Friday, March 27, 2009

On your marks...

It's that time of year again: the Oxford Vs. Cambridge boat race! Once again I'm not going to be there in London, but that doesn't mean I can't cheer along! There's bound to be a great atmosphere in Oxford, especially if the Oxford crew wins.

The race dates back to 1829 when Cambridge challenged Oxford but is nowadays one of the most widely viewed sporting events worldwide. Pretty impressive, considering it just involves two universities, rather than countries (although the crews are often quite diverse in terms of crew members' nationalities). The race should be on in every pub with a TV, and the radio in various cafes around town. The action kicks off at 15:40 this Sunday, and it's the 155th race this year.

If you're able to make it to London, you can buy all your Oxford-related paraphernalia from the tourist stand outside the Westgate Shopping Centre, or from The University Shop if you're after proper clothing. Oxford won last year and seem to have a good chance to win again and to even out the overall results (currently 79-74 to Cambridge).


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