Superstition works?

WHAT? Now half of you will be thinking Stevie Wonder and the other half walking under ladders. Before we go any further I would like to point out that I am not at all superstitions, except when it comes to good luck. So bring on rabbits feet, four leaved clovers and an apple a day. how ever this is not playing by the rules of superstition and probably means that neither the good or he bad will affect me.

TRUE? I would say superstition is a personal truth – if you don’t believe in something then it holds false in your eyes, on the other hand it will be true if you do believe it. So if we agree with John Locke’s Majority Rule principle (which the majority of people do) superstitions are, in part, true. Either this or the notions of superstitions have become habit for example touching wood, not walking under ladders. Common sense I would say comes into play quite a lot as well when it comes to certain superstitions.

HOW? How I think superstition works is the Law of Attraction; we attract what we think about. Like attracts like. So if we completely believe that we will have 7 years bad luck because we broke a mirror we will be looking out for bad things to happen, so we will see them more than if we were looking for good things to happen because we found a horse shoe for example.

Five superstitions you may not have heard of:

  1. If you receive a container of food you should not return it empty.
  2. In Germany if someone is having difficulty dying you can lift three tiles off the roof and this should ease the process.
  3. In ancient Britain women carried acorns in their pockets to provide long life and youthfulness.
  4. Vietnamese wedding gifts should always be pairs of things for example two blankets or mugs. If you give a singular item is it believed to be bad luck and mean the marriage wont last long.
  5. If you drop your glove you mustn’t pick it up your self; this comes from when a lady would drop their glove in the hope of a prospective lover picking it up.
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Benches and Bridges

Benches in Cambridge are perhaps even more common than bike thefts. And bridges well the clues in the name, Cambridge. The main river that runs through Cambridge and then off to Ely is named The Cam.
Everyone has their own names for the benches and bridges of Cambridge, or at least we do. This is to help when trying to meet people at a certain bench or when arguing which route is faster to where (which happens more often than you would think). Part of the reason we are so into our bridges is because Cambridge is fen land and we only have one hill. The only real exercise I ever get is when cycling up a bridge. None of our names are very imaginative, though they help when recalling memories too;

The Bench
This is actually a little out side of Cambridge, in Waterbeach; here you lose the light pollution and gain the stars. It’s quite near train tracks and in the dark carriages become floating rectangles of light speeding along. This bench is basically in the middle of no where, in between two fields and makes for a great dog walking destination.

J Green Bench
Now we have quite a few individual benches on Jesus Green but this one however is the one we used to frequent the most. It’s nearest to a  pub which is handy because the Maypole has lovely heated outdoor seating and very comfy sofas if you ever get the chance to sit on them and when you do i suggest not giving up those seats until you absolutely have to because you probably wont get the chance again.

Corner Bench
This bench is in my local park, which happens to be several of my friends’ local park. This bench is tucked nicely in once of its four corners, and faces the path that circles the park this allows us to brag our laziness as we are lapped by joggers.

3 Rules of the Road in Cambridge

  1. KNOW THE BACK STREETS you will get stuck in traffic if you’re driving anytime around rush hour. You may get enticed by a side street that simply must be a short cut. However before you go all  ‘ I might be some time’ I suggest you know whether or not you’ll be led down the completely confusing and frustrating one way system that intertwines Cambridge’s’ streets. If you’re pedaling however Cambridge makes sence, it was made for you. You can pretty much cycle everywhere and anywhere so long as it’s not in someones way, or you will be shouted at. The roads make sense if you think that street leads to there then it, for the most part will. When walking if you can differentiate between the very similar looking streets then you’ll know which pub is where and will have hopefully remembered which cafe is at least a little kindly priced.
  2. ‘GET OUT OF MY WAY’ is probably the nicest thing you’ll hear shouted at you, though rarely you may be graced with an ‘excuse me.’ If you’re cycling expect to be hated by everyone, people walking, commuting, taxi drivers, other cyclists. They’re just jealous though, because you can weave and dodge and peddle as fast as you can. I can almost garante everywhere takes exactly 20 minutes to get to. If you’re walking either your bike has been stolen and you’re in a horrible mood and unable to comprehend why anyone you’re sharing the pavement with is choosing to walk. Or you’re a dawdler admiring the architecture, sparking a fag, stopping to take a picture for the 50th time, window shopping; other walkers are generally polite to you though because this is after all Cambridge just watch out for whatever might speed past you.
  3. DON’T BE A DICK if someone is lost or wants to find something and you can help them, help. If someone falls of their bike check their okay. Don’t purposely get in people’s way, and believe me this happens. Respect, that is in fact another person you’re sharing the road with. Common sense, though this should go without saying – just use your head a little and you should come out unscathed!

5 things you should do in Cambridge

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The sort of view of Cambridge you might find up Castle Hill
  1. EAT Home to many a great pub however almost all of them are hugely over priced, this is Cambridge after all. There are lots of lovely places to eat, most will even impress you foodies. Lose the chaos and possibly your self down Gwydir Street just off Mill Road and find some lovely pubs for example The Blue Moon and charming places to grab a bite.
  2. SHOP charity shops are generously scattered along the streets of Cambridge – you’ll be sure to find a gem or even a string of gems, alternatively there’s the Market Square which I’m pretty sure will have a stall for everyone.
  3. RIVERSIDE the 20 minute gap between eating and swimming is never quite ignored as often as when you’re at ‘Granny Meds’ or Granchester Meadows as its formally called. This tranquil yet sometimes cow poo ridden spot is the reason picnics and jumping off trees into bodies of water were invented. The beaten path through a couple of fields is just a 20 minute cycle away from central Cambridge, but couldn’t feel further away, until the odd punt pootles past – but this only adds entertainment as its always fun watching people get stuck in low hanging trees or losing their Quant (punt pole).
    -You can rent a punt if you want a classic Cambridge experience.
  4. STREET LIFE  Mill Road‘s hustle and Bustle is almost reminiscent of a London street,  could be why I feel so at home there. it offers a great  opportunity to people watch as it’s generally removed of the stuck up breed of rather hateful uni students. Just don’t try to drive anywhere in a hurry and I’d suggest you be a skilled cyclist when navigating Mill Road!
    -You can hire a bike from one of the many cycle hire companies.
  5. THE VIEW Castle Hill will definitely give you something to remember; the view of the city on a sunny day or even the sky on a starry night or any other more imaginable scenario in which its raining, coupled with the climb to the top wont be leaving your memory anytime soon. I’d suggest sunrise in the heart  of summer, it’ll be too early for tourists and late enough that the drunks will have gone to bed.

3 things I like about coffee

 

 

  1. imageIt’s a Tuesday morning and none of us have slept yet, I suppose this is what makes us fearless enough to dance around jack’s garden like the possessed. What gives us the energy to keep going however, is coffee.
  2. No matter what mood you’re in there’ll be a coffee to suit it. And when you’re as fickle as me that can be a task. Flat white, vanilla cappachino, black americano, a latte, I could go on.
  3. It tastes really good and I find it better for dunking things in than tea – gives that little bit of extra flavour that your biscuit needs, a flavour tea just can’t provide.

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