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Cambridge protest over new homes appeals to local knowledge

As Banksy never said, “stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae”, Latin for “chalk is the pen of fools, walls [their] paper”. A sign bearing such a message — basically ancient Romans’ way of saying, “no graffiti, please” — might have been useful in a Cambridge street, where a vandal daubed newly built houses with the rally cry, “locus in domos loci populum”.

The exact translation has prompted head-scratching among the city’s classicists but it happens to be what Google Translate suggests if you type in “local homes for local people”.

Six houses, built on the former site of a pub in Water Street, Chesterton, have been put on the market for £1.25 million each, in a city where even the average house price, about £500,000, is…

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