THE CAMBOURNE IDENTITY

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More 90 minute walks in South Cambridgeshire without a pub at the end, but at least Mrs RM had a gorgeous lasagne waiting for me when I got home, which made a change from my usual atrocities.

Cambourne

Cambourne has been used by government departments and in school geography lessons, as it provides a useful case study of designing and building a settlement from scratch” says Wiki.

More to the point, retiredmartin said “10,000 people, 1 chippy, 1 Indian restaurant, 1 supermarket, 1 large church and 1 “pub”.  And no train station to bring people to the giant Council and NHS offices on the business park, so a triumph for planning of whatever type.

I’d feel less charitably towards it if that lone pub didn’t sell you-know-what.

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Crane adding beer garden ahead of reopening
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Sadly, not great in 2018

Underpubbed it my be (what happened to the McMullens bar ?), but I reckon Cambourne has the best walks of any village/town in Cambridgeshire.

There, I’ve said it. To test that, I joined the hordes on the hills leading from the Monkfield to the No.77 in Caxton.

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Google doesn’t do footpaths, does it

It’s not the High Peak, or the Paisley Perambulations, but you can get lost on the criss-crossing routes while humming “Arthur’s Song“, and I like getting lost.

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Over the top

Cambourne is built on farmland between some of the county’s poshest horsey-riding villagers, and I sense a growing tension as Lockdown brings out the amateur ramblers.

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“You cannot be trusted”

The signs grow more urgent at the honeypot of Bourne windmill (honey £2.50 a pot),

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NOT a micro

and head down to Caxton, a village built entirely from thatch and financial services bonuses.

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On sale via Cheffins

Caxton is an anagram of Anna and Graham, the names of 80% of residents.

Be polite here, everyone else will be.

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Ooh, I’m scared
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Spandau Ballet reference for Mark
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“No lead” says sign

If you’d trudged over from Cambourne for pub tradition, you’re out of luck.  In nearby Bourne, the pub is a Chinese restaurant.

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Proper pub names

Near No.77 the footpath sign wobbles and I make the wrong choice between two short drives leading to Ermine St.

“I’m really sorry” I say, pointing to the owner’s “Private Drive” sign

“It’s not the end of the world” he says, in a way that suggests it probably is.

Realising how close I am to this,

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Caxton gibbet last used in 1999 for short measure

I make a dash for the 21st century.

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Your street art

 


 

8 thoughts on “THE CAMBOURNE IDENTITY

  1. I gave it some time, I really did, but by now it’s clear: I’m never going to like that new Pedigree branding. Not when the old branding looked so very fine.

    That “You cannot be trusted” sign clearly has a story behind it. “Look. I gave them a chance. I thought, maybe they’ve got the maturity, and decency, to leave the land as they found it. BUT NO!” 😉

    Thanks for the shout out. As it happens, I took a girl to see Spandau Ballet in concert, in Royal Oak, Michigan, back in my early 80s high school days. Unfortunately they were so determined to promote their then-latest album (True), they played some of the songs twice. I’ll say this for Tony Hadley, though: he sounded in concert exactly as he did in the studio. (Still, I never listen to so much as a single song of their music now– can’t bear it!)

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    1. I was never a Spandau fan, though “Through the barricades” is a late minor classic. They’re one of many English bands to become a parody of themselves for the nostalgia market. Not sure I’ve ever heard a band play the same some song twice !

      If 1984 was Culture Club v Wham v Frankie v Duran Duran were you a Flock of Seagulls ?

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      1. Ha! I did like a fair few Flock of Seagulls songs. But I was, a bit surprisingly, more into Wham and Frankie during their respective heydays. In a funny way I regarded Culture Club as a sort of enemy: the band that turned the tide away from my beloved synth pop toward a more generalized poppy sound.

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