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Siege!
Imagine you have angered a group of antisocial youths while out on the river - for example, you have broken their fishing line and they demand retribution. They follow you to the boathouse, where you quickly jump inside and prepare yourself for their arrival.

The hoardes arrive, armed with bricks, stones, and possibly knives. You look around to see what you could use to defend the boathouse. What do you do?
Pick up a blade and charge.  0%
Run out holding a backstay in one hand, a clam in the other as a knuckleduster, and start swinging wildly.  13%
Launch a single scull at the gang.  0%
Stand on the balcony frisbeeing Fairbairns shields at them.  13%
Stand on the balcony pelting them with weights and Headship medals.  6%
Dismantle an erg, craft some form of rudimentary nunchucks, put on some jet-black full-body lycra and abseil down from the roof.  6%
Attempt to drown them by throwing Lard items into the river.  0%
Put on the women's cheese music erg CD on maximum volume.  25%
Give Coker a call.  38%
Total: 16 members' votes   (4 comments...)
Favourite Corner?
There are lots of gentle bends left out of the options, but all of these require more turn than an Australian spinner. Which one do you like best?
Little Bridge  0%
First Post  9%
Grassy  27%
Ditton  27%
The Kink  0%
Under the Railway Bridge  0%
Morley's Holt  0%
Chesterton  9%
Simoco  0%
Churchill BH  0%
Elizabeth Way  0%
The Karussell  27%
Total: 11 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Fairbairns Predictions
Which of the following will we win/will happen?
Fastest Men's Novice VIII  14%
Fastest Men's Second Novice VIII  14%
Fastest Women's Novice VIII  14%
Fastest Second Women's Novice VIII  7%
Fastest Men's Senior VIII  29%
Fastest Men's Second Senior VIII  14%
Fastest Men's Invitational Senior VIII  79%
Fastest Women's Senior VIII  43%
Fastest Women's Second Senior VIII  7%
Fastest Women's Invitational Senior VIII  57%
Fastest Men's Senior IV  21%
Fastest Women's Senior IV  43%
Fastest Men's Invitational Senior IV  71%
Fastest Women's Invitational Senior IV  29%
Second Novice Men beat First Novice Men  21%
Second Novice Women beat First Novice Women  14%
BPBC M1 beat FaT M1  57%
BPBC M2 beat FaT M2  64%
BPBC W1 beat FaT W1  21%
BPBC M4+ beat FaT M4+  43%
Fastest BPBC W4+ beat Fastest FaT W4+  36%
FaT Novice Men beat any BPBC Men's VIII  14%
At least one crab in a novice crew  79%
At least one crab in a senior FaT crew  36%
At least one crab in a BPBC crew  43%
Sun  36%
Rain  36%
Snow  93%
Hail  43%
Fog  36%
Gales  50%
Wormhole action  50%
Total: 14 members' votes   (1 comment...)
What is the maximum sum of money you would be willing to spend on club Stripy Trousers (women included)?
The official 1st&3rd club dress comprises a pair of Stripy Trousers like the ones the Men's Captain swaps over with the incoming captain at the Mays dinner each year. It is a great shame that apart from the Men's Captain only a very few Bufties own a pair of Stripies these days and so it would be fantastic if we managed to produce a new batch of them. Previous attempts to do this have been hindered by large production costs (cloth needs to be made + trousers tailored).

This poll is aimed at finding out how many people would be interested in purchasing a pair of Stripy Trousers and at what price such that quotes can be obtained from manufacturers. For the ladies, there are ideas to introduce Stripy Skirts, so please place your vote too!

Options are indicated in Pounds Sterling.
150+  3%
125  3%
100  26%
75  23%
50  45%
Total: 31 members' votes   (1 comment...)
Where shall we go on training camp next year?
Every year, the men (and potentially the women) go somewhere exciting for pre-Lents training camp. We've had Nottingham, Seville and Chester in the last three years, all very special in their own way. So now where? State your (multiple) preferences!
Cambridge  13%
Dorney  26%
Nottingham  9%
Lake Victoria  17%
Chester  17%
Seville  43%
The Tideway  48%
The Amazon  13%
Wallingford  26%
Peteborough  17%
Across the Atlantic  17%
Ely  17%
Lake Titicaca  26%
Banyoles  13%
Total: 23 members' votes
How long will it be before Gonzalo breaks his vow of celibacy?
Gonzalo has explicitly stated that he is going to be celibate this term...how long will this last?
Gonzalo and celibate don't go together in the same sentence  67%
Less than a week  17%
1-2 weeks  0%
2-3 weeks  0%
3-4 weeks  0%
Up until a massive bender just before exams  6%
He'll succeed (anyone voting this option has accidentally pressed the wrong button)  11%
Total: 18 members' votes   (5 comments...)
Yes, but...
Having decided which party to vote for at an election, you discover that the selected candidate used to row for LMBC. What do you do?
Vote for another party: I could never support anything to do with LMBC  7%
Vote for another party: any LMBCite is going to be incompetent  7%
Vote for the same party: candidates' personal lives are irrelevant  0%
Vote for the same party: come on, we're talking about running the country here, there are limits to disliking LMBC  7%
Stand against them just to prove that anything they can do we can do better  80%
I always find out about the candidate before deciding how to vote, so this would not apply to me  0%
Total: 15 members' votes
If there was a General Election tomorrow, for whom would you vote?
BNP  0%
Conservative  26%
DUP  0%
Green  0%
Jury Team  0%
Liberal Democrat  42%
Labour  11%
Plaid Cymru  5%
RESPECT  0%
SDLP  0%
Sinn Fein  0%
SNP  0%
Trade Union & Socialist Coalition  5%
UKIP  0%
UUP  0%
Other  11%
Don't know/undecided  0%
Total: 19 members' votes   (1 comment...)
As per Julia's request, should the next FaTTBC vs BPBC multisport event be touch rugby?
Touch rugby is a superb game played by men and women together and, though not widely played here, is the largest participation sport in NZ. For those unfamiliar with the game check out this for a basic intro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvASxmfGVIM
yes  50%
no  50%
Total: 18 members' votes   (4 comments...)
Whither FaTTFC vs BPFC?
This year's 1st & 3rd vs Black Prince football match was less competitive than in previous years. This may be a consequence of BPBC having gained more recent graduates, leaving 1st & 3rd somewhat disadvantaged. How should the fixture be run in future years to keep it competitive?
No change  41%
Pick teams on the day, each being mixed FaT/BPBC  0%
Play (e.g.) strokeside vs bowside, again with mixed FaT/BPBC teams  6%
Organise a composite FaT/BPBC team to play, say, the College 2nd XI or another boat club's old boys  12%
Only run the fixture in years when there is particularly strong interest from FaT  0%
Have a 5-a-side tournament instead  0%
Play the game in Michaelmas term when more 1st years are likely to be involved  41%
Abandon the fixture  0%
Other (please suggest below)  0%
Total: 17 members' votes   (3 comments...)
Who will do best at the (W)HoRR?
Clearly there are different numbers of entries (400 in HoRR, 300 in WHoRR), but going purely on places, which result do you expect?
Women beat men by > 50 places  0%
Women beat men by 31-50 places  7%
Women beat men by 11-30 places  33%
10 or fewer places between them  7%
Men beat women by 11-30 places  13%
Men beat women by 31-50 places  0%
Men beat women by >50 places  0%
Both crews lose to JPD, Mahe and Ming in a Randan  40%
Total: 15 members' votes   (2 comments...)
How Many Headships?
The four men's crews currently hold their respective headships. How many will the club hold at the end of the week?
None  0%
One  0%
Two  0%
Three  0%
Four  6%
Five  89%
Six  6%
Total: 18 members' votes
Lent Bumps Net Gain
What will be the net gain for the six FaT crews racing this week? Rowing over head of the first division counts as +1. Voting closes Wednesday at 12 noon.
Worse than -4  5%
-4 to -1  5%
Level  5%
+1 to +4  21%
+5 to +8  11%
+9 to +12  37%
+13 to +16  16%
+17 to + 20  0%
Better than +20  0%
Total: 19 members' votes
Where will be the best place to watch the bumps from?
With just over 3 weeks until bumps, where do you hope to be keeping your eye on the racing from?
Head Station  0%
First Post Corner  0%
Grassy Corner  16%
The Plough pub  4%
Ditton Corner  0%
The Railings  0%
The Railway Bridge  0%
Morleys Holt  0%
Peter's Posts  0%
Top Finish  4%
Bicycle on the towpath  28%
The Coxes seat  4%
The Headship crew  28%
Over the radio from home  0%
Online @ www.firstandthird.org  16%
Total: 25 members' votes   (12 comments...)
Pembroke Regatta
At the time of writing, the BPBC entry for the Pembroke Regatta is JPD in his single scull. How will he do?
Competitive in M2 division  32%
Fall in after standard Long Reach regatta blade clash  21%
Tip an eight in after standard Long Reach regatta blade clash  63%
Disqualified  16%
Beat that random French crew that always turns up, but make no further progress  11%
Beat the crews from other College alumni clubs  32%
Win the Pembroke Regatta in his single scull  42%
Total: 19 members' votes
Which annoys you the most?
Fairburns  94%
Mitchell Cup  6%
Total: 16 members' votes   (6 comments...)
Most Significant Victory?
Which First and Third victory was the most significant in recent times?
1998 Lents (Men)  9%
1998 HORR (Novice)  0%
2000 Lents (Men)  6%
2007 Lents (Men)  0%
2007 Lents (Women)  17%
2007 Fairbairn's (Men)  6%
2008 Lents (Men)  0%
2008 Lents (Women)  0%
2008 Fairbairn's (Men)  0%
2008 Mays (Men)  43%
2009 Lents (Men)  0%
2009 HORR (Halladay)  11%
2009 Mays (Men)  3%
2009 Fairbairn's (Women)  3%
? Other (Please specify)  3%
Total: 35 members' votes   (4 comments...)
What form will Martin's midlife crisis take?
Martin Peck (the creator of this website) turned 40 on New Year's Day. Clearly a midlife crisis is shortly due, but what form will it take?
He'll buy a Harley Davidson  4%
He'll adopt a comb-over  4%
He'll trade his wife in for a younger model  4%
He'll buy an allotment  13%
He'll take up pipe smoking  4%
He'll take early retirement  0%
His speech will become hesitant  21%
He'll commission the manufacture of a tandem  50%
Total: 24 members' votes
New Year resolutions
Will you be giving things up, or taking things up?
Giving up  17%
Taking up  83%
Total: 12 members' votes
Are you an alcoholic?
As we are well aware due to the press many students drink far too much. Is this true of First and Third students?
How many of these would you answer yes to?


Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
Have people criticised your drinking?
Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
0 (none of these apply)  26%
 19%
 15%
 22%
4 (all of these apply)  19%
Total: 27 members' votes   (3 comments...)

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