‘The Other Place’ – October 2014

After the madness of the beginning of the academic year…

…I took myself off to Cambridge.

The irony of settling everyone into to Oxford…

….and then heading off to the Fens, didn’t escape me.

Whisper it…but I think that Cambridge is prettier than Oxford.

That’s partly because the river…

…flow through the middle of the city.

I was most taken with these lions outside the Fitzwilliam…

…this chemist’s sign (above a shop that’s still a chemist)…

…this chap’s fangs…

…that the Cavendish Lab was so posh when it built, that it has it’s own postbox…

….the ‘Round Church’…

…and this little ruin.

Good thing that my Ma or Dr Bones didn’t see it, as they’d want to move in!

When not wandering around the city I had a lovely garden to read in.

Godzilla in Jesus

Your intrepid documentary photographer was out and about in Cambridge this weekend.
I glimpsed these amazing dinosaurs through the gate to Jesus College.
A kind student let me in (security, what security) and I managed to have a close look.
These wonderful monumental beasts are an installation by the Chapman Brothers.
I loved the way they menaced the buildings…
…and seemed to be thinking about eating the odd student.

St Boltoph’s

When I was in Cambridge, I stumbled into St Boltoph’s – a church I’d never visited before. As a lover of Victorian Gothic, I was in seventh heaven.

Here is the roof detail.

I was very taken by Gabriel, annunciating to..

Mary. In religious art, the large gap between Mary and Gabriel in annunciation scenes is symbolic of the importance of the news. here they have the whole aisle between them!

And if that wasn’t enough – there’s this magnificent Laudian font.

Cambridge Details

Here are few Cambridge images that caught my fancy…a chap with a lot of windows to clean…

…an academic dress shop…

…the ticket office at the bus station…

…a chemist’s sign (and it’s still a chemist underneath)…

…some fierce little boars…

…the Lensfield Road lump…

…snooty lions (outside the FitzWilliam)…

….an interesting bike….

…pretentious graffiti…

…a lovely sundial…
…with lovely curve.

As I spend so much time with ‘dirty bargees’, I keep my eye out for boats.

This looks a nice spot to moor doesn’t it? Although, one would be woken early by rowers.

Now…that’s what I call a boat!

A Tourist Once More

The last few days I’ve been visiting friends in Cambridge (more pics to come when I’ve processed them).

It’s been rather strange – I lived there for about four years, leaving ten and a half years ago. It’s the first time I’ve been back for an extended period rather than a quick trip, and I found myself a stranger there, not a flicker of belonging. It was very dislocating, until I allowed myself just to play tourist.

Camera Blues

So….I went to Cambridge to see Mr Watson and the lovely Cathy. And yes, to pick up my new camera. It’s lovely…but Mr W left the memory card in the States! I now have to wait ’til July! Boo!