How do they play sports?
Just a quick thought… some Americans have noticed the difference in the caliber of collegiate sport(s) in Cambridge (and the UK in general) versus US universities. I’ve heard a few theories for this, including cultural differences, more focus on academics or other extracurriculars (debating), and so forth. One cannot argue, however, that Oxbridge crew is at the top of its game. In fact, Trinity once won and Olympic gold medal in rowing (this is due to the system in which rowing teams were selected to represent England in the 1920s).
I suspect that the reason for both of these effects is because of the overwhelming pervasiveness of the river Cam. Just as rowing is a natural sport to take up, every other sport is somewhat hindered by the river. Any cricket ball, frisbee, football that is hit/thrown/kicked too far will inevitably be gobbled up by the murky Cam. It doesn’t matter where you are when you hit/throw/kick it… if you do so hard enough in any arbitrary direction you’re bound to lose equipment to the river.
PS–I recently purchased a version of ‘Rule Britannia’ from iTunes. It has to be one of my favourite songs in the past… week or so. I feel like I’m being colonized every time I listen to it. Strangely enough this is a positive feeling.
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