Paddy Power! Against all odds.

What are the odds on this?

I am driving along in my truck yesterday, somewhere in Ireland, as usual. I have the radio on, as usual. The daily chat show is on, as usual. The people from all corners of the country are phoning in to tell how hard they have it, as usual.  Then the Managing director of the largest chain of betting shops comes on to defend the indefensible. He has started taking bets on the outcome of a well publicised murder trial which is taking place in another country.
“It’s a novelty bet,” he said in response to the radio host and the callers who disagreed. “The people want this,” he added.

What are the odds on a man being this far removed from his humanity? I hope against hope that the betting public will redeem themselves. By opening a book on the outcome of a murder trial shows what he thinks of his customers.

My daughters have read a series of books called The Hunger Games. The story is set in the very distant future. The are two classes of people; Upper and lower than low. Fights to the death are held and televised live! People follow it like the talent shows of today. It sounds unimaginable. Unusual even.

One question.

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”


Thank you for reading


11 thoughts on “Paddy Power! Against all odds.

  1. Okay, you have just opened the lid of my own Pandora’s box here. I will breathe and not take off because if I did there is no telling when I might return to a calm place. I know The Hunger Games. Love the movies. I feel we are already emotionally, socially, and mentally a mere few steps away from such a place. It is appalling. Wow. You have official betting shops there? It’s still illegal here except at the tracks or in Casinos. The fact that reality shows here in America top the ratings charts and seem to be all anyone cares to watch or talk about causes me great sorrow. I feel we are going back in time, becoming more barbaric and are merely playing a kiddie version of Gladiators vs Lions in the Greek arena. Many sad murdr trials are televised and turned into tv circuses here, although any betting that might occur is under the table. I agree that it is sad and not just a bit frightening.

    • Funny it reminded me of the Colosseum, Rome, also.
      I read a book called The Secret History of the World a few years ago. There was a mention that some of those secret societies believe that Jesus marked middle time of earth, and that we are slowly but surely crumbling backwards again.
      Who knows.

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