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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

“In some ways,” said Hugh Laurie when he appeared on the David Letterman show in 2006, “it’s the most interesting aspect of [rowing].” He was, of course, talking about the fact that rowers face backwards – an insane notion, really, if you think about it.. Until now. Enter the Front Rower – a nifty design […]

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It was Monmouth regatta this weekend, so we had all hands on deck. In the past my duties have been confined to sweating it out in the kitchen, frying bacon for the masses, relieved only by a brief stint on empacher numbers and one lazy hour on the launch on a sunny afternoon. This year, […]

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Sh*t Rowers Say

Not much to add to this video except to say, (a) it’s funny; (b) it’s horribly true (though thankfully I don’t have to do the early mornings) and (c) Girl on the River is ALWAYS the one going, “Can you turn the cox box up? Please?” Enjoy.  

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It’s Eights week in Oxford – a week in which the Isis is filled with crews from Oxford University colleges attempting to bump each other (quite literally in many cases) in order to win the coveted Head of the River. Now back in the day, when Girl on the River was a scruffy student with […]

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After my last post about regatta nerves, some of you may have been waiting for the usual, tear-stained, brave post about yet another race lost. And it could so easily have been thus, were it not for the frankly splendid practice of the British Masters Rowing Championships of offering a silver medal to the runners-up […]

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The first symptoms appreared as I lay in bed last night, wide awake and twitching. My mind was racing, my heart was thumping and every few minutes my stomach lurched. Thump-lurch, thump-lurch, thump-lurch. I could feel the adrenalin coursing around my body. Exactly a week before my first regatta of the season, I had my […]

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It all started, as these things do, with some idle Twitter chat with Matthew Pinsent about masters rowing categories. “Went rowing with duffers this morning”, announced Pinsent. “Define duffers,” demanded Girl on the River (extra coxing duties this week having brought out my bossy side). “Ah”, said the Great Man. “C is seasoned, D duffer, […]

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It’s been a while since I’ve recommended any rowing blogs, but there’s a new kid on the block that I simply can’t ignore. Rowing Journal, the brain child of photographer Iain Weir, aka Shutteritch, is a truly democratic rowing blog, set up “to give you a platform to voice your opinions, experiences, observations or simply […]

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It’s M.E. Awareness Week and I don’t want to let it go by without at least a nod in its direction. As Girl on the River fans will know, I fell prey to this tricky and pernicious condition around the turn of the millennium and it wiped out a good deal of my thirties; it […]

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Son on the Run is having driving lessons, and what a learning experience it’s been for both of us. Although he is mercifully careful, I can’t deny we’ve had our moments… like on our first outing, when the automatic gate in an industrial estate unexpectedly began to close in on my little car as SotR […]

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