Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#49. The Eagle and Child, 49 Saint Giles, Oxford

Here's a first: a pub with its own entry in Wikipedia. The Eagle and Child, known as the Bird and Baby, is famous as the former meeting place of the Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and some other dudes used to hang out here on a regular basis. Both Lewis and Tolkien were English professors at Oxford. (Long before, Lewis Caroll was a mathematics professor at Oxford... it is fascinating to think of these imaginative authors as tutors for so many young minds!)

I enjoyed a Brakspear Bitter, from the Brakspear Brewing company of Oxfordshire. Here is a picture of Svea and Linus at our table.

Oxford is beautiful, and full of attractive, confident, expensive looking young people, busy riding their bicycles from college to college spread across the city. Since our arrival in Edinburgh we have wondered why we never see bicycles; we now understand that every bicycle in the UK can be found in Oxford.

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