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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."
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darcydodo From: darcydodo Date: June 19th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. ;)

(I was also delighted to discover that Emma Kirkby got an honorary DPhil at Encaenia. Also, that she had read Greats. That explains the CD she put out of "Classical Kirkby.")
htfb From: htfb Date: June 20th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a DMus. The one with the really good dressing-gown.
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: June 20th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 20th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's just *awful*. I haven't laughed so much in ages.
sbp From: sbp Date: June 20th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Talking of Austen, I saw this in Foyles yesterday:


A Jane Austen Choose Your Own Adventure, yep.
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