On the Razzle

On The Razzle – ADC freshers show produced and directed by John’s freshers!! Come and support them!
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th November, 7.45pm, Main Stage @ ADC

“One false move and we’ll have a farce on our hands.”

Every mid-level employee longs for his or her break from the humdrum this and that of everyday life- especially in turn-of-the-century Austria. When rich merchant Herr Zangler jaunts off to Vienna to woo his new mistress, his ward elopes with her penniless suitor and his two assistants decide that this is the time for a big adventure and go on “the razzle.” Where are they all headed? To the same place of course- in haste, in heat, and in cognito.

The Telegraph describes On the Razzle as ‘an unremitting firework display of puns, crossword puzzle tricks and sly sexual innuendos.” This is still the work of Tom Stoppard, but a wrier and far more tongue-in-cheek. Based on Viennese playwright Johann Nestroy’s original play, “Einen Jux Will Er Sich Machen” (“He’s Out for a Fling”), Stoppard’s play is every inch an homage to the time-honored farce attributed to artists as diverse as Moliere and John Cleese.  Come see the On the Razzle production that cheekily promises a mad caper of grand proportions and mistaken identity, blanketed entirely in Scottish tartan.

Cambridge African Film Festival

Cambridge African Film Festival – November 10th-17th

The Cambridge African Film Festival, the longest running such event in the UK, is extremely proud to present a line-up of films and guest filmmakers that bring together the best in contemporary African documentary, fiction and short films.
As well as the films themselves, we are lucky to welcome several film makers as guests for Q&A sessions following the screenings.
The full list of films and more information can be found at http://www.cambridgeafricanfilmfestival.org.uk/
To buy tickets, please visit the Arts Picturehouse website: http://bit.ly/CAFF_Tickets

Annamarie Phelps Talk

This is a reminder that next Monday (12th Nov), Annamarie Phelps will be giving a talk at St John’s. She is an alumna of St John’s who has had an exciting career, currently serving on the Board of British Rowing and the British Paralympic Association. She is also involved with the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, and the Lady Margaret Boat Club. She will talk about her life after St John’s and her career a bit, but also answer questions from the audience.
There will be a wine reception in the foyer of the Fisher Building afterwards. Our speaker is also coming to Hall that evening, so if you would like to meet her and chat to her over dinner, book yourself a ticket to Hall AND email me (sbb29) so I know how many seats to reserve.

WHEN? Monday 12th November, 6.15pm
WHERE? Dirac Room, Fisher Building

Maestro Shahid Parvez Khan

On the **8th of November**, the Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society are hosting a rare evening of Indian Classical Instrumental music in Cambridge. The artist – Maestro Shahid Parvez Khan – is one of India’s most celebrated musicians and is coming down from India exclusively for this one-off concert in UK.


7pm, Thursday 8th November 2012 (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Cambridge
Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS, United Kingdom

£18 / £12 (Student/Concession)
Discount of £2 per ticket for bookings of 3 or more!


It’s time to elect a new body of student representatives for the Johnian community! Exciting times 😀

Presidential elections are running *THIS WEEK* — There is a nominations sheet up on the noticeboard in the JCR now. Please ensure that each candidate has a proposer and a seconder. These nominations will close at MIDDAY on TUESDAY 13th. 

Candidates are encouraged to put posters up on the noticeboards in the post room and on the noticeboard outside the BDR, and also to set up a Facebook campaign detailing the points on your manifesto.

Hustings will then take place in the JCR at 7pm on TUESDAY 13th. This is an opportunity for all students to question the candidates on their manifestos and generally see who they’d like to vote for!

Voting will take place both on paper and online on WEDNESDAY 14th and THURSDAY 15th. Your new President will be announced in the Bar on Thursday evening at 7pm. 

In Week 7 we’ll be running elections for all the other JCR positions – you’ll see flyers in your pidges with some brief details about what each of these positions entails, and we’ll also be doing an open meeting so you can ask any questions you may have before you decide to run for any of the positions. Details of this open meeting tbc!


Have a brilliant Week 6 everyone! JCR love,

Flick x

NUS Demo 2012

Dear Johnians,

Today, students are facing increasingly bleak prospects. Now that fees have gone up, EMA is non-existent and there are serious threats to international students’ visas and postgraduate research funding, students need a voice to speak up for them more than ever.

The NUS Demo 2012 is in London on Wednesday 21st November. Below is a link to the CUSU Demo page:


And here is a link where you can book your place on the coaches CUSU is organising to get Cambridge students there easily and cheaply. There is a £3 suggested donation, which is strongly encouraged, for each person booking a seat on the coach:


**If you want to book a space on the coach, you could alternatively email me, Flick, on fo236@cam.ac.uk and I’ll book you onto it. You need to give me your name, CRS ID and specify if you need a return journey from London to Cambridge, or if you require wheelchair access.**

Also on this Sunday 11th, there’s a “Road to the Demo” event happening from 2-5pm at the CUSU Office on the New Museum Site. Feel free to come along to this, to find out how you can get involved and what the Demo is all about in more detail. Here’s a link to the Facebook event:


Thanks for reading, get involved to stand up for the future of education!


RAG College Quiz Night

I am pleased to be able to tell you about a great event coming up on 12th November at 7pm in Clare College Cellars. Please see the message below from the generous sponsor of RAG Lost, and then join the Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/439007289488749/
Best wishes,
RAG President 2012-13
As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, we provide Audit, Tax, Consulting, Corporate Finance and Technology services across all major industries. But shouldn’t you discover more about us for yourself? We rely on talented graduates like you. With your freshness, insight and innovative thinking, you help us realise our goal to be the most trusted professional services firm in the world.
Come to our RAG College Quiz Night where you will have opportunity to network with Deloitte staff whilst testing your general knowledge skills over a fun general knowledge quiz. Drinks and snacks also included, along with prizes for the winning team!
Your hosts for the evening will be Cambridge alumni now working here at Deloitte. Get your team together and register your place for this event at https://www.careers.deloitte.gtios.com/Candidate/EventManager/Search/CandSearchEventCriteria.asp
We look forward to seeing you there!
Your Deloitte Cambridge Recruitment Team

The Student Switch Off!

~The Student Switch Off is running a competition where the college that get the highest % of their students* completing a quick climate change quiz are rewarded with a delivery of 100 tubs of Ben & Jerry’s.

So, please take 5 minutes to have a go at the quiz here: http://www.facebook.com/CambridgeSSO/app_350148035060030

Even if our college doesn’t win, you will still go into the draw to win Ben & Jerry’s for yourself! The closing date for entering the quiz is Wednesday 14th November.

This competition is run in conjunction with Ben & Jerry’s Supporting Better Dairy Campaign (http://www.happycows.eu/). Please sign their petition to encourage the EU to improve welfare standards for dairy cows. Good luck!”

Pembroke Players: Me, As a Penguin


Me, As a Penguin at the Corpus Playroom next week Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th November
7pm £5/6

A comedy about knitting, penguins and Battenburg.

Me, As A Penguin is an insight into the life of Stitch, his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her sofa-loving partner Mark. Stitch is attempting to sample the gay scene of Hull, Mark is having doubts about ‘the bump’, whilst Liz is just desperate for the loo. But who is the man in the giant penguin costume? And why is nobody allowed into the toilet?

From the writer of the smash-hit comedy The Kitchen Sink, Me, As A Penguin was the centre-piece of Northern Exposure 2009, the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new writing showcase. Me, As A Penguin is witty, heartfelt and deeply engaging.

‘A sprightly piece of absurd realism’ – The Guardian

‘Heart-wrenching, engaging and entertaining’ – whatsonstage.com

BOOK TICKETS NOW: http://www.corpusplayroom.com/whats-on/drama/me,-as-a-penguin.aspx
OR CALL : 01223 300085

Hockey: St John’s Men’s 2nd team

Hi Everyone,

I’m the men’s Hockey club second team captain, and on the basis that a few
people individually approached me asking about playing second team hockey,
I’m adding this to the JCR website looking for any more potential players out there.

John’s second team is a friendly and low commitment team. We generally play
one match a week, usually on a Sunday; other than that, there is no
compulsory training, just turn up and play. You don’t need a stick, we can
find a few spares; No previous hockey experience is needed, or even any
talent (I’m the Captain and I’m pretty bad). Its just a run out against the
rude men of whatever other college we face that week.

So, if you’re keen for a bit of competitive exercise, have played hockey
before and want to pick it back up, haven’t been on a sports pitch in years
(or ever) and want to remember why you avoid them, or if your a closet
hockey genius keeping a low profile, give me an email. I’ll get you added
to the list and you’ll get emails about when our matches are, and then you
can turn up to any you can make. Alternatively, just ask me to email you
the details of our next match, which is sunday, and you can find out if you
like hockey before signing yourself up to any annoying lists.

Recruitment drive over. Thanks for reading,
James Hartley (jh806@cam.ac.uk)