Hawking’s Home

My grandfather and grandmother lived in Little St Mary’s Lane , for my money the prettiest street in Cambridge. In the early 70’s house No.6 was also the home of Stephen and Jane Hawking. By 1975 with their young family growing and Professor Hawking’s condition worsening they moved to Number 5 West Road, a more …

Spring at Last!

Cycled along The Backs yesterday bather if glorious sunshine. The spring flowers are poking through (still a little reticent as the breeze remains distinctly cool). Just had to stop and take some pictures (as you do).

Another Royal Visit

Prince Charles was welcomed at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge Colleges, to formally open some new student accommodation. Charles was himself a student here in Cambridge at Trinity College way back in 1967. The building has been name the “Whittle Building” after Peterhouse alumni Sir Frank Whittle who developed the jet engine.

…..and now an OSCAR!

Last night the Academy awarded Eddie Redmayne  the Oscar for Best Actor. We reckon it is the first ever major Oscar for a Cambridge alumni (Redmayne graduated from Trinity College in 2003 , 2:1 Honours for History of Art.) The award was for his outstanding performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory …

Twilights at The Museums

Last Wednesday was a truly magical evening. The museums of Cambridge remained open until 8.30pm. The lights were switched off and the public invited to explore them by torchlight, A huge hit with the kids ……. and the grown ups! This is now an annual event. Our own guide Jonathan, along with other official Cambridge …

E Luminate Festival

A festival of light showcasing clean technology and sustainability lit up iconic Cambridge landmarks. Pink and Blue colour bars on the Mathematical Bridge, changing coloured light posts along the screen at King’s College, King’s Chapel bathed in a purple hue, but my favourite was the installation at the Senate House which projected dramatic black and …

Grammy’s Too

Clean Bandit, a group formed in Cambridge when 3 of it’s members were studying at Jesus College, won a Grammy for The Best Dance Act. Mixing classical and dance beats they have enjoyed success in the UK and the USA. Will be back in town for a show at The Cambridge Corn Exchange next month.

The Theory of Everything

Saw this charming film about the life of Stephen Hawking at our wonderful Arts Picture House cinema last month. On Sunday at the Baftas Eddie Redmayne (Trinity College alumni) won the Leading actor award for his portrayal of Professor Hawking.

The Wave Pictures

Caught The Wave Pictures at The Portland Arms in Cambridge last Wednesday. What a cracking 3 piece. Great noise, tunes and humour, Discovered them via Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music radio show. Top gig and not so top photo! Recommend the new LP “Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon” full of tunes of wit plus …