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September 4, 2015


The Lads of the Bullingdon.



It was the night of the annual dinner of the Bollinger Club… At the last dinner, three years ago, a fox had been brought in in a cage and stoned to death with champagne bottles. What an evening that had been!’
Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall, prelude.
The Bullingdon (aka Bollinger) Club is an exclusive dining club at Oxford. Membership is by invitation only, and is reserved for male undergraduates who can successfully identify a soup spoon.
The Raucous Gaudy
Every year in May, members hold their annual “Raucous Gaudy”, a dinner to commemorate the birthday of their founding father, Christ Church student Ralph “Rollerball” Bullingdon.  It is held at an Oxfordshire restaurant of the president’s choosing.  The meal is notorious in Oxford.
Tradition dictates that each diner must become catastrophically drunk before the pudding is served and verbally abuse the waiting staff at any given opportunity.  The day concludes with the members destroying the dining rooms.  Financial reparations are then made to the proprietor before mints are served and mini-cabs called.
With thanks and humble apologies to author(s) unknown for editing their work. If you want the unexpurgated version go to:
For a more factual account of the Club, then we suggest:
Can you fit the correct names to the faces on the photo above? If so, then send your entry to us. First correct answer out of the hat wins the lucky swot the pleasure of presenting Tours of Oxford with an iced bottle or two of Bollinger – No! Sainsbury’s Cava will not do! (on receipt of the Bolly, we will supply glasses, smoked salmon and, in season, a punt for our mutual pleasure).


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