Category Archives: Snooker

The social calendar just gets busier!

Yes, about this time of year, even an old maid like myself can find her social calendar filling up. No, not hitting the town every night, heaven forbid, apart from that not being my style, I couldnt stand the pace at my age anyway!

Irony, the first thing that happened was actually an expected date disappearing from the diary, as the place we were planning to go out for dinner on Christmas Day has just raised their prices too high, and we decided not to book. A shame in a sense, last year I took it as a second chance to wear the Dinner dress, but I can fully understand why we arent bothering, and agree with the decision.

Still, there is always Eric’s birthday meal to look forward to (Sunday, in fact), and I suspect I will dress up for that. No, not the new dress, I really want to christen that at the work dinner, but I have a, err, few other options anyway. Oh, and of course that works dinner on December 5th.

But then the list starts to grow. Scrooge, with Tommy Steele, is currently on in Leeds, and as part of the birthday celebrations, we are off to the theatre next Monday. No show on a Sunday, thats why! Thankfully I’m off Monday and Tuesday next week, so no problem on my part. No, probably not a dress, nice top and skirt, I suspect, but dont quote me on that!

And now, there’s more!…Unofficially at this point. Though given who I’ve got the info from, I believe its true.

About 3 weeks ago or so, we had an email come round at work, with a contest for 5 pairs of tickets for the UK Snooker Final at York next month. Now those who know me well, know I never win anything. But, I knew the answer (alright, I googled it to make sure, but…), so I tried my luck. Given everything, and the fact that it finished at the weekend, and I hadnt heard a word, I assumed I hadnt won…again. But then, talking to ‘A’ at work tonight over Facebook, I joke about it, and he sends back a message to say I need to get the ‘glad rags’ ready, I’m a winner. Check work email box, as I hadnt looked since this morning, nothing. But it seems he’s seen it on the Managers monitor, and so…No, I’m not going to expect anything, until I hear officially, but hey, wow!

The offer actually includes travel and accommodation, presumably the latter on the Sunday night, as it will probably finish quite late. But, its only 30 miles from here, but lets see where we are staying first! ūüėČ I’m thrilled for Eric in all honesty, a bigger snooker fan than me (though I do like the sport), and a chance for him to go to a final, is just so lovely. How will I dress, no idea, have to think that over. But cant see me being too ‘radical’, given its on TV and all that. But something nice, oh absolutely.

Right, the video. Warning, the song is an absolute shocker, so anyone with delicate tastes should not listen! Shows how long ago this was, most of this bunch just commentate nowadays, and I have no idea what happened to Tony Meo!

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Changes in sports

A while back I did a piece about how cricket has changed over the years since I was a child, and tonight, while typing this, another sport is on TV thats trying to change its style, just a matter of whether this is a good, or a bad thing? Yes, the Brits at least will know I’m talking about snooker.

According to Wikipedia, snooker came to TV in 1969, in the form of Pot Black on the BBC. This was the first days of colour TV, and of course snooker was something that only really worked in colour, so suddenly it came to people’s attention. Whether I watched it at the start, I cant remember, but somewhere in the early days it was switched on at home, even if I was then watching it only in black and white! These were all 1 frame matches, in a 30 minute programme, once a week. Though again according to Wiki, they were all recorded in one go, not one match a week, as an innocent child assumed.

Snooker is one of those sports I’ve sort of followed over the years, the high point probably being that Davis v Taylor world chapionship final in the mid 80’s. What a difference, that was live, and the last frame lasted nearly an hour! Since then the fortunes of snooker has risen and fallen, and is possibly now on the rise again? Possibly due to the bout of gimmicks bought into the game, possibly not?

So, Premier League snooker, is it good or bad? My view, not sure. The fact that people can go to one night of snooker, see 3 matches, and get a ‘winner’ to the night is possibly a good thing, though as the winner thing still only counts towards a league, thats a matter of judgement. Ironically¬†I like the idea of the shot clock, it speeds up the game, and some players (principally Ebdon)¬†take far too long over basic shots, let alone tricky ones.¬†Snag is, there are times you see awful shots played, because of said clock.

Generally I think whats happened in cricket has been good, even if I’m still not a 100% fan of the 20 over stuff, but coloured clothing I do like. Snooker I’m more old fashioned over, I havent really being grabbed by all the trendification here, but that might be my age?

I wonder if in time other sports will need to change, soccer tends to be popular in many countries, though you wonder in the future, as attention spans shrink, if people will really stay excited about the umpteenth 0-0 draw of the season? Rugby league has seen this change, I remember when a team scoring points totals in the teens would not only win, but often win easily. Nowadays more than 50 points in a game is the norm, not the exception! Darts is another sport where however much you admire the skills of the players, variety of targets (most of a leg at least) is pretty limited.

What other sports could try something new? Athletes running the ‘wrong way’ round the track might prove interesting I guess? A one day golf tournament maybe?

Just food for thought really. Any views?