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May 20th, 2004
01:24 pm


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Ok, I'm sure noone is really on the edge of their seats wanting to know this. But

Dear Sally

The rooms have been 'adopted' by Girtonians who came up in 1951, 1952 and 1953. The name 'obedient ears' is inspired from Confucius and a poem by Bai Juyi, written in 831 (see below).

They adoped 3 or 4 rooms and chose rooms that they had lived in as students- they gave £3000 per room in order for the room and corridor to be fully refurbished.

A Poem on Obedient Ears for Tun-shih and Meng-te by Bai Juyi (831)

At thirty and forty one is distracted by the five lusts
At seventy and eighty one is prey to a hundred diseases
But at fifty and sixty one is free from all ills;
Calm and still - the heart enjoys rest.
One puts behind love and greed and has done with fame and profit.
One is still short of illness and decay, and far from decrepit age.
One still possesses strength of limb to seek the rivers and hills.
The heart still has spirit enough to listen to flutes and strings,
At leisure one opens new wine to taste several cups,
Drunken, to recall old poems and sing a couplet.
Tun-shih and Meng-te, I herewith exhort you
Not to complain of 'the age of obedient ears'.

With much thanks to info@girton.cam.ac.uk

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Date:May 21st, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic :) Good ol Girton.

Steve F5a

(One that no-one has given £3000 to refurbish)
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Date:May 23rd, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
There's pavanne and mair_aw. But there's not me, sadly.... I'm from Queens' but they make us live out in 4th year, and so I live beyond the A14 in Girton village, and have taken over your college by association as it's the nearestr outreach of humanity :-)
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