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 41 
 on: Today at 10:42:42 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Karabiner
I took a Wm Hill Settling Course up in Oxford Street, cost me £90, took the exam & got 97% or somesuch, so they offered me a job as a Shop Manager, but my Dad would not let me, he wanted me to have a "proper job".

This was in the days before "Genies", which changed life for bookies, so all bets had to be worked out by mental arithmetic. We had little short cuts, 11/8 = quarter + a half, 13/8 = half + a quarter, or whatever


When my dad worked in a shop in the late 70s, he would routinely get some of the regulars stumbling in from some nefarious pursuit or other, empty their pockets on the counter and request the lot on the next race. They'd listen to the radio and, if the customer's horse got there, he'd begin the paying out process...

"So, that was 11/8 and you've had 2 pounds 2 shillings and 4 and a half pence on it...'

Proper fractions back then, too. 100/7 if you please. Suppose the exchanges have brought that back.

Crikey, I'd forgotten those. 100/7, wonderful. Think there was 100/8 too, punters wanted 100/8 when it was shown as 12/1 I think, same with 100/7, it was a bit better than 14/1? You could barter in a bookies shop then, of course. Try that these days.

Pre-decimilisation, follks had EW Patents with Rule 4's, dead heats, all sorts, for half a crown each way. Try working those out in your head, but that was what we did with every bet, all mental arithmetic. 10 years earlier I could neither read nor write, never mind add-up. Mental arithmetic was like a new toy to me, I loved it to bits.

Stop it now, the serious faces will be getting chuntery if we carry on.

You can still get the fractions at the races with some books Tony (even about 6/1 and 8/1 which are the best).

 42 
 on: Today at 10:35:51 AM 
Started by millidonk - Last post by superwomble
FSTG step 1. Lincoln to beat Braintree at 1.925.

 43 
 on: Today at 10:35:31 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by tikay
Morning Davros

That made me chuckle. Before I had read on, I had stopped at Dalek, just questioning if that was what you meant or the spelling was correct.

A magic moment when it must have finally dawned on you....

Bout time Fred had a proper Saturday bet on the hoss's, none of this beat the betfair odds,free bet you rarely get, nonsense.

I am told that Merchant of Medici is rather strongly fancied in the 5.30 tonight and told to have my max ew on it. It's a girls race, but the form does look solid and decent lady jock on top. He is my auto bet insider.

It's destined for 4th now I have put it up, so how about 10 ew at .gl

It was indeed. I had a lot of those magic moments.

If only we could see ourselves then as we do now. What a great invention the rear-view mirror was.

Will leave Tighty to load up on the horse, but we'll deffo be on board, thanks. And a girlie race, of all things.  

 44 
 on: Today at 10:28:34 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Karabiner
There was that thing where the first horse mentioned in the photo almost always won, in fact a punter would consider it a bad beat if his horse was the first one mentioned in a photo and it lost.

"There's one fallen, can't quite make it out"...

Loved the Extel comms.

 45 
 on: Today at 10:28:06 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by BigAdz
Morning Davros

That made me chuckle. Before I had read on, I had stopped at Dalek, just questioning if that was what you meant or the spelling was correct.

A magic moment when it must have finally dawned on you....

Bout time Fred had a proper Saturday bet on the hoss's, none of this beat the betfair odds,free bet you rarely get, nonsense.

I am told that Merchant of Medici is rather strongly fancied in the 5.30 tonight and told to have my max ew on it. It's a girls race, but the form does look solid and decent lady jock on top. He is my auto bet insider.

It's destined for 4th now I have put it up, so how about 10 ew at .gl

 46 
 on: Today at 10:26:08 AM 
Started by Chompy - Last post by Chompy
Already one of the best CBB series this one. Last normal series already forgotten, chalk and cheese these two.

Busey is only behind White Dee in the betting now.

Dee seems to be going out of her way to help people out and it's starting to look forced imo. Certainly wouldn't be backing her at under 3/1.

James Jordan and MacIntosh are ridiculous. Jordan OUT!

 47 
 on: Today at 10:24:35 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by tikay
Really not a killjoy and know it's for charity but anyone want to make a book on some middle aged TV presenter keeling over with a heart attack from the ice bucket challenge?, sounds like your thing Paddy Power compilers if you're reading..

Please let them ice-bucket Emma.

ooohhhhhh.

 48 
 on: Today at 10:23:24 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Marky147
Really not a killjoy and know it's for charity but anyone want to make a book on some middle aged TV presenter keeling over with a heart attack from the ice bucket challenge?, sounds like your thing Paddy Power compilers if you're reading..

Nick Luck didn't do too badly, and they absolutely drenched him...

 49 
 on: Today at 10:22:35 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by tikay
Extel comms were the nuts Dalek. All the fancied horses seemed to be given a positive mention at some point. "Turmeric making headway now."

Them were the days. It gave you a different kind of connections to horses compared to today. All you had was the name, the paper, the board markers and the commentary. It's different when you see them somehow.

Horses like Powder Blue, Yangtse Kiang, Kincses, The Welder, De Rigeur. Sigh, jumpers for goalposts.

It's almost my first gambling memory, that Extel commentary. So so good. Every horse got a mention, & it almost always ended "it's close". 

I can remember as it were yesterday, I was Dickinson-mad, horses like Gay Spartan running at gaffs like Sedgefield, Silver Buck, Bregawn, etc.

Dickinson was the first of the modern breed of trainers, sometimes they'd sent out 12 runners in a day, unheard of back then unless you were Ken Payne.

 50 
 on: Today at 10:20:36 AM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by simonnatur
Really not a killjoy and know it's for charity but anyone want to make a book on some middle aged TV presenter keeling over with a heart attack from the ice bucket challenge?, sounds like your thing Paddy Power compilers if you're reading..

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