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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...)

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