BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.
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.
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME…
It’s beginning to look a lot like …….
- The John Lewis advert is out – love it, but REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling was always going to be (NAP) as far as I’m concerned.
- Betting is shaping up nicely for the Tingle Creek at Sandown.
- Award season is in full flow.
- I’m off to see ‘Last Christmas’ with friends tomorrow night. Gulp.
And then, the worst part of the season festivities. My Year In Facebook videos. Yuk.
Summed up perfectly in the Dame Maggie Smith meme:
And on the subject of memes, a priceless treasure from another crown jewel of the acting profession (excuse the F word). After a few annoyances last week – I can relate to this.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK EXPERTS
I asked a friend at the weekend, which was the fastest growing social media network? He claims to be a social media expert despite never sending a tweet in his life!! (We’ve had enough of experts (c) Michael Gove).
TWITTER? DEFINITELY NO
The answer….. TikTok, no me neither in fairness but I’m indebted to Scott Ferguson @borisranting for a tweet highlighting the social media networking platform as the fastest to hit a billion users.
Times change. And on that note I’m off to catch up with friends on Friends Reunited. Laters.
BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE C….
A fascinating question from Bruce Millington on twitter as to whether the annual build up to Cheltenham is too long?
Quick poll if you’d be so kind. Bit of research. What’s your view on the annual build-up to the Cheltenham Festival? Feel free to add comment
— Bruce Millington (@brucemillington) November 18, 2019
I’m with the majority here, it is. I love the meeting as much as anyone but when I was senior producer at Timeform Radio, I tried, rightly or wrongly, to have a measured build-up and stop the hyping for hypes sake for no other reason than, to put it bluntly, I didn’t want to bore the tits off listeners and I often thought it was the lazy option editorially….. we’ve got nothing else to talk about so let’s talk about the Champion Hurdle for the umpteenth time in November.
It’s gone too far now, to the detriment of the season in general and the ‘nothing else matters’ approach is demeaning to other courses and sponsors that stage top class races in their own right.
The clique defend it as being the ‘narrative’ of the season. If anything, I think the flat season has a stronger, more inclusive narrative but perhaps it just isn’t promoted as well?
It’s getting tougher and colder. 66 daily 5k runs has inched forward to 28. I’m feeling like Provideo (for older readers) but just not winning anything. Hat, gloves and the all-important music are now deployed to keep me slowly pounding the streets.
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