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An unlikely bet

Published: 08 Jan 2006 - 08:58 by poetrylark

Updated: 08 Jan 2006 - 08:58

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Not long ago, I was talking to a A grade (no 1) player in melbourne and we ended up entering into an unlikely wager.

our discussion followed a social game that I had with him, which he won fairly easily.

I told him that I thought I could improve somewhat and asked him (he is a share trader) what odds he would give me in a future game with a side bet.

Well, he offerred me astronomical odds, which were too good to refuse.

Sometime in the next few months, we are to play again and it will be interesting.

On the face of it - he should have an easy win, given that I have not played at the level that he plays at, AND (WAIT FOR IT) I AM ABOUT TWENTY YEARS OLDER THAN HE IS !

A foolish bet ?

Well, the other factors are that Quite a long time ago I discovered how to remain fit and youthful indefintely, and physically - There is no difference between us.

As far as the game of squash is concerned, If I was to play him at his style of game ( normal senior

squash techniques etc, I would struggle to stay with him, but over the years, I have developed a series of unusual shots, which collectively, mean that my opponents often find themselves wrong footed, and consequently lose their game plan.

So we have an interestingt tussle coming up.

If you doubt that I have remained youthful while other men my age have slowed down with the passing years, then have a little Bo Peep at my website at

Best wishes



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From ppoppin - 07 Aug 2006 - 21:52

Jim - the first time for this yarn of yours went down ok - but as you keep repeating this post no doubt you want someone to notice you.....and also go to your website.....i understand this site is a squash need help!

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From aprice1985 - 12 Jan 2006 - 06:08

If i run will you vote for me?  AND EVERYONE STOP SMOKING!!!  by order

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From drop-shot - 11 Jan 2006 - 04:04

Young Doc is right Arthur for president

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From aprice1985 - 11 Jan 2006 - 03:34

I would just say that 1-2 tsp of salt per day is not very good for you sea salt or not, regardless of cancer prevention they contain Na+ ions which will increase the risk of hypertension but yes diet is key to fitness and i wuld point out every food has good and bad points, coffee is potentially a cardiac irritant but also relaxes people and keeps them hydrated.  I would also feel that 80% fruit and veg may not leave enough room for complex carbohydrates such as pasta or bread for a highly active lifestyle so add in some whole wheat and brown rice to keep the energy up.

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From drop-shot - 10 Jan 2006 - 21:56

Well, I tend to agree again with Viper,
nothing shocking regarding healtht style of living vs. food and drugs etc. I am sure that 90% of population know that Vegetable Is Good, Pizza is Bad, MacDonalds is a junk, but then everybody
meets up at Maccie, nope? Endless discussion. The Human Beeings are so lazy and so naive and so short-sight to understand few basic things... But you never know what the mass media can create. Big fight against coffee is the example here. I have read in Newsweek that some scientifists has proven that coffee is good and keeps you blah-blah-blah... I am only waiting for the tobacco lobbyists to take the same direction ;-) and next step - weapon producers ... Cheers, everybody.

P.S. To be true here - I am 35 y.o., non-smoking, eating well balanced nutrition. I play squash say 18 months. I beat guys being ten years younger with 4-7 years of experience in squash. Age difference does not mean anything in squash ... The skill and dedication makes the difference.

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From missing_poster28 - 10 Jan 2006 - 17:57


It is true that dieticians recommend eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, but people do not think in terms of percentages. They have lots of sandwiches (bread) pasta, pizzas, sweets and meats, plus sweets, and then occassionally have an apple or orange. Not really a satisfactory diet

Whatever, if people drink six to eight glasses of water a day, plus a teaspoon or two, of natural sea salt, ( from health food shops ) not common salt. This will help greatly to keep them free from illnesses, and most unlikely to ever contract cancer.






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From Viper - 09 Jan 2006 - 09:04



"To be continuously healthy and free from illnesses, we need to reverse the content of our diet so that it becomes eighty per cent fruit and green vegetables, and the rest made up of things like bread, meats, milk, sweets etc"


Plus reduce salt and alcohol and increased exercise




Sorry Jim, I do not see anything revolutionary in the basic thrust of the advice.


The diet advocated above is and has been recommended by nutritionist for decades.


The problem has always been to get us stupid people to do the sensible thing.

If you need proof it is our stupidity rather than lack of knowledge just take a look at how many idiots still smoke !


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From rippa rit - 08 Jan 2006 - 16:02

Jim that all makes sense to me.
Squash players do keep their edge over others of their age that is for sure.  You only have to take a random check  next time you go to the Supermarket.
So the lungs are working hard hence the oxygen factor, pity about the thirst and amount of alcohol consumed by our athletes. 
The number of players smoking has decreased, but so has the players!
Maybe drink water, and suck a dummy should be the motto..

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