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#1    Arbenol

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:13 AM

It took an aussie to liven up the most boring sporting event you could possibly conceive of.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rowing/17645929

I can't fault his motives.

Edited by Arbenol68, 08 April 2012 - 06:16 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

View PostArbenol68, on 08 April 2012 - 06:13 AM, said:

It took an aussie to liven up the most boring sporting event you could possibly conceive of.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rowing/17645929

I can't fault his motives.

Damned Aussie Larrikans :rolleyes: .  

That said, it really wasn't that funny, one of the crew ended up in hospital from over exertion - Having to restart the race would have contributed to stress and fatigue for them all - no, that ain't funny, hope the tool has learned his lesson.Posted Image

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

I don't take much notice of it other than wondering who wins. I'm glad Cambridge won it though, as my late dad's from there and he used to like the boat race. I always think of him when it's on.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

It's only The Establishment who think that the boat race is good TV.  (Most of them have always come from the two schools involved)

p.s. harmless fun until you invite Australians.  lol

Edited by Eldorado, 08 April 2012 - 12:11 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

They should have taken his head off, now that would have made good t.v.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:57 PM

Hope everyone will pardon me for being dense but why?  What was he protesting?  In America when that happens the guy would just be in his cups :P

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:11 PM

View Postand then, on 08 April 2012 - 12:57 PM, said:

Hope everyone will pardon me for being dense but why?  What was he protesting?  In America when that happens the guy would just be in his cups :P

He's probably 'special needs'.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

He spoiled the day for everyone concerned,these guys train for a whole year,its a tradition,and the taking part is an honour,apart from the t.v watched by millions,what a cretin,make him swim the length of the course Without a wet suit,and dont help him out if he survives...

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

Last time I looked the right of protest was not illegal in the UK - then again who knows what laws the ConDems have slipped thru in the past few weeks/months.
He interrupted a pointless commercial event that has no place in sport.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

View PostArbenol68, on 08 April 2012 - 06:13 AM, said:

It took an aussie to liven up the most boring sporting event you could possibly conceive of.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rowing/17645929

I can't fault his motives.

And what were his motives?

He said he was campaigning against "elitism", but I can't see what's elitist about a group of university students taking part in a boat race.

And it seems that him campaigning against "elitism" is like the pot calling the kettle black.  Because he went to a fee-paying school.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:19 PM

View PostOppono Astos, on 08 April 2012 - 05:04 PM, said:

Last time I looked the right of protest was not illegal in the UK - then again who knows what laws the ConDems have slipped thru in the past few weeks/months.

The right to peaceful protest is not illegal in the UK, such as marching down the street with banners.  However, this lunatic was not peacefully protesting.  He was arrested on suspicion of a Section 5 public order offence, namely behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress

But he is lucky.  He could either have been very nearly charged with manslaughter, due to the fact that a member of the Oxford team collapsed with exhaustion at the end of the race because of the amount of time that the boats were on the water because of the idiot's actions and had to be rushed to hospital, or he could have been decapitated by the oars of the boats, which are very sharp (it's a pity he wasn't).

I also find it concerning that something like this should happen just over 100 days before the 2012 London Olympics start.  Hopefully we'll not have such security breaches during the Games.

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He interrupted a pointless commercial event that has no place in sport.

He interrupted a sporting event watched by millions of people on television and interrupted a sporting event which the 18 athletes who took part in it trained gruellingly for for seven months, which was the culmination of their careers and which was very nearly ruined because of the actions of a left-wing clown.

And Oldfield seems to be a bit strange.  He should be locked up under the Mental Health Act.  Read this Trenton Oldfield's 'little war': Bizarre online ramblings of the Boat Race fanatic http://www.dailymail...-ramblings.html

Edited by TheLastLazyGun, 08 April 2012 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:47 PM

It's a shame he was spotted, this wasn't protesting he's just a thick glory hunting idiot.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

View PostOppono Astos, on 08 April 2012 - 05:04 PM, said:

Last time I looked the right of protest was not illegal in the UK - then again who knows what laws the ConDems have slipped thru in the past few weeks/months.
He interrupted a pointless commercial event that has no place in sport.
You have to use a bit of "intelligence" ie consideration for others when protesting.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

View PostArbenol68, on 08 April 2012 - 06:13 AM, said:

It took an aussie to liven up the most boring sporting event you could possibly conceive of.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...rowing/17645929

I can't fault his motives.
   You are dead wrong there blue,the most boring event ever is watching Oz trying to play CRICKET....Shambles unlimited...

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:15 PM

View Posthetrodoxly, on 08 April 2012 - 09:00 PM, said:

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I am a Brit.

Incidentally I went to a sheep shearing contest on saturday. It was even more boring than the boat race - if that's possible.

Edited by Still Waters, 11 April 2012 - 07:57 PM.





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