Award Shows

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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Player of the Year 2014

It’s that time of year when accolades are up for grabs and the two big ones for individuals – the PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year have already been shortlisted ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday. Luis Suarez is the 1/12 Paddy Power favourite to win the main award and it’s very difficult to argue against him – he’s scored 30 Premier League goals, despite missing the start of the season with suspension and is likely to have fired Liverpool to the title. It’ll be a huge shock if he didn’t walk away with the accolade on Sunday. Steven Gerrard is his nearest rival at 14/1 with Paddy Power but there’s no... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Classic Turner Prize – 1999

Tracey Emin – ‘My Bed’ Tracing the history of the Turner Prize through from its inception in 1984, until the present day, 1999 appears to be the year it really took off. A female’s bedroom hadn’t caused this much disturbance, since Jane Ayre – a joke for literature fans there – and the contest swiftly became a staple of the national conversation. Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ didn’t even win that year – Steve McQueen nabbed the prize for his video based on a Buster Keaton movie. But the dye was cast – henceforth the Turner Prize would primarily focus on antagonising the Daily Mail / Daily Telegraph, in the process inducing plenty of column inches on what exactly is or... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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