What does Cambridge University’s alumni magazine reveal about our divided city?

I found a copy in Rock Road Library and had a look. While there are some hopeful signs, it also exposes a much-needed culture change across The University of Cambridge and its member and associated institutions. You can read it online here. Not the first CAM Magazine The first one was an attempt at aContinue reading “What does Cambridge University’s alumni magazine reveal about our divided city?”

“Mayor Dr Nik Johnson asks *You* to help secure funding for active travel”

(I’m deliberately ignoring the national news announcement today for this post). This could be a positive test for how ‘up for it’ Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are for a combination of grassroots participative democracy and community action. But…and it’s a very big “But”. You can read the short article by Gemma Gardner of the Cambridge IndependentContinue reading ““Mayor Dr Nik Johnson asks *You* to help secure funding for active travel””

“I didn’t know we had a British Institute for Adult Education!”

Image from Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi I can’t recall ever being taught about the importance of cultures, morals, and ethics from a personal perspective from GCSEs through to post-graduate education. Was this just my own personal experience or is this something that cut across my entire age cohort and is now reflective of the toxicContinue reading ““I didn’t know we had a British Institute for Adult Education!””

BBC blow to scrutinising local democracy in Cambridgeshire & West Anglia

The cutback comes at a time when our local democracy needs more, not less scrutiny & publicity. You can read the news item here. With Cambridge City, and South Cambridgeshire District Councils now having ‘super-majorities, the need to maintain higher levels of scrutiny from established broadcasters is all the more important. Cambridge people, the cityContinue reading “BBC blow to scrutinising local democracy in Cambridgeshire & West Anglia”

What can Cambridge (& southern Cambridgeshire) learn from other cities as it continues to grow?

Case study: The City of York The New Local Think Tank published a report on York recently. “Telling your Story of Council and Place” You can read it if you are a member – sign up here, but no longer being a member of any library or institution, I have no access. But you canContinue reading “What can Cambridge (& southern Cambridgeshire) learn from other cities as it continues to grow?”

Cambridgeshire’s councils must ensure summer community events (eg The Strawberry Fair) include outreach stalls – esp for consultations

Using Cambridge as an example given my limited mobility these days… Cambridge City Council has advertised a number of events at https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events …one of the biggest [independently organised] of which is the Strawberry Fair, which attracts thousands of people – esp young people, from all over the region. And they need more volunteers! Take theContinue reading “Cambridgeshire’s councils must ensure summer community events (eg The Strawberry Fair) include outreach stalls – esp for consultations”

As the FenPowderPlot misfires, Huntingdonshire frees itself from Tory control for the first time since 1970s

This creates a huge opportunity for Huntingdon town (whose royal charter is older than Cambridge’s), and its surrounding towns and villages to make some radical improvements. It’s a shame the meeting was not live-streamed because this could become one of the most significant events in the history of the town and district. We were leftContinue reading “As the FenPowderPlot misfires, Huntingdonshire frees itself from Tory control for the first time since 1970s”

You’ll never believe what they wrote in old books about things happening today!

Or rather: “We’ve been here before.” Over the past few weeks I’ve scanned and uploaded dozens of very old books up to the Internet Archive on a host of subjects, not just local history. One worth looking at is Radical Technology from nearly half a century ago. It’s exquisitely illustrated by Clifford Harper – youContinue reading “You’ll never believe what they wrote in old books about things happening today!”