Talk:Trinity College, Cambridge

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Chair Leg and Bicycle Pump[edit]

The chair leg which was swapped with a bicycle pump in 1982. The college immediately replaced the bicycle pump with a new chair leg. In 1985, the original chair leg was auctioned for charity in Rag week and bought by the President of the Union Society and given back to the college and is now back in King Henry's hand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:08, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Largest College?[edit]

Can someone explain (or correct) the logic of the first paragraph? It seems to say that Trinitiy is the largest college. Except that Homerton is. Scaramouche (talk) 18:38, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Various points seem to be relevant here, one being that Homerton did not become a full college till 2010, according to the wiki page, so Trinity has been the largest college until recently. Also in terms of undergraduate numbers Trinity is probably still the largest. --Brian Josephson (talk) 19:44, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

College motto[edit]

The information re the college motto has recently been changed to say it is Semper Eadem, with reference to an article by John Lonsdale, as source. Later, however, Lonsdale said ( that this is not the motto. I have checked with him and he has confirmed that the motto originally in the article is the correct one. I will therefore revert the motto, and also include a link for it to another source. --Brian Josephson (talk)

I've just realised that I have an invitation from the Vice-Master that has the college shield on it, underneath which is a wiggly blue line with 'Virtus Vera Nobilitas' written almost invisibly on it. That surely is conclusive proof of which the motto is, even if the image cannot be found anywhere on the internet as far I have been able to discover. --Brian Josephson (talk) 19:26, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi Brian! Do you mean ?
These publications from Trinity College suggest "Semper Eadem" as the motto:
"But to be true to our motto, Semper Eadem, which could rather loosely be construed as ‘Always the Best’, we shall have to become accustomed to change." [1]
"The Master’s favourite mistranslation of what many suppose to be the College’s motto, Semper Eadem, but which in fact we owe to the Good Queen, Anne, is ‘Some change is good; no change is better.’" [2] (emphasis mine)
By the way, Singing on the River happens this Sunday, in case you are interested. Cheers, cmɢʟeeτaʟκ 11:42, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

John Lonsdale has admitted that he got it wrong, as I said. Anything that has the college shield on has the same motto as in your utoronto link and there can be no doubt that the 'virtus' version that features in the current WP page is the correct one. However, in the Hall you will see Semper Eadem next to the portrait of Henry VIII at, and this may have been the cause of the misconception. --Brian Josephson (talk) 13:47, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Recent visit[edit]

"On a recent visit, his sons William (latterly HRH The Duke of Cambridge) and Harry both visited during their motorcycle tour of the UK." Was this last week? QuentinUK (talk) 10:17, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

If you had exerted itself to click on 'View history' you would have seen that that item has been included in the article for quite a time. It looks as if this event in fact took place in 2008. 'Latterly' and 'recent' look distinctly out of place, but I'd favour deletion of this item rather than changing the wording, and anyway a citation should be given if it is to stay. --Brian Josephson (talk) 11:15, 14 March 2016 (UTC)