Light News – Week 4: Miniature doors, plastic bans and hit sitcoms



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New Dinky Door on Green Street

A new Dinky Gate – the small door art installations which can be found in Cambridge city center – were placed by the Open Air shop on Green Street.

The artwork, which was revealed on Monday (10/26), features a space rocket with an open door, also featuring an armchair, a cat and a ship’s wheel.

Cryptic clues as to the location of the gate were released on Twitter by the anonymous artist who created more than ten Dinky Doors across Cambridge as part of an environmental awareness movement.

The artist too thanked Gonville and Caius College for supporting the launch of the work.

Single-use plastics banned on Cambridge City Council grounds

Single-use plastics were banned from events held on Cambridge City Council grounds following a motion by Councilor Katie Porrer last Thursday.

The motion came in the wake of Councilor Porrer’s “horrified” reaction to the amount of single-use plastic thrown away, especially cups, following an event she attended on council grounds.

“There was no separate signed waste collection, no apparent separation of waste streams as food was collected in the same bags as everything else, and nothing to remind people that they could use their own cups.” , she said. noted.

The motion also called for clear signage of recycling facilities at events on council grounds or, if none are available, clear confirmation that organizers will make an effort to ensure that single-use plastic at events is recycled.

Councilor Alex Collis, Executive Advisor for Open Spaces, added:

“I think we are all aware of the dangers and problems of plastic pollution. There is a lot of will to tackle this problem. You might wonder what a city, or a small district council like ours, can do to counter change on such a catastrophic scale.

“In fact, we can do a lot of things. It’s a big global problem, but small changes can also be good. “

Cambridge history teacher wins British Academy Book Prize

Professor of World History at Cambridge Sujit Sivasundaram won the ninth British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding with his book Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire.

Gonville and Caius College Fellow Sivasundaram will receive £ 25,000 for the book focusing on the lives of indigenous peoples of the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the expansion of the British Empire.

The President of the Jury, Professor Patrick Wright, Emeritus Professor of Literature and History at King’s College London, noted: “Waves across the south is a riot of ingenuity, a truly powerful and new story of revolutions and empires, reimagined through the environmental prism of the sea.

“The jury was mesmerized by Sivasundaram’s skill in combining compelling storytelling with meticulous research. Even as a work of world history, it directly addresses today’s political and military interventions. “

Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, describe the book as an “extraordinary work”.

Emmanuel College alumnus writes a radio sitcom

Kat Sommers, an Emmanuel College alumnus who graduated in 2002, is currently screenwriter for the Radio 4 sitcom Charlotte and Lilian, which has its third series airing right now.

Sommers commented that “if English tripos can teach you anything, it’s that tragedy lurks beneath every comic surface.” You just have to find it. Take a caricature and turn it back into person.

In a blog post for Emmanuel, Sommers spoke about the process of creating the character of Lillian, an elderly lady, whom she describes as “a person, not a caricature”.

Sommers added: “At Emma, ​​I was fortunate to have Robert Douglas-Fairhurst as director of studies, who taught me to pierce the layers of meaning behind a sentence, sometimes even a single word, right up to the point. ‘until I found the thing that resonated.


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