BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.
ALL OVER THE SHOP
Good luck to all the High Street shops all over the country reopening on Monday.
It’s been a torrid time and I hope things start to pick up – especially for the smaller independent guys who undoubtedly have had things much tougher by not having the reserves which the conglomerates have.
It won’t be easy – consumer confidence has taken a battering and people have got used to spending less money in lockdown mode.
The hard workers should get there – the pathologically lazy and mediocre operators less so. Many of whom got quite cosy with the ‘feet up and get paid’ regime.
One small plea for all shops. Give your customers a smile and a friendly chat – it really works wonders.
ROYAL ASCOT TO HIT RIGHT NOTES
Two weeks is a long time in racing. On 1 June Zodiakos at 22/1 got the game back when winning the 1.00 at Newcastle.
Blink and it’s now Royal Ascot.
A different Royal Ascot yes. I won’t miss the travelling to the course. All the shortcuts I used for years around Virginia Water are now not so well kept secrets.
Am greatly looking forward to watching the action. ITV proved they could handle remote action really well at Newmarket and now there’s an even bigger challenge for them. I hope the sing song makes it in some format. Goodness knows, we could all do with a song at the moment.
For audience participation though – I’ve yet to find anything better than Sweet Caroline being belted out before the Penn State – Michigan game in 2013.
Just highly inappropriate lyrics for social distancing ….
Hands, touching hands
Reaching out, touching me, touching you
THIS IS NOT JUST A SELF-SERVICE CHECKOUT….
It’s an M&S self-service checkout. When you select something like bread rolls you need to put a quantity in.
I don’t know whether it’s just me or is the 7️⃣ where the 1️⃣ should be ?
Gets me everytime and I’m sure I’ve paid for 7 bread rolls inadvertently instead of 1.
Or, gulp, bought 7 and paid for 1 🙁
You can just imagine the hapless manager of Slovenian side RK Ribnica consoling his troops after they marched off from a 15-0 thumping on the 6th June.
“Don’t worry lads, at least it can’t get any worse than that…..”
One week later ………. errrrrrrrrrr. Some bloody ‘home advantage’ at that place, yikes.
Enjoy Royal Ascot.
DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.
Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.