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Green Week: Sustainability, the National Trust, and Beauty with Dame Fiona Reynolds

The keynote speaker of the Green Week timetable – which also involved sunflowers, Nick Firman’s garden tour, and a green formal – has a very green CV. Dame Fiona Reynolds is the former director of the National Trust and was Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Secretary to the Council for National Parks. She was appointed CBE for her contribution to the environment in 1998.…

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Seven days of Christmas

Advent is a particularly busy time for Pembroke’s chapel and choir. As Michaelmas term draws to a close and students set about celebrating Bridgemas, there seems to be no end…

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Euro Vision

Economics student Jonathan Hazell (2012) has won the 2014 Brian Riley Declamation Prize. The prize was awarded after Jonathan impressed the judges at the annual event on Tuesday 18th November. Below is his speech, in which he passionately argues that the Eurozone has been an economic disaster and must break up as soon as possible. Our website also contains details of this year's contest and more information about the prize itself. Break up the Euro Now Any discussion of Europe, right now, must surely start with economic calamity currently unfolding. Think, for a second, of its scale. The Greek economy is 2/3 of its size 6 years ago. 60% of Spanish youths are unemployed. Italy…

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Life, art and books

Our library staff are making the most of the Christmas vacation as an opportunity to work on the stock in our beautiful Rosenthal Art Library. But do you know how…

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Hidden art

In July 2014, two remarkable discoveries were made at Cambridge colleges. At Newnham, librarians found a secret stash of chocolate bars in a hollowed-out book. At Trinity, builders discovered newspaper…

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Spooky stories

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for some spooky stories… 1. Abbey House Tucked behind Newmarket Road in Cambridge sits what is purported to be ‘the most haunted…

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