin

Corpus Playroom, St Edward's Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Tue 13 to Sat 17 Nov. 7pm. £6 or less A comedy about knitting, penguins and Battenburg but also an insight into the life of Stitch, his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her sofa-loving partner Mark. Stitch is attempting to sample the gay scene of Hull, Mark is having doubts about 'the bump', whilst Liz is just desperate for the loo. But who is the man in the giant penguin costume? And why is nobody allowed into the toilet? Tickets from ADC. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov12

Hammer and Tongue

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

2nd Wednesdays of month (14 Nov). 7.30pm for 8pm. £6.50 or less Local branch of international ‘slam poetry’ network. Open-mic for invited ‘headline poets’ and locals, with judging. Your opportunity for poetry fame? Wed 14 Nov: Bohdan Piasecki, supported by Richard Tyrone Jones (see Allographic entry), with open slam - up to eight competitors go head-to-head for a place in next year's Regional Final. Bohdan is a performance poet from Poland who currently lives in England. www.hammerandtongue.co.uk

Allographic live events

Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DB

4th Sundays of month (25 Nov): Allographic other voices Wed 21 Nov: Allographic presents (special event) 7.30pm for 8pm £3.50 or less (for Sun, TBA for Weds) Local publisher of ‘Small Word’ fanzine with poetry, short-storytelling, photos/ artwork. Events at Fountain Inn include open-mic but less slam than Hammer & Tongue – no judging but cakes and sweets instead. Wed 21 Nov: ‘Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart’. First in series of bigger names on the Spoken Word scene. Cambridge graduate and poet Richard is supported by local performers Hollie McNish, Hisham Ziauddeen, and host Fay Roberts. Having battled back from the brink of death (heart failure as a 30th birthday present), Richard explains, with a unique prescription of cardiomyopoetry and anecdosage, how almost dying can actually improve your life. Sun 25 Nov: James McKay and Lee Nelson – based on their Edinburgh Fringe show – ‘nostalgia and death’... plus a ukulele. www.allographic.co.uk

The law I would make ... Wealthy companies to pay taxes in UK & release money to economy.

The revolution will not be improvised

King's Bunker, 21 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tue 13 to Sat 17 Nov. 8pm to 9pm. £3 Improvised comedy celebrating revolutionary ideas and music, performed

by the Cambridge University improv troupe The Cambridge Impronauts: ‘are you free? Do your thoughts run wild with riotous ideas; do you mesh with others and build something astonishing every night? We do. We'd like to build something with you - a revolution of comic proportions, all 100% improvised on the spot - for liberté, egalité, and incongruité!’ cjd49@cam.ac.uk www.impronauts.com

Jesterlarf comedy club Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

1st Fri of month (2 Nov) 7pm (doors). £12 For ages 16+. Monthly residency with top comics. Can book cabaret tables. See website for who’s on. www.junction.co.uk

Portland Comedy Club

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

Last Fri of month (30 Nov). 8pm It’s a comedy club, at the Portland. In the evening. Ask at the pub for details. www.theportland.co.uk FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLBEING

Cambridge Parkrun

Milton Country Park, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AZ

Saturdays. 9am. Free Not a race, but regular volunteer-run 5km run. For all ages and abilities- for your own enjoyment (or to help train for charity event). Meet-up in cafe afterwards too. You must register in advance the first time (bring your bar-code along) – see website for details. www.parkrun.org.uk

Cambridge Phoenix Korfball Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, CB4 2QT

Mons (except bank holidays). 8.15pm to 10.15pm. 1st 3 sessions free Get fit, make friends and have fun! Korfball is a sport similar to basketball or netball, but uniquely is played with both men and women. Phoenix Korfball is an expanding club with lots of beginners so now is an ideal time to join. Also social events. Email or just turn up. webman@phoenixkorfball.co.uk www.phoenixkorfball.co.uk

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Manor Mill Morris

St Augustine’s Church Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS

Mons. 7.45pm to 9.15pm (school terms) Local, long-established, women’s Clog Morris dancer group in NW processional tradition. Meet from Sept to May each week. Hold ‘dance-outs’ in June and July – plus attendances at festivals. New members welcome. If you’ve done some folk-dancing before this is an advantage but not essential. ‘Good fun and great exercise without the tedium of the gym’. Clogs are not necessary to start with, trainers/lace-up shoes will be fine. manormillmorris.org.uk Andrea 01223 843529

Russian Ballet lessons Two locations in Cambridge

Mondays-Thursdays & Saturdays. Morns or eves. Classical ballet classes for children aged 5+, and amateur adults. With Karen Stringer, who uses style of Kirov Ballet. Check online for locations and days (and what to wear). Contact for prices. 01223 473402 (eves)

The law I would change ... The Vagrancy Act not to include people outside of cities.

Chesterton Scratching Cats roller hockey club

Chesterton Sports Centre, Gilbert Rd, Cambridge

Sweaty Betty fitness, running and yoga clubs 38 Trinity Street, CB2 1TB

Mons and Weds Eves. Free No need to book, just show up. Women only. See website for times. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov23 01223 364 666

Tango Bar

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

Tues 7pm to 11pm (drop-in beginners classes from 7.30). £3 or less Open dance, drinks or bring your own. Friendly. www.centrestpauls.org.uk

Trumpington Boxing Club

Quest Singers

Fawcett School, Alpha Terrace, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambs, CB2 9FS

Mons and Fris. Evenings (depends on age) Community boxing club for males and females of all ages (over 5 yrs) or shape in a completely multi-racial, non-discriminative environment. Skilled boxing coaches help members to achieve the very best in amateur boxing or to get fit and healthy in a very social way. ‘Join in and have fun’. Check their Facebook pages for events – and ways you can help them get equipped. trumpingtonboxingclub@hotmail. co.uk 07961 717879 or 07514 581700 www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov13

University Social Club (USC)

Morning & Evening Pilates

MAKING MUSIC

Mons (term time): 9.10am to 10.10am or 6pm to 7pm; 7pm to 8pm Saturdays 9am to 10am Cost: TBA Exercise classes to stretch, strengthen and tone with Katrina Heather and Holly Mackay. All levels welcome. Katrina: 07976 677540 katrina@ livingyoga.co.uk or Holly: 07939 603 882 hollymackay@hotmail.com

Chesterton Choral Society 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. www.chestertonchoralsociety.org.uk

Upper and Lower Hall, Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Cambridge

Sats 3pm to 4pm (ages 7 to 13). Thurs 10pm (ages 18+). Membership £10 plus £6 or less per session (3 trial sessions) A non-profit club for kids and adults. Children’s sessions are structured (skating and hockey skills), adult sessions are just for fun: ‘relaxed atmosphere’. Roller hockey is a non-contact sport. You need to have your own kit (skates, helmets for kids, pads are a good idea). www.scratching.cats.tripod.com

St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road,

new competition, as long as they are aged under 18 at the time of the final. The judging panel will be made up local promoters, producers and members of the Strawberry Fair programming team. www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

Mainly for people connected with the University but ‘townies’ can join if they are nominated and seconded by members. A family friendly swimming club. Popular for swimming at the Leys School on Tues eves. Also, angling, Ceroc, Boxercise, darts, football, salsa, Tai Chi, tango and Zumba. See website for fees and details. www.socialclub.cam.ac.uk

Strawberry Fair U18s Band Competition 2012 The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Sats 3, 10, 17 Nov (heats) plus final on Sat 24 Nov. 1pm to 4pm. £5 or less First ever... musicians and singers from across all genres of pop music – from folk to funk from punk to RnB and everything in between - were invited to enter this

St James Church, Wulfstan Way, Queen Ediths, Cambridge

Weds eves 7.30pm to 9.30pm New community choir with new meeting place. Most recent concert was ‘From Broadway to the West End’. Looking for new members. No experience necessary and no audition. www.cambridgesinging.co.uk John 07969 884326

SCIENCE, TECH, TRANSPORT

Dung pats, flies and farmers

LAB027, Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft Business School, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Thur 8 Nov. 7pm to 9pm (tea, coffee before). £1 or free for members From Cambridge Natural History Soc, Olwen Williams will talk about how veterinary treatment of cattle affects flies and rooks. For her PhD she looked at the impact of different medicines on dungdependent flies on farms near Cambridge. All welcome events@cnhs.org.uk

Bad Science in the Developing World

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

Tue 27 Nov. 7pm Free. Martin Robbins is a writer, podcaster and journalist covering science, pseudoscience and evidence-based politics. He will discuss the dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria.

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Are you Sci-curious? J2, Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Sat 24 Nov. 7pm for 8pm £14 or less For ages 16+. Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould present a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive. www.junction.co.uk

The laws I would change ... The Mental Health Act. Nudism legal (but not compulsory!).

Cambridge Museum of Technology – and open studios Riverside, Cambridge CB5 8LD

1st Sun in month (Nov to Easter) Sat/Sun 24/25 Nov 11am to 6pm Open Studio with local artists displaying their work among the machines. Check their website for times and admission fees (might be free during the Open Studios?). www.museumoftechnology.com

The law I would make ... Salaries of bank workers & CEOs to be swapped with salaries of nurses and care workers for a year.

Public open evenings at the Institute of Astronomy Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

Weds (dates to March), including all four in Nov 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. On a cloudy evening, after the talk will be a tea break and some short entertainment from the CAA. Booking only required for groups. www.ast.cam.ac.uk 01223 337510

SHOPPING, FOOD & DRINK

FLACK VENDORS

Make do and Mend @ Cherry Hinton Xmas Fair Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, Cherry Hinton CB1 9EJ

Sat 24 Nov. 1pm to 5pm. Free Visit the Cherry Hinton’s Residents’ Association Annual Fair. On the local non-for-profit Make do and Mend stall you can buy hand-made crafts made in their workshops: jewellery, Xmas cards, baked goods and jam. Proceeds go back into funding further workshops, which aim to develop skills of people who have had or have suffered from mental health distress. There will be other craft stalls and attractions for all ages including Santa’s grotto and hot food with Xmas lights, carols and a brass band. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov14 01223 521634

Arts & Crafts Fair

Our Lady & the English Martyrs Parish Centre, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge

Sat 17 Nov. 10am to 4pm With table hire for people wanting to sell their home-made goodies. olempcm@yahoo.co.uk www.olem.freeuk.com 07942385194

The law I would make ...

FLACK is proving a great way to earn some extra money. Some of our vendors are saving for a rent deposit for instance. Anyone can sell FLACK on the same basis as Big Issue Vendors. They buy their copies for £1 sell for £2 and agree to abide by FLACK’s Vendor Code of conduct. Five free copies for every new vendor to help them get started. Badging up and Information Sessions @ the FLACK Base. Monday - Friday 2pm - 4pm Saturday - Sunday Midday - 2:00pm

All cyclists that don’t ride on the road should be made to walk.

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Chesterton Car Boot & indoor market

between Boots and M&S Passage

Chesterton Methodist Church, Green End Road, Chesterton, Cambridge

Sats (all year). 12noon to 4pm Free to shop A new (from Sept) and accessible indoor market / outdoor boot sale. Open all year. Sellers from £5 to £40 a pitch (arrive from 11am). www.carbootsales.org 07951 756611

Foodcycle Community Lunch

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

Saturdays 12.30 pm £2 donation appreciated Three-course lunch from Cambridge hub of national food waste charity. All welcome. cambridge@foodcycle.org.uk

Sidney Street 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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Music @ food4foodcafe St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Last Fri of month 12 noon to 2pm Live music with your delicious lunch from Wintercomfort’s food4food cafe. Great volunteering opportunities too. www.food4foodcafe.org.uk

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

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

and share a common interest in the Spanish and Latin American culture. Check the website for dates and locations. www.meetup.com/thecslg

Spanish Amigos Various locations

Various times Can have free trial lesson Local branch of national franchise teaching Spanish (and French) to all ages. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov18

Spanish conversation group led by Antonio who is a native spanish speaker.

Bande dessinée reading circle Alliance Francaise, 60 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1LA

In France, all ages read bande dessinée (comics/graphic novels). Discover that they are much more than just Tintin and Astérix. Local French language and cultural organisation, Alliance Francaise, has a grown-up cartoon story reading group (in French). Tackle a new title every month. See website for more info. www.alliance-cam.co.uk

Get away to Spain in your lunch hour

Cambridge Central Library, 1st Floor, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3QD

Tuesdays 12.30pm to 1.15pm £8 No need to book. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov17 01223 561854

Cambridge Spanish Language Group Friendly gathering of people from around Cambridge who enjoy speaking Spanish

Kings College Cambridge (contact for details)

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

ECO & PHILOSOPHY

The law I would make...

The Bioregional Economy

Addiction should be a mental illness so it is a health issue and not a criminal issue.

Thur 15 Nov 7.30pm to 9.30pm Free From Cambridge Carbon Footprint, a public talk by renowned green economist Molly Scott Cato.

Group yoga classes with Rosanna

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

Also on Sat 10 Nov: ‘Warm homes in Trumpington’ day workshop. See website for more info. www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org Mondays 5.30 - 6.30pm FREE (with current copy of FLACK)

Falun Dafa

Girton Village Energy Day

Girton Baptist Church, 103 High St, Girton CB3 0QQ

Sat 17 Nov 1pm to 4pm Free From Sustainable Girton, stalls, talks and displays. How to save energy and also save money. Refreshments available. www.sustainablegirton.org.uk info@sustainablegirton.org.uk

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. www.humanitariancentre.org

YOGA & MEDITATION

Diamond Way Meditation Two locations in Cambridge

Tuesdays 8pm Free (donations welcome) Local Cambridge branch of national Tibetan Buddhism network organisation holds regular weekly sessions, newcomers welcome. Check website for details of times and locations. www.buddhism.org.uk

The law I would change... No alcoholic drinks before driving.

Three venues in Cambridge

Mons, Tues, Thurs evenings 6pm £6 or less Group sessions – ‘find strength, peace and balance’ – all levels welcome. Also one-to-one ‘for people ready to step out of depression’ (£150 for 4 weeks support). Check website for details including whether you need to bring mats. www.rosannagordon.com 07875 355 925

Beginners Samatha Meditation Classes

Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Mondays 8:30pm Free Form of meditation that focuses on the breath as a way of controlling, calming and ultimately understanding the mind. Rolling programme, for new people to join at any time. Also newcomers class at Clare College and groups for more-experienced people. www.samatha.org/cambridge 01223 315171

FAITH & SPIRITUALITY

Should religious freedom include the right to offend? Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael’s Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Tue 13 Nov 1pm to 3pm Free As the standing counsel for the Christian Legal Centre Paul Diamond has been at the fore of a number of groundbreaking cases on religious rights. In this Woolf Institute lunchtime lecture he will address one of the most contentious issues in the field. All welcome. info@michaelhouse.org.uk

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Science meets faith: Prof. Tim Gorringe

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

Mon 12 Nov 7.45pm Free (but donations are welcome) One of a series of events held on the 2nd Monday of the month from October to June. An eminent speaker discusses a topic of broad and general interest. www.wesleycam.org.uk 01223 352115

Inner Space

CHARITY EVENTS

Black Tie Dinner

Centre at St Pauls, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Did You Say No Though?

Mons to Sats: 10am to 6pm; Sun: 10am to 4pm Shop, from Brahma Kumaris, hosting wide range of opportunities to develop personal skills and explore spiritual values. See website for details of meditation, positive thinking, and Raja Yoga courses. Also, talks and day retreats. On Sun 18 Nov: ‘United minds for peace’ an evening of meditation for world peace (from 6.30pm – no need to book). info@cambridge.inner-space.org 01223 464616

Tue 30 Oct to Sat 3 Nov 9.30am £6 For ages 18+. This new play aims to spark a new outlook amongst audiences as to the frequency, nature and reality of sexual assault happening to people of all ages and from all walks of life in society today. Written by Lauren Steele, it is performed by students from the University and will raise money for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. Book at ADC. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov20

Unitarian Hall, Emmanuel Road, CB1 1JW

Last Friday of month 7:45pm Free Each meeting has a theme or guest speaker with discussion. Also organises monthly visits to faith communities. interfaith@home.cam.net.uk

Men@Pub Red Lion, 27 High Street, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JD

Mondays 8.30pm Blokes from New Life Church meet to hangout, put the world to rights and enjoy real ales. Martin Wilde 01223 233484

EMMANUEL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Trumpington Street CB2 1RR (opposite Pembroke College)

Sunday services: 10.45am Holy Communion on 4 November Taize style service on 25 November: 7.00pm Tuesday-Friday prayers: 10.15-10.30am Exhibitions, concerts, fair trade goods and a cafe, all on site. www.emmanuel-urc.org.uk 01223 351174 (church office)

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Sat 24 Nov Time, cost TBA From Friends of the Centre at St Pauls. If you live or work at St Pauls, they’d love you to get involved in the life of the Centre. Contact them if you have time, ideas or funds. www.officecentrestpauls.org.uk 01223 576899

6, King’s Parade Cambridge CB2 1SJ

Cambridge Inter-Faith Group

FLACK STOCKISTS

Corpus Playroom, St Edward's Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Wallace Cancer Care's Innovations Lecture

The Hauser Forum, University of Cambridge West Cambridge Site, 3 Charles Babbage Rd, Cambridge CB3 0GT

Thur 22 Nov 6.30pm to 7.30pm £25 The third in series, Dr Mike Lynch (founder of Autonomy etc) speaks about his professional career and the journey it's taken. Also chance to talk with the speaker over a glass of wine in the West Café following the lecture. Proceeds to Wallace Cancer care at Addenbrooke’s. Need to book (limited tickets). Tickets are available from the fundraising office. fundraising@wallacecancercare. org.uk 01223 243721

WORLD OF WORK

Cambridge Software Craftsmanship A regular meet-up group for local software developers who care about and take pride in what they do and how they do it. Modelled on the London Software Craftsmanship Community. Mentions of free pizza too. Check online for the next meeting. www.meetup.com/CambridgeSoftware-Craftsmanship

The law I would make... Limit how many houses a person can own.

Post Office Newmarket Rd Best One Express Fitzroy St Post Office King St Your News Victoria Ave Nth Cambridge Children’s Centre Cafe Campkin Rd Nip In Mill Rd Hazelwood Stores Hazelwood Close Daily Bread Co-Op Kilmaine Close And an extra special thank you to our Honesty Box Hosts: Arjuna Mill Rd 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 The Clarendon Arms Clarendon St 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 Mill Mill Lane Little St Mary’s Church Trumpington St Contact amber@flackcambridge.org.uk if you would like to stock FLACK

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CamCreative

Last Weds of each month Friendly local network of people interested in graphic and web design, media of all kinds, literature and publishing, visual arts, multimedia, performing arts. Check website for location and any fees but you can just turn up. www.meetup.com/camcreative

Meetup.com Website with local groups of all types – business, IT, languages, vegetarians. Worth visiting if you fancy meeting new people and learning new skills. www.meetup.com

join to see details). See meetup page for more info. www.meetup.com/CambridgeSilicon-Fen

CAMBRIDGE 105FM

Dave Hammond's Smelly Flowerpot

Fortnightly, Tues from 9pm New, old and unreleased music from the edge of the mainstream and beyond. Music from any genre, any era could make the playlist plus a random selection of regular features for listeners to get involved in, including The Apocalyptic Jukebox, Original Covers, The Progeny, Class or Cheese and Moonlighting

Net2Camb

Arts Round Up

Free monthly event for people in and around the Cambridge area interested in using web or mobile technology for social good. Check website for dates and locations. www.meetup.com/Net2Camb

Radio Dante

Cambridge Personal Success Group

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

3rd Weds of month 7pm to 9pm £10 pre-booked (incl refreshments) In its 3rd Year, hosting experts, authors and teachers to enable you to learn, grow and connect. Create your Success, Happiness and Abundance as part of a friendly, supportive and educational group.. Check online for future events. www.inspiralonline.com

South Cambridge Coffee Morning

Holiday Inn Express Cambridge Duxford, 42 Station Road East, Whittlesford, Cambs CB22 4NL

Fridays 10am to 12 noon Relaxed networking for local business owners – not for selling! Check website for more details including any costs. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov21 07977 118909

TechMeetups Local branch of international group. Brings together ‘start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, techies and webbies in and around Cambridge’. In Nov: Mobile Hackathon (you need to

Fortnightly, Saturdays from 11am Simon Bertin presents a round-up of all things going on in the arts world of Cambridge including art galleries, exhibitions and theatre. Fortnightly, Saturdays from 1pm The Italian language & culture programme with 30 mins in English and 30 minutes in Italian.

Saturday Lunch

Fortnightly, Saturdays from 1pm With a mix of cheesey tunes from yesteryear, peppered with 1 or 2 more modern songs, plus some local stuff going on around Cambridge. And hear about the presenters travels in Latin America.

MISC

Kingdom of the Heart Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Wed 28 Nov 8pm £8 or less Storytelling and music, based on Czech wondertales. ‘Through a hole in the ground and an opening of the mind, a gleaming golden land that’s visible to those who know how to look’. From Cambridge Storytellers with Katy Cawkwell and cellist Sarah Lewellyn Jones. www.cambridgestorytellers.com cambridgestorytellers@gmail.com 01223 510756

The law I would make... Compulsory to wear flashing bunny ears.

Michaelhouse Open Day

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

Sat 17 Nov From 10.30am Free Help Michaelhouse celebrate their 10th anniversary. Guided tours, special exhibitions and a series of concerts:

1pm: Junior jazz with Anne Penton and her pupils 2.30pm Norwich St Band 3.30pm: Michaelhouse Chorale 5.30pm: Festival choral evensong with local playwright Nick Warburton as guest speaker. www.michaelhouse.org.uk

Cambridge Skills Network Only Connect : Cambridge CitiVillage A city-wide residents’ group and information exchange... a local network using a local currency for exchanging skills and services... with programme of social events... www.citivillage.net oc.cam@virginmedia.com 01223 311302

Cambridge Cycling Campaign - AGM

Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Tue 6 Nov 7.30pm (tea & coffee) for 8pm AGM of well-established and very enthusiastic local group. All welcome. Usually has a very interesting ‘cyclingrelated’ speaker. Organises social/leisurely rides and has monthly meeting, to which all are welcome. Recommended by Flack volunteer. www.camcycle.org.uk

Reading Groups at Heffers 20 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TY

‘Crimecrackers’ (crime reading) – 3rd Wed of month. Fiction Group– last Tue of month – with free glass of wine. 6pm to 7pm Free See their website for contact details – or ask in store. www.tinyurl.com/FlackNov22

The law I would make... Law of kindness – recognise your fellow human beings.

Mill Rd Winter Fair

Sat 1 Dec FLACK will be there! How is your planning going? They need volunteers including stewards on the day. Or you might need time to get your outfit together, rehearse your musical performance or put the final touches to your artworks... Check out their website! www.millroadwinterfair.org

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Cambridge Veg*ns Need to join. Group for veggies and vegans. Eating plus other social outings like films and walks. meetup.com/Cambridge-Veg-ns

Envision TV – Cambridge Community TV

Envision TV, Compass House, Vision Park, Chivers Way, Histon, Cambs CB24 9AD

Not-for profit company aiming to work with community groups (including for youth and homeless) to get more people involved in ‘the media’. Offer day/eves lowcost media training courses (3–8 weeks) for making radio/TV shows, designing websites and news reporting. Check their website for progress on developing TV shows and to register your interest. www.cambscommunity.tv 0330 660 0451

U3A

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

£60 per year (plus £5 enrollment) 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. Best to join by early Sept to get on most popular courses from October; but also weekly Weds and Science lectures, which are drop-in. www.u3ac.org.uk

The laws I would change ... Those regarding under-16s and serious crime.

WHERE’S MY LISTING? Gutted your listing isn’t here? Scan the QR code to join FLACK Listings!

VOLUNTEERING

WHAT’S ON ON-LINE

Inclusion Drugs Service Volunteer Programme Mill House, Mill Rd, CambridgeCB1 3DF Central Hall, Ely CB7 3LS

A FLACK selection of websites with information about what’s on in Cambridge. (we can’t include everything!) Church Terrace, Wisbech PE13 1BW Market Hill, Huntingdon PE29 3NR

Inclusion Drug service is Cambridgeshire commissioned adult drug treatment provider. We recruit new volunteer staff twice yearly to support the delivery of our service. We provided a two month induction training programme. Successful applicants must meet all of our staff requirements. Enhanced CRB clearance. Capable of level 3 learning. Abstained from all problematic substance use. Capable of county wide deployment For enquires contact Brad Barker Volunteer Coordinator Email. bradley.barker@sssft.nhs.uk Tel: 01480 413800

READER’S LETTER Dear FLACK,

Cambridge Arts Theatre www.cambridgeartstheatre.com 01223 503333

ADC Theatre

www.adctheatre.com 01223 300085

Corn Exchange www.cornex.co.uk 01223 357851

Fitzwilliam Museum

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/ 01223 332900

Botanic Gardens

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk 01223 336265

When I saw your vendor, I thought FLACK!!? Perhaps it stood for Food, LACK (of) for the little dog he had with him. Luckily this wasn’t the case. I was blown away by the humanity of the writers and people featured, who SHINE!

Local Secrets Website

I find this is rare in the people I meet day to day, and so I found your magazine very uplifting.

www.junction.co.uk 01223 511511

Thank you FLACK. I’m not going to recycle my FLACK magazine- I shall take it out and read it again whenever I’m feeling down. (Please use in your mag if you wish) Sean (Terrell)

The law I would make ... Illegal for anyone to be without shelter (as in Finland).

This month’s Red Herring is by Carl McGowan and there are 19 red herrings hidden in our listings pages. Can you find them all? What law would you make or change?

www.localsecrets.com 0845 2071205

The Junction

Faculty of Music

University of Cambridge www.mus.cam.ac.uk

Cineworld

www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/7 0871 220 8000

Vue

new.myvue.com/home/cinema/ cambridge 08712 240 240

Arts Picturehouse Cambridge

www.picturehouses.co.uk - click on ‘Cambridge’ 0871 902 5720

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serendipitous dining at the finding place a quirky and ethical celebration venue

www.missingsock.co.uk

tMS, Finders Corner, CB25 9AQ A1303 twixt Cambridge and Bottisham Tel 01223 812660

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