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We row in order to...
...win  79%
...have fun  21%
Total: 39 members' votes
by martin - Sun 27th May 2007, 5:15pm
...avoid exam revision?
by Sam Z - Sun 27th May 2007, 5:25pm
... justify eating 5000kCal a day?
by Thomas - Sun 27th May 2007, 5:30pm
... go to may's dinner.
by Painful Scribe - Sun 27th May 2007, 8:03pm
...get lots of blisters so writing becomes impossible. Special dispensation here I come.
by rain, rain, go away! - Sun 27th May 2007, 8:29pm
...get the guns ready for summer? (if it ever arrives)
by ee bah gum - Sun 27th May 2007, 9:39pm
rain, rain, go away! said: ...get the guns ready for summer? (if it ever arrives)
I can confirm that summer has arrived Up North.

Guns seem to be lost in the post.
by philosophical - Mon 28th May 2007, 6:44am
I row, therefore I am
by Mike - Mon 28th May 2007, 8:51am
philosophical said: I row, therefore I am
Ergo ergo sum...?
by mjb - Mon 28th May 2007, 10:30am
Mike said: Ergo ergo sum...?
Shurely "Remigo, ergo, sum ..." (I row, I erg, I am)
by dw229 - Mon 28th May 2007, 4:20pm
If you find winning fun, this poll is stupid.
by Thomas - Mon 28th May 2007, 7:28pm
dw229 said: If you find winning fun, this poll is stupid.
No, winning is really boring. honest.
by Dan Newton - Mon 28th May 2007, 7:34pm
dw229 said: If you find winning fun, this poll is stupid.
Take it back Dan number 2 (or even 3). If not I shall also submit the 'favourite motorway' poll so that it's sure to come up next week...
by martin - Mon 28th May 2007, 10:30pm
Sam's poll (which I dutifully copied) was way better, it better win next week.
by RTT - Mon 28th May 2007, 10:34pm
I'm a fan of the motorway poll, although perhaps it is more of a non-term-time one.
by not a fan - Tue 29th May 2007, 12:53am
Unfortunately for you this is supposedly a boat club .

If you do get bored of the pretty black things that float in the water, check out http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/.
by BJ - Tue 29th May 2007, 8:36am
not a fan said: ...check out http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/.
That's an awesome website! I like the effort someone has gone to in the descriptions to make motorways seem fun - apparently the M1 does everything but make the tea... I don't even know what that means. I want the motorway poll.
by It's a way of life - Tue 29th May 2007, 11:27am
not a fan said: Unfortunately for you this is supposedly a boat club.
Fortunately for you it's so much more.
by martin - Tue 29th May 2007, 12:56pm
I think we still have a way to go to beat the simulator http://www.cbrd.co.uk/sim/, for all those people who just don't have the spare time to go and drive around some of the nation's most exciting features, Motorways!
by BJ - Tue 29th May 2007, 8:10pm
Importantly, the motorways database has highlighted some missing options from the motorways poll.
by Why isn't the motorway bridge on your poll? - Tue 29th May 2007, 8:33pm
We row in order to...

...appreciate the motorway bridge, which isn't actually a motorway at all, it's the A14.
by RTT - Tue 29th May 2007, 9:33pm
martin said: I think we still have a way to go to beat the simulator
It's a shame you can't turn off when you go past a junction with one of the other simulated roads. Still, a very nice feature for those of us who haven't seen a British road sign for a while....
by Simon - Wed 30th May 2007, 6:49am
BJ said: Importantly, the motorways database has highlighted some missing options from the motorways poll.
Let me know which and I'll add them.
As it seems to have caused so much discussion, here is the background to the motorways poll. I originally posted it in a week where no other polls had been posted by Friday. Tom then e-mailed me some suggestions so I improved it, and as I knew Tom liked it I decided to keep resubmitting it. I agree that if there are rowing matters to be discussed then it should wait until they've been considered, or until the holidays.
It came about because I was driving back from racing in Liverpool last bank holiday and was thinking that the M40 was the business. Not many exits, nice and fast, hardly any traffic even on a bank holiday, plus that cool cutting which is in the start of the Vicar of Dibley. However, it has a fatal, horrible, flaw: it goes near Oxford. Luckily it has the good sense to by-pass Oxford by a significant distance but it's still the road you take if you want to go to Oxford, and this ruins it for me.
This, plus the previous "favouite test" poll made me think of the poll in question.
by BJ - Wed 30th May 2007, 8:14am
Simon said: Let me know which and I'll add them.
The ones beginning with A and the Northern Irish ones - luckily you now have Martin's list to help you!
by i hate the M40 - Wed 30th May 2007, 10:09am
you gotta be kidding me: the M40 from Northampton to London is attrocious. Delays, delays, the cr8p junction with the A34, staggering into london. On a sunday night EVERYONE is trying to get into london.

The only good things about it are the circling kites (birds) above and the proximity to my home and oxford. the service station above oxford is quite nice according to the Daily Telegraph
by Rich - Wed 30th May 2007, 5:30pm
I became a bit of a fan of the M6 toll the other day. Okay, you have to pay £4 to use it, but given that only about 4 other people do the same, it's pretty much empty, and judging by the speeds that some cars were doing, its entirely bereft of cameras or police. Whoosh!
by Simon - Thu 31st May 2007, 3:28pm
i hate the M40 said: you gotta be kidding me: the M40 from Northampton to London is attrocious.
There we go. Clear need for a poll.

I am not adding ones which begin with A or the Northern Irish ones. Got to draw the line somewhere.
by discovered free wireless internet in my parents house! - Thu 31st May 2007, 5:36pm
to prove my point: there was a queue so long today round junction 3 that people were getting out and making friends...
by Dubya - Thu 31st May 2007, 8:10pm
Rich said: I became a bit of a fan of the M6 toll the other day. Okay, you have to pay £4 to use it, but given that only about 4 other people do the same, it's pretty much empty, and judging by the speeds that some cars were doing, its entirely bereft of cameras or police. Whoosh!
Hear, hear
by dw229 - Thu 31st May 2007, 9:27pm
Yeah, agree with Rich there. Been an M6Toll fan for a while now!

Top speed anyone? 110mph southbound in a Ford Mondeo.
by RTT - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 1:35am
dw229 said: Top speed anyone? 110mph southbound in a Ford Mondeo.
Given how competitive your average FaT member is, I'm not sure this competition is such a good idea.

Expect an entry from me soon.
by mjb - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 8:23am
dw229 said: Yeah, agree with Rich there. Been an M6Toll fan for a while now!

Top speed anyone? 110mph southbound in a Ford Mondeo.
Haven't been on the M6 toll, but I've had my Corsa up above 115mph before ...
by rjn - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 11:16am
My Yaris has been up in the 100-teens before. It has a 1 litre engine. I am clearly missing my vocation here as a lawyer.

My fave motorway is the M4 - fyi.
by Simon - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 11:32am
Ford Ka, 100-and-something mph, with two kayaks on the roof rack.

Vaguely related: I went to the Lola boat factory the other day, and some of the roads round there are fantastic. Dead straight and flat for a couple of miles, then a 90 degree bend at the end. How more people don't die I do not know.
by sam - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 4:16pm
Well if its straight and flat, it should be pretty obvious that you're running out of road...
by Joff - Fri 1st Jun 2007, 4:42pm
sam said: Well if its straight and flat, it should be pretty obvious that you're running out of road...
Yea, but slowing down to see what comes next would be cheating.
by Soixante-neuf - Tue 5th Jun 2007, 9:43pm
Simon, please could we see the M69 listed in its own right in your prospective poll? It's a perfectly good motorway in its own right and doesn't deserve to be lumped together with the M1. And it also has the best name, clearly.
by BJ - Wed 6th Jun 2007, 5:40am
Are poll-fixing cartels a new feature of the website or have they always been around?
by Simon - Wed 6th Jun 2007, 9:22am
Soixante-neuf said: please could we see the M69 listed in its own right?
Done.
But can we have the other poll this week (but with a RoN option as well)? As it would suggest a recast of the incest chart is about to happen, and my vote for RoN would finally get me off the thing.
by Head Honcho - Sun 10th Jun 2007, 9:45am
The smaller poll fixing cartel failed in its mission last week, so its numbers increased for this.
by sam - Sun 10th Jun 2007, 12:12pm
Simon said: ...But can we have the other poll this week...
The choice is entirely down to you... all it takes if the withdrawal your poll and your wish will be fulfilled :)

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