I interrupt my tour of Surrey’s gastro horrors to pay homage to Stephen Hawking, a man bright enough to leave Oxford for Cambridge and its superior pubs as soon as he could. And of course, an inspiration to us all in overcoming the greatest challenges life throws at us.
You’ll know Stephen as the man who solved the mystery of “Life, the Universe and Everything“, confirming that the universe was created from absolutely nothing (and an awful lot of it, at that).
More importantly, he was a great contributor to Cambridge life, although locals always seemed astonished to discover he used the same shops and restaurants as them. To be fair, I never actually saw him in Wetherspoons.
The flags at Gonville and Caius were at half-mast when I popped in to Cambridge today.
I should do more posts on tourist Cambridge, in case our American readers do eventually visit what I call the Greater Waterbeach Economic Area. I might even review the Eagle for you if I get really bored.
Dick and Dave will never get bored in Cambridge. Entertainment this month includes 17th century madrigals and a play wherein depressed blokes with scarves drink out of handled mugs.
To honour Stephen’s memory, I stopped in Pint Shop, the closest Beer Guide pub to his old college. What 9% Double IPAs would be on today, I wondered.
Norwegian DIPA, and only £6 a half. It doesn’t need a Stephen Hawking to tell you that’s a bargain for central Cambridge.