Booties guard boaties

#2
Watertight security for Boat Race - MSN News UK

Good to see our taxes being used to defend the elite of our nation........I wonder if they'll issue a medal for it.
Would appear that we're agreeing again here - misuse of the armed forces without a doubt.

I'm all for protest against elitism but can't help thinking Oldfield is a bit of a twat. The boat race may be viewed as elitist, but so can Glastonbury Festival these days - seriously considering the Hay Lit Festival myself this year which is probably a bit posh. I don't consider Oxbridge an elitist institution(s), just the best (or two of the three best if I remember last year's tables). If it had been a public school boatrace I'd have donned a wetsuit myself. Metaphorically.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#3
Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. No way.

The RN already invests well over £5M each year with the URNU organisation, which produces under 30 Officers a year, goes to sea at weekends and between 3-4 weeks over Easter/summer and provides "future leaders" with a "first drive". It also educates those with no intention of joining the armed forces. Bargain.

An interesting comment on the RM Recruiting Facebook page (screenshot below) and an alleged video clip of the Cambridge crew on the Isis earlier today, establishing goodwill and their appreciation of the protection afforded by Royal. Video Clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BKkf3HUj8Ks

Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. Surely not?
 

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#5
Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. No way.

The RN already invests well over £5M each year with the URNU organisation, which produces under 30 Officers a year, goes to sea at weekends and between 3-4 weeks over Easter/summer and provides "future leaders" with a "first drive". It also educates those with no intention of joining the armed forces. Bargain.

An interesting comment on the RM Recruiting Facebook page (screenshot below) and an alleged video clip of the Cambridge crew on the Isis earlier today, establishing goodwill and their appreciation of the protection afforded by Royal. Video Clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BKkf3HUj8Ks

Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. Surely not?
Well what else is there to spend money on in the UK.
We all have plenty if we work.
Suppose we are squandering overseas aid, so yes waste of money.
 
#7
Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. No way.

The RN already invests well over £5M each year with the URNU organisation, which produces under 30 Officers a year, goes to sea at weekends and between 3-4 weeks over Easter/summer and provides "future leaders" with a "first drive". It also educates those with no intention of joining the armed forces. Bargain.

An interesting comment on the RM Recruiting Facebook page (screenshot below) and an alleged video clip of the Cambridge crew on the Isis earlier today, establishing goodwill and their appreciation of the protection afforded by Royal. Video Clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BKkf3HUj8Ks

Elitist, arrogant, ignorant, waste of taxpayers money. Surely not?

Ok I'm hungover and possibly thick. Can someone explain what is going on in that vid??????
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#9
Basically, it looks like the 'light blue cox'ed eight' are doing some light exercise (nowhere near race tempo) rowing leisurely downstream. The motor launch is sounding a warning siren & shouting at Royal to "Get out of the way". Royal responds - "Try saying PLEASE"

The cock, sorry cox (or trainer) in the accompanying Cambridge motor launch then appears to announce to the eight over a megaphone: "They...They've got no idea or concept wh...what's going on".

Problem is of course, the people actually rowing the boat are facing backwards to the direction of travel & their cox, the smallest in the boat, charged with steering, cannot see directly in front of them as he is sat at the stern. The motor launch is the "safety boat" but the trainer appears a little 'power-pissed' and unnecessarily abrupt given the circumstances and the fact that RM LC's tend to be fairly savvy and were comfortably clear without the need for the display of arrogance from the safety boat. If they were racing, fair call, but otherwise it's worthy of a Daily Mail screaming headline about "toffs" shouting at "our boys".
 
#10
Basically, it looks like the 'light blue cox'ed eight' are doing some light exercise (nowhere near race tempo) rowing leisurely downstream. The motor launch is sounding a warning siren & shouting at Royal to "Get out of the way". Royal responds - "Try saying PLEASE"

The cock, sorry cox (or trainer) in the accompanying Cambridge motor launch then appears to announce to the eight over a megaphone: "They...They've got no idea or concept wh...what's going on".

Problem is of course, the people actually rowing the boat are facing backwards to the direction of travel & their cox, the smallest in the boat, charged with steering, cannot see directly in front of them as he is sat at the stern. The motor launch is the "safety boat" but the trainer appears a little 'power-pissed' and unnecessarily abrupt given the circumstances and the fact that RM LC's tend to be fairly savvy and were comfortably clear without the need for the display of arrogance from the safety boat. If they were racing, fair call, but otherwise it's worthy of a Daily Mail screaming headline about "toffs" shouting at "our boys".
I knew the crabs would have to get their 10p worth in. :)
 
#11
Would appear that we're agreeing again here - misuse of the armed forces without a doubt.

I'm all for protest against elitism but can't help thinking Oldfield is a bit of a twat. The boat race may be viewed as elitist, but so can Glastonbury Festival these days - seriously considering the Hay Lit Festival myself this year which is probably a bit posh. I don't consider Oxbridge an elitist institution(s), just the best (or two of the three best if I remember last year's tables). If it had been a public school boatrace I'd have donned a wetsuit myself. Metaphorically.
In my eagerness to display my proletariat credentials I may have been a tad 'hypocritical' with my use of the word 'elite'....Indeed, my youngest son went to Oxford via the comprehensive education system.I warned him about 'toffs kids'...but he remarked....'I'll drink with anybody'. A few years ago he was made a Freeman of the City of London so now he gets to drive his sheep over London bridge....now thats elitism !
 

Rigsby

Lantern Swinger
#12
Would appear that we're agreeing again here - misuse of the armed forces without a doubt.

I'm all for protest against elitism but can't help thinking Oldfield is a bit of a twat. The boat race may be viewed as elitist, but so can Glastonbury Festival these days - seriously considering the Hay Lit Festival myself this year which is probably a bit posh. I don't consider Oxbridge an elitist institution(s), just the best (or two of the three best if I remember last year's tables). If it had been a public school boatrace I'd have donned a wetsuit myself. Metaphorically.
That'll explain why you never wanted to join The Corps then Guzz............:)
 
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Seaweed

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#13
Some inverted snobbery going on here I think. The Boat Race, for all sorts of inexplicable British reasons, attracts large crowds and a lot of telly viewers, so has become a public function even though it is legally a private event arranged by the two boat clubs, and even though its result sometimes seem to depend on which can recruit the biggest Americans. So it does make sense to make sure it isn't f'd up as it was last year. Why the Met have to ask RM to do it I don't know but perhaps RM are happy for a photo op.

Chap who was an NS mid in my gunroom a million years ago was in the Cam boat later - then much later in THAT Chinook.

A shadow here of the idea that Oxbridge doesn't take enough State-educated students. For my money, that's down to the schools, not the Universities.
 
#14
Some inverted snobbery going on here I think.
I would agree with that - I don't see anybody protesting about the widespread use of British forces at the annual "All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Association" bash (AKA Wimbledon). I always thought it was a damn good jolly and the additional London weighting allowance came in handy. Besides, a lot of protesters know where they stand with the police and therefore take liberties. I am sure the would-be Boat Race protesters perspective was slightly altered when faced with a hairy-arsed Royal Marine Commando with a "Go ahead civvy, make my day" expression on his face :)

Up The Andrew!!

Hosk.
 
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