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In 1902, the Master of Trinity Hall died during the May Bumps and Trinity Hall did not wish to race for the last two nights. 1st Trinity were behind them and arranged to row past the Hall starting post the third night, and allow the Hall to row past the 1st TBC post the following night, thus enabling the Hall boat to retain its place on the river without racing. If a similar thing happened now, would you do the same?
Yes  75%
No  25%
Total: 20 members' votes   (3 comments...)
Delayed
In last week's poll, MC Peck was havin' trouble in da wife transportation area. What's the best solution to the fact that wifes/girlfriends always make you late for everything?
Family Railcard  0%
Tandem  10%
Larger car  5%
Telling her bumps starts two hours before it does  76%
Shopping vouchers  14%
Divorce  14%
Giving up altogether and accepting that your life is over. Settling down. Raising a family and ruining their lives by pushing them into first coxing, then rowing, & being faintly disappointed that they end up with a better bumps aggregate than you  29%
Men! Huh. Like you're any better  5%
Total: 21 members' votes
Should the photos in the gallery be bigger?
Simple. Are the pictures in the gallery too small?
Yes  65%
No  24%
Don't care  12%
Total: 17 members' votes   (12 comments...)
Top Glass
Team Clarkson  7%
Team Hammond  37%
Team May  41%
The Stig  15%
Total: 27 members' votes   (12 comments...)
What is the worst organised sporting event of recent times?
The 1993 Grand National (link 0%
West Indies vs England, 1st Test 1998 (link 0%
The 2002 University Fours (link 10%
The 2005 US Grand Prix (link 0%
West Indies vs England, 2nd Test 2009 (link 14%
The 2009 Pembroke Regatta  76%
Total: 21 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Lents Bop in the Union
There's going to be a combined bop for JCBC, LMBC, and 1&3TBC...
Tragedy  33%
It's a sin  24%
Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)  14%
I predict a riot  71%
We didn't start the fire  48%
You get what you give  10%
Everbody wants to rule the world  19%
Take on me  19%
Who let the dogs out  43%
Maggie may  19%
Jesus he knows me  0%
Three lions  38%
Dizzy  19%
Total: 21 members' votes   (1 comment...)
If JDT were to stand for Women's boatclub captain, would you vote for him?
After hearing some of JDT's main thoughts on the subject, RTT suggested he should stand.
Yes  54%
No  38%
Depends on his policies  8%
Total: 26 members' votes   (3 comments...)
What should be the next event to be added to the FaT vs. BPBC calendar?
So far we have rowing, football, golf and cricket as established fixtures. What should we add next (I think all of these have been mentioned at some point)?
Rugby  0%
Triathlon  14%
Karting  21%
Paintball  32%
Fell Running  14%
Guitar Hero / Rock Band  4%
Bridge  4%
Curling  0%
Aerial Dogfighting  11%
Total: 28 members' votes   (6 comments...)
Is women's emancipation a good idea?
Yes  0%
No  100%
Yes  0%
Total: 9 members' votes   (4 comments...)
What do FaT members miss most about the club during the holidays?
Most undergraduates leave for the holidays, leaving those who do stay deserted -- so everyone misses out in some way. What do members miss the most?
Banter  78%
Erging  17%
Rowing  74%
Pasta  43%
Lard  48%
Circuits  26%
Lock runs  17%
Coker  17%
Total: 23 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Dark days for BPBC
For the third time in four years, the novices have beaten BPBC II in the Fairbairn Cup. However, a look through the archives demonstrates that there are plenty of sub-prime BPBC results. But which of these events ranks as BPBC's poorest performance?
Coming last in the HRR Qualifiers (?2002)  5%
Equipment failure: Royal Canadian Henley, summer 2000  59%
Losing to Downing II: Fairbairn Cup 2000  9%
7 riggers & a Bathtub: Head of the River 2003  18%
Fried Dough and last-but-one twice: Head of the Charles 2005  0%
'Umitigated disaster': City Sprints 2007  9%
F & T Novices 3, BPBC II 4: Fairbairn Cup 2001 - 2008  0%
Total: 22 members' votes   (12 comments...)
Will FaT NM1 beat M2 in senior Fairbairns this year?
Yes, by a long way  10%
Yes, narrowly  29%
No  61%
Total: 31 members' votes   (8 comments...)
Who will be the next President of the USA?
Hillary Clinton  22%
Sarah Palin  17%
A proper African-American  0%
Arnold Schwarzenegger  61%
Total: 18 members' votes
Who will be the next President of the USA?
McCain  3%
Obama  59%
Osama  11%
John W. Earl  27%
Total: 37 members' votes   (4 comments...)
Marmite
I love it  29%
I hate it  35%
I can take it or leave it  35%
Total: 31 members' votes   (1 comment...)
Who is the greatest Olympian of modern times?
Michael Phelps's achievements in Beijing have reignited the argument as to who is the greatest Olympian. Who gets your vote? (Summer Olympics only, since 1896.)
SWIMMING: Mark Spitz - won 9 gold medals, including a (formerly) record 7 in 1972 (when many fewer were available than the 34 on offer in 2008), setting a world record in each  0%
Michael Phelps - has won a record 14 gold medals, including a record-breaking 8 in Beijing  6%
ATHLETICS: Paavo Nurmi - won 9 middle & long distance gold medals from 1920-28, plus 3 silver medals, and might have won more in 1932 had he been eligible to compete  11%
Jesse Owens - won 4 gold medals ((100m, 200m, long jump, sprint relay) in 1936 at 'Hitler's Olympics' in Berlin  6%
Emil Zatopek - won gold medals in 1952 at 5000m, 10000m and the marathon (which he only decided to run at the last minute), plus gold and silver in 1948  0%
Fanny Blankers-Koen - won 4 gold medals in 1948, and only the rules prevented her from competing in more events, such as the long and high jumps, for both of which she held the world record  0%
Al Oerter - won 4 gold medals in discus from 1956 to 1968 and is one of only three people to win an individual Olympic gold medal at four consecutive games  0%
Ed Moses - unbeaten from 1977 to 1987 in the 400m hurdles, and was (almost certainly) only denied three consecutive gold medals by the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics  0%
Daley Thompson - one of only two men ever to win two Olympic decathlons (1980 and 1984), setting a world record in the second  0%
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - won the heptathlon gold medal in 1988 and 1992 (and silver in 1984) and still holds the world record, and also won the long jump gold in 1988  0%
Carl Lewis - won 9 gold medals from 1984 to 1996, including 4 (100m, 200m, long jump, sprint relay) in 1984, and is one of only three people to win an individual Olympic gold medal at four consecutive games  6%
Jan Zelezny - one silver and 3 golds in the javelin from 1988 to 2000  0%
Michael Johnson - won 400m gold in 1996 and 2000 (only man ever to retain that title), and also won 200m gold in 1996, shattering the world record in 19.32 seconds  0%
ROWING: Steve Redgrave - won gold medals at each of 5 Olympics from 1984 to 2000, plus a bronze in 1984  33%
Matthew Pinsent - won gold medals at each of 4 Olympics from 1992 to 2004, and never lost an Olympic race  6%
Elisabeta Lipa - won gold medals at 5 Olympic Games in rowing between 1984 and 2004, plus silver and bronze in 1988 and silver in 1992  11%
OTHER: Paul Elvstrom (sailing) - the third man to have won four consecutive individual Olympic gold medals (1948 to 1960), one in the Firefly class and three in the Finn class  0%
Aladar Gerevich (fencing: sabre) - won gold medals at a record 6 Olympics between 1932 and 1960 (7 total golds), the last aged 50, and holds the record for time between gold medals (28 years)  0%
Larissa Latynina (gymnastics) - only female athlete to have won 9 Olympic gold medals, between 1956 and 1964, and also won 5 silver and 4 bronze, making a record total of 18  0%
Nadia Elena Comaneci (gymnastics) - awarded the first ever 'perfect 10', then awarded 6 more en route to 4 gold medals in 1976, aged 14, and won another gold in 1980  0%
Birgit Fischer (kayaking) - won 8 gold medals at a record 6 different Olympics from 1980 to 2004 (missed the 1984 games because of the Eastern Bloc boycott), plus four silver medals, and holds the women's record for time between gold medals (24 years)  11%
Eric 'the eel' Moussambani (doggy-paddle) (video, in case you missed it 11%
Other (please comment below)  0%
Total: 18 members' votes
Will Great Britain (and Northern Ireland) finish ahead of Australia in the medal table at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?
The table is ranked by number of gold, then silvers, then bronze medals.
Yes  43%
No  57%
Total: 23 members' votes   (1 comment...)
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asdf  67%
edyufgj  33%
Total: 3 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Oympic Grandstand
China is in a different timezone to the UK, so events will be largely through the night (including the swimming finals, moved to the morning to suit US tv. How will you get your fix?
I do not intend to watch any of the Olympics  0%
I shall hear about it on Radio 5  0%
I'll watch the prime time evening highlights  11%
I'll stay up for the bits I'm interested in  44%
I'm going to live on Chinese time for the duration  44%
Total: 9 members' votes   (2 comments...)
HRR
How far will FaT get at Henley, before being knocked out ?
Qualifiers  5%
Wednesday  41%
Thursday  14%
Saturday  0%
Sunday  0%
They'll win  36%
Friday  5%
Total: 22 members' votes   (7 comments...)
How should future headships be celebrated?
News from upriver suggests that boat burnings are not always safe. In these eco-aware times, what about the carbon footprint of a burnt boat? And the lack of wooden boats to burn?
Find a wooden boat, even if it means buying a skiff, and burn it  57%
Build a wooden boat and burn it  26%
Give an old boat to an underfunded school rowing club (cf Magdalen Oxford when they went head of Eights in 04, for the first time in decades)  17%
Give money to a FISA project to set up rowing in a small country (on condition that any boats bought are called Black Prince)  9%
Hold some sort of lantern festival with lanterns on boats floating along the backs, timed so that they launch mini fireworks displays as they go past the Wren  4%
Hold a ball on the Monday after bumps  48%
Make all boat club activity carbon neutral  13%
Total: 23 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Which Division 1 Positions Will Be Occupied By 1st & 3rd At The End Of The Week?
With 3 boats in their respective 1st divisions any position is possible, but where do we think they'll end up?
Head  90%
2nd  23%
3rd  3%
4th  0%
5th  10%
6th  37%
7th  0%
8th  0%
9th  7%
10th  20%
11th  37%
12th  23%
13th  3%
14th  0%
15th  0%
16th  0%
17th  0%
Total: 30 members' votes
Are there too many races on the Cam?
Much as we love the end of term blow outs, are there now so many events during the term that normal training is being hindered? Or should every outing be at firm pressure anyway?
Yes  26%
No  74%
Total: 19 members' votes   (4 comments...)
Which Convention is most dull?
Democratic Party  8%
Republican Party  8%
Star Trek  25%
Fairport  58%
Total: 12 members' votes
If there was a General Election tomorrow, who would you vote for?
British National Party  0%
Conservative Party  17%
Green Party  3%
Labour Party  7%
Liberal Democrats  21%
Scottish National Party  3%
UK Independence Party  0%
John Earl  48%
Total: 29 members' votes   (2 comments...)
What should be done to protest at the Olympics about the Chinese in Tibet?
Torch protesting has begun, but there are various suggestions about further demonstration. What do you think is appropriate?
Nothing, the Olympics are about sport and should be apolitical  24%
The torch protests make the point well enough  7%
Political leaders should boycott the games  62%
Athletes should boycott the games  3%
Everyone should buy Pepsi to send a consumerist message  3%
Total: 29 members' votes
What's your favourite Blondie song?
They might not move a boat very fast, but they knocked out some awesome tunes. These are all on youtube.
X-Offender  0%
Denis  5%
Hanging on the Telephone  14%
Heart of Glass  14%
One Way or Another  14%
Dreaming  0%
Call Me  10%
Atomic  14%
Rapture  0%
Maria  24%
The Tide is High  5%
Total: 21 members' votes
Is this the best photo yet on the website?
This is the 8,040th photo uploaded onto the site. Is it the best?
Yes  14%
No  86%
Total: 29 members' votes   (1 comment...)
Boat Race
Light Blues  30%
Dark Blues  15%
BPBC  55%
Total: 20 members' votes
Who should be in the Trinity BC football team?
11 men to beat the old boys. I've just taken the mubs list, feel free to suggest others.
Ahmadnia  19%
Braviner  24%
Carr  43%
Hill  14%
Chow  10%
Chung  29%
Coker  43%
Dehabadi  10%
Denby  24%
Dunleavy  33%
Fletcher  33%
Ford  14%
Garcia  19%
Garrod  48%
Gruessing  43%
Jane  52%
Kebschull  19%
Kiely  10%
Laffan  38%
Leadbetter  29%
Lewis  14%
Li  10%
Malmberg  29%
Masset  14%
Mertes  29%
O'Neill  10%
Ostrowski  10%
Preiss  38%
Richardson  10%
Routh  10%
Cunha  33%
Smith  19%
Stoneman  29%
Strawson  48%
Vial  24%
Total: 21 members' votes   (6 comments...)
The Big One redux
neither  3%
men  12%
women  6%
both  79%
Total: 33 members' votes
Who will get on?
The GoR is on Friday afternoon - choose 7 men's and 8 women's crews from the following.
Trinity Hall WII  5%
Pembroke WIII  32%
Christ's WII  50%
Downing WII  27%
CCAT WII  14%
Emmanuel WIII  18%
First & Third WIII  77%
LMBC WIII  41%
Jesus WIII  36%
Lucy Cavendish/Hughes Hall WII  23%
Magdalene WII  9%
Peterhouse WII  18%
Sidney Sussex WII  0%
King's WII  14%
Churchill WII  9%
Selwyn WIII  9%
LMBC WIV  18%
Magdalene WIII  0%
Sidney Sussex WIII  0%
Homerton WII  32%
Fitzwilliam WII  14%
St Edmund's WII  14%
Darwin WII  5%
Christ's MIII  23%
First & Third MV  68%
CCAT MII  36%
Homerton MII  45%
Pembroke MIII  45%
Girton MIII  9%
St Edmund's MII  14%
Darwin MII  0%
Sidney Sussex MIII  5%
Corpus MII  14%
Churchill MIV  9%
Magdalene MIV  5%
CCAT MIII  9%
Fitzwilliam MIII  14%
Jesus MIV  41%
Magdalene MIII  9%
First and Third MVI  41%
LMBC MV  41%
Pembroke MIV  23%
Hughes Hall MII  5%
Total: 22 members' votes   (4 comments...)
Most aesthetically pleasing setting for a regatta
Any lake in New Zealand in February  19%
The Ouse at Bedford in May  14%
The Wear at Durham in May  0%
The Tyne at Hexham in June  0%
The Cam at Plough Reach in June  29%
The Thames at Henley in July  19%
The Ouse at St Neots in July  0%
The Rotsee near Lucerne in July  10%
The Thames at Maidenhead in August  0%
Dover Harbour in August  0%
The NIA in Birmingham in November  10%
Total: 21 members' votes
Which is your favourite race to watch?
They all have their charms, whether you are looking for comedy, rivalry, tradition, international crews showing off, men in lycra or just the best pub located along the course. But which is your favourite?
Bumps - upper divisions  48%
Bumps - lower divisions  14%
The Boat Race  19%
The Henley boat races  0%
Henley Royal Regatta  19%
Henley Women's Regatta  0%
Total: 21 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Who in the mens squad needs a haircut the most?
Bryn  8%
Tom  23%
Dan  58%
Emma  12%
Total: 26 members' votes   (3 comments...)
Who's the shortest?
A poll with no purpose other than to get rid of the Christmas one.
Ming  60%
Peter Ford  17%
Laffan  23%
Total: 30 members' votes   (1 comment...)
How many times did you train on Christmas Day?
 63%
 30%
 7%
3+ (liar)  0%
Total: 27 members' votes   (1 comment...)
So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun...
Frankly this is no better than 'Daddy or Chips'...
Ho ho ho  60%
Humbug  40%
Total: 20 members' votes
What's your favourite mince pie?
I'm sure they're better if you make your own, but who has the time?
Tesco Deep Fill  21%
Tesco Finest  7%
Mr Kipling  0%
Sainsbury's Deep Fill  21%
Sainsbury's Taste The Difference  0%
M&S Classic  0%
Waitrose All Butter  14%
Duchy Originals  0%
Four'N Twenty  0%
Other - add below  36%
Total: 14 members' votes   (6 comments...)
Who will win BBC Sports Personality of the Year?
Joe Calzaghe  7%
Lewis Hamilton  33%
Ricky Hatton  0%
Andy Murray  0%
Christine Ohuruogu  0%
Paula Radcliffe  4%
Jason Robinson  0%
Justin Rose  0%
James Toseland  0%
Jonny Wilkinson  0%
Ming-Chee Chung  56%
Total: 27 members' votes   (1 comment...)
How should seating be organised at the Fairbairns Dinner?
By crew  0%
W1 with NM1, M1 with NW1 etc.  9%
W1 with M1, NW1 with NM1 etc.  2%
W1 with NW1, M1 with NM1 etc.  2%
Boy-girl-boy-girl...  2%
Fit-ugly-fit-ugly...  5%
Random selection (genuinely random)  0%
Random selection (rigged for carnage)  7%
Random selection (rigged for incest)  41%
Random selection (rigged for novice retention)  5%
Random selection (rigged for awkwardness)  2%
Alphabetically by surname  0%
By 2K time  14%
First come, first served  2%
Sec's discretion  9%
Total: 44 members' votes   (4 comments...)
What are your Fairbairns predictions?
FaT men to beat BPBC men  87%
BPBC men to beat FaT men  3%
FaT women to beat BPBC women  47%
BPBC women to beat FaT women  43%
a FaT novice crew to beat a FaT senior crew  20%
a FaT novice crew to beat a BPBC crew  13%
a BPBC member to require medical assistance  20%
a BPBC member to make the 'three-stroke practice outing' joke  63%
every BPBC member to make the 'I won Fairbairns in my single scull' joke  57%
someone to criticise Byrne's catch  67%
Coker to turn up too drunk to row  50%
Coker to turn up too sober to row  33%
JCBC to do better than expected  73%
Total: 30 members' votes   (7 comments...)
That's a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full...
Apparently congestion in the mornings is getting worse (although we reached gridlock years ago). A 'leaked' CUCBC paper has suggested banning novices from the mornings, prompting some discussion. What to do?
Ban novices from early mornings  3%
Ban CULRC from early mornings  43%
Ban seniors from early mornings in November  29%
Ban rowing  9%
Allow limited senior outings in the dark  26%
Move novice races to the middle of Lent term  17%
Build a bigger river  74%
A quota system of early morning outings  14%
Build an air traffic control tower at Chesterton and require all boats to proceed under its control during outings  34%
Total: 35 members' votes   (6 comments...)
What happened to Granta in the Fours head?
The Granta coxless four finished last in the Fours Head in a time of 47 minutes (their event was won in just over 20 minutes). What happened?
Gate opened, blade lost  0%
Hit bridge  0%
Steering wires broke  0%
Hit debris  0%
Training plan called for technical pairs work  14%
Aliens  14%
Very localised counter-current tidal wave  4%
Thames whale  4%
Ran aground on Fulham flats  0%
They didn't 'use the stream! Stream one! Stream two!'  7%
Nothing - it was a good time for them  57%
Total: 28 members' votes   (13 comments...)
What happened to Granta in the Fours head?
The Granta coxless four finished last in the Fours Head in a time of 47 minutes (their event was won in 20'08
Gate opened, blade lost 
Hit bridge 
Steering wires broke 
Hit debris 
Training plan called for technical pairs work 
Aliens 
Very localised counter-current tidal wave 
Thames whale 
Ran aground on Fulham flats 
Nothing - it was a actually a good time by their standards 
No votes were cast
Favourite MLB team
With the World Series currently taking place, let's see which baseball franchise the Club supports. If you know nothing about baseball, select Other and then make up a name by taking the name of a US state or town and adding a word/words of your choice.
Atlanta Braves  0%
Florida Marlins  0%
New York Mets  0%
Philadelphia Phillies  5%
Washington Nationals  0%
Chicago Cubs  0%
Cincinnati Reds  0%
Houston Astros  5%
Milwaukee Brewers  0%
Pittsburgh Pirates  0%
St. Louis Cardinals  5%
Arizona Diamondbacks  0%
Boulder Creek Earls  16%
Colorado Rockies  0%
Los Angeles Dodgers  5%
San Diego Padres  0%
San Francisco Giants  0%
Baltimore Orioles  5%
Boston Red Sox  47%
New York Yankees  0%
Tampa Bay Devil Rays  0%
Toronto Blue Jays  0%
Chicago White Sox  0%
Cleveland Indians  0%
Detroit Tigers  0%
Kansas City Royals  0%
Minnesota Twins  0%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  0%
Oakland Athletics  0%
Seattle Mariners  0%
Texas Rangers  0%
Other  11%
Total: 19 members' votes   (3 comments...)
Favourite pasta shape?
The burning crew pasta issue. It has been discussed before, but never voted on. For descriptions, see here - the list got quite excessive, but your favourite should be on there somewhere.
cavatelli  0%
conchiglie  0%
conchiglioni  0%
croxetti  0%
farfalle  4%
fiorentine  0%
fiorettini  0%
fusilli  24%
gemelli  0%
maltagliati  0%
orecchiette  0%
pipe  0%
radiatore  0%
rotelle  0%
rotini  0%
spirali  0%
trofie  0%
bucatini  0%
cannelloni  4%
ditalini  0%
elbow macaroni  0%
maccheroni  0%
manicotti  0%
mezze penne  0%
mostaccioli  0%
penne  24%
penne rigate  4%
rigatoni  0%
ziti  0%
spaghetti  8%
vermicelli  0%
capellini  0%
capelli d'angelo  0%
fettuccine  0%
lasagne  8%
linguine  8%
pappardelle  8%
tagliatelle  8%
alphabets  0%
couscous  0%
conchigliette  0%
ditali  0%
ditalini  0%
orzo  0%
pastina  0%
agnolotti  0%
cannelloni  0%
mandu  0%
manti  0%
panzarotti  0%
ravioli  0%
tortellini  0%
tortelloni  0%
gnocchi  0%
spatzle  0%
chicken and dumplin  0%
Total: 25 members' votes   (1 comment...)
Most important attribute in a novice?
Height  0%
Fitness  9%
Strength  3%
Keenness  42%
Coordination  30%
Lard appetite  6%
Ability to swim  6%
Ability to memorise crew lists from the 1800s  3%
Total: 33 members' votes   (8 comments...)
What is your favourite moment of the rugby world cup so far?
England dumping Australia out  81%
France dumping New Zealand out  19%
Neither of the above - I'm an Antipodean loser  0%
Total: 16 members' votes   (2 comments...)
Where did you learn to row?
At a club  0%
At school  3%
At Trinity (in my first year)  75%
At Trinity (not in my first year)  19%
At another university  0%
At a gym  3%
Total: 32 members' votes   (1 comment...)

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