Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Monday, April 9, 2012

April Is The Cruellest Month

Even now, two days after the 2012 Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, I have to confess that I am still feeling anger, sadness, and bewilderment thinking of ‘the swimming man’, who took upon himself to stop this annual and traditional sport event due to selfishness to get his own murky political agenda exposed before the eyes of millions and millions of people. This was truly an act of a very disturbed man, whose name should not be mentioned here, nor should his political statement.

On Saturday, 7 April, both my HTBS-fellow-in-arms, Tim Koch, and I read something on the eminent blog RowingRelated written by our clever colleague Bryan Kitch. Bryan’s article is very much worth reading as it is, in Tim’s words, ‘eloquent, articulate and well thought out’, and so is Oxford’s two-seat man, William Zeng’s words which Bryan is quoting in his article.

Read “Op-Ed: Thoughts on The 2012 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race" 


  1. Thanks very much Göran and Tim! Very much liked Hélène's piece as well and appreciate your choice not to use the swimmer's name.

  2. Well, thank you, Bryan. I wish that larger parts of the media would make the same choice not to write out the swimmer's name and mention his web site, or even link to it.