Ship of the Fens

The city of Ely, Cambridgeshire, and the surrounding fenlands and East Anglia
Clare Bridge, Cambridge, England (x)

Clare Bridge, Cambridge, England (x)

Clare Bridge, Cambridge, England (by tris1972)

Clare Bridge, Cambridge, England (by tris1972)

Clare Bridge, Cambridge, UK (by tris1972)

Clare Bridge, Cambridge, UK (by tris1972)

silverpanther:

Clare College in winter. Cambridge University, England, ca. 1870.

silverpanther:

Clare College in winter. Cambridge University, England, ca. 1870.

The Fellows’ Garden, Clare College, Cambridge (by Roantrum)

The Fellows’ Garden, Clare College, Cambridge (by Roantrum)

A popular fashion in Cambridge appears to be a rather out-of-control version of ‘pimp my bicycle’. There are several classes of bicycle that can be found lined up along the streets; the most tragic end of the scale encompasses the rather sad and often neglected basket-less bicycle, followed by the slightly-better-off but still unloved metal basketed bicycle. After this comes the class of wicker baskets, which sit on the scale as thus: the unadorned basket, followed by the basket-with-a-newspaper-and-maybe-a-loaf-of-bread-which-I-grabbed-when-I-popped-down-to-Tesco-this-morning, which is usually owned by the dapper male Cambridge student; then the basket woven with flowers, which moves up the pimpin’ scale depending on whether you’ve got roses or sunflowers or lillies, and the scale continues all the way until your bicycle’s pimped out with a wicker basket with battery-powered fairy lights and built-in speakers. I’ve actually seen one of these and I’ve decided that this is the epitome of pimped out bicycles and therefore belongs right at the top of the scale. I think I may have to run a competition and see who can submit a photograph of the coolest bicycle out there.
(photo by tris1972)

A popular fashion in Cambridge appears to be a rather out-of-control version of ‘pimp my bicycle’. There are several classes of bicycle that can be found lined up along the streets; the most tragic end of the scale encompasses the rather sad and often neglected basket-less bicycle, followed by the slightly-better-off but still unloved metal basketed bicycle. After this comes the class of wicker baskets, which sit on the scale as thus: the unadorned basket, followed by the basket-with-a-newspaper-and-maybe-a-loaf-of-bread-which-I-grabbed-when-I-popped-down-to-Tesco-this-morning, which is usually owned by the dapper male Cambridge student; then the basket woven with flowers, which moves up the pimpin’ scale depending on whether you’ve got roses or sunflowers or lillies, and the scale continues all the way until your bicycle’s pimped out with a wicker basket with battery-powered fairy lights and built-in speakers. I’ve actually seen one of these and I’ve decided that this is the epitome of pimped out bicycles and therefore belongs right at the top of the scale. I think I may have to run a competition and see who can submit a photograph of the coolest bicycle out there.

(photo by tris1972)