Hello – it is day 20 of my Blogtober Challenge. Every day during October I have been given a blog title to write about. My title today is “5 cool things about where you live.” I’ve written a post before about why I love living in Cambridge. So I’ve decided to do something a little bit different and give you 5 interesting facts about my lovely home city.
1. Pedal power
Cambridge is the bike capital of the UK with the highest rate of cycling in the country. 47% of people cycle at least once a week and 18% of people cycle to work, including me! Sadly it also has a very high rate of bike theft with approximately 2,500 bikes stolen each year.
2. Clever clogs
89 nobel prize winners have lived in Cambridge (compared to 58 from rival university town Oxford). Bright ideas from people associated with Cambridge include the Theory of Evolution, the discovery of Gravity and the discovery of DNA (plus some very clever and completely incomprehensible stuff from Professor Stephen Hawkins!)
3. Famous faces
We know lots of scientist, politicians and leaders of industry studied at Cambridge University but did you know lots people in the entertainment world were Cambridge students too.
Famous people who were Cambridge students:
- Rachel Weiz
- Carol Vorderman
- Stephen Fry
- Emma Thompson
- Vanessa Feltz
- Ian McKellan
- Tilda Swinton
- Arianna Huffington (of the Huff Post)
- Claudia Winkleman
- David Baddiel
- David Mitchell
- Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
I’ve spotted a few famous faces around town – David Guest (sitting on a wall chatting to a friend), Rory McGrath (I see him all the time in our local supermarket), Richard Osman (shopping in the centre and at the train station with his family). Everyone I know seems to have seen Stephen Hawkins around town except me!
Breaking the bank
The average price of a house in Cambridge is an eye watering £486,500 an increase of 8% on 2015.
There are cows grazing in the centre of the city. A herd of cows roam free on Midsummer common a large open area in the centre of the city. My kids think this is amazing but you need to watch out for cow poo!
Do you have any good facts about your home town – let me known in the comments section below!