[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Monday, March 30, 2009

[Cambridge 800th Anniversary]
After delivering my lecture, I met members of the Cambridge University Malaysia Singapore Association (CUMSA) over tea. Many moons ago, I was the Secretary, then President of CUMSA. The following morning, some of the students joined me for breakfast and accompanied me on a short tour of the colleges. We had wanted to go punting on the river but it was raining and windy. I enjoyed talking to them. Quite a few were interested in what life was like when I was a student there in the 70's.

The Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Kate Pretty hosted me and my wife to dinner at her own college, Homerton, which I had never visited before. At the lunch hosted by the Master of Christ College Dr Frank Kelly, I was glad to meet the former Master Dr Alan Munro and my old tutor, Dr V Navaratnam. After lunch, the Master showed me Darwin's old room, the exhibition of Darwin in the college library and the new statue of Darwin as a young student sitting on a college bench at New Court. This year is Darwin's 200th birth anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'The Origin of Species', a book which changed the way we look at ourselves, a huge leap in man's understanding of living things.

Tea with Singaporean students

Breakfast with Singaporean Students/Walkabout

Dinner hosted by Pro Vice Chancellor for International Strategy Dr Kate Pretty

Lunch hosted by Master of Christ's College Frank Kelly

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