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Beckhams spotted in Cambridge

Just two days ago, the Beckham family were seen punting down the river Cam. David Beckham and their sons Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo were in one punt with Victoria’s parents, while she was in another punt with their daughter Harper.

Other highlights of the family’s trip to Cambridge included a visit to the Varsity Rooftop Bar, and meeting Stephen Hawking. Brooklyn Beckham posted a picture of himself with the professor on Instagram, calling it “an honour”.

A spokesperson for Lets Go Punting said this was just an ordinary booking, “but we don’t normally get people like this – they are[Read full story]

Comment

Unless they elect Liz Kendall, Labour are doomed

The 2015 election will go down in history as catastrophic for the Labour Party. It was their worst performance since 1983, when Michael Foot’s leadership and a socialist manifesto described as the ‘‘longest suicide note in history’’ were crushed in Margaret Thatcher’s landslide victory. Aside from the SNP’s wipeout of their Scottish stronghold, Labour left English voters utterly unimpressed: in a plethora of marginals they expected to win, the Conservatives increased their majority. Meanwhile, the Tories seized from them seats such as Gower, Bolton West and Southampton Itchen.

In the wake of this, one would expect Labour to take a[Read full story]

Culture

A glass of wine and a sketchpad: the perfect combination

Last Friday saw the Museum of Classical Archaeology open their doors after hours for the much anticipated Drink and Draw event. Set in a peaceful, light and airy space, it was the ideal place to unwind, wandering round the museum with a glass of wine and a sketchpad, counselled by artists Susie Olczak and Loukas Morley, on hand to provide tips and guidance for those who wanted it. There was an enthusiastic turnout and, at times, even long queues to get in.

The sheer number of people who attended, given impending exams, was striking. Even in a regular term, the hectic pace of Cambridge life[Read full story]

Science

Why are UK mothers dying during pregnancy and childbirth?

Despite its status as a developed country, women in the UK face an alarmingly high risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most maternal deaths occur in developing countries and are highest amongst low-income mothers, mothers under the age of 15, and mothers living in rural rather than urban areas. Nevertheless, Save the Children’s 16th annual Mothers’ Index, which assesses the well-being of mothers and children in 179 countries, reports that women in the UK face a one in 6,900 lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy or birth. This risk is more than[Read full story]

Reviews

Film: The New Girlfriend

It’s been established that reviews should steer clear of spoilers but trust me on this one. No amount of spoilers here could butcher the story quite as effectively as the director, François Ozon, does. Without them you might spend actual money on this film.

The first thing that is immediately striking is the rapid fire length of the shots. The opening scenes are the cinematic version of someone narrating a story on speed. At points you feel like you’re watching a film made out of Vines. The whole opening seems like some tiresome routine that Ozon has to get out of the way. What should[Read full story]

Features

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Dear Agony Uncle,

Last summer I leant across to the woman sitting next to me on a flight to Australia and attempted to break the awkward silence when I saw she was reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and leaned over with a conspiratorial wink and the line ‘ah, I see you share my interest in sadomasochistic pornography.’ The awkwardness of the ensuing 24 hours still haunts every living and sleeping second of my existence. Please help me find a way out of this torment.

Dear painter/decorator,

I share a similar enthusiasm for Farrow & Ball’s grey paint catalogue. F &[Read full story]

Sport

Premier League Playoffs

Let’s face it: the 2014/15 Premier League season has been dire. Of course it is unrealistic to expect the antics of Agueroooo’s last minute title winning goal in 2011/12 on a season-to-season basis, but Chelsea’s surge to the title has not even been mildly exciting. In fact they have been perched comfortably on top of the league table since August 30th for a record 274 days, winning it all with three matches to spare. And when things did become tantalising, Chelsea parked the bus. Boring, boring Chelsea. Boring, boring Premier League.

What were the highlights of the season? Well, there[Read full story]

Theatre

Seven Words for Love

The Corpus Playroom was swelling with excitement; every seat was filled, audience members waved to one another, embraced one another, enquired about children and life nonchalantly before their kin appeared on the stage. It was difficult not to notice the sense of community that surrounds and forms a central part of director Richard McNally’s ‘Seven Words for Love’, a project written by seven different writers, performed by eleven different actors, and based upon what the project claims are the seven Ancient Greek words for love. Every individual involved has a background that is widely different, from a professional playwright to[Read full story]

NEWS

Trinity May Ball headliner announced

Trinity May Ball headliner announced

The much-anticipated headline act for the 149th Trinity May Ball has finally been unveiled

Interview: Hesham Mashhour

Interview: Hesham Mashhour

Margot Speed talks to Hesham Mashhour about CUSU LGBT+, Get Real. and this week’s referendum

CUSU LGBT+ civil war over Get Real.

CUSU LGBT+ civil war over Get Real.

Chair Jack Renshaw has announced that a referendum is being held to strip Mashhour of the editorship as Renshaw’s predecessor wades in

‘NO Exclusive & Sexist Societies’ campaign reaches 150 signatures

Cambridge students have launched a campaign petitioning the university to ban so-called ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ and drinking societies

Doing Business, the Autistic Way

A Cambridge based entrepreneur hopes to team up with Richard Branson to raise awareness of autism

CULTURE

A glass of wine and a sketchpad: the perfect combination

A glass of wine and a sketchpad: the perfect combination

Sammy Love finds her faith restored in the Cambridge art scene

Do successful writers need to be internet-famous first?

Do successful writers need to be internet-famous first?

Whilst the internet can be a great tool for aspiring writers, Mariam Ansar argues we need to be wary of its influence

Why does no one write poetry for kids anymore?

Why does no one write poetry for kids anymore?

Children’s poetry is too important to be so increasingly marginalised, argues Jeremy Wikeley

Beauty and the Remake

Genevieve Cox defends Disney’s latest productions

Bookshop: the Market Square bookstalls

This week, Harry Cochrane stalls his revision and finds both value for money and some unexpected discoveries.

COMMENT

Unless they elect Liz Kendall, Labour are doomed

Unless they elect Liz Kendall, Labour are doomed

The frontrunners for the Labour leadership offer no change from the washed up 1970s style Leftism of Ed Miliband. Only Kendall has a broad appeal, says Tom Wheeldon

Brexit?: The dangers of the ‘Spitfire mentality’

As Britain commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, Thomas Parsons-Munn asks how it can inform our decisions on EU membership

It’s time to talk about anorexia

Isla Cowan talks candidly about coming to terms with anorexia

Britain’s electoral system is broken – and the Opposition may be the answer

In the fallout following this month’s General Election, much has been made of the need for electoral reform. Now, Harry Curtis suggests a solution

Please make my May Week worth it!

Under pressure to have fun entirely organised by other students, Millie Paine wonders whether the price of May Week is too high

SPORT

Premier League Playoffs

Premier League Playoffs

Zack Case argues the case for bringing a playoff system to the Premier League

Women's sport: inferior and justifiably so?

Women’s sport: inferior and justifiably so?

Harry Curtis explains why women’s sport is underwatched and undervalued

Splendid Isolation: English Clubs in Europe

Splendid Isolation: English Clubs in Europe

Yet another Champions League season has passed without due Premier League representation. Peter Ruzler explains why.

‘Glory hunting’, local teams and me

Zack Case has a moan about the psychology of football fans

Cricket: the sport of all sports?

Meggie Fairclough takes a close look at Britain’s most British sport

FEATURES

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Weekly injection of ‘sort your life out’

Dentists: martyrs of the professional world

Dentists: martyrs of the professional world

Dentistry is one of the most honourable professions there is, says Bret Cameron

Exam term without exams: surprisingly shit

Exam term without exams: surprisingly shit

For fresher English student Isla Cowan, post-prelim life is, to quote Macbeth, ‘a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’

Cuties of the UL

Cambridge’s most dangerous dons talk fashion and politics

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Weekly injection of ‘sort your life out’

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