- 1. Cambridge is cleverer
- 2. Better punters
- 3. Most haunted city
- 4. Winnie the Pooh
- 5. The Footlights
- 6. Bigger Wetherspoon’s pub
- 7. Smaller city
- 7. Stephen Hawking
- 8. Amazon, Apple, AstraZeneca, etc.
- 9. Best city for shopping
- 10. No annoying politicians
- 11. Better weather
- 12. Way better river
- 13. Cows in the city
- 14. Better connections to royalty
- 15. Home of DNA, gravity and evolution
- 16. We’ll be the proud owners of a metro
- 17. Two airports
- 18. The Cambridge rowing team
Forget Man U vs. Man City. Forget Rangers vs. Celtics. Forget Tottenham vs. Arsenal. The only rivalry we care about here in Cambridge is the centuries old one between us and Oxford.
Even if you aren’t from the area you would have to be living under a rock to not know about the classic battle of the university cities.
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The rivalry began centuries ago when they were the only two cities with universities in England.
And with events like the Boat Race coming up this weekend the rivalry is still very much alive and kicking (or rowing we should say).
For those of here in Cambridge there is always going to be an outright winner. And just to clarify in case you’re in any doubt which city is the better, take a look at our reasons below:
1. Cambridge is cleverer
Cambridge has more Nobel prizes than the whole of Germany, and of course the trickle down effect means we’re all much brighter here in Cambridge. Hey we chose to live in Cambridge, didn’t we?
2. Better punters
Throughout time man has wondered from which end does one punt from? Of course grand old Cambridge got to the answer first – from the back.
It’s a good effort by Oxford to press on with this idea of punting from the front but you’re not fooling anyone, and besides in Venice, capital of the gondola, they also use our “Cambridge technique” to ferry their customers around.
3. Most haunted city
Floating heads, demon hounds and an evil monkey. In 2010, Cambridge University was described as “the most haunted University in the world” by the Society of Physical research. Even in the afterlife Oxford has no chance of competing.
4. Winnie the Pooh
One of Britain’s most beloved children’s author A.A. Milne graduated from Cambridge in 1903, and the original manuscript for Winnie the Pooh is still in Wren Library at Trinity College.
5. The Footlights
Cambridge University’s drama club gave us: Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, Sue Perkins, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Coleman, Emma Thompson, Sandi Toksvig, Alexander Armstrong, Richard Ayoade, David Baddiel, Simon Bird, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Mel Giedroyc, Tom Hollander, John Lloyd, Kevin McCloud, Ben Miller, Rory McGrath, David Mitchell, Griff Rhys Jones, Sarah Solemani, Robert Webb. That enough to be getting on with?
6. Bigger Wetherspoon’s pub
Have you seen the Regal? It’s huge. And that can only be a good thing for Cambridge drinkers.
7. Smaller city
I have, however, been reliably informed that bigger isn’t alway better.
Cambridge is a much smaller city and that makes it way better than Oxford.
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If you don’t believe me, imagine trying to get across a much larger (and decidedly less prettier) version of Cambridge on public transport at rush hour. Terrifying isn’t it? Well spare a thought for all the people in Oxford who have to do that everyday.
7. Stephen Hawking
The finest mind of our generation, Stephen Hawking called Cambridge home. The Prof actually went to Oxford for his undergraduate, but it clearly didn’t leave much of an impression though did it?
8. Amazon, Apple, AstraZeneca, etc.
There are some pretty major names that have set up their offices in Cambridge. Apple, AstraZeneca, Microsoft, Amazon, Nokia, this list goes on. Furthermore, all the future big names are here too. Watch this space Oxford, if you can through your tears that is!
9. Best city for shopping
Who was awarded best city for shopping recently in a very important and highly regarded poll? It wasn’t Oxford but the greatest city of them all: Cambridge. What’s even sadder for those from Oxford is we’ve got Peterborough too, another fab shopping destination.
We can even claim fame to a high fashion label, with the incredibly popular Cambridge Satchel Company founded by Julie Deane.
10. No annoying politicians
Have you seen the Oxford alumni list recently? It’s enough to make anyone cry. Brexit beginner David Cameron and Brexit continuer Jacob Rees-Mogg are both old Oxonions. Says it all really.
11. Better weather
It’s warmer and less likely to rain over here in the east. Of course if you like grey, overcast days you’d love Oxford.
12. Way better river
Hmmm the Cam or the Thames?
Judging by the colour, temperature and cleanliness, I know which one I’d prefer to fall in.
It’s even becoming more and more popular to wild swim in parts of the Cam, specifically between Byron’s Pool and King’s Mill Weir.
13. Cows in the city
Not only do we have a lot of them, but they also let us know when winter is really over.
In Cambridge, it’s not blooming daffodils or gambolling lambs that herald the arrival of spring. No. Winter is only truly over when the cows come back to our city’s greens.
And they come in their masses and cannot be missed both in real life and all over social media.
As far as we know the cows in Oxford aren’t famous on social media or that clever…
14. Better connections to royalty
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Is there a Duke and Duchess of Oxford? No we didn’t think so.
Which also means no cute princes and princesses of Oxford. Overall, we are definitely winning in the royal department.
15. Home of DNA, gravity and evolution
Yeah Oxford may be home to the Dictionary but lets be honest, if it wasn’t for the discoveries made in Cambridge we may not even be here to read it.
It’s like the chicken and the egg. And in this situation Cambridge, like all situations, comes first and wins.
16. We’ll be the proud owners of a metro
The new and exciting prospect would mean people can get around the city and its suburbs a lot more quickly and easily. The system would work above and below ground, which would help connect the city with towns further outside Cambridge.
And until that begins our guided busway is a far more advanced way of getting around than Oxford and their boring normal buses.
17. Two airports
Cambridge to Stansted Airport = 40 minutes in the car (max).
Cambridge to Cambridge International Airport = 11 minutes in the car.
Oxford to Gatwick Airport = One hour 51 minutes.
Oxford to Heathrow Airport = One hour 42 minutes.
Living in Cambridge means less time in the car and more time enjoying those all important pre-holiday drinks in the airport.
18. The Cambridge rowing team
Eighteen reasons alone for why we’re better than the ‘dark blues’ are the men and women representing Cambridge in the boat race this week.
Cambridge University Boat Club even leads Oxford in the series by 83 races to 80, with one dead heat in The Boat Race 1877. The Cambridge Women’s Boat Club also has Oxford beat by 43 to 30.
Do you think we have missed a reason why Cambridge is way better than Oxford? Let us know in the comments below.
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