24th June 2011 at 01:00

Cambridge dissed

Woodhouse College student and rapper Franklyn Addo hit the headlines for winning a place at Cambridge and rejecting it. Some of the coverage suggested the 17-year-old A-level student was throwing away his future to live in a crack den, but in fact he's taking up a place at the London School of Economics.

Doubtless many factors swayed him, but his criticism of the Cambridge `hood drew all the attention. "There isn't much of a scene there. I only know one rapper," he said. "One" sounds like an overestimate to FErret.

Cambridge's student paper Varsity said: "Franklyn's comments come days after St John's announced Big Boi, one half of multi-platinum artist OutKast, as the headliner for their May Ball."

So, accused of having too few rappers, Cambridge has bought one. No doubt MC Franklyn has made the right decision.

Nudes under wraps

A sex scandal at Solihull College! Sort of. Fine art student Sara Fear had her nude paintings banned from the end-of-year show.

The 43-year-old, who is completing her BA, produced paintings of naked women overlaid with "phrases from saucy text messages". But when fellow students complained, the works were withdrawn.

Ms Fear said: "My work challenges many opinions on the aesthetic of erotic art and pornography. This raises issues of morality, prudery and hypocrisy."

FErret doesn't approve of censorship. But as a critique of the objectification of women, nude paintings with rude words on sounds a bit like those Daily Mail stories that say "BAN THIS SICK FILTH, pictures pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6". Under the circumstances, it's hard to complain when someone does ban that sick filth.

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