Its one of these facts of life isn't it? The prosperous bookmaker drives home in his Bentley whilst the mug punters who fund his lifestyle have perhaps gambled away the rent or shopping money for the week. I have been at two horse racing meetings and it's easy to see how people can get hooked. It's a great day out and a colourful and exciting spectacle. It could also end up being your most expensive day out ever!
My analytical veiw of betting governs my participation in it. I very rarely do it, and even when I do it is always a modest amount. I only buy a lottery ticket once in a blue moon and I think these things are a masterstroke. A popular voluntary taxation!
Have a look at some of the predictions below.
These opinions were given mostly by people who were experts in their chosen field. This illustrates how difficult it can be to spot a trend or realize the pontential in something. I hope none of these guys put money on their predictions!
«Everything that can be invented has been invented.»
Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899.
«It will be gone by June.»
Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955.
«They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-»
Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864.
«With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.»
Business Week, August 2, 1968.
«The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.»
The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.
«Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.»
Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.
«There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.»
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.
The punter armed with the Sporting Life striding confidently towards the bookies would do well to take heed!
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