Category Archives: Sport

A Lester Piggot* joke

Lester Piggot was discussing race tactics with his horse’s trainer. The trainer said that this is his absolutely worst horse. It had lost 23 races in a row. After the race began Lester was 30 lengths behind after a furlong. … Continue reading

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British Sporting Hypocrisy: the Zola Budd Incident and Others

The Olympic motto ‘Swifter, Higher, Stronger’ is meant to spur the athletes to embrace the Olympic spirit and perform to the best of their abilities. The Olympic Games ideal is athletes competing in a spirit of competitive endeavour. The Berlin … Continue reading

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It pays to be a slip fielder

Joe was dining in a fancy restaurant and was secretly admiring the woman at the next table. But he was nervous. Suddenly, she violently sneezed and her glass eye came flying out. He caught it adroitly and handed it back … Continue reading

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Too much information

A married couple were golfing when she asked: “Honey, if I died would you get married again?” “No sweetie.” “I’m sure you would.” “Okay, I would.” “Would she sleep in our bed?” “I guess so.” “Would you let her use … Continue reading

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Book review: Annie Duke ~ Thinking in Bets (2019)

Gambling fascinates me and I like stories associated with gamblers. Kerry Packer is an endless source of pleasure for me. He was famously irritated by a braggart in a Las Vegas casino who wanted everyone to know he had a … Continue reading

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Strategies for surviving the Qatar World Cup in 2022

To survive the summer heat, Qatar not only air-conditions its soccer stadiums, but also the outdoors — in markets, along sidewalks, even at outdoor malls so people can window shop with a cool breeze. “If you turn off air conditioners, … Continue reading

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Football Review: The European Qualifiers Autumn 2019 – England vs Kosovo, Czech Republic and Bulgaria (all away fixtures)

It’s difficult making sense of European qualifying matches so let’s look at England’s opponents. FIFA’s ranking system has England at 4th; Kosovo 120th; Czech Republic 44th and Bulgaria 62nd. Translating this into English football league positions gives us.1 England at … Continue reading

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