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Poll: The Boat Race (37 member(s) have cast votes)

Who do you think will win?

  1. Oxford (1 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  2. Cambridge (2 votes [5.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.41%

  3. Dead Heat / Draw (1 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  4. Couldn't Care Less (33 votes [89.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 89.19%

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#41 Wolford6

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:39 PM

One summer term when I was at Bradford University, the rugby season had ended and my friend and I decided we fancied a game of cricket. We put our name down on the cricket club's section of the noticeboard and were picked for the third team.

Obviously, cricket coincided with exams and more and more people dropped out. Eventually, we were reserves for the first team.

We weren't members of the cricket club and no one had seen us play. Good job, because I was pretty useless at cricket and I don't think he was much better.

We didn't risk putting our names down afterwards.
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#42 longboard

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:57 PM

And, in fact, Yorkshire's first First Class match of the 'summer' is next Friday against what is now called Leeds Bradford MCCU.


Aye. Cricket has worked on developing its university links, centres of excellence and all that.

#43 Steve May

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:04 PM

Yes, that was the problem at the disco I went to. There were very few (none?) girl students at the college and they relied on townie non-students girls attending for free. The male students were scared that any of the girls would prefer to get off with one of our number in preference to them.

Hence, we were always last to get served at the bar, and never with a smile. What chance did my mate and his brother have of kicking off about it; they'd have lost their part-time jobs.


So they were treating you like pondlife because they didn't want you nicking the best women? That isn't snobbery, it's just the way things are. A young man needs to get his little fellah wet from time to time and he won't want you getting in the way.


By the time I arrived the college had let women in and about a third of the undergraduates were women. I think it's pretty much half and half now. I wouldn't have gone there if it had been all-male.

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#44 Wolford6

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:38 AM

So they were treating you like pondlife because they didn't want you nicking the best women? That isn't snobbery, it's just the way things are. A young man needs to get his little fellah wet from time to time and he won't want you getting in the way.


They knew exactly who my mates were and still treated them like pondlife. Plus, they relied on the townie staff to publicise the event and encourage townie girls to come along in the first place. It wasn't a case of us 'getting in their way'; they feared they couldn't handle the competition or comparison.

As recall, the organisers numbered about ten with maybe 6 chins between them.

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#45 JohnM

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:50 AM

Off topic, sort of, but one of my mates as a kid failed his 11 plus in 1957 and failed his 0 levels in 1962. Re-sat, night school, Lancaster uni and is now a Professor of Astronomy at Oxford Uni.. And is all over TV like a rash.

Re the Boat Race..braying upper class supporters.how are they different to abuse- chanting 'lower class' soccer fans?

#46 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

Off topic, sort of, but one of my mates as a kid failed his 11 plus in 1957 and failed his 0 levels in 1962. Re-sat, night school, Lancaster uni and is now a Professor of Astronomy at Oxford Uni.. And is all over TV like a rash.

Re the Boat Race..braying upper class supporters.how are they different to abuse- chanting 'lower class' soccer fans?


one is high spirits yhr other is hooliganism

I do agree with your point though: there's a kind of reverse snobbery going on here. IMHO to judge people on the basis of their social background is offside.
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#47 Shadow

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:40 AM

Off topic, sort of, but one of my mates as a kid failed his 11 plus in 1957 and failed his 0 levels in 1962. Re-sat, night school, Lancaster uni and is now a Professor of Astronomy at Oxford Uni.. And is all over TV like a rash.

Re the Boat Race..braying upper class supporters.how are they different to abuse- chanting 'lower class' soccer fans?

The difference is in the noises they make, braying may be annoying but is not necessarily abusive or targetted at an individual, group or race. "lower class" football chants of the type you allude to are frequently abusive, homophobic, racist and aggressive.
It is the intention behind the chanting / braying that is the offensive part not the demographic of the chanters / brayers.
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#48 Griff9of13

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:24 AM

one is high spirits yhr other is hooliganism

I do agree with your point though: there's a kind of reverse snobbery going on here. IMHO to judge people on the basis of their social background is offside.


You're not wrong there. And, as rugby league fans, who have complained in the past of the negative stereotyping we sometimes receive based on the supposed class our our supports, we should know better.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; there is nothing wrong with being upper class. Being an upper class ###### on the other hand... it's the ###### part that's objectionable.
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#49 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:03 PM

My youngest son has just joined the Leeds Uni fencing club (another perceived elitist sport),they are some of the most welcoming people i have met.
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#50 Bearman

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:15 PM

Isn't it traditional to do that to the cox ;)

Well Inverdale is a type of cox. i.e a pr1ck
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#51 Bearman

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:17 PM

My youngest son has just joined the Leeds Uni fencing club (another perceived elitist sport),they are some of the most welcoming people i have met.


I'll second that, the guys that fixed my fence were a good lot as well.
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#52 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:27 PM

I'll second that, the guys that fixed my fence were a good lot as well.

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#53 Bearman

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

bdumm tschhh

I had an Uncle that was a fence. Mind you he only got probation for it.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

My youngest son has just joined the Leeds Uni fencing club (another perceived elitist sport),they are some of the most welcoming people i have met.

Is their mascot Ronseal the Rhino?

On Odsal Top baht 'at.


#55 Jonty

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:17 PM

Double post

Edited by Jonty, 29 March 2013 - 11:19 PM.

disques vogue

The club where Eurovision isn't a dirty word. A waltz through the leopard skin lined world of Tom Jones, Bert Kampfert and Burt Bacharach. Step out to the sound of the happy hammond and swing to the seductive sounds of the samba.

DJ's, raffles, cocktails and wide collars. Please dress smart. Gentlemen might like to wear a suit.

Same price. Same music. Same rubbish prizes.

#56 Jonty

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:19 PM

Whilst I was a mile up the hill at "The Poly", I've got to agree with Steve. The biggest idiots I came across at uni were the upper-class Brookes students who went there for the sole purpose of being able to say that they "studied in Oxford". Most Oxford Uni students didn't seem to have time for socialising due to the demands of their courses, but when they did I always enjoyed the atmosphere in city centre pubs like the Turf and the Lamb and Flag. The worst group I came across were a bunch of Oxford Brookes sloanes who were from quite well known families, and just studied there so they could ###### about for three years. These are probably the braying types that people are referring to.

I'll always make a point of looking out for Oxford in the Varisty matches, even though I've no interest in the sports themselves.

Interestingly, one of the presidents of the Union whilst I was a student was from South Shields and worked in his college bar - hardly the stereotype.

Edited by Jonty, 29 March 2013 - 11:20 PM.

disques vogue

The club where Eurovision isn't a dirty word. A waltz through the leopard skin lined world of Tom Jones, Bert Kampfert and Burt Bacharach. Step out to the sound of the happy hammond and swing to the seductive sounds of the samba.

DJ's, raffles, cocktails and wide collars. Please dress smart. Gentlemen might like to wear a suit.

Same price. Same music. Same rubbish prizes.

#57 Wiltshire Rhino

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:24 AM

One thing I've always found odd is why people with no connection to either Uni support one side or the other?

I'm from Swindon so I hope O****d sink every year!
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

I'm from Swindon so I hope O****d sink every year!


They will never sink lower than Swindon.

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#59 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:28 AM

Is their mascot Ronseal the Rhino?


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#60 Griff9of13

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:53 PM

Rather a lot of audible "effing" & "jeffing" from these rowing chaps this afternoon.
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