Cambridge's royal visit and my day
I have been teaching all day, while our Duke and Duchess have been paying a royal visit. So I wave the flag in my head (well, errr ??), while actually being busy on all kinds of other things.
It's the last week of term and let me inflict on you what my uni day has been, before we get on to our royal family. This is partly for those very few readers of this blog who might be under the impression that we academics don't work hard enough. . .
Today I had a late-ish formal start (though I'd been up reading stuff hours before) -- with a student at 10.00 to talk about her dissertation.Then there was a lecture at 11.00 (with my much beloved 1A history group -- yes, YOU, Part 1A guys and gals), then another student dissertation to talk about at 12.00. At 1.00 I had a meeting with people from the Development Office about an event we are doing next week. That was before I met my MPhil group at 2.30, for our penultimate session of the term (OK it was in the pub, and a bit alcohol and fruit-juice assisted, but we reviewed the term, talked about last week's seminar, what the students would be doing for their next essays -- we're meeting again at my house on Sunday for follow-up and mince pies). Then I went directly back to college to see the Newnham Part 1B students in pairs, for an hour each until 6.30. Essays on Greek religion.. more specifically sacrifice and how best to understand it.
Meanwhile . . .
. . . the HRHs had been in town. From what I hear, I would have liked William's little joke that staying a couple of nights at Trinity was as close as Harry would get to being at uni. And it raised a laugh. But why did the visit have to disrupt the life of the city so much?
The old Duke of Edinburgh used to helicopter in with not much more than a couple of extra bobbies on view. A friend of mine tried to bike through the Market Square at 8.00 am this morning... oh no love, the officer said, you cant bike through here, because of the royal visit.
Does that add up? What kind of weapons are you supposed to carry on your bike when ridden that you can't take when walking it?