Favourite 2-digit ''A'' road
Everyone loves a retarded poll
A10 London to King's Lynn (known as the Great Cambridge Road or the Old North Road) 4% A11 London to Norwich 0% A12 London to Great Yarmouth 0% A13 London to Shoeburyness 0% A14 M1/M6 Catthorpe junction near Rugby to Felixstowe (Originally Royston to Huntingdon) 8% A15 Peterborough to Hull 0% A16 Stamford to Grimsby 0% A17 Newark to King's Lynn 0% A18 Doncaster to Ludborough 0% A19 Doncaster to Seaton Burn 0% A20 London to Dover 0% A21 London to Hastings 0% A22 London to Eastbourne 4% A23 London to Brighton 0% A24 London to Worthing 4% A25 Wrotham Heath to Guildford 0% A26 Maidstone to Newhaven 0% A27 Pevensey to Whiteparish 8% A28 Margate to Hastings 0% A29 Beare Green to Bognor Regis 0% A30 London to Land's End 4% A31 Guildford to Bere Regis 0% A32 Alton to Gosport 0% A33 Southampton to Reading 4% A34 Winchester to Salford 0% A35 Southampton to Honiton 0% A36 Southampton to Bath 0% A37 Dorchester to Bristol 0% A38 Bodmin to Mansfield 4% A39 Bath to Falmouth 0% A40 London to Fishguard 0% A41 London to Birkenhead 0% A42 Appleby Magna (M42) to Kegworth(M1) (Originally Reading to Birmingham: taken over by A34) 0% A43 Cherwell Valley to Stamford (formerly Oxford to Market Deeping) 0% A44 Oxford to Aberystwyth 0% A45 Birmingham to Thrapston (Originally to Felixstowe, but eastern section taken over by A14) 4% A46 Bath to Cleethorpes 0% A47 Birmingham to Great Yarmouth 0% A48 Highnam to Carmarthen 0% A49 Ross-on-Wye to Bamber Bridge near Preston 0% A50 Leicester to M1 Junction 22 and Kegworth (M1 Junction 24) to Warrington (formerly Northampton to Warrington) 0% A51 Kingsbury to Chester 0% A52 Newcastle-under-Lyme to Mablethorpe 4% A53 Shrewsbury to Buxton 0% A54 Chester to Buxton 0% A55 Holyhead to Chester (The North Wales Expressway) 0% A56 Chester to Broughton (A59) 0% A57 Liverpool to Lincoln 4% A58 Prescot to Wetherby 0% A59 Liverpool to York 0% A60 Loughborough to Doncaster 0% A61 Derby to Thirsk 0% A62 Manchester to Leeds 0% A63 Leeds to Hull 0% A64 Leeds to Scarborough 4% A65 Leeds to Kendal 0% A66 Workington to Grangetown 13% A67 Bowes (A66) to Crathorne (A19) 0% A68 Darlington to Edinburgh 0% A69 Carlisle to Blaydon 0% A70 Edinburgh to Ayr 0% A71 Edinburgh to Irvine 0% A72 Galashiels to Hamilton 0% A73 Abington to Cumbernauld 0% A74 Carlisle to Glasgow 0% A75 Gretna to Stranraer 4% A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock 4% A77 Glasgow to Portpatrick 0% A78 Prestwick to Greenock 0% A79 Prestwick to Doonholm 0% A80 Glasgow to Bonnybridge 0% A81 Glasgow to Callander 4% A82 Glasgow to Inverness 4% A83 Campbeltown to Tarbet 4% A84 Stirling to Lochearnhead 4% A85 Oban to Dundee 0% A86 Spean Bridge to Kingussie 0% A87 Invergarry to Uig 4% A88 Larbert to Stenhousemuir (Originally what is now the A9 past Inverness: this explains the rarity of A9xxx numbers in the Highlands) 0% A89 Newbridge to Glasgow 0% A90 Edinburgh to Fraserburgh 0% A91 Bannockburn to St Andrews 0% A92 Dunfermline to Stonehaven 0% A93 Perth to Aberdeen 0% Total: 24 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Who have you done?
Boat Club ≡ Incest
Jane Allison 4% Tom Andrews 4% Narelle Baker 4% Charley Bates 4% Ulrike Bauer 4% Adam Blacklay 4% Jonathan Blazek 0% Harriet Booker 4% Abigail Breary 4% Richard Bullock 70% Lorry Carr 4% Charles Chapin 0% Ji-Jian Chow 0% Ming Chung 0% Tom Coker 0% Rachel Croft 4% Adam Csenki 0% Damilola Dauda 4% Jon Davies 9% Will Dean 0% Chris Dunleavy 0% Richard Fletcher 0% Abigail Fox 4% Rachel Frigot 4% Bryn Garrod 4% Julijana Gjorgjieva 4% Stu Gooch 0% Joanna Heath 9% Nicola Henshall 13% Amy Hewer 13% Sarah Hickey 4% Liz Hill 4% Dominic Hockley 4% Phil Horler 0% Hannah Jackson 9% Dan Jane 4% Magnus Jones 4% John Kiely 4% Konstantin Kisil 0% Will Laffan 9% Emma Leadbetter 9% Andrew Lewis 9% Sam Lings 9% Sorcha McGinn 9% Tristan Melen 0% Christian Mertes 0% Thomas O'Neill 0% Kristina Ooi 9% Igor Ostrowski 9% Sebastian Pancratz 17% Robert Patterson 9% Sarah Pitt 9% Lynsey Porter 17% Philipp Preiss 0% Helen Ralston 4% Fran Rawlins 9% Pedro Salgard-Cunha 4% Matthew Sargeant 4% Emma Smith 4% Sarah Stoneman 4% James Strawson 4% Andrew Sugden 13% Julia Summers 4% Alex Sye 4% Erica Thompson 4% Corinne Vannatta 4% Lilie Weaver 4% P-J White 0% Henry Wood 4% Martin Yarr 4% Sam Zhang 4% Total: 23 members' votes ( 12 comments...) We row in order to...
...win 79% ...have fun 21% Total: 39 members' votes ( 40 comments...) Bumps Predictions
Yea yea yea, we all love BumpIt, but it seems to be lacking some options. Which of the following is likely to happen at some point during bumps week (up to and including post-bop carnage)
Blades: M1 39% Blades: M2 30% Blades: M3 30% Blades: M4 23% Blades: M5 20% Blades: W1 64% Blades: W2 80% Blades: W3 18% All FaT boats to spoon 7% Holes to appear in all Jesus' boats - FaT to retain Michell cup 34% FaT to bump Caius 59% Caius to bump FaT 5% LMBC to be too red 77% FaT buftys to outnumber everyone else on the river (including rowers) 61% FaT to form a secret cartel to fix the BumpIt results 16% NT to drive at >100mph with no brakes from York, every day to try and make the gun 61% FaTAMS epidemic to occur 5% JPD, NT, RTT, JWE etc to injure themselves in comic fashion on the towpath 55% Iain to run down Ian T and break his arm 11% Ian T to run down Iain and break his leg 7% Coker to turn up drunk to one or more races 43% Any member of FaT to be fined for 'foul and abusive behaviour/language' 64% Coker to be fined for 'foul and abusive behaviour/language' 45% LW to crash TR2 30% LW to miss men's division, ABL to cox M2 (not going to happen :P) 18% Incest chart to be in need of updating 84% Buftys to (try and) seduce 'innocent' younger FaTers 73% BCD to result in being banned 16% BCD speeches to be short, succinct and to the point 2% BCD speeches to be short, succinct and to the point (in the minds of the speakers) 77% Total: 44 members' votes ( 6 comments...) Who should trial lightweights next year?
Andrew Lewis 38% Will Laffan 44% Richard Fletcher 44% Martin Yarr 18% John Kiely 28% Philipp Preiss 41% Lorry Carr 28% Sam Lings 21% Mohammad Dehabadi 18% Tom O'Neill 23% Seb Pancratz 44% Christian Mertes 21% Adam Blacklay 21% James Strawson 23% Tom Coker 26% Hannah Jackson 15% Fran Rawlins 59% Julia Summers 51% Rachel Croft 18% Joanna Heath 18% Amy Hewer 15% Lilie Weaver 49% Toby Garnett 38% Total: 39 members' votes ( 17 comments...) Who will be next year's Men's Captain?
Because we know its just a popularity contest anyway ;)
Tom ''El Presidente'' Coker 3% Ming ''The Merciless'' Chung 41% Sebastian ''I Only Scull'' Pancratz 3% Will ''Shortest Headship Winner'' Laffan 3% Emma ''Brian Is So Awesome'' Leadbetter 12% Pedro ''How Can I Copy Erica After She's Gone'' Cunha 3% Bryn ''Will Only Coach Novice Girls'' Garrod 18% Martin ''Must Do Bigger Weights'' Yarr 3% Chris ''Doing a PhD to Row'' Dunleavy 9% Lorry ''Can't Look Forward'' Carr 0% Adam ''Very Ordinary'' Blacklay 6% Total: 34 members' votes How to tan?
The second most important thing about Mays rowing (after bumps)... bronzing.
Stay completely covered at all times to avoid any chance of a tan (see A. Lea-Cox) 15% Wear an all-in-one and get strap marks (see people too busy rowing to care about looks) 48% Wear only one strap and then switch at the lock to avoid too much of a strap mark whilst still being able to row well (see T. Coker) 6% Push both straps down to avoid strap marks and (if female) hope it holds and (if male) hope it doesn't (see Women's hour) 12% Go topless and just take the fines for indecent exposure on the chin (see the bank balance decrease) 18% Total: 33 members' votes ( 5 comments...) Blue and gold bikinis?
It has been suggested that the new women's Mays kit should be blue and gold bikinis. Less (/fewer?) tan lines, and proof, if needed, that we are (all) female. Aye or Nay?
Yes please! 63% No thanks! 37% Total: 43 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Punting skill
How good do you think you are?
I am/was a professional and made things up to tell tourists 10% I am/was a professional 0% I can go fast and straight 45% I struggle if it's busy but I'm largely OK 16% I may have hit an occasional bridge... 3% I'm a danger to myself and others 6% The Conservators have banned me 0% I'm a lady so I get a burly man to punt me 6% Water is for racing over, not drifting down 13% Total: 31 members' votes ( 13 comments...) Favourite test?
2k 7% 5k 17% 30 minute 3% Max. Power 7% Max. Weights 10% 5k sculling 0% Seat Race 13% Rorschach 3% Turing 7% Edgbaston 2005 33% Total: 30 members' votes ( 6 comments...) Eights Head
Legends: 88th or better 5% Very good: 89th - 118th 45% Above Average: 119th - 164th 45% Average: 165th - 200th 0% Below par for this crew: 201st - 250th 0% Below par for any 1st VIII: 251st - 300th 0% Disaster: 301st or below 0% Failure to finish 0% Failure to start 0% Event cancelled 5% Total: 20 members' votes ( 5 comments...) Website
It was suggested on the pub crawl that the site's login page (i.e. the navy blue background with the two large crests) be replaced with an animated lion who walks in from one side before stopping in the right pose. Thoughts?
Yes please 42% No thanks 58% Total: 36 members' votes Easter training
More than term-time 20% Same as term-time 12% Slightly less than term-time 12% Non-rowing related cross-training (e.g. skiing) 32% Very little, I'm off on holidays 4% Pub crawl anyone? 20% Total: 25 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Grammar Police
You know who you are.
They're ensuring that high standards are maintained 66% They're standing in the way of an evolving language 31% There's no one quite like Grammar... 3% Total: 35 members' votes A beautiful game?
On Saturday (March 17th), FaTTBC FC will play BPBC FC in the final of the inaugural Football Challenge Pot. You're not a betting (wo)man, but if you were...?
FaT to win easily 30% FaT to win narrowly 24% FaT to win on penalties 8% BPBC to win on penalties 8% BPBC to win narrowly 14% BPBC to win easily 11% Seb to lose easily 41% No injuries 0% Minor injuries only 32% One major injury 14% Multiple major injuries 8% Multiple major injuries to one person 32% No cards 8% Yellow cards only 24% One red card 11% Multiple red cards 30% A full-blown fracas leading to FA charges 27% FaT to score first 46% BPBC to score first 30% FaT to fail to score at all 3% BPBC to fail to score at all 16% FaT to concede a penalty 30% BPBC to concede a penalty 38% Anyone to score with a header 19% Anyone to score with a volley 14% Anyone to score from outside the area 43% Anyone to score from his own half 16% Anyone to score an own goal 54% Anyone to score a hat-trick 22% Anyone to score at the post-match social 49% Streaker (FaT underwear) 38% Streaker (inferior underwear) 5% Streaker (no underwear) 5% No WAGs present 11% 1-5 WAGs present 46% 6-10 WAGs present 11% 11+ WAGs present 14% FaT's destructive gambling culture to be exposed in Varsity in the build-up to the game 19% BPBC's specially commissioned spyplane and listening devices employed at FaT training sessions to be exposed in The Cambridge Student in the build-up to the game 16% Lorry to be seen daydreaming 49% Will Laffan to win a header 16% Tom Coker to turn up too drunk to play 57% James Strawson to turn up on the wrong day 43% Richard Fletcher to claim he's 'fed up of not winning anything' after the game 22% Mark Sankey to do a fartlek session at half-time while smiling 24% Seb to do a fartlek session at half-time while grimacing 57% Seb to suffer abuse for being German 84% Phil to suffer abuse for being ginger 70% QB James Scott to shout 'Red, Red, 72, 72' 30% Neil to be accused of sexism for failing to select any girls for BPBC 62% Dan Darley to cycle to and from the game from London 49% Dan Holland to 'do a Din' (i.e. require hospital treatment for exhaustion) 22% Ingers to 'do an Ingers' 35% Graham to 'do a Graham' 27% Simon Blackburn to attempt to have the game called off for health and safety reasons 19% BPBC to attempt to have the game called off because Bryn tries to play his ringer 27% Jon Glass to do the 'robot dance' after scoring 41% John Earl to provide a half-time 'keepy-uppy' masterclass 24% Eton Boy to ask where the Wall is 41% Matt Byrne to crown a mazy dribble from his own half with an outrageous left-foot chip over the onrushing goalkeeper 11% Total: 37 members' votes ( 15 comments...) What's the most beautiful piece of sport you've ever seen (live)? *Liu Xiang
broke Colin Jackson's 13-year-old 110m hurdles world record this week. That World Championship-winning run of 12.91 from CJ was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in sport. What's your favourite - not the most important or dramatic, but simply the most beautiful? (Ideally you should have watched it live for it to count.)
* denotes a link to a video clip.
*Football: Diego Maradona's second goal, Argentina vs England, World Cup QF, 1986 0% *Football: Marco van Basten's winner, Holland vs USSR, European Championship Final, 1988 0% *Football: Roberto Carlos's goal, Brazil vs France, Le Tournoi, 1997 5% *Football: Michael Owen's goal, England vs Argentina, World Cup Round 2, 1998 0% *Football: Dennis Bergkamp's last-minute winner, Holland vs Argentina, World Cup QF, 1998 0% *Football: Ryan Giggs's extra-time winner, Man United vs Arsenal, FA Cup SF, 1999 0% *Football: Thierry Henry's winner, Arsenal vs Man United, Premiership, 2000 0% *Football: Zinedine Zidane's winner, Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen, Champions' League Final, 2002 5% *Football: Steven Gerrard's last-minute equaliser, Liverpool vs West Ham, FA Cup Final, 2006 10% *Football: Esteban Cambiasso's goal, Argentina vs Serbia, World Cup Group C, 2006 5% Cricket: Lance Klusener's 31* off 16 balls, South Africa vs Australia, World Cup SF, 1999 0% Cricket: Kevin Pietersen's 91* off 65 balls, England vs Australia, ODI, 1999 0% Cricket: Matthew Hoggard's series-winning 7-61, England vs South Africa, 2005 0% Cricket: England (477) reducing Australia to 99/5, 4th Ashes Test, 2005 0% Rugby: Rob Andrew's last-minute match-winning drop goal, England vs Australia, World Cup QF, 1995 0% Rugby: Jonny Wilkinson's tackle on Matt Giteau, England vs Australia, World Cup Final, 2003 0% *Rugby: Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute match-winning drop goal, England vs Australia, World Cup Final, 2003 15% Rowing: Searle brothers winning Gold in the coxed pair with Gary Herbert, Barcelona, 1992 0% Rowing: Redgrave and Pinsent winning Gold in Barcelona, 1992 0% Rowing: Redgrave and Pinsent winning Gold in Atlanta, 1996 0% Rowing: Cambridge breaking the course record (16.19) in winning the Boat Race, 1998 0% Rowing: British coxless four winning Gold in Sydney, 2000 0% Rowing: British eight winning Gold in Sydney, 2000 5% *Rowing: Oxford winning from behind at Barnes Bridge, Boat Race, 2002 (see next option for video) 5% *Rowing: Oxford winning by one foot, Boat Race, 2003 ( video) 0% Rowing: British coxless four winning Gold in Athens, 2004 5% Athletics: Daley Thompson's decathlon Olympic Gold, Los Angeles, 1984 0% Athletics: Colin Jackson's 110m hurdles world record (12.91), World Championships, Stuttgart, 1993 5% *Athletics: Jonathan Edwards's triple jump world record (18.29m), World Championships, Gothenburg, 1995 0% Athletics: Haile Gebrselassie breaking the 5000m world record by 11 seconds, Zurich, 1995 0% *Athletics: Michael Johnson's 200m world record (19.32), Olympic Final, Atlanta, 1996 5% Athletics: Haile Gebrselassie winning Olympic 10000m Gold, Sydney, 2000 0% Swimming: Australia beating the USA to win Gold in the 4x100m relay, Sydney, 2000 0% Hockey: Great Britain going 2-0 up on Germany, Olympic Final, Seoul, 1988 0% Tennis: Goran Ivanisevic beating Pat Rafter in 5 sets, Wimbledon Final, 2001 0% Tennis: Roger Federer beating Andy Roddick, Wimbledon Final, 2005 0% Golf: Constantino Rocca's 60-foot putt on the 18th hole to force a play-off, British Open, 1995 0% Golf: Tiger Woods winning the US Masters by a record 12 shots, aged 21, 1997 0% *Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan's world record fastest 147 in 5min 20sec, 1997 0% *Figure-skating: Torvill and Dean winning Gold with , Winter Olympics, Sarajevo, 1984 Bolero 5% Other (please post below, with a link if possible.) 30% Total: 20 members' votes ( 30 comments...) Best of the rest
Yeah yeah Lent VIIIs we love you and all, but let's spread that love. In the style of the well known but trademarked movie awards, who should get the 'best supporting crew' award?
2nd Men 39% 2nd Women 13% 3rd Men 5% 3rd Women 29% 4th Men 2% 5th Men 13% Total: 56 members' votes ( 10 comments...) How will First and Third fare this week?
Estimate the total number of places lost or gained by our crews (in total) this week. We have 8 crews on the River, and could go up a total of 28 places if all crews gain blades with no overbumps.
Down more than 5 places 2% Down between 1 and 5 0% Stay level 0% Up between 1 and 5 2% Up between 6 and 10 9% Up between 11 and 15 41% Up between 16 and 20 35% Up between 21 and 25 2% Up more than 25 places for the week 9% Total: 46 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Grammar Police
They know who they are...
They're ensuring that high standards are maintained 50% They're standing in the way of an evolving language 50% There's no one quite like Grammar... 0% Total: 2 members' votes The Big One
neither 2% men 22% women 5% both 71% Total: 41 members' votes Day tickets
The ARA is abolishing day tickets next month and entry into all open regattas and heads will require ARA membership (unless they run dodgy events e.g. CRA only). Which of these do you agree with?
It will have no effect on me whatsoever 56% I have regularly used day tickets as I do 1 or 2 open events each year and this will stop me racing 6% I fear that there will be less people for me to race at events I go to 21% It's good because it will stop people with lots of points cheating by entering on a day ticket with 0 points 26% ARA membership is a rip-off 29% ARA membership is good value for money 21% I predict BPBC will now only enter non-ARA events 32% What's a day ticket? 29% Total: 34 members' votes ( 4 comments...) Best indicator of form?
With only two competitions left before the Lents and, more importantly, BumpIT, which is traditionally the best indicator of who's going up and who's going down?
Total: 31 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Which club do we hate the most?
Over the years it has become traditional to hate some clubs more than others, but which is the worst of the lot?
LMBC 22% Downing 61% Caius 17% 5 iron 0% Total: 36 members' votes ( 5 comments...) The hype starts here
It seems you can't have a game of football these days without a load of OTT build-up. We're having a game of football, how can we best hype it up?
Just a note on the blackboard @GG on the day of the game 5% Special section of this website 14% Kick off is moved to accommodate tv schedules - debate over whether the organisers have sold out 23% Richard Keys of SkySports calls it 'the most important game of football that's ever been played' 5% Speaking before the game, Neil Talbott is quoted as saying the following when asked about Bryn 'But I'll tell ya - you can tell him now if you're watching it - we're still fighting for this title, and he's got to go to Cramner Road and get something, and. 5% Graham Fisher breaks a metatarsal next week, leading to speculation regarding his participation in the game 18% This poll is quite enough thank you. 32% Total: 22 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Security
have announced that the 2007 Festival tickets will be personalised with photos to prevent touting. Another event in June which costs a lot of money and has an issue with security is the May Ball. Which of these security measures should the Ball adopt?
Prescreening of applicants to ensure they are buying tickets for their own use 4% Photos on tickets 16% Fingerprints 4% Iris recognition 4% All guests required to wear gold socks 52% Replacing tickets with tattos 16% Doubling the price to take the floor out of the tout market 0% Give up - let the free market take over 4% Total: 25 members' votes What's the best Christmas record ever?
So 'Best Christmas #1' sees a resounding victory for Bohemian Rhapsody, as made famous by the
2001 2nd May VIII
. However, many of the best Christmas singles never made it to #1, being kept off by such abominations as the Pet Shop Boys. Which of the following is your all-time favourite Christmas track (carols etc excluded)?
2 Become 1 (Spice Girls) ( listen) 0% 2000 Miles (The Pretenders) ( listen) 0% All I Want For Christmas (Is You) (Mariah Carey) ( listen) 15% Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys) ( listen) 8% Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd) ( listen) 0% A Spaceman Came Travelling (Chris de Burgh) ( listen) 0% A Winter's Tale (David Essex) ( listen) 0% A Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul McCartney) ( listen) 0% Babe (Take That) ( listen) 0% Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) ( listen) 4% Caravan Of Love (Housemartins) ( listen) 0% Chiquitita (ABBA) ( listen) 0% Christmas (The Who) ( listen) 0% Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Darlene Love/U2) ( listen/ listen) 0% Christmas Day (Dido) ( listen) 0% Christmas Time (Bryan Adams) ( listen) 0% Christmas Time (The Darkness) ( listen) 0% Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses) ( listen) 0% Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid/Band Aid 20) ( listen/ listen) 0% Don't You Want Me (The Human League) ( listen) 0% Driving Home For Christmas (Chris Rea) ( listen) 4% Earth Song (Michael Jackson) ( listen) 0% Especially For You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan) ( listen) 0% Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl) ( listen) 19% Father Christmas (The Kinks) ( listen) 0% Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (Elmo and Patsy) ( listen) 8% Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon and Yoko Ono) ( listen) 0% Heal The World (Michael Jackson) ( listen) 0% Hello Goodbye (The Beatles) ( listen) 0% I Believe In Father Christmas (Greg Lake) ( listen) 0% I Have A Dream (ABBA) ( listen) 0% I'll Find My Way Home (Jon & Vangelis) ( listen) 0% Imagine (John Lennon) ( listen) 0% I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) ( listen) 0% I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard) ( listen) 0% JCB Song (Nizlopi) ( listen) 4% Last Christmas (WHAM!) ( listen) 4% Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby and David Bowie) ( listen) 0% Little Saint Nick (The Beach Boys) ( listen) 0% Lonely This Christmas (Mud) ( listen) 0% Mad World (Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules) ( listen) 4% Mary's Boy Child (Boney M) ( listen) 0% Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens) ( listen) 0% Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) ( listen) 0% Mistletoe And Wine (Cliff Richard) ( listen) 0% Mr Blobby (Mr Blobby) ( listen) 0% Mull Of Kintyre (Wings) ( listen) 0% New Year's Day (U2) ( listen) 4% Perfect Day (Various) ( listen) 0% Pipes Of Peace (Paul McCartney) ( listen) 0% Please Come Home For Christmas (The Eagles) ( listen) 0% Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt/Kylie Minogue) ( listen/ listen) 0% Santa Claus You C*n* Where's My F*****g Bike? (Kevin Bloody Wilson) ( listen) 4% Saving All My Love For You (Whitney Houston) ( listen) 0% Somethin' Stupid (Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman) ( listen) 0% Sound Of The Underground (Girls Aloud) ( listen) 0% Stay Another Day (East 17) ( listen) 0% Step Into Christmas (Elton John) ( listen) 0% Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie) ( listen) 12% Thank God It's Christmas (Queen) ( listen) 0% The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) ( listen) 0% The Power Of Love (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) ( listen) 0% Under The Moon Of Love (Showaddywaddy) ( listen) 0% Walking In The Air (Peter Auty/Aled Jones) ( listen) 0% Whatever (Oasis) ( listen) 0% When A Child Is Born (Johnny Mathis) ( listen) 4% When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole/Rick Astley) ( listen/ listen) 4% White Christmas (Bing Crosby) ( listen) 0% YMCA (The Village People) ( listen) 0% You've Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) ( listen) 4% Other (please post below, with a link if possible) 0% Total: 26 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust?
WIN: England 5 - 0 Australia 0% WIN: England 4 - 0 Australia 0% WIN: England 4 - 1 Australia 0% WIN: England 3 - 0 Australia 0% WIN: England 3 - 1 Australia 4% WIN: England 2 - 0 Australia 0% WIN: England 3 - 2 Australia 4% WIN: England 2 - 1 Australia 19% WIN: England 1 - 0 Australia 0% DRAW: England 2 - 2 Australia 19% DRAW: England 1 - 1 Australia 7% DRAW: England 0 - 0 Australia 4% LOSE: England 0 - 1 Australia 0% LOSE: England 1 - 2 Australia 11% LOSE: England 2 - 3 Australia 0% LOSE: England 0 - 2 Australia 4% LOSE: England 1 - 3 Australia 11% LOSE: England 0 - 3 Australia 0% LOSE: England 1 - 4 Australia 4% LOSE: England 0 - 4 Australia 7% LOSE: England 0 - 5 Australia 7% Total: 27 members' votes ( 10 comments...) Happy New Year?
New year, new opportunities, new resolutions... but is it all too late?
The best of my rowing career is yet to come 60% The best of my rowing career is behind me and I'm now managing the decline 30% In life in general, the best is yet to come 80% In life in general, I know that, on balance, I've had my best years 27% Total: 30 members' votes ( 3 comments...) What shall we call them?
We have a lot of new boats in need of names. Two new eights, two new sculls, the Light Four and the Coastal Four. Either pick your favourites from the options below (one for each boat), or suggest another.
Black Prince (men's eight) 89% Riccardo (men's eight) 3% Other (men's eight) 5% The Ladies' Plate (women's eight) 0% Henry the Eight (women's eight) 32% Valkyrie (women's eight) 16% John Pierrepoint Morgan (women's eight) 0% Fair Maid of Kent (women's eight) 18% Power in the Water (women's eight) 3% The Random Buftie (women's eight) 16% Other (men's eight) 8% Pike and Eel (sculls) 37% Cat and Buns (sculls) 37% Blue and Gold (sculls) 5% Flotsam and Jetsam (sculls) 11% Other (sculls) 11% Hydra (light four) 50% Ariel (light four) 18% Martin Rees (light four) 18% Other (light four) 8% Ursula (coastal) 13% Circe (coastal) 5% Leviathan (coastal) 68% Other (coastal) 13% Total: 38 members' votes ( 29 comments...) What's the best Christmas #1 ever?
By the time you read this, it will probably have been confirmed that this year's Christmas #1 is another atrocious offering from the latest winner of X-Factor. But it wasn't always like this: once upon a time, when Snickers were Marathons and a shag was a common cormorant, Christmas #1 records were enduring classics. What's your all-time favourite?
Here In My Heart (Al Martino, 1952) 0% Answer Me (Frankie Laine, 1953) 0% Let's Have Another Party (Winifred Atwell, 1954) 0% Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine, 1955) 0% Just Walkin' In The Rain (Johnnie Ray, 1956) 0% Mary's Boy Child (Harry Belafonte, 1957) 0% It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty, 1958) 0% What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For (Emile Ford & The Checkmates, 1959) 0% I Love You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows, 1960) 0% Moon River (Danny Williams, 1961) 0% Return To Sender (Elvis Presley, 1962) 0% I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles, 1963) 0% I Feel Fine (The Beatles, 1964) 0% Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out (The Beatles, 1965) 0% The Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones, 1966) 0% Hello Goodbye (The Beatles, 1967) 4% Lily The Pink (Scaffold, 1968) 0% Two Little Boys (Rolf Harris, 1969) 4% I Hear You Knockin' (Dave Edmunds, 1970) 0% Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) (Benny Hill, 1971) 0% Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Little Jimmy Osmond, 1972) 0% Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade, 1973) 11% Lonely This Christmas (Mud, 1974) 0% Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen, 1975) 36% When A Child Is Born (Soleado) (Johnny Mathis, 1976) 0% Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School (Wings, 1977) 0% Mary's Boy Child-Oh My Lord (Boney M, 1978) 0% Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979) 7% There's No One Quite Like Grandma (St Winifred's School Choir, 1980) 0% Don't You Want Me (The Human League, 1981) 4% Save Your Love (Renee & Renato, 1982) 0% Only You (The Flying Pickets, 1983) 0% Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid, 1984) 4% Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens, 1985) 0% Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson, 1986) 0% Always On My Mind (The Pet Shop Boys, 1987) 4% Mistletoe & Wine (Cliff Richard, 1988) 0% Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid II, 1989) 0% Saviour's Day (Cliff Richard, 1990) 0% Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Queen, 1991) 4% I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston, 1992) 0% Mr Blobby (Mr Blobby, 1993) 4% Stay Another Day (East 17, 1994) 11% Earth Song (Michael Jackson, 1995) 0% 2 Become 1 (Spice Girls, 1996) 0% Too Much (Spice Girls, 1997) 0% Goodbye (Spice Girls, 1998) 0% I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun (Westlife, 1999) 0% Can We Fix It? (Bob The Builder, 2000) 0% Somethin' Stupid (Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2001) 0% Sound Of The Underground (Girls Aloud, 2002) 4% Mad World (Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules, 2003) 4% Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid 20, 2004) 4% That's My Goal (Shayne Ward, 2005) 0% Total: 28 members' votes The lycra debate: it rumbles on
Last week's poll caused more conversation than the usual. Let's have some in depth analysis.
All lycra-based clothing makes rowers of the opposite sex look sexy 29% All lycra-based clothing makes rowers of the opposite sex look wrong 4% Tech tops and leggings are one thing, it's all in ones I have a problem with 36% It's not the material, it's the design: hoops make me look FaT 11% I won the Fairbairn Cup in 1956 in my single scull wearing cotton slacks and a zephyr 25% Sod lycra, I want to do the Lents in PVC 46% Total: 28 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Rowers of the opposite sex wearing lycra (generally) look...
Sexy 68% Minging 23% Like gigolos/whores 10% Total: 31 members' votes ( 24 comments...) IM?
Which is your favourite?
ICQ 8% Yahoo 0% MSN/Windows Live 69% Skype 8% Google Talk 12% Miranda 0% Hawaii, if I qualify 4% Total: 26 members' votes ( 2 comments...) What injury/illness have you trained/raced through?
Real rowers don't listen to their doctors' advice. Which of the following have you refused to prevent you getting in a boat?
Prolapsed disc 4% Food poisoning 27% Pulled muscle in arse 4% (Freshers) 'flu 62% Hamstring strain/pull 23% Conjunctivitis 4% Injury sustained in bike accident while going to the boathouse 23% Quinsy 4% Hangover 77% Blood poisoning from septic blister 8% Nasty bug picked up from drinking Tideway water 8% Foot and Mouth 15% Other (please elaborate below) 42% Total: 26 members' votes ( 16 comments...) Injuries and illnesses
Most of the following injuries or diseases have prevented members of the Clubs competing at some point. Which is your favourite?
Prolapsed disc 0% Food poisioning 14% Pulled muscle in arse 18% (Freshers) 'flu 5% Hamstring strain/pull 0% Conjunctivitis 0% Injury sustained in bike accident while going to the boathouse 9% Quinsy 5% Hangover 14% Blood poisioning from septic blister 18% Nasty bug picked up from drinking Tideway water 5% Foot and Mouth 14% Total: 22 members' votes ( 9 comments...) How many university medals will be won by FaT this week?
Medals up for grabs in (Men's) Light IVs and Men's and Women's 1st Coxed IVs divisions.
0 19% 4 19% 5 11% 9 37% 10 0% 14 15% Total: 27 members' votes Skiing...
It won't be long before the snow starts to fall and the ski season begins. But which of the below best describes you?
I love skiing 67% I hate skiing 4% I hit the slopes every year 41% I've never been 22% It costs too much 26% On my salary I only go for chalets with a sauna and hot tub 7% Apres rather than ski for me 4% I hate getting snow down my trousers and falling on my sore arse all the time 4% My knees are so f**ked I can't ski 11% I'd be up for a boatie skiing trip! 30% Total: 27 members' votes Favourite Bond?
Connery 48% Lazenby 0% Moore 4% Dalton 20% Brosnan 20% Craig 4% Samantha 4% Total: 25 members' votes ( 16 comments...) Have you ever been injured whilst training for rowing?
People are always getting injured. It's something that happens a lot and always seems to be at exactly the wrong time. An injured squad member can lose a crew a race (or their replacement win a race...), and it's always devastating to take time out when the club's doing really well.
No, never, I'm an undergrad - you have to be over 20 to start worrying about injuries, right?! 8% No, never, I warm up properly, warm down properly, miss sessions if I feel ill and always look after myself - my body is a temple! 8% Yes, I've been injured, but I rowed through the pain/broken ankle (and won the Fairbairns, in my single scull) 16% Yes, I got injured, but went to the sports injury clinic (Mon, Wed, Fri mornings drop-in clinic at Addenbrooke's physio dept) and they sorted me out 12% Yes, I rowed through it and made it much worse, I really f**ked myself over for the sake of a couple of minor events and subsequently missed some important races 16% I routinely get admitted to hospital/row whilst on crutches/train against specific doctor's orders/am called Neil Talbott 12% I am/was a triallist and we have a squad physio to sort out injuries and everything! 4% I'm a cox, training is for wimps 4% I row for BPBC, training is for wimps 20% Total: 25 members' votes ( 3 comments...) What is your ARA rowing status?
Sweep oar - assume the crew averages the number of points you have.
Novice 44% Senior 4 17% Senior 3 11% Senior 2 11% Senior 1 6% Elite 6% Veteran 6% Total: 18 members' votes ( 1 comment...) How did you cope without the First and Third website?
The website went on its annual holiday last week (was it unplugged by a cleaner again?) - what did you do?
I didn't notice because I didn't try to visit while it was down 0% I got my fill of rowing websites by looking at the Rowing Service, Tideway Slug, etc. 5% I watched the Mythbuster waterskiing behind an eight video on YouTube 9% I browsed other websites (non-rowing related)instead 32% I did some training 23% I did some work 23% I joined LMBC 9% Total: 22 members' votes ( 4 comments...) The ABC and Channel 4 series 'Lost' is approaching its conclusion. Will you be watching avidly, or couldn't you care less?
It's brilliant 18% It's rubbish 29% Where am I? 53% Total: 17 members' votes ( 1 comment...) What colour blades are you using at the moment?
Many FaTties will be training away from the Cam at the moment. Hopefully they are all using respectable kit, but let's make sure....
Dark blue (with or without a gold band) 27% Black with a dark blue tip and a gold cat and buns 18% Cambridge blue 0% Orange 0% Yellow 0% Green 0% Indigo 0% Violet 0% Black 9% White 18% Pink 9% Red 18% Total: 11 members' votes Are you addicted to rowing?
Many of us find there are times in our lives when rowing becomes a little more important than other things. But are you addicted? Use this well known questionaire to guage your addiction.
Score one or more? You ought to think about Rowers Anonymous...
I feel that I ought to cut down 24% I get annoyed when people suggest I should cut down 71% I feel guilty because of the amount I row 12% I need an early morning eye-opener session just to survive 18% None of the above 35% One of the above 29% Two of the above 29% Three of the above 12% All of the above (u-oh) 12% Total: 17 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Which of these would you most like to see permamently banned from the boathouse?
non-FaT people 17% CU(W)(L) trialists who just cry and cry and CRY 28% Gates with less than 36 degree pitch 0% Bland lard 28% Small boats 0% Smelly co-rowers 28% All liquids and personal electronic items 0% Total: 18 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Which of these would you most like to see permamently banned from aircraft?
Fat people 39% Small children who just cry and cry and CRY 25% Seats with less than 36 inch pitch 18% Bland food 4% Small toilets 0% Smelly co-travellers 7% All liquids and personal electronic items 7% Total: 28 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Ay caramba, it's the World Rowing Championships
The 2006 World Rowing Championships are at Dorney later this month. How will you be involved?
Ignoring 17% Reading about it online/in newspapers 22% Watching on TV 33% Spectating 17% Spectating every day 0% Streaking & pitch invading 6% Volunteering 6% Competing 0% Total: 18 members' votes Favourite ice cream/lolly
Fab 0% Mini Milk 4% Solero 4% Mars Bar Ice cream 8% Other chocolate bar turned into ice cream 0% Mivvi 4% Cornetto 8% Magnum 15% Solero 0% Feast 19% Calippo 4% Sparkle 0% (Tangle) Twister 12% Fruit Pastilles lolly 8% Rocket 4% 2l tub of vanilla 12% Total: 26 members' votes ( 4 comments...) How do you cope in this heat?
It's on the warm side at the moment (no doubt by the time you read this it will be raining though) - which of these are part of your strategy for beating the heat?
I don't feel it 5% I feel it but can we stop all this nambypammby worrying about it 38% My place of work has air conditioning so ha ha ha ha ha! 29% I love it and am sunbathing everyday right now 19% I just take my tie off/dress down 29% I carry water and/or a fan everywhere 14% I am carrying ice bricks with me 5% I'm lounging in front of the tv with the curtains drawn 19% It's a bit cooler on the river so am spending more time rowing 19% Other strategy (below) 19% Total: 21 members' votes ( 11 comments...) What's your favourite bop song?
We all know the bop represents a distorted view of
The Way - Divine Inspiration 6% Blue - Eiffel65 0% Gold - Spandau Ballet 6% Macarena - Los Del Rio 6% Saturday Night - Whigfield 17% Top Gun Theme - Miami Sound Machine 17% The One and Only - Chesney Hawks 39% Rupert the Bear Theme - Rupert the Bear 0% Other (post below) 11% Total: 18 members' votes ( 4 comments...) Furthest you've made it at Henley?
Never entered 32% Didn't qualify 14% Fastest non-qualifier 14% Wednesday 5% Thursday pre-5pm 14% Thursday post-5pm 0% Friday 5% Saturday 0% Sunday but I lost 0% I've won it 0% Made it into Stewards 18% Made third base in Stewards 0% Total: 22 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Guiltiest Pleasure?
Now that the Mays are over, May week has just happened, and FaT aren't rowing at Henley (again...), there is plenty of time to revive those vices that you gave up whilst training. Which of them makes you feel most guilty about your hedonistic lifestyle and the way you are treating your finely tuned body?
Wining 37% Dining 32% Sharking 16% Shagging 0% Shopping 0% Websurfing 5% Watching daytime TV 5% Watching Kiddystare 5% Total: 19 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Best T-shirt: part 1
Limited to 1st & 3rd t-shirts only, pre Year 2000. Based only on memory and this site's photo archives; apologies for errors.
The meek may inherit the earth, but they can stay the hell off the river 27% We are better than you 42% Think you're a bit tasty do you? COME ON THEN! (2nd Men, May 1997) 12% Beat Me! (children's sized t-shirt) (3rd Men, May 1997) 15% The A-Team (Novice Men, 1997) 4% Chomp (2nd Men, Lent 1998) 0% Gold Sox: Way out of your league baby (2nd Women, Lent 1998) 0% BoatShift (parody of CICCU campaign) (4th Men, Lent 1998) 0% The Full Boaty (The Full Monty parody) (3rd Men, May 1998) 0% Boat Crawl (Novice Men, 1998) 0% Trinity Mermaids (2nd Women, May 1999) 0% Total: 26 members' votes ( 5 comments...) Run run run little rower
A few more First and Third/BPBC members completed a marathon last week. What's your view on the distance event?
I think they're great and we should do one each training camp 10% I've run one and will run another 7% I've run one and if you ever see me starting another one then you have my permission to shoot me 7% Rowing a marathon - maybe, but I can't see the appeal of running one 10% I'm a sprinter 10% I thought they were called Snickers now? 55% Total: 29 members' votes ( 1 comment...) How much time will you be spending playing BumpIT this week?
No time at all 31% <5 mins / day 13% 5-15 mins / day 13% 15-30 mins / day 16% 30-60 mins / day 6% All day 6% All day and all night 16% Total: 32 members' votes ( 4 comments...) How will England fare in the World Cup?
The 2006 World Cup starts on June 9th. England have their best chance to win it since 1966, if you believe the hype. But do you?
Group stage humiliation 11% Second-round knock-out 16% Hung, drawn and Quartered 26% Semi-final agony 32% Fall at the Final hurdle 3% The World's at our feet 8% Thrown out for hooliganism 5% Total: 38 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Should the Grads row in those really, really, nasty looking yellowey-orange too-tight tops again?
of last year's crew in all their glory.
Yes! It's incredible sexy, and I would wear it in Cindies. 65% No! I'd rather be at Oxford... 35% Total: 34 members' votes ( 15 comments...) New bumps rules
The CUCBC captains have agreed to change the rules for bumps so that a bump will be awarded before Grassy if the bow ball passes the cox. Which of these is nearest to your view?
It's the right solution to carnage in the gut 24% There is a problem but this isn't the solution: bigger fines for late acknowledgement would be better 3% There is a problem but this isn't the solution: banning coxes or somehow penalising offending crews would be better 52% There is a problem but my solution below would be better 3% There is not a problem, this is a change which panders to the 'Safety is the 1st Priority' brigade 7% Bow balls are for wimps. 10% Total: 29 members' votes Could you have written a better poll than this one?
With only half an hour left before the deadline there were still no polls submitted. Was this one worth it?
This is probably my favourite poll so far and I am happy with my decision not to submit one 13% You win some, you lose some 10% This poll is a pile of poo, but I couldn't think of a better one so have no right to complain 30% The Big Issue seller outside Sainsbury's could have come up with better 23% I was looking forward to Favourite T-Shirt Part II 23% Total: 30 members' votes ( 1 comment...) What should be the next FaT international campaign?
After the successful raid on Berlin, what should the club try next?
Banyoles training camp 6% Head of the Charles 13% Royal Canadian Henley 3% Trinity College Dublin Regatta 29% Sulkava Rowing Race 3% Beijing 2008 6% Bomb France 32% Invade Poland (bet the captain starts this one) 6% Total: 31 members' votes How many training sessions/week have you averaged since the Lents?
A training session must be at least 30 minutes long to count.
ten or more (dedication's what you need) 7% seven, eight or nine (ahead of the game) 11% four, five or six (most days, but not if I'm tired) 33% two or three (some days, and only if it's sunny) 22% one (just couldn't be arsed, really) 11% zero (training during holidays is pointless) 15% Total: 27 members' votes ( 8 comments...) In how many different countries have you rowed?
One 33% Two 33% Three 6% Four 9% Five 3% Six 3% Seven or more 12% None 0% Total: 33 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Are you happy to be given unsolicited coaching during outings?
Yes 67% No 17% Only if it also involves fisticuffs 17% Total: 18 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Fastest 2k on a rowing lake?
What is the fastest you have covered 2000m on a still rowing lake?
< 5:30 4% 5:30 - 5:40 0% 5:40 - 5:50 4% 5:50 - 6:00 8% 6:00 - 6:10 8% 6:10 - 6:20 8% 6:20 - 6:30 0% 6:30 - 6:40 8% 6:40 - 6:50 0% 6:50 - 7:00 0% 7:00 - 7:10 4% 7:10 - 7:20 0% 7:20 - 7:30 0% > 7:30 0% Never done one 56% Total: 25 members' votes ( 13 comments...) Best rowing related computer game?
BumpIt 63% Bumpsdaq 2003 13% Bumpsdaq 2004/5 4% Cambridge coxing game 0% Su-ro 4% Weight / Height / Boat type adjustment of 2k scores in Excel 0% Tetris 17% Total: 24 members' votes ( 8 comments...) Best Lents photo?
Martin has captured some great moments these Lents, but which was the best?
M1 narrowly miss out on the headship - At the railings 10% W1 bump Jesus in their hardest-earned bump to date - Pushing for the Bump 0% M2 undertake Downing around Ditton - Substantially overlapping Downing 3% M3 get the 3rd VIII headship - Bumping LMBC for the 3rd boat Headship! 5% W2 sink Downing - Downing girls in the water 65% M4 win their blades - Overjoyed at getting the 4th bump 13% M5 are the only 5th VIII in the Lents - Racing gets underway at the Foot of the River 5% Total: 40 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Who will be the next FaT crew to go Head of the Lents? Total: 40 members' votes At what temperature should the red wine be served at Lents dinner?
Just below boiling point 12% Body temperature 4% Room temperature 31% Fridge temperature 15% Frozen 38% Total: 26 members' votes ( 10 comments...) WAP?
The electronic flag on the CUCBC website may well override/replace the physical flag at Goldie in the near future. It'll be accessible by internet or WAP. Given that the internet isn't yet available in the boat house, will we still be able to find out what colour the flag is?
I have a WAP phone and I'm not afraid to use it! 40% I think I have a WAP phone but I don't know how it works 26% No, my phone definitely doesn't have WAP 17% WAPTF? 17% Total: 35 members' votes ( 36 comments...) What is your favourite ice-based event NOT in the Winter Olympics?
Add your own below.
Giant Snowball Rolling 28% Ice Cricket 16% Ice Fishing 0% Ice Hockey (car) 3% Luge (car) 9% Luge (vodka) 16% Ski Jumping (car) 16% Tea Tray Sliding 3% Climbing Mount Washington 9% Total: 32 members' votes ( 4 comments...) Which of these Winter Olympic sports is your favourite?
To do or to watch, it's up to you.
Ice Dancing 22% Luge 19% Downhill (skiing) 32% Skeleton 5% Slalom (skiing) 5% Super-G (skiing) 3% Ski Jumping 5% Curling 8% Total: 37 members' votes ( 26 comments...) What next?
Rich and Dan have rowed across the Atlantic and are surely deserving a well-earned break. But once they've rested and feel like doing something extreme again, which of these events or teams should they compete in/for?
Total: 23 members' votes ( 9 comments...) Are you a giver or a taker?
As requested a couple of weeks ago in the
Deal or No Deal poll. Total: 26 members' votes What is your greatest fear when rowing on the Thames?
I believe all of these have been encountered by FaT / CU members at some point (with the possible exception of the CowboyNeal option). Which one gives you most nightmares?
Snapped rudder strings 13% The Harbour Master 0% The Black Buoy 13% Fulham Flats 17% Gastroenteritis 13% Sofas 9% Acer Nethercott 0% Donald Legget 26% Whales 9% Total: 23 members' votes ( 5 comments...) When should we schedule the pre-Boat Race pub crawl? Recent years
have seen members of First & Third and Black Prince tour the 10 pubs that overlook the Championship course on one of the days before the Boat Race. There are several possible dates for this in 2006, each with pros and cons. Which should go in the diary?
Saturday 25 March (pro: day of the men's 8s Head so more people than usual in London, with some working up a thirst. Race is at 11:30 so enough drinking time afterwards - just. And no work tomorrow. Con: Lots of other rowers getting in the way) 14% Sunday 26 March (pro: nothing else going on that day. Con: work the next day, plus will people still be in SW London after watching the race yesterday?) 23% Saturday 1 April (pro: eve of Boat Race, lie-in tomorrow. Con: clashes with Henley races - Henley lacks sufficient pubs to replicate crawl.) 45% Sunday 2 April (pro: day of boat race, so lots of people there. Race is late afternoon so could be a crawl with Race in the middle, and bonus pints at the boat club bars. Con: lots of people in SW London. Work the next day.) 18% Total: 22 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Deal or No Deal
Deal 7% No deal 26% I calcuate (total prize fund left / boxes remaining) while Edmonds is talking to the bank and if it's lower than the offer then it's Deal 22% I have no idea what you're talking about 44% Total: 27 members' votes ( 10 comments...) First and Third 2005 Fashion Awards
Vote for your top three fashion innovations of 2005
Total: 25 members' votes ( 3 comments...) New Year's Resolutions
train more 66% train less 16% win blades 31% qualify for/row at Henley 19% beat Oxford 6% take a break from rowing 22% take up rowing again 19% do all the stretches my physio tells me to do 25% row (across/on) the English Channel 19% wash my kit 56% spend less time on this website 34% spend more time on this website 19% get on a Boat Club committee 9% stomp 56% get a (new) job 34% buft 31% win the fancy dress prize at Cardinals 3% drink more (alcohol) 16% drink less (alcohol) 34% get more blue and gold clothes 31% trial for GB/CU 9% not make any resolutions 16% Total: 32 members' votes ( 2 comments...) Which of these did you eat/drink on Christmas Day?
This isn't ordinary Christmas food; this is First and Third Christmas food...
Smoked salmon & scrambled egg 8% (Home cooked) ham 28% Full English fry-up 3% Bucks Fizz 18% Champagne/Cava/similar 46% Alcohol before 11am local time (does not include Communion) 36% Crisps 44% Some sort of chocolate snack/bar 64% Shortbread 8% Turkey 72% Gammon 0% Game 0% Duck 5% Goose 5% Vegetarian alternative 8% A non-poultry alternative (let us know below) 10% Sausagemeat 56% Potatoes 92% Sprouts 62% Parsnips 49% Carotts 77% Peas 33% Yorkshire Puds 15% Other vegetables 51% Stuffing 72% Bread Sauce 31% Cranberry sauce 54% Gravy 92% Some sort of BBQ or similar because you're in the Southern hemisphere 5% Red wine 59% White wine 67% Port 18% Brandy 13% Whisky 13% Other spirit 33% Mince pie 46% Christmas Pudding 49% The coin from the Christmas Pudding 0% Other pudding 49% Cream 36% Ice cream 15% Brandy Butter 31% Sugar 28% Cold turkey (e.g. in sandwich) 18% Other sandwich 3% Cup of tea 49% Bubble & Squeak 0% Second helpings of any of the above 79% Any of the above repeated at seperate meals or doubling up as a snack 49% Tree decorations 18% Chestnuts (open fire optional) 10% Riveta 3% Water 82% None of the above 3% Total: 39 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Who fills your stocking; Father Christmas, or Santa Claus?
What do you reckon the guy in red with the white beard and the reindeer and the sleigh who comes down the chimney and eats the mince pies and sherry is called?
Father Christmas 69% Santa Claus 14% My parents 17% Total: 36 members' votes Rich and Dan
Now they're off, you can be honest. They're:
Barking 77% Brave 74% Brilliant 74% Total: 31 members' votes ( 5 comments...) After how much rowing would you have classified yourself a boatie rather than just a rower?
Are you in a boatie relationship? Do you spend more than two hours a day at the boathouse? Have you ever worn lycra for anything except rowing? Are more than fifty percent of your friends rowers? Do you arrive (late) at lectures in your splashtop? Come to think of it, do you miss most of your lectures/supervisions because you're still at the boathouse? If the answer to more than two of these questions is yes, you are a boatie. But how long did it take for this addiction to creep up on you?
I was a boatie before I arrived at Trinity 6% They got me at the Chaplains Squash and it's been downhill ever since 26% As soon as I'd been tubbing 2% By midway through my novice term 30% After I'd done Clare Novices 0% After novice Fairbairns 2% Once I'd experienced my first Bumps 21% Once I'd experienced Bumps, in the warm sunshine, with Pimms afterwards 4% Me, a boatie?! I don't think so! 9% Total: 47 members' votes ( 8 comments...) Do different pasta shapes taste different?
Macaroni goes with a cheesy sauce. Fusilli goes with a tomatoey sauce. Spaghetti was invented to go with bolognese, and you can't have cannelloni without spinach and ricotta. All of these shapes have their merits, but do they actually taste different from one another?
Total: 42 members' votes ( 19 comments...) Which club will do best in the Clare Novice Regatta?
Rounds Won divided by Crews Entered
First and Third Trinity BC 51% Caius BC 0% Christ's College BC 3% Churchill College BC 0% Clare BC 0% Clare Hall BC 0% Corpus Christi College BC 0% Darwin College BC 0% Downing College BC 0% Emmanuel College BC 0% Fitzwilliam College BC 3% Girton College BC 0% Homerton College BC 0% Hughes Hall BC 3% Jesus College BC 3% King's College BC 0% LMBC 15% Lucy Cavendish BC 0% Magdalene BC 0% New Hall BC 3% Newnham College BC 0% Pembroke College BC 0% Peterhouse BC 3% Queens' College BC 0% Robinson College BC 0% St Catharine's College BC 0% St Edmund's College BC 0% Selwyn College BC 0% Sidney Sussex College BC 0% Trinity Hall BC 0% Wolfson College BC 0% CULRC 18% Total: 39 members' votes ( 19 comments...) Which is sweeter?
Winning men's and women's fours in the space of 30 minutes 71% Beating LMBC four times in a week 26% Chocolate 3% Total: 31 members' votes Who is the most comedy selfish bastard?
Edmund Blackadder 63% Basil Fawlty 0% Homer Simpson 7% Alan Partridge 23% Steve Stiffler 0% Withnail 3% Oscar Schindler 3% Total: 30 members' votes ( 1 comment...) What's the best exercise for when you're stuck in a queue?
Bear in mind ability to get moving quickly if needed, and effects of stream and wind and constrained spaces.
Roll ups 12% Frontstops tapping 8% Backstops tapping 4% Standing up in the boat (i.e. by taking a stroke) 4% Cutting the cake 0% Swapping blades between sides 4% Pausing on the recovery 8% Everyone swap seats 62% Total: 26 members' votes ( 14 comments...) What is/was your favourite VIII
Everyone has a favourite boat, past or present.
BP1 26% Denys Lawrence 12% BP2 21% Margot 3% BP3 [Karlische] 18% BP4 [Aylings] 0% BP5 [the wooden thing] 6% Peter Brandt 9% Titan 0% Conqueror 3% Fair Maid of Kent 0% Henry 3% Total: 34 members' votes ( 23 comments...) I remember when...
you could walk past Sainsbury's without noticing it was there 33% everything in the Bridge Street accommodation was wonky, leaking, or live 45% Burrell's Field only had the big houses 3% half the computers in the computer room would have blue screens which you couldn't unlock 35% the first model C ergs arrived at the boathouse 13% the rising bollards in Trinity Street were put in 18% the bar was in the corner of Great Court 25% the dining hall went through the phase of putting banana on everything (e.g. Salmon Caprice) 48% the bop involved a live DJ, not a computer 33% all the furniture in College rooms was like the stuff in the boathouse now 35% no one had swipe cards 10% Cindy's was Cindy's 8% Cindy's was 5th Avenue 58% Eden Lily was more than a photography shop 33% The Baron of Beef and the Mitre were dingy pubs 58% The maths department was in town 38% BP2 (Janousek) was BP1 20% BP4 (Aylings) was BP1 0% BP3 was BP1 3% the river flooded 55% the river froze 13% the river was covered with green scum (and I mean the whole river, not just the odd patch) 18% there was a NatWest at Great Gate 45% Formal Hall cost three pounds or less 38% you paid for meals with little tickets with the number of courses written on them 53% there was a Z Blue Boar 40% novices rowed 15 minutes after the seniors 35% none of the above 30% Total: 40 members' votes ( 18 comments...) How often do you check the website?
Every minute 3% Every hour 10% Three or four times a day 50% Daily 23% Weekly 10% Monthly 0% Annually 0% I have never checked the website 3% Total: 30 members' votes ( 7 comments...) Who would make the best dominatrix?
Catherine Aiken 38% Emily Booker 22% Honey Duan 16% Anna McCreadie 6% Rachel Munro 9% Pia Schaefer 0% Sarah Taylor 0% Bron 9% Total: 32 members' votes ( 1 comment...) Flintoff: Could you? Have you?
I have drunk as much as Flintoff is reported to have done in one session. 5% I have not drunk as much in one session as Flintoff did. 33% I have not drunk as much in one session as Flintoff did - but I plan to try. 48% I have not drunk as much as Flintoff did in my life. 14% Total: 21 members' votes What will the final score be in the Ashes?
England's score first.
3-1 18% 2-1 41% 2-2 23% 1-1 0% 1-2 0% 1-3 0% 5-0 18% Total: 22 members' votes ( 1 comment...) The stuff of nightmares
Many people have bad dreams. Some people dream about rowing. Sometimes people have bad dreams about rowing. But which of these thoughts is most likely to have you waking up in a cold sweat?
being bumped by LMBC 48% losing to Oxford 36% forgetting the lifejacket while coxing in bumps 4% being moved to the three seat 28% last 30 seconds of a 2k erg test 40% being single at the bop 20% an alcohol ban at Formal Hall 16% a worldwide shortage of malt loaf 32% being fastest non-qualifier at HRR 12% only having 7 riggers in Putney 20% Dan and Rich's anti-chafing measures 40% Total: 25 members' votes ( 1 comment...) What training techniques/aids do you normally use?
Most of the below are used by professional athletes to keep up with the competition. Which are most used at First and Third?
N.B. to select an option you should use it regularly - so buying lucozade occasionally from the lard cupboard doesn't count for Sports drink.
Sports drinks 41% Vitamin/mineral supplements 22% Protein supplements 7% Heart rate monitor 48% Training diary 44% Stretching sessions 59% Core stability work outs 63% Alexander technique training 4% Visualisation 15% Other specialised training technique(s) - elaborate below 0% None of the above 15% Total: 27 members' votes ( 3 comments...) Favourite sport to watch?
Could be live or on TV / Radio. Or even a combination.
Cricket 29% Cycling 0% Football 21% Golf 4% Rowing 4% Rugby 13% Tennis 4% Women's Nude Mud Wrestling 25% Total: 24 members' votes Is the web poll getting stale?
This week's original poll was a repeat of an earlier poll. Is the poll getting stale? Turn out rates suggest that voter apathy is not a problem. Have the old coffin dodgers who used to contribute run out of ideas? Or have they retired, leaving a void yet to be filled by those still in statu pupillare? The main question again: is the web poll getting stale? Vote and discuss.
Total: 23 members' votes ( 24 comments...) Internships
Summer time, and the living certainly isn't easy. Several members of this website are either slogging their guts out in the City on a summer placement, or know what it's like, having done so in the past. What's the point?
I'm gaining a valuable insight into the industry that I want to work for 29% I'm gaining a valuable insight and I realise it's not an industry I want to work for 21% I now realise student life is so cushy and I may well do a masters to avoid this for as long as possible 93% How do people put up with commuting? It sucks 29% I love commuting... there's a train and it goes underground and everything! 7% I'm being given interesting work and contributing to the company 43% I have menial tasks and do not feel valued 21% They keep taking me out for drinks etc 43% There are no social activities in the evening because I'm still working 0% Everything seems so expensive here 29% I'm not doing an internship because I'm working in the pub at home 0% I'm not doing an internship because I'd rather have a long summer holiday 29% The experience I have gained on this internship will look great on my cv 21% The experience I have gained on this internship will look great on my cv once I've hyped it up a bit 36% Now I realise why the bufties keep coming up to Cambridge 64% Total: 14 members' votes ( 4 comments...) Can you be bothered to vote? Total: 29 members' votes ( 7 comments...) Who is/was the greatest oar of all time?
Abbagnale (brothers, any of them) 0% Ned Hanlan 0% Sir Matthew Pinsent 29% Sir Steve Redgrave 48% James Tomkins 5% Rob Waddell 14% Dreissigacker (brothers, inventors of the ergo) 5% Total: 21 members' votes ( 16 comments...)