The year ahead: A better bet for 1998
Saturday 03 January 1998
BEST OF THE REST
3/1 Grant or Phil from EastEnders to wear wig/toupee
3/1 William Hague to become a father
3/1 Any Spice Girl to have a baby
4/1 Richard Branson to be knighted
8/1 Any Spice Girl to have a solo number one single
10/1 Spice Girls to have 1998 Christmas number one single
10/1 Oasis to record official FA-endorsed England World Cup song
16/1 Chris Evans to have number one single
20/1 Coronation Street butcher, Fred Elliott to become a vegetarian
25/1 Fergie to remarry
33/1 Coronation Street or EastEnders to become daily soap
33/1 Rovers Return to change its name
50/1 Chris Evans to marry Zoe Ball
50/1 Cannabis to be legalised for recreational use
66/1 Nasa to confirm existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life
100/1 Vinnie Jones to become MP
100/1 Thames to freeze over between Westminster and Tower bridges
500/1 Loch Ness monster to be proved to exist
500/1 Spiceworld to win Best Film Oscar
500/1 Dick Francis to win Booker Prize
IT COULD BE THEIR YEAR
A punter from Staines, Middlesex has bet pounds 10 at 1000-1 that "God Save the Queen" will cease to be the National Anthem on or before 1 Jan 2000
An Essex man has staked pounds 10 at 5000-1 that a human brain transplant will take place during 1998
Roy Burdett of Leeds will win pounds 10,000 for a pounds 100 bet at odds of 100/1 if President Clinton confirms that no US astronaut has ever set foot on the moon and that all previous landings were hoaxes
Life & Style blogs
Three in every four British men will be overweight by 2030, says World Health Organisation
Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
High school in Texas with no sex education policy is dealing with chlamydia outbreak
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 1 Boston Marathon runner's search for mystery man she kissed ends with letter from his wife
- 3 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 4 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
- 5 Chinese theme park sets up 'death simulator' where volunteers can experience being cremated
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