lot of things happening in my life now are happening for the very
last time. To anticipate irrelevant
reactions: I am not in any way upset about it, I
am just stating a fact.
gave my last lectures already in the previous term. I did my last PhD
examination in April. This coming week,
I will have last supervisions with my masters students. I
will do my very last grading in July.
the last Evensong and the last formal dinner. I attended
the last guest lecture and the last
end-of-year celebration. I attended
the last college Governing Body meeting and Fellows' dinner. I
attended a set of last supervisors' dinners. I have one last committee
meeting on Monday.
I will have my last Long Vacation. Typically, Long Vacation means
research time. Now, I will indeed have a vacation. I will be vacating
is my last chance to do some things I have enjoyed in Cambridge. I have
already missed the last chance to go
to Evensong at King's Chapel – theyonly do it in term
time. Maybe I
should go to Fitzwilliam Museum one last time. Maybe
I should go to my favourite garden, Clare Fellows' garden, one last
time. Maybe I should go to Anglesey Abbey
one last time. Maybe I should go to Ely one last time.
maybe I should go to London and see Rosetta Stone one last time. Or
the Great Bed of Ware. Or a musical.
have already taken the last chance to go to the Orkney Islands (I
will write about it separately). I have definitely missed my last
chances to go to Skye, Lake District,
Durham and other places that have been on
my list for years. Don't tell me I can come back – you know very
well that I won't.
I have the last chance to visit some friends with whom I have for
ever and ever said: ”We must get together one of these days”.
There are very few days remaining. Just a handful of days.
I have the last chance to go to restaurants and tea rooms where I
There are many things I will never do. I will never go punting (other
than with a guide), or attend a May Ball or a dinner at Trinity.
I have bought my last bottle of shampoo, my last box of tea, my last
bottle of cooking oil. I have just received my last railcard.
I have my last hairdresser appointment, my last dentist appointment,
my last gym sessions.
It may all sound rather depressing unless you think that afterwards,
everything, absolutely everything will be my first.