(photo credit: James Mawson)
I didn’t take this picture. I think it was taken a few months ago by Cambridge University Kings College senior James Mawson who is studying music at this ancient and interesting foundation of learning.
John Maynard Keynes and Henry VI are the two personalities that basically dominate the scene at Kings.
The internet is slower here than in Havana, Cuba, but I could imagine spending some time in this archetype of college towns.
I have just taken a late night/early morning stroll around the greens of the College — and there are these great ducks everywhere. They have character — just like the ones that James Mawson snapped above on the bridge over The Backs channel.
More tomorrow on the conference I am attending.
What I will share as a teaser is that Britain’s Financial Services Authority Chair Adair Turner blew all of us away at this conference with an incredibly granular understanding of economic praxis and theory — and a facility for talking about complex economic challenges that made me feel embarrassed about the intellectual and performance talent deficit among comparable US economic policy elites. He was amazing — and the organizers are trying to convince him to put this brilliant speech he gave on the record, as opposed to the “after the fact” comment by the moderator that his talk was on Chatham House non-attribution rules.
Many thanks to the two “Toms”, James Mawson and others here at Kings College for their kindness and memorable hospitality.
— Steve Clemons