Some Things Never Change

It is now less than a week to go until the exams start, and so it’s starting to heat up somewhat!  Another day spent in the library writing more essays means nothing much of interest to report on that front.  I did however enjoy some takeaway pizza (ham and mushroom for me, which is, quite frankly, the king of pizzas) with AJ and HL, which was a welcome break from studying.

This evening however, I came across something rather cool!  On Facebook, there are several groups dedicated to quirky things that happen across the university, namely: “Overheard at Cambridge” (for amusing snippets of conversation that were overheard), “Odd Things Around Cambridge” (for strange sights seen around the university and city centre), and “Marginalia At Cambridge” (for various witticisms that have been found inscribed within the margins of books).  It is from this third group that the main content of today’s post is derived.

You know how children draw pictures (such as this) and give them to their parents, and it’s all really sweet and endearing etc.?  Right, well, it turns out that this is nothing new.  The librarian at Catz has come across one such child’s drawing (it was in a copy of Cicero’s De Amicitia for those of you who are interested), believed to date from the 15th century.  Yes, that’s right, a child’s drawing from the 1400s (photo below).  I don’t know about you, but I think that’s quite cool!

Drawing by a 15th century child. Photo and details: Marginalia At Cambridge/St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Click to enlarge.

Drawing by a 15th century child. Photo and details: Marginalia At Cambridge/St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Click to enlarge.

The William Smith Map of 1815

So today, we got an email from the Department saying that (one of their) copies of the William Smith map (touted as the first ever geological map in the world) would be on display, so I gave LB a ring (as a IA she didn’t get the email sadly), and we went to have a look at it.  My mapping supervisor (sarcastically of course) said he’d give it a 2.ii if he was marking it, partly due to an issue with the Variscan unconformity.  Anyway, needless to say it was very awesome (although as I’m obsessed with both maps and geology, that’s hardly a surprise), and a couple of pictures are attached for your perusal. Enjoy!