Snooker Loopy And Other Dull Telly.

I had to sit through two hours of the interminable green table of boredom last night. Yup. The other half had the snooker on. In his defence there was little else on the tellybox, although we do have an episode of Sherlock lurking in the wings. One we have seen before, but given the choice between a repeat of genius or some balls being knocked about on green felt, I know what I would prefer.

There were small moments of entertainment, I am puerile enough to snigger whenever the whispering commentator says ‘screws’ and there was a briefly diverting moment when the referee evicted someone from the crowd for shouting. Hardly enough to warrant sitting through one hundred and twenty minutes plus of it though.


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Apparently there is more of it on today – why haven’t they finished yet? Why do the dullest sports to watch last so long? I like football, ninety minutes and job done. Long enough for my warped by the internet attention span. I love footie, but ย I even start to drift if that goes to extra time. Cricket lasts for days… can anyone keep up their interest for days?!

The only positive thing about the snooker being on is it is timeless. My parents watched the snooker when I was small, I was just as baffled by it’s lack of excitement then, but there is something oddly comforting about the tiny clunk sound of the balls knocking together. A vague nostalgia for Sunday afternoons and toasted crumpets, a peace that even then was punctuated by my moaning about the snooker being boring – nothing changes.

Some times I despair at the telly, for all the channels there is often nothing on of interest. In another attempt to turn into my parents we found ourselves watching ‘A Question of Sport’ the other night. No Bill Beaumont and Emlyn Hughes these days, but still recognisably the same programme. I don’t know most of the answers, I haven’t even heard of most of the answers, yet still we watched.


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‘Why don’t you switch off your TV set and go out and do something less boring instead?’ I hear you ask, or possibly sing if you, like me, are from the ‘Why don’t you?’ generation. (Possibly the only TV show ever whose theme tune suggested you didn’t watch it…..but still we did watch it). So why don’t I take the advice of the TV theme tunes of my youth? Because I am a parent, that is why. I can’t just drop everything and go to a gallery opening pub. After the battle of bedtime all I have the energy left to do is stare vacantly at a flickering box of shite masquerading as entertainment. And some of it is entertaining. Most of it not.

We do do other things too – I read until the point my eyes can’t focus. Am starting to expect a future in varifocals lurks just around the corner, serving to further confirm my decline into middle age. I should get my guitar out and make some loud quiet enough not to wake the kids noise. We talk a lot of blither to each other, many a blog post started out as a late evening conversation between me and the other half, perhaps I should give him a co-writing credit? A combination of small quantities of alcohol and tiredness can lead to the most marvellously random topics, students with a spliff are mere amateurs at tangential conversation compared to sleep deprived parents who have sniffed a glass of wine.

I just wish there weren’t so many evenings spent desperately scrolling through iPlayer for a hint of something more inspirational to watch. Doesn’t even have to be inspirational – funny will do, or moderately diverting. Maybe I should cultivate an interest in soap operas? The BBC are desperately trying to make Eastenders appear like a tempting scandi-crime in that endlessly repeated trailer at the moment, but all it makes me want to do is grab the hammer and kill that bloomin’ spider that meanders across my screen several times a day. I have decided to dig out the scrabble board, all those hours of watching Countdown must surely mean I should be awesome at it by now.


What do you watch?

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And while we are on the subject of things not being as entertaining as you would like them to be, I am shortlisted in the Laugh category in the BiB awards, if I have occasionally made you smile with my moaning and sarcasm thenย I would love a vote here!



  1. May 5, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I have to say, we watch very little TV. We don’t actually have ‘TV’ we have a netflix subscription, but that’s it. THe kiddos only watch a couple of times a week, and I watch the odd movie but that’s about it!
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    • May 5, 2014 / 9:23 am

      I wish we watched less, seem to have got into the habit more lately, especially once the kids are in bed!

  2. May 5, 2014 / 9:27 am

    I used to love Why Don’t You, they always had great things to do on the show. I’m with you on Snooker I’m afraid, it’s such a boring thing to watch, however I used to play it with my dad and it’s much more fun if you play it rather than watch on TV.
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    • May 5, 2014 / 9:51 am

      Certainly playing snooker is far more fun than watching it!

  3. May 5, 2014 / 10:57 am

    ive played snooker once in my life and it was the first and last time) my hubby is dreaming to have a snooker table in the house, but i say “dream on”!)
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  4. May 5, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Is it sad that I can remember watching with my dad the night Cliff ~Thorburn made a 147 break – or is it sad that I know what that means ? Pass me my tartan carpet slippers! We don’t have an aerial so can only watch Iplayer type things – found a lovely live streaming from the USA site recently – sanity is restored !
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  5. May 5, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    We don’t watch much TV but we belong to LoveFilm because we never seem to get around to going to the cinema. At the moment we’re going through a Montalbano box set but my husband keeps falling asleep!
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    • May 5, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      We have Netflix, must sort out rigging it up to the TV properly so we can watch some films and decent boxsets!

  6. May 5, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Is it STILL ON??? I can’t believe they haven’t dedicated an entire channel to it yet, one that we don’t have to watch! ๐Ÿ˜€
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  7. May 5, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Snooker and darts – bizarre sports – they’re pub games for crying out quietly!!

    We don’t watch much TV – these days, The Walking Dead is my #1 love at the moment, I’m addicted to watching it! I re-watch it until it’s back on again in October lol. That and re-runs of FRIENDS which even after, what, 20 years when it began, still makes me laugh!
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  8. May 5, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    OH my Lord, I could have written this myself. How long did this blimmin snooker championship last? It felt likes it was going for two months and who needs 33 frames of it? I felt like dying every evening. Darts I can just about live with, but only because I love bitching about the girls that have to walk them on stage – so bad, cattle market springs to my head when I see them…
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  9. May 5, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    haha, that photo made me laugh! i don’t watch much tv, and none in the day. there’s rarely anything on tv that we like so we mostly just watch dvds or a film in the evening.
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  10. May 5, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    We don;t really want that much tv anymore. I HAVE to watch home and away and neighbours but other than that, i just watch it sometimes just because i want a chill out, mind numbing evening ha. My husband loves snooker but i do find myself getting into it!! x
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  11. May 5, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    I’m not a soaps person either and like you am often stuck browsing the internet for something vaguely interesting to do or watch. I download a lot of box sets now – it seems to be the only thing keeping me sane! (If you rather like gladiators and brawny men with marble like bodies I can highly recommend Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
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  12. May 5, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    We watch far too much tv and have recently been complaining that we’re too far behind the recordings we have on TiVo to ever catch up! We have Netflix free for 6 months due to renewing our contract with Virgin but we hardly ever watch it because we have too much other stuff to watch!
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  13. May 5, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    My OH watches snooker and I can’t stand it! I do like a bit of Greys Anatomy or The Gilmore Girls, but I always intend to learn to knit, crochet or something learn something useful!
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  14. May 5, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I feel your pain – my OH is a snooker player and snooker fan. I feign interest every so often but try to remember it was him winning lots of working mens clubs competitions when we were at uni that kept us fed!
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  15. May 5, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    I hate any sport on television but snooker is top of that list. So boring and too slow for me. I hate slowness. I rarely watch tv if it’s not educating me. I love documentaries on BBC4/ BBC2 – I am officially an old boring fart. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  16. May 6, 2014 / 1:16 am

    Total admission here we always have the TV on – I can’t do without some sort of noise so even if I’m not really watching it is on – even if just to the music channels. At the moment as I type this I am watching Criminal Minds – one of my favourites I have to admit. x
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  17. May 6, 2014 / 6:14 am

    Oh God, I’m with you on this. My hubby has done two things over the Bank Holiday – very useful jobs around the house and garden (good) and watch snooker (bad). There has been no in-between. My daughter has developed an interest in the snooker (just like she did with the golf). I don’t get it. I remember my Granny, who could hardly see, loved the snooker and would watch every minute of it when it was on.
    Yes, I sang the ‘go out and do something less boring instead’ words and I remember Bill Beaumont and Emlyn Hughes on A Question of Sport!
    Now I’m watching Fargo, Derek and Happy Valley – three programmes in a week. There’s nothing else worth watching.
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  18. May 6, 2014 / 10:28 am

    I am exactly like you. I’ll watch any old crap, because by the time my boys have settled down in their beds, and I’ve done all the packed lunches and prepared their school uniforms for the next day, it’s about 9pm. I love crime shows – usually the American ones like CSI, The Mentalist, Castle, and Law & Order. If there’s nothing like that on, I’ll sit complaining that there’s nothing to watch – but watching it anyway.
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  19. May 6, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    I now have snooker loopy in my head – thanks for that!
    We watch football and darts but that is about it for sport. We do watch too much TV, but we don’t go out in the evenings so its our relaxation!

  20. May 7, 2014 / 9:35 am

    Oh blimey. I can’t imagine what an awful time that must have been for you. I don’t watch sport except for the olympics and the thought of watching snooker makes me feel ill.

    We watch a lot of Disney films!If the children eventually go to bed and let us have the telly we go for HBO box sets.
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  21. May 7, 2014 / 9:42 am

    we got rid of TV when I had Wilf but Tom and I do watch box sets as soon as Wilf is asleep and he watches a fair bit of cbeebies on the iPad from time to time ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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  22. May 8, 2014 / 12:17 am

    We have a TV at home and I do agree that it’s easy to slump in fornt of it in the evening after a long day. I think it might be a new thing fir us to try and watch less and instead read, listen to music or anything other than TV. Sometimes I love telly trash but mostly I think it can suck time away from better things. p.s also a huge sherlock fan! x
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  23. May 13, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    I put my hands up… We watch a lot of TV from first thing in the morning till last thing at nice. Funny enough the TV is off right now so I can concentrate on catching up with reading a blogs posts… otherwise I get distracted.

    No sports though LOL – I couldn’t sit and watch golf, darts, or snooker… I wouldn’t even know what was going on LOL

    Lotte xo
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