June 19th, 2008

oxford

Let us now praise famous Fen universities

A few words from the Public Orator, at Encaenia:
"Jane Austen does not usually tell us about the education of her characters, but two of her villains were at Cambridge, and two of her heroes are Oxford men. [...] And since the name of Cambridge has crept into this oration, let me add that we always look with maternal complaisance on the successes of our daughter university, and as so often, we can once again congratulate them on some splendid silver medals: second in the Guardian's University Guide for the fourth year running, second in The Good University Guide for the sixth year in succession -- second in the Boat Race too. It is indeed like being the proud parent at the school concert: 'Honestly, darling, you were so good.' Well done. Keep it up."