Hold The Back Page: 30/10/2010
Saturday 30 October 2010
It's a big weekend for...
First there was chess. It was pretty dull. Then came speed chess. It was still quite dull.
Similarly, there was snooker. It was OK, especially when Bill Werbeniuk and Alex Higgins were matching each other pint for pint, pot for pot. But now there is Power Snooker, which, as the website says, "cues the revolution". Today the Indigo2 (Millennium Dome to you and me) sees the debut of this "high-octane phenomenon" – 30-minute games, 20-second shot clocks, powerplays, a powerzone and even a special red called the powerball. What else does the average unreconstructed snooker fan need? Of course, scantily clad promotion girls.
We applaud you wholeheartedly
Some Australians are clever, very clever indeed. Germaine Greer comes to mind, and so do the wags who beamed an image of Ricky Ponting and his vice-captain Michael Clarke on to Big Ben this week – a gentle reminder to MCC officials that they should remember to take the Ashes urn Down Under lest the inexplicable happens and England lose. But some Aussies conform to stereotype and aren't that sophisticated, such as the marketing guru who decided to baptise the country's planned Twenty20 competition the, wait for it, Big Bash League.
And the stories you may have missed
Shooting officials are making changes so the sport is "more exciting" at this week's World Cup final in Munich, with an eye on ensuring the 2012 Olympics is no 12-bore-fest. We're not sure of the detail, but a secret dry run on Exmoor this week yielded fine results, albeit to the chagrin of the locals. Actually, it's not that far-fetched. Several Games early last century included the men's 100m running deer event and the double shot running deer. And innovation has its place in sport – remember in Russia recently, the parascending donkey that caused an international outcry? Word is this was an amalgam of deer and clay pigeon shooting but the marksman's gun jammed. Munich beware, animal rights activists are watching.
Latest in Sport
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 3 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + 30 days holiday: Ashdown Group: Finance Manager - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Support Engineer / Network ...
£26000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Web Developer is required to ...