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Cambridge is a city and historic university town and administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. The city is located on the River Cam, from which it derives its name, and is around 50 miles to the north of London. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world.
Modern day Cambridge has a diverse economy with strength in sectors such as research and development, software consultancy, high value engineering, creative industries, pharmaceuticals and tourism. The city lies at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen with its strength lying in industries such as software and bioscience with many companies having spun out of the university. The city is also home to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is one of the world's largest biomedical research clusters.
Cambridge is home to the internationally regarded Kettle's Yard gallery and the artist run Aid and Abet project Space. A short distance to the west of Cambridge is Wysing Arts Centre, one of the leading research centres for the visual arts in Europe.
Cambridge is twinned with two cities; Heidelberg in Germany since 1965, and Szeged in Hungary since 1987.
Located in north west England, close to the border with Scotland, Carlisle is an historic city centred on its castle, museum and cathedral. In 1823 a canal was built to Fisher's Cross (Port Carlisle) to transport goods produced in the city. This enabled other industrial centres such as Liverpool to link with Carlisle via the Solway. However, this did not last and when the canal operators ran into financial difficulty the waterway was filled in and replaced by railways. Carlisle became a major railway centre on the West Coast Main Line with connections to the east. At one time seven companies used Carlisle Citadel railway station. Before the building of the Citadel Station the city had several other railway stations, including London Road station.
For those who appreciate good food, every August the Carlisle Food Fair is held in the pedestrianised area of the city centre. It plays host to produce from across the continent and features local produce including Cumberland sausage, Cumberland sauce and Cumberland Mustard. Carlisle is roughly 25 miles to the north of the northern edge of the Lake District, which is home to some of Britain's best restaurants.