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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
Recent results are variable. How will the 2007 vintage perform?
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 Bolero, Winter Olympics, Sarajevo, 1984  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?
Cambridge Head-2-Head  0%
Head of the Nene  10%
Newnham Short Course  0%
Robinson Head  42%
Pembroke Regatta  48%
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
The Glastonbury Festival 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?
England's quest to retain the Ashes, won so gloriously last summer as predicted by First and Third, begins this week. How will they fare?
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.
 19%
 19%
 11%
 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?
Here's a picture 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?
M1  58%
W1  43%
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?
Primal Quest  9%
Arctic Team Challenge  9%
Yukon Quest  9%
Global Challenge  0%
Gumball 3000  4%
Great Britain rowing squad at Beijing 2008  13%
Trinity Bruces  57%
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.
Giver  77%
Taker  23%
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
Coxing t-shirt from Boston  16%
Amelia's blue and gold headband  12%
Novice hoodies  20%
Awful novice t-shirt  4%
CULRC's new kit  20%
Rich and Dan's free and easy clothing policy - water obscuring lower bodies, luckily  16%
First & Third's golf style  12%
3rd May VIII reinvent the '3rd boat wears yellow' tradition from the mid 1990s  60%
4th May VIII's 'classic' look  12%
Magnus' personal style  12%
Dilini's personal style  4%
Matching club underwear  16%
Andrew's personal style  4%
FaT Duck, the fastest duck on the Cam  12%
1st Lent VIII's stripes  40%
'Towpath mud' look  24%
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?
Yes  57%
No  43%
Total: 42 members' votes   (19 comments...)
Which club will do best in the Clare Novice Regatta?
Based on
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?

Dreaming about...
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.
Yes  13%
No  87%
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?
Yes  69%
No  31%
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...)
At which sport do Black Prince have the best chance of beating FaT (other than rowing)?
Cricket  0%
Golf  0%
Triathlon  65%
Atlantic Rowing  92%
Earning More Money  85%
Drinking  35%
Chess  4%
Total: 26 members' votes   (18 comments...)
Daddy or Chips?
Daddy  23%
Chips  77%
Total: 13 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Which of the following will we see first?
I'm sure all of these events will occur at some point in the future, but which will be first?
FaT win Uni M4+  8%
FaT win Uni W4+  8%
FaT actually beats an inferior LMBC in the Uni LM4-  8%
Lents Headship  31%
Mays Headship  0%
Women's Lents Headship  4%
Women back in 1st May Division  31%
BPBC don't win Fairbairns category  8%
RTT drops below 72kg again  4%
Total: 26 members' votes   (19 comments...)
What next?
After rowing across the Channel, what will the club do next?
Boston Marathon  50%
Great River Race  5%
Record attempt on rowing the length of the Cam/Ouse  5%
Row to Lincoln  5%
Beat BPBC in the Fairbairn Cup  9%
Mays Headship  14%
Successfully enter a 1x into the GoR  14%
Total: 22 members' votes
Your favourite Bumps
The Lents & Mays are quite different experiences through the contrasting weather, number of crews, different spectators, work and social distractions etc... Which do you prefer?
Lents  24%
Mays  76%
Oxford City  0%
Total: 29 members' votes
What was your favourite Bumps race report?
Everyone knows that the real purpose of racing is to write a good report afterwards. Which of this year's May Bumps reports was your favourite?
M1 - Describing Maggie as 'hench'  6%
W1 - Haikus and Limericks  10%
M3 - Smiley Mark's blacksmith metaphor  16%
M3 - Christoph's tale of Icarus  13%
W3 - Counting strokes until the bump  3%
M4 - Top Gun quotes  16%
Caius M2 describing FaT M2 - 'I swear they had a rocket launcher on their stern!'  32%
Other  3%
Total: 31 members' votes
Which boat performed best in the Bumps?
Not mathematically but achievementally
1st Men  10%
1st Women  10%
2nd Men  77%
2nd Women  0%
3rd Men  0%
3rd Women  0%
4th Men  0%
4th Women  0%
5th Men  0%
Atlantic Prince  3%
Total: 39 members' votes   (11 comments...)
Bumps is all about...
...one or more of the following...
Good technique  20%
Hyper-fitness  20%
Mental strength  58%
Sheer teeth-gritting tenacity  70%
Core stability  13%
Matching kit  40%
Blades  50%
Spoons  15%
Boat damage  30%
The thrill of the chase  55%
Mays dinner  63%
The bop  45%
A pint at the plough in the early evening  18%
M1  35%
W1  25%
Marshalling  5%
Those few seconds of silence before the gun  48%
The weeks of training beforehand  23%
The alcohol bans  13%
The start  48%
The rating  15%
Grassy  18%
The quick bump  28%
The satisfying 'reach' bump  25%
The slow grind and just before the line bump  8%
Hitting Maggie  55%
The stomp  75%
Crew pastas  35%
The race reports  43%
The FaT mobile update system  25%
Being a DU/SU  18%
The callouses  5%
The glory  45%
The pain  45%
Crew showers  15%
Having fun (?!)  40%
Blood, sweat and tears  30%
Total: 40 members' votes   (8 comments...)

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