Obviously what looms out at the reader is the larger-than-life multiple plagiarist and conman in the front row, but there's not much to add to what I wrote last year: either this is a fine old tradition of a match between great academic institutions, or it is a tacky and disreputable occasion from which a bad smell emanates due to the people attached to it.
As it stands, it's the latter, and the smell is getting worse.
Why do I say so? Well, who's the chap at the back, holding his chin?
The answer is that it's Tony Buzan, longstanding Ray friend and crony, business partner of the Penguin's in various dubious enterprises and notorious peddler of pseudoscience and outright claptrap to the gullible and stupid.
Now, recalling that this is supposed to be a contest between students at two world-class academic institutions, how do you think you would fare as a student at those institutions if your work consisted of the kind of claptrap?
Or if you wrote "as a species we are not large like the Whale or the Elephant" or "our Brain is what we are. Possibly unique in the past present and future history of the Universe"?
Or if more than a hundred examples of your work were demonstrably plagiarised in the most crude and obvious way?
We know the answer. But still, there's Ray at the front of the picture and Buzan at the back, confirming that this isn't, any longer, any kind of prestigious contest, any kind of respectable tradition, but an event which serves largely to promote a thoroughly disreputable individual along with his friends and cronies.
Make your minds up. Either be a prestigious event, or don't. And if you put people like this at front and back of your photographs, what you've done is chosen "don't".
Simple as that.
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Just out of interest - what on earth is this about?
This particular passage comes from a book called Building Brainpower by Dilip Mukherjea (Westland, 2011) but you can find similar claims in various Buzan-related sources. Scholars in the field of Penguin Studies are aware that whenever Ray makes a ludicrous claim it's usually based on some kind of reality - so if the same principle applies here, what connection has Tony Buzan had with the Olympiad team?
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