Issue No 21 Friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk The Independent Trinity Newspaper since 2007 COMMENT: GOSSIP 2 the verdict on Max Menzies on iPhone Apps the problems facing international students MISS ADVISE 4 6 7 SPORT 8 Blame and the BNP If we put aside the case of a second year who thought Nick Griffin was the dad from Family Guy, it seems Trinity students are hardly unknowledgable or apathetic about politics. The rise of the BNP is an issue which many are discussing and here Jack Lewars poses the question: is this popularity a failure of democracy or a failure of the electorate? Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time has raised awareness about the BNP, its recent successes and the messages of discrimination and intolerance which it spreads. However, it has also led to much self-flagellation from the major political parties, as they look inwards for the causes of the BNP’s accomplishments. That this attitude is shared by the public was demonstrated by the question to Jack Straw about Labour’s apparent responsibility for the situation, as a result of their immigration policy. Whilst there is no doubt that it is beneficial for mainstream politics to ask such questions of itself, I believe that blaming those in moderate politics for the rise of the BNP is to ignore the responsibility of the electorate in voting for such BNP voters who say that a stance on one issue, such as a party. I see the election successes of the far right not so much immigration or unemployment, has secured their vote, whilst as a failure of centralist parties, but as a damning indictment of appearing unaware that their vote endorses and gives political the British electorate’s political literacy. space to all the party’s views, even those with which they may disagree. This is clearly a case of poor political literacy. To vote for the BNP is to vote for a party of racist thugs. This A good understanding of the democratic process (and the is fairly indisputable: their members speak privately (and importance of one’s vote) would surely not condone voting all too frequently publicly) in terms of Nazi, fundamentalist a BNP representative into the European Parliament based “Christian” and/or openly racist ideologies; they associate with simply on the fact that both he and you oppose immigration. the KKK and with groups of organised football hooligans; and A moderate and discerning voter would realise that, however their leader proposes policies that include manual labour “chain strongly they share this goal, they must consider and reject (as gangs” for convicts, the abolition of the Human Rights’ Act a moderate) the methods that the party will use to achieve it. and the killing of women and children refugees at sea. There Whilst I accept that voting for a party whose views one entirely are then, it seems, two reasons to vote for the BNP: that you agrees with is virtually impossible in partisan politics, there yourself are of the same opinion, and are an extremely right- is a clear distinction between, for example, compromising on wing racist; or that you don’t know the full extent of the party’s Labour’s education policy to support their social agenda and views, and don’t understand the significance of your vote. In compromising on racist violence to support the abolition of either case, I would strongly contest that suggestion that the top-up fees. conduct of Labour, the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats is really to blame. Not realising the full extent of the BNP’s views is also a poor excuse, given how easy it is to come by information about When questioned, a large number of BNP supporters either the party. Anyone with basic critical thinking skills can see admit to or demonstrate their ignorance of the full implications of the party’s policies. This is also reflected in the number of Continued on the next page... Kindly sponsored by 2 IN BRIef friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk the propagandist and inconsistent nature of the writing upon The above may seem to be elitist and clash somewhat with the party’s website; and there are, in addition, countless democratic politics; in some respects, it is. However, my organisations including the mainstream press who consistently vehemence on this subject should not be misconstrued as a document, analyse and refute their manifesto and the actions of suggestion that we condemn and disregard BNP supporters. their members. If you vote for the BNP and don’t know what My argument is that we should recognise where the root of the they stand for, you evidently haven’t done even the most basic problem lies, which is in poor political literacy. If one accepts research, which I again feel is to your shame, rather than that of this, then effective political education and possibly democratic alternative parties. reform is seen as the solution, rather than expecting Labour or the Conservatives to encompass the BNP support base or It is true that a large number of BNP voters claim that they pander to its message of fear and hate. cannot find any sort of adequate representation in mainstream parties and so feel driven towards more extreme views. Political illiteracy is no more the fault of the voters than illiteracy However, I feel that these people are either voting for a party is the fault of someone who has never been taught to read, but they don’t really support or occupy a political position that it is also not the fault of equivalent policies from mainstream should never be represented by the traditional parties. Since parties. Identifying this as a cause undermines much of the the representation that ‘genuine’ BNP voters require is a party misguided criticism of central politics and British democracy proposing an immediate cessation of immigration, the return that the BNP has provoked. It has been said frequently since of capital punishment and the declaration of war on the IRA, the European Parliament Elections that the BNP’s success is a I’m glad they don’t feel represented. Anyone who really thinks failure of the democratic system, both in giving moderate voters this is manifestly constructing their views from a position of a voice and in reassuring the voting public on issues of identity, fundamental and widespread ignorance, not to mention a total foreign policy and immigration. I think it is in fact a failure of lack of humanity. That there is an expectation for central politics the electorate to adequately discern the party, what it stands for, to pander to such voters strikes me as crazy; they should be on and the consequences of those views. the fringes and not in the debate. BA Letter From Our New Chaplain Murmurings I arrived at Trinity as Chaplain in September after three years at a parish church in Highgate, London. Prior to my time in London, I served a parish in Though autumn time is bearing down, Topeka, Kansas. My early years were spent in the wilds of Montana, doing things And long nights bearing in, that Montanans do, like fly fishing, skiing, hiking, and rafting. From Montana, my Love, it seems, is in the air, family moved to other sparsely populated states with long borders on Canada. For Trinity’s graduate ring. I read music as an undergraduate and focused primarily on organ Freshers canoodling in dark a room, performance. As is possible in American universities, I managed to double-major in music and theology. Though I had never nurtured any desire to end up a cleric – Is hardly a rare scene. quite the opposite, in fact – I spent four more years after my undergraduate course of But the BA soc is scarce immune - study reading theology for a Master’s Degree and in preparation for ordination. They know which ones I mean! My initial challenge at Trinity is to meet as many of the students, staff and But some want youth and duly chase Fellows as possible. Please do not hesitate to stop me and introduce yourself and, of The wrong sort of fresher. course, you are always welcome to come by my rooms (M6 Blue Boar Court). A gaggle of girls from too near a decade, I wish you a productive and enjoyable Michaelmas Term. Were spied last BA dinner. Christopher Stoltz The queen herself has duly ditched Her former one-and-only, And suitors a-Roused by princely prize, Overheard in Trinity... Hope she won’t long be lonely. >> “I was collecting leaves...” Do you buy this excuse from a notoriously controversial fellow, caught amongst the Fellows’ foliage by an early morning exerciser? friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk 3 How Could You Be So Hartless? Georgia Hart A PuN TOO fAR? I hope that I am not revealing something worthy of concern, and trust that anyone espousing potentially offensive material but in my experience it is fair to say that the general strain in the name of comedy here must not believe such narrow- of humour in Cambridge very often pushes, or rather minded, obtuse and obviously ridiculous dogma? sledgehammers, the accepted boundaries of social norms. “What’s worse than seven babies in one garbage bin? One This can be dubious, particularly when the source is obscured: baby in seven garbage bins...” “McDonalds has just brought in the name of research I typed ‘inappropriate joke’ into out a ‘Michael Jackson Tribute Burger’; forty year old meat Google, and, although my safe-search is on high, the first hit stuffed between new buns...” We’ve all heard the like as I am was http://www.racist-jokes.com/. I warn readers that what sure that anyone who has attended a few Magpie and Stumps follows may offend: their tag line was “Help racist-jokes. can testify (particularly when Emma Woolerton spoke – just com, and spread the hate! The #1 site for racist jokes, nigger for the record, the sole utterance of ‘minge’ is not amusing.) jokes, gook jokes, fag jokes, chink jokes...” I think you get the picture. This site sold t-shirts with slogans such as: “Arrest Certainly a number of my friends from elsewhere find some black babies before they become criminals”; “Slavery: gets shit of our usual jokes rather surprising, if not genuinely a bit done”; “What about all the GOOD stuff Hitler did?” gross, and I don’t think this is a unique phenomenon. A friend of mine tried to convince some now fellow London students that a comic side could be found to the sad news that a student died whilst clubbing in Freshers’ Week, when the club-night concerned was called ‘The first day of the rest of your life’. I’m not going to lie, I found that irony worthy of laughter: a giggle or a smirk at least. They, however, were apparently rather shocked at the insinuation that this episode could bear any relation to comedy, feeling that someone had died and that deserved sympathy. And yet, a number of us, without disregarding the dreadful and distressing elements of this story, could definitely see the funny side too: are we just heartless? This led me to wonder whether Cambridge students have perhaps reached such a level of intellectual cynicism that no topic is sacrosanct; anything and everything can be deconstructed in the (sometimes desperate) pursuit of Worn with irony by a cocky, Simon Amstell type, these could comedy. be entertaining, but what about the creators and runners of the site? Scum, or advocates of free speech? I think we all In this academic hub, a forefront of forward-thinking research understand the slippery slope concept; what is acceptable? If and innovation, many base and offensive strains of comedy we dug deeper, we might be surprised at the genuine beliefs run wild, but they do get laughs, and so anything in the guise of that could have gone under the radar because we live in a a joke seems to be fair play. Largely, I am completely on board, realm where pretty much any topic passes as comedy. but I can see pot holes along the way. Everyone’s tolerance differs, and one man’s quip is another’s cause for authoritative There is a long tradition of Cambridge comedians satirising action: can or should a line ever be drawn? An instance in point: sensitive subjects though; just check out Fry and Laurie’s a guy I (unfortunately) knew from Johns dressed as Madeleine ‘Fascion’ and ‘American Ass sketches’ for a bit of Hitler being McCann for every college bop – this was a joke inspired by taken lightly and making fun of the most powerful nation their Freshers’ Week theme, ‘Under the Sea’. I think it is safe on the planet. I judge those who would have a problem with to say that there is more wrong with this than the predilection comedy like this, not least because, my God, it is funny. And of a beefy rugby boy for dressing up in girls’ clothes, but clearly clever. But is that the rule? Are offensive jokes, be it sexist, for his social group this was Izzard on speed. In a world where racist, etc., only okay if they are funny and witty, as well as people lose jobs because after dinner conversation turns a bit palpably non-serious? Does it take a certain IQ for it to be ‘anti-immigrant’, should we, apparently England’s brightest socially acceptable to laugh at such repartee rather than being minds, take more responsibility for what we laugh at? blasted for it? Or am I intellectualising this all too much and, just like how explaining a joke deadens all laughter, such Casual racism, for example, seems to have been accepted in analysis could kill comedy? Shouldn’t we all just accept that a general conversation, mainly because we trust that, along with joke is a joke and as long as someone’s laughing – even if it is all the skills required for getting into Cambridge, a relatively the teller – people who don’t like it should just butt out? open mind and more than two brain cells are part of the package. Surely this removes the likelihood of a student who Perhaps we think that in this enlightened environment, we believes in racial hierarchy. Only the other night at formal all know where people are coming from, can handle the most someone was overheard saying “all Chinese people look the dangerous turns of phrase or the liveliest play on words, and same...oh but there are two types; men and women.” This therefore are allowed to spout sarcastic misogynism or ironic person was not Chinese, and there were Chinese students racial slurs which only mock the stereotype (Sasha Baron around, but no one seemed to mind, whereas I am sure that Cohen is very popular here). I’m not altogether sure. Some similarly generalist, diminishing remarks could easily trigger may think that they can pull off such jokes where others would a fight in many other areas. The trust that this individual was be damned, but then vaguely elitist arrogance has always speaking completely in jest is important, not least because a been a strong vibe in Cambridge. Let’s just remember that gag taken out of context is generally bad sport. But can we only the Enlightenment did coincide with international slavery... laugh with assurance when we know the budding comedian and ‘The Aristocrats’ classic, an apparent staple to any daring is categorically joking, then their personal views are definitely comedian’s set, only has one punch-line, which mocks perhaps just and unbigoted, or, as intelligent individuals, do we assume the biggest ass of all. 4 feATuRes Miss Advise... friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk What’s Hot Travisty’s resident agony aunt >> Tcsu enTs Dear Miss Advise, So far this term TCSU Ents have been a great success. We have already been treated It seems like I’m getting a bit of a reputation for being a slut and to a great Freshers’ WPR and Burrell’s Ent, with plenty of gossip as a result. By the I just don’t know how to get rid of it. Last year I think I was quite sound of things, the WPR is the place to be well behaved, apart from the May Week incident(s) of course, so if you’re looking to pick up a fresher. Let’s I really don’t know where this has come from. I mean, yeah I’m hope this year’s Halloween WPR keeps up popular with the guys and every time I go on a swap (which the trend and is as successful for TCSU Ents is at least once a week) I come back with wild stories and hot as the last one. gossip... but I’m so not a slut! If anything, I’m a feminist - I just think I have the right to flaunt what is so very female about me! >> Free coFFee in The Bar Now as we’re students, it’s well known that we’ll pretty much take anything if it’s for free. It doesn’t help that one of my ‘friends’ like always goes on about it, A week of free coffee: get in. That having been whether in real life, on Facebook or even calling me a “SLOOOT” at said, the new sandwiches/coffee situation in Magpie & Stump! I think they’re all just jealous. They’re just not cool the bar at lunchtime has injected some much enough to have some guy, wearing only a t-shirt, removed by a porter needed life into the place. It actually seems to from outside their staircase. Not that I had anything to do with be becoming a place where Trinitarians are him being naked from the waist down or anything. Gosh I hope going to hang out, chill and chat with their the porter gave him something to wear back to his college... But friends. Maybe something good has come of the temporary kitchen situation after all. anyway, I just like to enjoy myself, surely I can do that without being labelled a slut? Not-Such-A-Nympho in New Court Dear Not-Such-A-Nympho in New Court, It sounds like you’re certainly a fan of having fun, especially with the boys. While I’m sure the term ‘slut’ >> quesTion Time is undeserved, I would imagine you have a fair idea For once people actually seemed to be where it’s come from, considering some of the detail in interested in politics. JCRs were packed your letter. You’re a young student, so there’s certainly no problem with you having a good time while you’re with avid viewers. The Question Time at university, even if it is with multiple guys. Others Twitter page was getting a new follower can have their opinions about you, but anyone who every second. Judging by the amount of chat tells you how you should live your life is being overly about it on Facebook, it clearly caused a lot judgmental. of controversy. Just what the BBC wanted. If you do want to quell the negative sentiment >> Tcs-u-Turn towards you surrounding your behaviour, you After this column suggested that a meeting might want to just keep a bit quieter about some of your conquests. Certainly when room that you couldn’t book was a TCS- it gets to the stage where porters are removing naked boys from outside your New Useless idea, it was pleasing to read Oli Court staircase, I think maybe you could tone it down a bit - though I’m sure any onlookers rather enjoyed the spectacle. And maybe keep it to yourself and those McFarlane’s announcement that there had closest to you (including your neighbour... who I imagine has purchased some ear been a U-turn in policy and it will now plugs by now). be bookable. Hoorah for the power of the Email Miss Advise press! Experts are also calling it a victory Yours, with your problems at for common sense. Miss Advise travistymissadvise @googlemail.com friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk feATuRes 5 Jack Will Not’s What’s Not Jason ehrhart THe Oracle >> new FaceBook Jack Wills – this modern bastion of and blue Carrety). One low light in Ok, so two issues here: 1) stop changing the well heeled, the wannabes, and particular is the hilarious Partmann it, because it’s just annoying; 2) why the most ‘rah’ of students country knitwear, which looks as though it do people have to get so annoyed about Facebook being updated? It’s just a social wide has recently launched its new was knitted for you by your grandma networking site for God’s sake! Get a life. ‘Term Handbook’, so I felt it was my for Christmas. A grandma that finds duty, given the brand’s popularity in your presence sickening. Sickening >> alesha dixon on Cambridge and my role as purveyor to the point where she can’t stand to ‘sTricTly’ of fashion advice, to cast my critical look at you without a bottle of sherry Yes, she’s fit. Yes, she doesn’t speak English eye over the new range. in her system. correctly. Yes, the BBC is clearly trying to attract a younger audience. But what Much like Abercrombie & Fitch, exactly does she know about dancing – I seasons do not bear much distinction thought she was a singer? Did she even in Jack Wills, often the greatest win? It’s so so so scandalous that they got variation between polo shirts being rid of that other woman just because she was a bit ‘past her best’. the relocation of a motif, but why spend thousands on design processes >> posTal sTrikes when people lap up the same old Another bugbear which seems The most recent bout of postal strikes to transcend gender is the gilet, a designs each season? Still this term’s have been heralded by some as the Men’s knitwear is excellent with theconcept I fail to understand. I once final death toll for that archaic form of centre piece being a Langworth Fair had the pleasure of being given a communication, the written letter. No Isle v-neck jumper, which may make Jack Wills gilet when I was cold and one actually writes post nowadays what most of those daring enough to wear it certainly kept my chest warm. with the communication revolution of it look a little like a wartime evacuee However, the first place I get cold, my email and social networking sites, right? returning home, but I certainly findarms, remained in a sub-zero state. Wrong. I’m sorry, but the post still plays that part of its charm. Most of the Quite ingeniously, arm protection an important role in our society – vital information about doctor’s appointments is not included in the gilet. Maybe I hoodies are uninspired, almost all of and test results are still sent via the post, should just put some form of sock up the crew neck sweaters should be burnt, as are applications for jobs and schools. my arms to keep them warm (which is and their ‘designer’ should be blasted Let’s not let the postal strikes undermine great because JW has a rather choice into space in order to contemplate his the importance of our postal service. heinous crimes against fashion. The selection of those as well), especially seeing as Jack Wills insists on piling most ridiculous part of the collection clothing on their models with reckless is the Red Coat Tails, which are about as useful as a chocolate fire guard.abandon to the point where they look like they’re about to buckaroo. This is Womenswear is not much better, clearly not a trend adopted by some of with their one saving grace being our Freshers, who have embraced the the fantastic selection of blazers less-is-more approach with gusto at and jackets (especially the Tallian every conceivable occasion... The Travisty Committee This Issue’s Contributors >> chrisTmas lighTs They’ve been gradually appearing all over Max Menzies Chris Deacon Cambridge since Week 2 of Michaelmas Editor.......................Ellie Reeds Natasha Pesaran Jack Lewars Term. Not good. It’s still only October for Christopher Stoltz Jason Ehrhart Deputy Editor........Jase Taylor Rory Graham-Watson Georgia Hart goodness sake! Why do they have to ram Webmaster............Pete Calvert Douglas Brumley Bo Tian it down our throats already!? Treasurer............Nathan Kettle Naomi Taschimowitz 6 GADGeTs friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk iPhone Apps: The Lowdown on What to Download Bo Tian TRINITy’s TecHNO WHIzz We say: Stanza offers an enjoyable reading experience with its content fetching and bookmarking systems. More than 28 Michaelmas Term has just started, and we saw the Apple iPhone 000 free books and documents from Project Gutenberg can be as the most popular and fastest growing mobile phone for downloaded seamlessly. Latest and best-selling books can also students. Currently, there are well over 80 000 downloadable be bought from the integrated Stanza store. applications (83 656 at the time of writing) to enhance the functions of the iPhone. That is an astounding number considering that there were fewer than 8 000 applications at Stupidest: this time last year. We aim to show you how to use your iPhone smartly, as well as how to kill time the stupid way. Without further ado, let’s dive in. 3. iPickuplines Smartest: They say: Next time you are at a bar with like-minded singles or see a girl you wouldn’t mind dating simply break out 3. skype iPickupLines and let the laughs begin! They say: Skype gives you free calls and instant messages to We say: You can pick up lines like: “If you were the new burger anyone else on Skype. You can also call landlines and mobiles at McDonalds you would be the Mcgorgeous!” “If you were a and send SMS anywhere in the world at great rates. booger I’d pick you first.” “Baby you’re like a student and I am like a math book, you solve all of my problems.” She would not We say: For a significant number of students, home and be amused. international alike, Skype has become the way for long distance communication. With its free service and high quality, Skype 2. Beer counter has outgrown traditional telephone providers to become the largest carrier of international calls. 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The electricity needed to download and millions of downloads around transfer it costs money, the battery needs to be recharged, and the world, Stanza has become an that costs money too. And you don’t get any beer in exchange, iPhone phenomenon. because you really get a picture of a beer. cOMMeNT 7 friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk NO ENTRY?! Now it’s really time to clench up our fists and have a nice rant and, trust me, this rant will be one that puts everyone ranting about student loans firmly in their place. Behold the perspective of an international student, a considerable threat to your country…. Max Menzies if they had half a brain they’d be authors or artists or sTReWTH MATe! scientists, not bureaucrats. Just to list a few hopeless errors: In January this year, I got my offer. For some reason, first, my visa was issued to the wrong date. Next, I had to which the college will most likely come to regret, it was mail all my (original) documents to Canberra. Naturally, unconditional. So I thought to myself, having already been these are very valuable, so I sent them in a waterproof bag, admitted to Cambridge, surely the 800 year old institution and included another waterproof bag, asking them to use would have enough influence with the UK Border Agency it. They didn’t. It rained heavily in Sydney that week. My (UKBA) to make my admission into the UK a nice easy electronic passport was VERY lucky to survive. process. After all, it has enough influence to light up the Empire State Building! WRONG, SISTER. These are only a fraction of the trials I had to go through: incomprehensible forms, ridiculous fees, incompetent For the next 6 months, I was treated as a terrorist. To blunderings. Worse still, the UKBA mean business. Being put everything into context, the UK has thrown open its an Australian, I did not have to report to the police when I borders to any citizen of the EU, which has led to a large entered the UK. However, some countries are considered immigration of European workers, who enter the UK and so filthy, dangerous, and wretched, that immigrating take jobs (I do hate to use the word “take” though). In order students are required to report to the police within one to appear to have a stance on this “problem”, Labour and week of their arrival, or face deportation, a criminal the UKBA have significantly restricted access to the UK conviction, and a whopping great fine. from outside Europe. Yes, including the Commonwealth. Keeping people out, who want to enter the UK to live a better life, is both undemocratic and uncompassionate, but that’s a different story. What my frustration is about is the ridiculous effort they made me go through for absolutely no reason in my visa applications. First of all, I can’t work full time in term. So that deals with the issue of me stealing all your jobs. Next, they do a thorough check up on me, to make sure I have no criminal convictions. That’s alright, I suppose (not that potential suicide bombers have convictions: once suicide bombers commit their crimes, they’re not around for much longer!). And taking all sorts of biometric scans was inconvenient and a little too 1984 for my liking, but I The UKBA’s attitude to its borders is really a lot like Basil suppose it’s justifiable. So that should have been it: I’m not Fawlty’s attitude to a hotel: everything would run so a criminal and I’m not going to “take” “your” jobs. swimmingly if it weren’t for the damn guests!! Likewise, the UKBA clearly detests people. But people are assets. A So why did I have to pay in excess of A$400 (that’s 200 hardworking immigrant who struggles desperately to enter pounds) for my applications? Why, every time I rang the the UK is going to make a damn good citizen! He or she is High Commission in Canberra, did they demand a fee for going to work really hard, set up a business, contribute to answering my query about their incomprehensible forms? the economy, and his or her children will employ others And why, if I want to do Part III, will I have to leave the and create new jobs! These are really good people to have country, apply again, pay again, just for the fourth year? in an economy. Let ‘em in. Let ‘em in. Let ‘em in. We’re assets, we work hard, we’re awesome, let us in. The worst thing is that every mindless bureaucrat in this system is so incompetent. To be fair, that is expected: Pretty please? 8 sPORT friday 30th October 2009 travisty.co.uk FOCUS: Trinity Runners Rory Graham-Watson Naomi Taschimowitz Ranked 13th in his age group for his major event. Achieved a Full Blue in her first ever Varsity match. I’m an 800m runner for Windsor, Slough, Eton and I discovered my love of running when I ran my first cross Hounslow Athletics Club, and for Cambridge. The 800m is country at the age of eight. However I didn’t get into the sport a mixture between a sprint and a run, so it needs both speed seriously until I was about fifteen. So far my highlights have and fitness to be done properly, which makes for a reasonably been running in the London mini marathon, representing my demanding training regime. The world record is 1 minute county at the English Schools Track and Field Championships and 41 seconds, which means that every 100 metres was run and running in the Varsity match. in less than 13 seconds - that’s a lot faster than most people can run one 100m race. I’ve obviously got a fair way to go to This historic race, held on Wimbledon Common every match that, but one can always aim high. Athletes tend to December, has been one of my best bits simply because it’s so unique and it’s a great feeling to be competing against Oxford. be quite snobby about ‘jogging’, but luckily I don’t have to Although I was pleased when I was awarded full blues for the spend too much time spent simply churning out the miles. race, it was the team element to it that really made it special – even though I think many non-runners see it as a solely The big events for me this year are the Varsity Match and individual sport. The low point is of course injury, which the National Championships, so there’s plenty of incentive happens to nearly every runner at some point, and is something to work hard in the meantime. The Cambridge Men’s team I’m struggling with at the moment. Currently I’m Trinity’s won last year by a record margin, so fingers crossed for a women’s captain for cross country and would love to see more repeat next May! college runners out competing in the inter-college league. TC Photo Society “ I took this photograph while hiking at Wilsons Promontory on the south coast of Australia. A bushfire had ripped through the entire region only weeks before I visited, leaving a black and apparently lifeless landscape. The flower and spider pictured are the first visible signs of life emerging after the fire and are a testament to the resilience of Australian flora and fauna. Lovely. Thanks to Douglas Brumley and TCPS for this image.