Gail Trimble is terrifying

February 24, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Last night, one of the most formidable contestants ever to grace University Challenge finally walked away with the trophy. Gail Trimble, who captained Corpus Christi College, Oxford, managed to score two thirds of her team’s total points tally on the way to defeating Manchester University yesterday.

However, the praise has not been unanimous. The Sun put inverted snobbery into full swing, launching five pub quiz questions about football and Big Brother at the Classics student, and the internet is crawling with accusations of her being “smug” “cocky” and a “know-it-all”. Others have rallied to the defense, but at a time when ignorance is, more than ever, accepted as the norm, the reaction is bound to remain poisonous.