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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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Dr Iza Hussin (far left) welcoming the new graduate students at the Senior Tutor's talk last week

New Faces at Pembroke: Part 1

At the start of the academic year, new faces are everywhere. First-years arriving at Pembroke are bombarded with a vast array of new people, places, ideas, emails and terminology. In…

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More than beans on toast

The food at Pembroke is so good that rumours have long circulated about a Michelin-starred chef hiding in the kitchens. But what really goes on? Our College Recorder investigates. When most of us are still dreaming under our duvets, Pembroke’s kitchen is one of the first areas of the College to wake up. Members of staff start arriving first thing in the morning to clean up from the night before and get the servery set up for the day. Breakfast is then available from 8am, when around 100 bleary-eyed students (including several packs of hungry rowers) descend on the mounds of toast, pastries, eggs and bacon, and pancakes. Alongside the…

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The butcher, baker & catering manager

Ken Smith has worked at Pembroke since 1976. Here he talks about cooking, cleaning windows and partying with the Beatles. I left school in December 1961. My dad was a baker…

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Day in the life: College Recorder

When she is not experiencing a day in the life of someone else and writing about it here, what does our College Recorder get up to? Here she tells all.…

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Goodbye to our Trainee Librarian

On Friday we said goodbye to Peter Czosnyka, our Graduate Trainee Librarian. In this farewell blog post he describes his year, his plans and his daily routine. You can compare it…

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