Sunday, April 08, 2012


Prize Spoilsport.



Yesterday was the 33rd year that MTL and I watched the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race together.  It’s special for us - MTL rowed at Oxford and Henley and his brother (as scholarship boys) was an Oxford blue.  It started off at a cracking pace – Oxford needed a good start as Cambridge would have the advantage at a bend in the river.


About halfway through the race Oxford were holding their own with a bend to their advantage coming up when – incredibly - the crews shipped their oars and a man’s head was seem bobbing in the water.


The umpires decided that both boats should retreat to an area near the island and they would be restarted.  By now – with all the Hoo Ha - there was a distinct popple on the river adding to the chaos and increasing the load on the very tired oarsmen.
Meanwhile the intruder was picked up by a police launch and taken into custody.


After about half an hour there was a restart and with both crews giving their all there was a collision and Oxford lost an oar.  The lady Cox raised her hand in appeal but the race continued with Oxford virtually a man short.  Oxford could have retired which would have meant no result, but they courageously carried on to the end and it was no contest – Cambridge won.


The umpire refused an appeal and it was all over except that no-one at first noticed that Dr Alexander Woods had collapsed after rowing his heart out in the bow.  He was taken to Charing Cross Hospital and is now recovering.
One of the coaches said how hard these young men had trained over the last few months and what should be the culmination of their careers had been ruined – for both crews - by one individual.


This individual is a blogger who believes elitism leads to tyranny.  I’m not going to give him the publicity he craves but as an example of his mindset here is one of his many tips for causing havoc:

If you are a pest controller and you are called to the office or home of an elitist or elitist sympathizer can you fail at destroying the pest and possibly introduce new pests.

He managed to ruin the day for countless numbers of people and  imagines he is in the same category as Emily Davison who gave her life so that half the population – women, could have the vote.

 I don’t think so.


13 comments:

savannah said...

since your mention of the incident, i've read a few more stories about it. tis a sad thing that some people choose the wrong areas to wage their battles, instead of looking at the real issues that cause tyranny and injustice in society. sadly, this attitude manifests itself everywhere. xoxoxox

Pat said...

Savannah: spot on!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I saw something about this incident with the man getting in the way of the racing boats----He sounds like he is pretty much 'round the bend'....! And rather dangerous, too...! Very sad.

Nea said...

Saw it on the news here too and am in total agreement with you, as always :)

Didn't know he was a blogger, but I won't be paying him a visit. I have better things to do with my time than partake of the views of someone who does something as silly and dangerous as this.

Granny Annie said...

So many of our problems in life come from one person putting their own agenda ahead of everyone else.

john.g. said...

I wish the oarsmen had decapitated him!

Pat said...

Naomi: it doesn't bode well for the Olympics when there are such people around.

Nea: I think he is something of a hypocrite. He doesn't exactly come from a deprived background.

Granny Annie: sadly it was ever thus.

John: now now!

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Good Lord! My in-laws were ex-pats and lived in London for a few years and never missed that race. They have no stories of this ilk. I believe in right to protest but, good Lord, use some sense.

Pat said...

UB: it as quite shocking and desperately disappointing for both crews. Apparently he is very satisfied with the results.

Four Dinners said...

It was all about 'elf n safety'...the bane of life these days...

Much better to let the race continue and if the silly sod got his head sliced off by an oar it'd make others think twice about doing anything so dumb again!

An oar through the head would have sorted it out...

Besides, much like suicide bombers, as Billy Connelly so accurately observed..."with every explosion there's one less wanker in the world"

Pat said...

four D: you and John.G are as one:)

Four Dinners said...

I love you John G...whoever you are..;-)

Pat said...

Four D: :)