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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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Banned Books Week: Why have it?

This week is Banned Books Week. The theme is ‘freedom to read’; the theme explores the complexities of access to read, not just whether or not the books can be…

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A Short History of Bumps, Part 2

In this two-part series we're looking at the history of the Bumps races to try and understand where they come from and why they happen.  Today is all about Bumps Facts. Bumps fun facts The top boat of a lower division rows at the bottom of the division above it and is known as a ‘sandwich boat’ Boats with different number of oars used to be allowed, but a four can’t catch an eight and a ten doesn’t fit well on the Cam, so the eight became the standard. No boats with more than six oars…

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A Short History of Bumps, Part 1

Bumps, to the uninitiated, and probably most of the initiated as well, is a strange practice that happens twice a year for a reason no one really remembers.  Here we…

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