There have been some fantastically creative spoof stories cropping up in Cambridge this morning, from clear beer to a radical new look for King’s College Chapel. Were you taken in by any?
Here are a few of our favourites:
:: A department store of independent shops on Parker’s Piece, incorporating ‘a tropically-themed roof garden with infinity pool and penguin enclosure.’ This one came from Independent Cambridge – sounds like fun.
:: A radical new look for King’s College Chapel as part of the Henry VI: 500th Anniversary Project.
King’s College Cambridge said: ‘In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the completion of its magnificent chapel, King’s College is delighted to announce that work is soon to commence on a substantial redevelopment of its buildings.
‘The new tower… will be constructed of glass and steel, and utilise passive solar heating across five floors. The tower will include the new Henry VI Visitor Centre, which will contain viewing galleries, restaurants and shops.’
Additional grazing space would also be added for the college cow, plus a natty roof garden where senior staff could practice their Pilates:
‘The new Visitor Centre will provide disabled access to the Chapel roof. Above the solar roof, a new Fellows’ Lawn will allow the College’s senior academic staff space to exercise and relax.’
:: Left-handed bicycle horn developed in Cambridge.
Traditional toy shop When I Was A Kid gave us this technology and cycling-related story about a horn which would improve safety for left handed cyclists. They even crafted a special shop window, displaying the pioneering new invention.
:: Guinea pigs used at Lucy Cavendish College to keep down the grass.
We received a professional-looking and rather convincing press release from Lucy Cavendish College to announce:
‘Lucy Cavendish College… today announced the newest, and most unusual recruits to its team – a group of college guinea pigs. ‘The innovative addition comes in a bid to tackle the College’s problem of overgrown grass on its site at Lady Margaret Road.’
There was even a backstory – and some scandal: ‘It is not the first time the College has welcomed guinea pigs to tackle the issue. In the early 1970s, lack of funding for a lawnmower or gardener led to the same approach to grounds maintenance.
Marion Clegg, founding fellow and first Garden Steward, recalled: “Mrs Bertram brought us a squirm of guinea pigs who kept down the grass … and attacked the ground elder.”
‘In the College’s 50th Anniversary year it seems only fitting the guinea pigs make a welcome return.’
:: Clear beer sold at B-Bar.
And Baroosh in Cambridge posted this on their Facebook page: ‘After several years of development at McMullens Brewery in Hertford, we are proud to present the worlds first clear beer, appropriately named Cleer.
‘Cleer is a refreshing, crisp and delicious beer – best of all, it has no calories! Cleer is brewed by a filtration process that takes out a lot of the carbohydrates and, with them, the colour – a world first!’
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