Revealed: Rowers in row with houseboat owners

first_imgOxford rowers claim they have been the victims of homophobic abuse and numerous attempts to force them from the river as tensions between rowers and houseboat residents escalate, Cherwell can report.Rowers from a number of different colleges allege that they have been targeted by houseboat owners who placed tacks on the towpath and thew eggs and tomatoes at them.Rowers have further alleged that residents have driven close enough to disturb the water in an attempt to capsize them, have intentionally driven into boats, and have hospitalised an Oxford town rower.These incidents have been brought up at the college rowing captain’s meeting, the minutes of which report that Oxford University Sabbatical Officer for Rowing Tom Coles “had been in contact with the police and the Environment Agency about the houseboats on the bottom stretch”.Describing one incident that occurred last term, University College team captain Ben Norbury told Cherwell: “Just as we passed the houseboats, our cox heard some splashes around our boat and then a bang as an egg hit our stern. Not really realising what was going on we kept rowing.“On the next lap, rowing up to the top again, in the same place, we saw two guys with a dog on the river bank. This time, apparently having depleted their stock of eggs, they just threw homophobic insults at us.“They began to follow us as we rowed to the spinning area, but gave up as we sped away. After spinning and rowing past them again we got similar shouting etc.”Norbury also claims that during one race last week a houseboat continued to sail down the middle of the river as a boat from St Catz college approached. The houseboat collided with the rowers as they turned, ripping off half the boat’s riggers. On rowchat.org, a forum for rowing discussion, one commentator said: “Barge driver clearly not a fan of rowing, ignored a load of marshals and then carried on afterwards without bothering to stop and see if anyone was hurt.”In a separate incident, a Wolfson college boat was intentionally rammed by a houseboat.Norbury believes that the boat that hit the St Catherine’s boat was only in Oxford temporarily, but that the boat that hit the Wolfson crew is permanently based here.Rowers believe that the houseboat owners hostility comes as a result of being disturbed by rowing crews, but could not understand why it had so suddenly developed this academic year.Mack Grenfell, a rower for University College, told Cherwell: “They claim that the antipathy is generated by us scraping/touching their boats with our blades.“I have been rowing for 3 and a half years, and I have got no idea why incidents are occurring now more than ever.“However, this happens relatively often unfortunately, but I think much less since all these major incidents. It’s odd though as to me this would be a minor issue.“My guess is that a lot of them hold resentment to the student population, or are just aggressive people.“Pretty much every day you’ll see loads of them drinking on the towpath, sometimes shouting at crews. Sometimes you’ll get a boat reeking of weed.”This was confirmed by Alastair, a houseboat owner resident on the Thames for over ten years, who said that rowers did knock into boats regularly and wake him up due to their use of megaphones to communicate, but that he accepted it as “part of life on the river”.He claimed that while most houseboat residents were content to share the river there were a small minority of “arseholes” who didn’t share that attitude, and that recently several “raging alcoholics” had moved their houseboat into the Oxford stretch of the Thames.Alastair alleged that they stole coal from other boats, threw beer cans around, and were regular drug users.Grenfell claimed the police “have a fat file on all the incidents”, but that they are unable to act as the water is not within their jurisdiction. He further stated that the incidents that took place of the towpath were considered by the police to be a “nuisance” and not worthy of investigation.Thames Valley Police have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Boys Weekend Area Basketball Scores

first_imgBoys Weekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-15)East Central  67     Batesville  65   (OT)Trojans win JV game 43-39.Bulldogs Scoring- Eli Pierson 13, Alex Siefert 10, Calvin Sherwood 7, Cole Werner 4, Alec Bunselmeier 3, Cody Mohr 2.Christian Academy  58     Oldenburg  36Milan  85     South Dearborn  70Franklin County  58     Switzerland County  56Seymour  40     South Ripley  36North Decatur  57     Knightstown  35Southwestern Hanover  81     South Decatur  69 Lawrenceburg  56     Rising Sun  31Centerville  55     Waldron  46Beech Grove  72     Rushville  53Shawe Memorial  51     South Central  43Jeffersonville  72     Jennings County  46Friday  (2-14)Jac-Cen-Del  92     Hauser  54South Ripley  55     South Dearborn  45Greenfield-Central  58     Franklin County  44    Greensburg  66     Madison  59North Decatur  43     Union County  36South Decatur  95     Waldron  58Southwestern Hanover  67     Rising Sun  45    Shawe Memorial  76     Switzerland County  69Morristown  81     Eastern Hancock  59Greenwood Christian  72     Edinburgh  43    Jennings County  67     Columbus East  65   (OT)last_img read more

Kelly’s Diner to host special Sunday lunch for mums

first_imgIf you are looking for fantastic food and great value this Mother’s Day, then why not treat mum to a meal at Kelly’s Diner? The Mountain Top Restaurant is all set to welcome families this Sunday March 11th for a special feast.The Sunday Lunch menu includes three courses for only €14.95. There is something for everyone, as Kelly’s are famous for catering to all dietary requirements. As well as delicious food, guests at Kelly’s Diner can sit and enjoy the new surroundings of the revamped venue. The warm retro diner theme is well-suited for family occasions. So get your table booked now by calling (074) 912 2026 or contacting www.facebook.com/mountaintoprestaurantKelly’s Diner to host special Sunday lunch for mums was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kelly’s DinerMother’s DayMountain Toplast_img read more