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December 28th, 2005


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11:11 pm - Pools Panel
Today I haven't:
  • failed my driving test
  • passed my driving test
Today I have:
  • tried ringing 17070 in the new flat, which did work; finding out what the phone number at the flat was means that I can have a new phone number there from 9am tomorrow, rather than having to wait another three weeks for an engineer to needlessly call. W00t.
  • written my first article on Wikipedia to fill a missing gap in the market for an article about football pools.
I did the latter of these so that I could explain the concept of "the pools panel" and suggest in my best Tim Gudgin voice that the result was

Chris Dickson P-P Driving Test (Postponed due to snow. Pools Panel verdict: no-score draw.)

but on reflection I'm not sure it's worth it. I shall be sent a new date for my driving test when, hopefully, it shall be neither snowy nor icy. Fingers crossed that it is much sooner than the five-week-plus delay that taking it and failing it would have incorporated into the system.

Comments on the Wikipedia article are most welcome; better still, of course, would be to improve the article!
Current Mood: accomplishedsort of accomplished
Current Music: Katamari Damacy soundtrack, Katamari Love Ending Theme

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From:lambertman
Date:December 29th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
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Welcome to the wikipedia cult. :)
From:daweaver
Date:December 29th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)

Who mentioned the Fool's Panel?

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Random thoughts.

5. Did an early 90s budget reduce the pools levy specifically to increase the Football Trust money?

49. Vernon's Easy Play.

58. Wasn't there a larger spread of matches in the past, regularly including matches from the Diadora League and the Beezer Homes League?

208. The bloke who advertised on Radio Luxembourg about how to win the pools from Keynsham. That's K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M.
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From:oinomel71
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)

Re: Who mentioned the Fool's Panel?

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5. Something on those lines. I believe this turned up in John Major's (only?) budget as chancellor - have a feeling that it may have been all gambling on football and possibly all gambling full stop.

58. Yes. When I was a lad and occasionally snuck a line of 5 Aways on Dad's coupon, there were only 55 games on the coupon. This rose to 58 for no apparent reason, and eventually settled on 49. Not sure whether "Beezer" is a genuine misspelling or a Weaverism, the real builders were called Beazer Homes.

40. As well as the full perms, most newspapers constructed ever more bizarre and ramshackle plans to cover more games at lower cost, but with lesser guarantees ("you'll definitely have at least a second dividend if you hit eight score draws"). The Sunplan 40 rings a bell as having been excessively popular.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)

Re: Who mentioned the Fool's Panel?

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Excellent points, all. Feel free to edit them in. (Also, something about Littlewoods' fishy rollover scheme that was in operation for a while just before the advent of the Lottery.)

I would have been a Starplan man myself, if memory serves, that being a way to cover very many matches, albeit in the "worn out fishing net" fashion.

At least a couple of times, I managed to obtain copies of little books telling you how much the different ways to play the game cost and the different guarantees the different perms offered. It put the dip in my proto-mathematical dip-de-dip-de-dip, and I was always very curious to know how these plans were devised.

Dad used a custom plan, probably self-devised (though doubtless reinvented by many, many others) himself: bracket together three sets of five matches, then perm any two brackets from three for three rows of Full Perm 10.

We won a large-ish two-digit prize on the pools once - I think I want to say "about £58", which was made up of a fourth divi and several fifths and sixths. We stopped playing fairly soon afterwards.
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From:undyingking
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)

Re: Who mentioned the Fool's Panel?

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208. Horace Batchelor. His system involved assessing the likelihood of a particular fixture being a score-draw by considering the places gap between the two teams, and such things -- there was a scoring system which you just applied mechanically to the fixture list and it spat out the 8 games which would win you the jackpot. (In theory... I don't know if history relates how successful it was, but it certainly was popular.)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)

Re: Who mentioned the Fool's Panel?

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Hello, Muggity-Mug!

5. Don't know.

49. Considered mentioning this and rejected it, but the joy of Wikipedia is that you are more than welcome to add this in yourself.

58. I'm fully prepared to believe it.
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From:oinomel71
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
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Well done on the not failing your test - clearly a good omen for the real thing, I'd say. You're also just below the back end of a big American car on my flist, which is clearly another good omen. Go Chris!
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From:undyingking
Date:December 29th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
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I seem to remember doing continental-style W/D/L predictions on a coupon from either Vernons or Zetters back in the 80s -- can't remember though if it was a tote system or fixed-odds...

Plus, call me a stalker, but I note that you seem to have been listening to Katamari Damacy solidly for the past week or more. Can this be healthy?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 29th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
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No more unhealthy than the rest of the crap I listen to :-D

On the basis that I do not own a PS2 and probably never will, Rez and Trance Vibrator sadly notwithstanding, I downloaded videos of several levels from the game being played as quickly as possible. (byronosaurusrex, presumably the game player Derek Kisman is the same one as the WPC standout Derek Kisman?) Anyhow, I decided that I liked the music therefrom and investigated the soundtrack further. Accordingly it has been the tune most frequently (or, technically, incessantly) spun these days.

Littlewoods even today offer a Continental-style 1X2 game these days entitled "Premier 10", paying out up to 1000 for 1, 50 for 1 and 5 for 1 for 10, 9 and 8 correct answers respectively.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 29th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Will check out that pools thang after J's been put to bed and we've eaten, I used to love it, endless opportunity to play with bogus stats. I used to design my own perms, too, but Sun plan 40 was such good value it was simpler to go with that mostly. Daily Mirror plans 1 and 6 were OK too.
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From:oldbloke
Date:December 29th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Have made a couple of minor additions to your wiki entry

And now, back to Lara Croft!

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