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.
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:
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.
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:
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?