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Man Booker Prize 2016 It isn’t all Celebrity Big Brother and smut here at Oggs Towers. It mainly is of course, but once in a while, we like to curl up with a good novel. Yet we’re busy folks (see intro line,) so don’t waste our time with any trash. To help us along, the good folk at Man Booker, cleverly tell us the six best of the year, and then give one of them a prize of 50 large. The betting reveals why bookmakers ironically, don’t often make odds about books. With the favourite at 11/4 and the outsiders at 4/1, even Paddy Power doesn’t have an inside steer on this one. In this time of Brexit-induced national racism... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016
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Mercury Music Prize 2016

Not the Dead Bloke It would take an organisation as perverse as the Mercury Music Prize not to give their annual award to Bowie this year. An album has never been released in such astonishing Woolrich Parka circumstances, the video alone is a statement of art that hasn’t been topped in some time. Plus everyone is giving everything to Bowie this year. Hell – it was a surprise that he didn’t pip Riyad Mahrez to PFA Footballer of the Year. But he has no chance, because this prize loves to tease and tantalise, and then give it to someone nobody has ever heard of. In fairness, it is a pretty strong list this time out; seven of the 12 have... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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Eurovision Final 2016

RIP Terry Like reading about globalisation, and the British Army’s failure to hold Basra, there are times when the UK’s limited power whacks you over the head. Things ain’t what they used to be kids. We no longer stroll into foreign countries pillaging their raw materials and their even rawer women. We no longer have a lead in our people’s intellect or talent. And of course, we no longer have a chance in Eurovision. Time was when the annual contest would be a good old healthy battle between the United Kingdom, France and Abba, where the Germans were there to make us laugh, and the Russians to provide panto villains. Nowadays, it is a shock if a country from outside... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016
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Eurovision 2016 Semi Final No 2

On BBC4, natch Once the preserve of arty documentaries about fancy foreign guff, the demise of BBC3 (we’ve just noticed too,) has left a big ‘unfancy foreign guff’ shaped hole for the Big Suits at Television Centre to fill. Hence it is with trepidation that we head to Ch116, and having watched the first semi to get with the form (Greece and Iceland the major shock casualties), we cast our eye over the rest of the pack, in what could be our final ever Eurovision!! Ukraine are hotly fancied to do some damage in the contest once more, and they are rightly favourites to win this semi. And if Russia are trying to drag Ukraine out of Europe, I would... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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The Oscars 2016

4 To Watch Best Director: Only two directors – John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz – have nailed this one back-to-back, and it hasn’t happened in over 65 years. Hence despite early favouritism, director of The Revenant Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu could be badly over-priced at 1/10. Tom McCarthy may therefore be a better bet at 33/1 for his work on Spotlight. Best Picture: The Revenant is a slightly cooler (no pun intended, tremendous though it is) favourite in this category (4/7) although still odds-on. Spotlight at 9/4 and The Big Short at 6/1 are the other main runners & riders, but a good night for Inarritu and di Caprio should equate to this one being bagged too. One to trade... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015

Leave your Personality at the Door Having previously awarded the gong to a wife-beater and a drugs cheat, it is little wonder that the BBC have gone all squeamish about the possibility of Tyson Fury winning next week’s Sports Personality of the Year. Indeed, today’s press brought tremendously amusing news that nobody from the Beeb’s highly-paid sports presenting panel, wants to even interview him, let alone Claire Balding. The big question of course, is whether there are enough keyboard warriors who love Fury, to hoist him up onto the stage at the end of the show. For those perpetually raging about political correctness gone mad, there would be no more beautiful occurrence than to watch Fury lift the big bauble... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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Mercury Music Prize 2015

Olly Murs Overlooked Once More As unpredictable a betting market as one could find (see last year’s Young Fathers as an example), along comes the Mercuy Music Prize once more to grab your money, and bleed you dry. Hooray. Jamie XX is the favourite with In colour, as he bids to become the first artist to win this prize as a band and alone. The only other contenders to have done course and distance are Gaz Coombes, nominated in a Britpop haze with Supergrass back in 1995 (with I should Coco), and Ghost Poet for his first album back in 2011. The trendy names include a belated recognition for Aphex Twin (Syro) and the former Bring it Back songstress Roisin... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony swings round on Sunday in Hollywood when the great and the glamorous from the world of film will gather to honour the best films of 2014. David Beckham may have got an invite for the BAFTAs last week, but we suspect he won’t be gate-crashing this weekend. Two films have received a mighty nine nominations. Firstly, Birdman, which will go off as favourite at 8/13 with Paddy Power for Best Picture and it also sees Alejandro González Iñárritu go off at an almost identical price of 4/6 with Paddy Power for Best Director for his role in the hit movie. It’s unsurprising to see those odds being so similar – in the previous 86 years... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014

The Big One Never mind your Wimbledon titles. Forget about the Formula One Drivers’ Championship (not a bad idea actually.) As all Middle Britain will tell you, the bauble that every sportsman in the country really wants is BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The prominence with which this award is promoted in the media, has often baffled many. The only worse question after Andy Murray had won Wimbledon than, “How much money will he stand to make?” was surely, “Can anybody stop him from winning SPOTY?” The idea that either of those two were going through his mind when trying to serve out against Djokovic is depressing or laughable respectively. Nevertheless, betting is always frantic on it. So who... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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Mercury Music Prize 2014

The Industry’s Annual Cry for Attention Damon Albarn was the headline act to be nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize, but his first solo album is no great shakes, and the judges arguably just threw his name in the pot to generate some headlines. The only other established name is Bombay Bicycle Club whose fourth album So Long See You Tomorrow is pretty much what the judges will be saying (it’s a lay). So attention turns to the seven newbies on the list, particularly given that seven of the winners in the past decades were on debut. The most important thing to note when betting on this market is that the winner can truly come from out of nowhere –... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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