If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to changeRay, Saturday:
- Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, The Leopard
Did Ray actually make it to the Varsity Match this year? Not as far as I can tell [edit Wednesday afternoon: he did! see below] since he doesn't appear in any photographs that I've seen. If that's right, it was anything but the worse for his absence.
But he was there in spirit, as his chum and crony Tony Buzan appears to have been present at the "splendid black-tie dinner" and sent Ray what appears to be the menu (is that David Sedgwick's signature at the top?) and something else that our man describes as a souvenir but seems to resemble a mindmap.
Presumably it doesn't mean that Ray is done with the Varsity Match, nor that the Varsity Match is done with him. Such ought to be the case, since you can either have an event which boasts of the academic traditions of two great universities, or you can have the country's leading plagiarist as a guest. But you cannot have both.
Either way, it would be nice, though almost certainly self-deluding, to think that it has begun to filter through what an embarrassment Ray is to the event, to the degree that the event itself has become an embarrassment: even to mention it is to invite saracastic commentary, and entirely merited sarcastic commentary at that.
But if you're thinking you've read me saying this before, I guess you're right. It's become part of the tradition. But that's the thing about traditions: you have to change them for things to stay as they are.
Otherwise you lose them. As all traditions, eventually, are one way or another lost. For all good things must come to an end
[EDIT: Thanks to our reader for sending us this which does seem to show the Tawdry Fraud in one of the photos.]
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