Looking for information on the web about the protester that disrupted the boat race today there was nothing via Google News and the in-depth report on the Daily Mail gave no clue as to the swimmer’s identity.
A twitter search revealed his identity in a trice. His name was spreading across twitter less than an hour after the race was finally completed. Despite the less coiffured hair in the pictures taken after he was dragged from the Thames, there’s an unmistakable likeness to this image from a conference in Zagreb.
Oldfield had planned his protest meticulously and had prepared a long blog post explaining his ‘anti-elitist’ act of “civil disobedience”. I’m not going to bore you with his reasons (he does that very well in his post if you are inclined to read it). A quick search will also tell you that he’s a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and studied at the London School of Economics. He says in his post that “part of my inspiration for today’s action comes from a protest action that took place 99 years ago – when Emily Davison ran into Epson (sic) Derby race. On the 4 June 1913 Emily ran into the horse that the king had entered.” Ironic really considering that Emily went to Oxford.