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  • 17 Mar 19:30 - 07:00 ¤ At Which We Play A Lot Of Games ¤ Games night

    Location: (Hopefully) The Function Room, Christs College
    We still haven't quite agreed on a time and a place but as was the case last term and as will continue to be CUSFS tradition, we will end the term on a games night of truly brobdingnagian proportions. There will be games, there will be pizza, and we will likely continue right the way through into the mid morning of the next day.

  • 14 Mar 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ The Prestige ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    We end the term with a film about two rival magicians and their quest to outdo each other in creating the best stage illusion. The Prestige is a strange and often quite dark film, with a great deal of tension that is, it must be said, somewhat balanced out by a wonderful but utterly bizzare cameo by David Bowie of all people playing Nikola ... [more]

  • 12 Mar 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ We Killed Hitler Right?- Alternate universes and Alternate histories. ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    Finally, lets take things a little bit closer to home. Sometimes the strangest and most compelling fantasy is written based on world similar to our own, only oddly different. Sometimes an author looks at the world and asks 'what if certain events had happened differently?' Sometimes they look at the world and ask 'what if we added DRAGONS? ... [more]

  • 09 Mar 19:30 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Sometimes we go to the pub to drink, and to be merry, and to partake in reasonably priced Castle burgers and discuss whatever general geekery comes to mind. We usually occupy the snug, which is the smallish room to the left of the bar in the Castle.

  • 07 Mar 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Sleeper ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    Woody Allen is not actually a film maker I expected to be showing much for CUSFS film nights, but he did in fact make the comedy Sleeper, which is a bona-fide, if very absurd, piece of dystopian future sci fi! Also this is early Allen so it's significantly less sexually minded and wordy than his later films (or so I have been led to believ ... [more]

  • 05 Mar 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ The AGM ¤ Other

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    We will be hosting an AGM in place of our normal discussion meeting on Sunday the 5th of March where we will elect the committee for next year. Our AGMs are usually delightfully silly affairs however despite this we still do need real people to run for real committee roles. It is not required that you show up in order to vote but it is enc ... [more]

  • 02 Mar 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Sometimes we go to the pub to drink, and to be merry, and to partake in reasonably priced Castle burgers and discuss whatever general geekery comes to mind. We usually occupy the snug, which is the smallish room to the left of the bar in the Castle.

  • 28 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ The Invisible Man ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    A James Whale film that has spawned a whole host of imitators based on the H.G Wells novel, I have been reliably informed this is on of the better classic horrors out there. Griffin is a man who has discovered a serum that has made him invisible, he arrives in the village of Iping and attempts to hide his discovery, but all the while the d ... [more]

  • 26 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal-Turning points and Plot twists. ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    This one will probably involve spoilers, you have been warned. This is the part where I reveal that I was secretly an agent of the old gods sent to transform this society in to the perfect doomsday cult to bring about the end times... I just happen to not have done it very well. Still, there's always a moment where they turn out to have be ... [more]

  • 23 Feb 19:45 - 23:00 ¤ At Which We Play Games ¤ Games night

    Location: Castle End Meeting Rooms, The Colony, Clare College
    In lieu of going to the pub, we will also be having games nights every other week. These will be about as structured and formal as the pub nights (read: not very, if at all). The gist of it is as follows: Bring games, play games, have fun and talk about general geekery. Games nights this term will start at 19:45 however, 15 minutes late ... [more]

  • 21 Feb 21:00 - 23:00 ¤ Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - POSTFORMAL, LATER START TIME ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    Okay so this is pure self indulgence on my part. It's also really, really fun and an ode to geekiness as a whole. Based on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O'Mally, the story concerns Scott Pilgrim, bassist for the very mediocre band Sex Bob-omb who falls in love with the girl Ramona. The only catch being that this means he must face off ... [more]

  • 19 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ How To Use Your Dystopia ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    How come the government in fiction is never, ever nice? * insert real world joke here* This week however we will be turning our attention to the meanest of the mean and looking at how the depths of corruption and the abuse of power play themselves out in fantastical settings. Given the subject matter, it is quite possible that the content ... [more]

  • 16 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Sometimes we go to the pub to drink, and to be merry, and to partake in reasonably priced Castle burgers and discuss whatever general geekery comes to mind. We usually occupy the snug, which is the smallish room to the left of the bar in the Castle.

  • 14 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Episodes Night ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    No film this week, instead this is you chance to bring your own copies of episodes for television shows you think we should watch. We will then vote on and watch them. We usually get through 3-4 episodes in one episodes night and it's a great way to introduce yourself to new and interesting material (or to inflict your guilty pleasures on ... [more]

  • 12 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Antiheroes and Villains ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    It is a fine, fine line sometimes between a slightly despicable hero and a sympathetic villain, and an interesting one to talk about. Are there any bad guys you just find yourself rooting for? Actively agreeing with? If so why? Similarly, how about goodies that really, when the chips are down probably aren't people who you'd want to really ... [more]

  • 09 Feb 19:45 - 23:35 ¤ At Which We Play Games ¤ Games night

    Location: Castle End Meeting Rooms, The Colony, Clare College
    In lieu of going to the pub, we will also be having games nights every other week. These will be about as structured and formal as the pub nights (read: not very, if at all). The gist of it is as follows: Bring games, play games, have fun and talk about general geekery. Games nights this term will start at 19:45 however, 15 minutes late ... [more]

  • 07 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Brazil ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    Brazil the film does not have a vast amount to do with Brazil the country (I hope), but it has an awful lot to do with Terry Gilliam at his absolute brilliant strangest. With an extremely striking visual style and more than its fair share of black humour, Brazil is the story of a nightmarish 'perfect' future where technology and efficiency ... [more]

  • 05 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ JOMSMEET-Topic TBA ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    I have no power here. Tonight we are in the domain of Mark, the one and the only omnipotent Reeve of all Jom. I can do nothing, I am nobody. The topic and the meeting belong to him and his companions. Also there will be truly glorious quantities of MEAD.

  • 02 Feb 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Sometimes we go to the pub to drink, and to be merry, and to partake in reasonably priced Castle burgers and discuss whatever general geekery comes to mind. We usually occupy the snug, which is the smallish room to the left of the bar in the Castle.

  • 31 Jan 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ The Golden Voyage of Sinbad ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    I have never ever seen this one, and I have no idea how good it will actually be, but its got special effects by the one and only Ray Harryhausen! I can't guarantee anything like a repeat of the jerkily animated but extremely iconic stop motion skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts, but the special effects are sure to be special regardless. ... [more]

  • 29 Jan 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Municipal Darwinism and Urban Fantasy-Cities and colourful settings in fantasy ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    So many memorable fantasy settings seem to revolve around a particularly characterful city. New Crobuzon, Camorr, Chasm City, London in the Mortal Engines quartet... What is it about these places that makes them so appealing and evocative as settings, and what is the driving force that fuels urban fantasy as a genre? This is also a chance ... [more]

  • 26 Jan 19:45 - 23:00 ¤ At Which We Play Games ¤ Games night

    Location: Castle End Meeting Rooms, The Colony, Clare College
    In lieu of going to the pub, we will also be having games nights every other week. These will be about as structured and formal as the pub nights (read: not very, if at all). The gist of it is as follows: Bring games, play games, have fun and talk about general geekery. Games nights this term will start at 19:45 however, 15 minutes late ... [more]

  • 24 Jan 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christ's College TV Room
    It has been a while, at least before my time as chairbeing, since we've watched something animated for a film night, and despite the complete mouthful of a title Nausicaa is an excellent film to start on. One of the very first films directed by legend of japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki – Nausicaa is a mostly science fiction epic of frank ... [more]

  • 22 Jan 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Who Needs Continuity Anyway-Lets talk about time travel... ¤ Discussion

    Location: Buckingham Room, Magdalene College
    Be it paradoxes, time loops, accidentally nearly seducing your mother causing you not to be born or absurd plotholes, time travel is a ubiquitous theme in science fiction and in fantasy. This week will be dedicated to your favourite well used pieces of intelligent timey wimey stuff, and equally to the very many messes that just don't. Make ... [more]

  • 19 Jan 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Sometimes we go to the pub to drink, and to be merry, and to partake in reasonably priced Castle burgers and discuss whatever general geekery comes to mind. We usually occupy the snug, which is the smallish room to the left of the bar in the Castle.

  • 02 Dec 20:30 - 07:00 ¤ At Which We Play A Lot Of Games ¤ Games night

    Location: Homerton MCR (maybe JCR later)
    We will, on the 2nd of December, after the official end of term, be raiding the Homerton College MCR. Our purpose? Board games and great justice. These end of term events are a CUSFS highlight and usually last from about 7.30 till well into the following morning (think about 6-7am here), nobody is obliged to stay the entire night but there ... [more]

  • 29 Nov 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Film night the eighth (and final): Solaris ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christs college JCR
    See the description for Film night the first, replace "Interstellar" with "Solaris"

  • 27 Nov 19:00 - 22:30 ¤ Sentient Objects and AI ¤ Discussion

    Location: Castle End Meeting Rooms, The Colony, Clare College
    From the humblest of magic swords to the greatest and most galaxy spanning of supercomputers, this is the place to talk about objects that have a will of their own. If I wanted (as your philosopher king-for those of you who don't know, the chairbeing is a philosophy student, you have been warned) I'm sure I could wax lyrical about whether ... [more]

  • 24 Nov 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ PUB! ¤ Pub meet

    Location: The Castle Inn, Castle Street
    Every other week we raid the castle inn on thursdays. This is because they know us and are used to our slightly bizzare ways and serve good food and good drink, what more could you ask for? We meet and we talk of many geeky things (or just about anything else for that matter) and all is good. Look for the orange scarfs in the Castle and yo ... [more]

  • 22 Nov 19:30 - 23:00 ¤ Film night the seventh: 2001, A space Odyssey ¤ Film screening

    Location: Christs college JCR
    See the description for Film night the first. Replace "Interstellar" with "2001, A Space Odyssey". Also your chairbeing would like to take this opportunity to admit that he may (if such a thing is possible) enjoy Kubrick rather too much.