Snooker Twilight Stories and other Disasters

July 28, 2008

Once in a while we dedicate an entire post to a collection of the recent pool (or snooker) twilight stories. Today is one of these times.

Once a snooker club – the largest sexual health clinic in the UK

The Archway Snooker Club in Islington can wake up one morning and find itself filled with frightened pregnant teenagers and frightening gynecologists’ chairs. The Holloway Road building formerly contained a snooker club, is planned to host the largest sexual health clinic in the UK. This metamorphosis may cost the Medical Foundation for Sexual Health and HIV about £2 million. However, while the snooker club that failed in paying the rent, the stable number of patients looking for abortion advice, contraception and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases can cover the costs and more.

Taxi driver hit by a snooker ball

A Derry taxi driver was attacked by a shot of a snooker ball straight at the car window late on Tuesday night. The driver, who claims that he was attacked due to his employment at a city side cab station, said the snooker ball hit felt like a gunshot. Luckily, the back seat was unoccupied so no one got hurt.

One fire hero – another incidence an attacker

The man who in a noble act of bravery saved another man’s life from a burning house in Holywell, was recently arrested for attacking another man with a snooker cue. The attacked man injury might be suffering of fractured wrist. The reason for the attack was an alleged assault on the attacker’s late brother.

And a positive story for dessert:

A snooker club manager was found innocent by Ipswich Crown Court in a charge of stealing £5,500 in cash from the slot machines in the workplace.


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A (Pool) Room with a View

July 15, 2008

Taken by The Bent Page in Savaneta, a town on the island of Aruba. This improvised pool room serves as a hangout for the local fishermen, and like standard pool rooms everywhere, it also has a walk up bar and a jukebox. When playing with the back to the ocean, it doesn’t look so bad either:

Is Backgammon the New Pool?

June 29, 2008

Seriously, is backgammon going to replace pool (and snooker) as the game that draws all the bizarre violent attacks? Most recently, a nightclub owner of Ayia Napa, Cyprus was attacked and almost murdered during a backgammon game. The guy suffered severe injuries and went through a series of injuries, while the attacker is apparently running free.

Back in England, a historic building in Front Street, Stanley, County Durham, that hosted, among other establishments, a snooker club, was bombed and burned to the roots by a gang of three arsonists. Sadly, the Victorian two-story building which was decorating the Front Street of Stanley since 1880, stood in the middle of a conflict between the Osborne Conservation Trust and a £60,000,000 worth plan to demolish the old building and instead to relocate the Asda store. The building did not survive the attack and even nearby businesses were sealed the days following the bombing.

What kind of Pool Player Are you?

June 16, 2008

What kind of pool player are you? Too drunk to distinguish the 8-ball from the cue ball or are you the most solid pool player to ever hold a cue (but at the same time as boring as it sounds?) Between these two distant edges, I’d rather be the cat. Doesn’t everyone want to be a cat?

Lassie Pot the Black!

May 25, 2008

Dogs that dance, sing on the cellphone, Elvis impressionists, singing plumbers and 9 years old human magnets, is nothing you haven’t seen on television talent shows. But you must see a snooker playing Collie:

Too old to play darts, Blue, the 11-years-old Collie accompanies his owner, a 39 years old building contractor named Geoff, on his frequent visits to the local pub, where his best mate entertains himself in a couple of games of snooker, or pool. Despite, the Britain Got Talent objection, Geoff and Blue still aim to vanquish a lady who can play flute using her nose and a 9-years-old who uses his face to store a set of spoons in the race to the Royal Variety Performance.

How low can we go? Next up – cat playing pool

Snooker Twilight Stories

May 6, 2008

The end of the 2008 World Snooker Championship is an excellent timing to review a few of the latest snooker pool stories.

The first one is a bit trivial – the garbage (or rubbish as it is called at the homeland of the snooker) behind a snooker club in Eastwood was burnt by a group of hooligans, and a smart commenter suggested to rename the venue “The Green Blaze” instead of “The Green Baize”.

The second snooker twilight story is available at this link and it is not recommended to minors and people with sensitive skin. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Thirdly, I owe you an answer to the snooker quiz from the previous post: Alex Higgins is the snooker player who is known for head butting a tournament official as well as causing other embarrassments to the royal snooker game. Good player though:

Heads, Butts and Raging Pool Players

April 22, 2008

Pool twilight stories are not solely dominated by short-tempered hooligans with access to billiard balls and resevoir of single socks. Apparently, even the pros get the folly.

Recently, I ran into Malcolm Clarke’s post at The Journal Blog Central.
While discussing the serious issue of the pressure put on professional pool players backs, he had mentioned an incident in which a fellow pool player had “spent the night in hospital after headbutting the table during a match.”
According to Clarke, the clash between the pool player’s head and the table resulted of the loads of pressure the former had to deal with.
Well, I can only imagine the pressing life of a pool player. On the other hand, I can also visualize other professionals put under alot of pressure. For example, popular bloggers who have to satisfy the constant hunger of their devoted readers for more and more posts. Where will they bump their heads? In the fragile PC screen?

Finally, a quiz: which snooker player had headbutted a tournament official?