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« Reply #165 on: December 07, 2017, 01:49:35 PM »

Where did you play in the end Tom?
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« Reply #166 on: December 07, 2017, 01:51:40 PM »

Where did you play in the end Tom?


Somewhere near where Ralph lives, he'll tell you what it was called, I can't remember.
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« Reply #167 on: December 07, 2017, 02:01:35 PM »

I'll be up around Nottingham over xmas possibly. I'll put my cue in the car if anyone fancies a game. And trust me, I will be trying to win!
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« Reply #168 on: December 07, 2017, 02:11:33 PM »

Do you think all this snooker on telly will cause another boom?

It might, yes.

I was reminded of your question when I saw Peter Ebdon doing his punditry, & it took me back to the era when he was playing. Jeez, he may have been a great player, but he was really painful to watch, or I thought so anyway. Viewers must have turned off in their millions. Now, if we know Ronnie (or several others) are playing, we make an effort to watch.

The standard of play, both in attack & defence, has improved beyond recognition, & there are some interesting characters making a name for themselves, especially the Chinese kids.

The quality of TV coverage is better, too, though I wish they dispense with the gimmicky & un-necessary stuff. Watching & listening to Colin Murphy chat with Jimmy White & Neil Foulds does not exactly set the pulse racing. Eurosport have introduced their "token pretty female" now too. (Sexism alert....). She's undoubtedly a lovely girl, but she knows nothing about snooker, & every single one of her questions is banal, she's snooker's answer to Derek Thompson.

"You've got through, winning 6-0 Ronnie, how does it feel?"



"You only had to pot that simple red to win, but you missed it. Were you disappointed?"


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« Reply #169 on: December 07, 2017, 02:17:16 PM »

I hate the "his shot time has come down by almost a second" bollocks.
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« Reply #170 on: December 07, 2017, 02:22:44 PM »

Where did you play in the end Tom?


Somewhere near where Ralph lives, he'll tell you what it was called, I can't remember.

Stadium Snooker in New Basford.

I used to play for them in the Nottingham inter-club super league about twenty years ago and yesterday was the first time I'd been back since. I think it's fair to say that my game has deteriorated considerably during my hiatus, in fact it took a few games before I could even get down on the cue properly and today I have a cracked rib, backache and a stiff neck.

Well worth making the effort though as spending a few hours in Tom's company reminiscing about our old snooker days is absolutely priceless.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to how long it took us to play four frames of snooker?
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« Reply #171 on: December 07, 2017, 02:26:39 PM »

I hate the "his shot time has come down by almost a second" bollocks.

They have a "clever" graphic, & a stopwatch. So they feel obliged to use it, on the assumption that we are all stupid.

We don't need gimmick graphics, & most of the time, we don't need commentary. We can SEE he missed the shot.

To be fair, many of the current crop of commentators are very good. McManus is excellent, & Parrott has still got it. Steve Davis was my snooker idol for many years, but he's not a commentator or pundit I'm afraid.


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« Reply #172 on: December 07, 2017, 02:27:38 PM »

What's with Walden's stance? He looks like he's about to lay an egg. (Seems to work aright though)
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« Reply #173 on: December 07, 2017, 02:29:53 PM »

Where did you play in the end Tom?


Somewhere near where Ralph lives, he'll tell you what it was called, I can't remember.

Stadium Snooker in New Basford.

I used to play for them in the Nottingham inter-club super league about twenty years ago and yesterday was the first time I'd been back since. I think it's fair to say that my game has deteriorated considerably during my hiatus, in fact it took a few games before I could even get down on the cue properly and today I have a cracked rib, backache and a stiff neck.

Well worth making the effort though as spending a few hours in Tom's company reminiscing about our old snooker days is absolutely priceless.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to how long it took us to play four frames of snooker?

I used to play League games there back in the day. At the time, a young lad in their team was unbeatable, he was about 14 & wore a bloody waistcoat & everything. His name was Anthony Hamilton.

Yesterday's 4 frames? I'd be disappointed if they took less than 3.5 hours.

Well done the both of you. Wish my eyes had not gone, I'm distinctly jealous.
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« Reply #174 on: December 07, 2017, 02:34:16 PM »

What's with Walden's stance? He looks like he's about to lay an egg. (Seems to work aright though)

Recovering from a serious back injury
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« Reply #175 on: December 07, 2017, 02:35:17 PM »

Where did you play in the end Tom?


Somewhere near where Ralph lives, he'll tell you what it was called, I can't remember.

Stadium Snooker in New Basford.

I used to play for them in the Nottingham inter-club super league about twenty years ago and yesterday was the first time I'd been back since. I think it's fair to say that my game has deteriorated considerably during my hiatus, in fact it took a few games before I could even get down on the cue properly and today I have a cracked rib, backache and a stiff neck.

Well worth making the effort though as spending a few hours in Tom's company reminiscing about our old snooker days is absolutely priceless.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to how long it took us to play four frames of snooker?

Ah yes, been there a few times.

I would guess 122 minutes
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« Reply #176 on: December 07, 2017, 02:36:41 PM »

What's with Walden's stance? He looks like he's about to lay an egg. (Seems to work aright though)

Recovering from a serious back injury

Wow! I'm surprised he can play at all, let alone to this standard. Good luck to him.
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« Reply #177 on: December 07, 2017, 02:38:55 PM »

160 mins to allow for waffle time
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« Reply #178 on: December 07, 2017, 03:19:17 PM »

Being of an age that can remember when they were downing pints, are they now forced to drink only water? None of them fancy a coke or orange juice? Although Google suggests the WPBSA now have an official water partner so maybe that's why.
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« Reply #179 on: December 07, 2017, 03:24:11 PM »

Being of an age that can remember when they were downing pints, are they now forced to drink only water? None of them fancy a coke or orange juice? Although Google suggests the WPBSA now have an official water partner so maybe that's why.


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