TCS is proud to introduce a new series: Humans of Cambridge. Our inspiration comes from Humans of New York, a viral project which shares the unique stories of people around the world. Challenging conventional media narratives of simply presenting the “big picture”, his portraits are a window into the souls of ordinary individuals. With Humans of Cambridge, we hope to tell the stories of people around Cambridge, providing our readers with a glimpse into their lives and experiences. In our first instalment, Holly MacAskill and Sophie Dunning visited Let’s Go Punting, where 4 punters shared with us the best stories they tell on the punt, their worldly insights, and their aspirations.
“There’s unlimited stuff to learn, you can never learn too much. Its just how much you want to know and how much you can fit in 45 minutes. Did you know the back wall of the New Court building the leaves go a blazed red colour in autumn and the St Johns rowing team for their first ever uniform they wanted the jacket to be the blazed red colour, and they invented the blazer. That’s where the blazer came from. I save that one for the end, I like that one.”
“I study marine biology with biodiversity and conservation. In the conservation part we learn a lot about recycling and apparently if you recycle one coke can that saves the equivalent of a litre of petrol. I’ve learnt how important recycling is, it’s a lot more important than people think. To a lot of people their reaction to me saying this would be ‘Oh…he’s a f***ing treehugger’ but it genuinely is a lot more important than you think it is. Making sure your packets have the three arrows and if they do we recycle them. You’ll never ever notice it but it does make a difference. Veganism is extremely good as well. One of the biggest contributions is cow-farming from CO2. Even veggie, or just stopping eating beef makes a difference. In our lifetimes it will affect us. Even people who go out of a room and leave the light on. I don’t make a big deal out of it, but I’d turn it off.”
“I’d like to leave England probably at some point. But I’ve got lots of conflicting ideas. I’ve got a mate who’s just opened a bar in the Philippines, on the beach. That sounds pretty inviting. My girlfriend wants to move to Canada though, she doesn’t believe me that it gets as cold as it does. I’ll see what comes, I’m not really one to make plans. I did animation at uni. I’ve been thinking about doing a 3D animation course. You can’t push punts forever you know. But I don’t really know what to do…its quite daunting when you think about it really. There’s more work in something like animation every day. And I want a job I can work from home with I think. I’ve just had so much sunlight over the years, just for a bit, just for a change. That’s the thing, like to go from one job to another all the time. You know, keep it fresh.”
“I’m currently starting my own business. I’m developing a Forex Trading Group, which trades on the foreign exchange and also teaches people about trading. Punting has just been a job for me throughout university so I don’t see it as a full time thing but something that has really helped me kickstart my business.”