'The Cambridge Carrier' Thomas Hobson (1544 - 1631) is the name behind the expression Hobson's Choice.
Hobson Choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "Take it or leave it".
The expression originated from Thomas Hobson, a stable owner in Cambridge. To rotate the use of his horses, he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest to the door or take none at all.
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The singer and actress Olivia Newton John, who played Sandy in the film 'Grease' was born in Cambridge on 26th September 1948. She lived here until she was five, when her family emigrated to Australia.