Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Friday, April 2, 2010

Boat Race Practice

Chivalrous old Lady (watching Boat-race practice), “Well, If That’s What You Call A Boat-Race, John, I Think It’s Distinctly Unfair.”
[From Punch, 18 March 1925]

Tomorrow it is time for the Boat Race on the Thames again. It can be hard to predict which boat is going to be the winner. But one thing is for certain, it is either Oxford or Cambridge!

(This is borrowed from the legendary BBC correspondent John Snagge, who during the 1949 Boat Race reported: “I can't see who's in the lead but it's either Oxford or Cambridge.”)

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