December 8, 2013
On october 17Saturday, October 26, 2013
Oxbridge dinner returns to embassy
This year’s Oxbridge dinner was chaired by Hugo Barwick with José Fernández Calvo as toastmaster. Following grace by the Right Reverend Peter Clarke (a physicist turned theologian), Barwick — who later also gave the loyal toasts and introduced the speakers — made a welcome speech in which he thanked Freeman for re-opening the residence to this event, thanks echoed by the first speaker Soltys who said that the envoy thereby honoured the core Oxbridge principle of “giving inequality an equal chance.”
The Herald’s Senior Editor turned his toast to the Dark Blues into an experiment testing a Gerardo Milman bill seeking to limit nationwide broadcasts to seven minutes on the grounds all pertinent information could be conveyed in that time — the argument was that seven minutes were more than enough to list Oxford positives.
Despite coming from the more ancient of the two universities, Farchi in his toast to Cambridge mocked antiquated regulations such as requiring cloak and dagger to be worn when sitting exams. Finally, there was a speech and toast to “Los Argentinos” (entrusted to Vero) with “Reply” from pollster Noguera. Vero described the quirks of fate bringing him to Argentina. Witty and erudite as ever, Noguera perhaps skated on thin ice when replying on behalf of the Argentines with some of his historical references to Anglo-Argentine differences — thus he spoke of toasting the English when the aim during the 1806-7 invasions had been to fry them with boiling oil, adding that treating them as food was condign punishment for their cuisine .
Whatever the merits of the respective toasts, Oxford carried the day in terms of numbers — 24 as against 20 Light Blues with 16 guest spouses making for a grand total of 60 (60 percent male and 40 percent female — alternative genders might be globally gaining ground recently but not on this occasion). MS
From left to right above Pablo Ambrogi, Michael Soltys, Hugo Barwick, British Ambassador John Freeman, Felipe Noguera and Alan Arntsen, below Clive Vero, Jennifer Horley-Cameron, Diego Fleitas Ortiz de Rozas, Tomás Farchi and José Fernández Calvo at the annual Oxbridge dinner, held at the British Embassy residence on Peronist Loyalty Day (October 17) of all days — all in the back row are Cambridge with the exception of Noguera, all in front Oxford with the exception of Vero and Jennifer Cameron.