2015 in Pictures

Oh 2015. What a bittersweet year it has been...


At the start of the year, I was living at my Cambridge college. January proved to be one of the toughest months I've ever lived through: a friend of mine suddenly passed away, and as with everyone who knew her, I struggled to come to terms with this. I don't mind admitting that I spent several weeks barely eating or sleeping and drinking far too much.

As painful as it is to lose anyone that you care about, I truly believe that it's much tougher to comprehend the unexpected death of a young person. If there was anything positive about January, it was the closeness and strengthened friendships that came from people coming together to celebrate a life. I think this picture, which was taken as I passed through Pembroke College, is the best symbol of the month that saw a bright light ascend.

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WIP Wednesday: Getting Festive

I love this time of year: the point where Christmas is everywhere, but still sufficiently far away that things haven't gotten too manic. The parties have just started to happen. Christmas cards are arriving. But Christmas is still over two weeks away, and the holiday wind down hasn't begun. For the most part, almost everyone is still stuck within their daily routine and are going about their ordinary business with the odd festive necessity like Christmas shopping slipped in.

It is certainly the case for me. Each and every day, when I am at work, I take a lunch time walk to grab a hot drink or something to eat. Somedays, I'll haul whatever oversized biographical tome I'm reading to sit and read in the window at Pret a Manger. Other days, I'll bring out my knitting project and tuck myself away in a quiet corner or spend my entire lunch hour walking around and attempt to nourish my body with much needed exercise because mine is a desk job. 

This week, I decided to mix up my lunch time walks by taking my camera out with me. There were three reasons for this: 1) My knitted Christmas present projects are so far behind that I no longer want to knit at lunch time; b) I have been fairly stressed out and can't concentrate on my usual in-depth book selection and; c) I love the sights and sounds of Christmas.

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May Week, Balls and Bumps

For those outside Cambridge, the 'May Bumps', 'May Ball' and 'May Week' terminology used in my last post might seem a little confusing. Essentially, the persistent application of the term 'May' to events held in June is an issue of tradition.

When these events were first established in the late 19th Century, they were held in the weeks before examinations were held. The chaos of May Week and Bumps eventually led the University to push events back until after exams had finished. The 'May' prefix, however, has remained and we are now in the middle of  what is called 'May Week'. Following the University's decision to push it back, May Week now takes place in the week after all undergraduate examinations have finished, when Full Term (the academic year for undergraduates) has ended but before students head home for the long Summer vacation. Basically, the last two weeks have marked an exciting change in the horribly tense and stress-ridden atmosphere of Cambridge in Easter term. 

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