Meanwhile, back in the 1930s a group of shady characters gather together for a game of poker. They have everything to lose – but there is considerably more to win. Inevitably, the atmosphere grows tense – and the cheat, shoot and kill their way to the money – an enormous pile of dollar bills.
Of course, Partypoker has moved on a long way since then, but there is still a thrill to be had playing without the shedding of blood. Culturally the words associated with the game have become an important part of the English language. You have probably used them yourself – ace up your sleeve, call your bluff – and the chips are down among many other words and phrases with poker at their heart.
Poker is so embedded in our culture that you would think the game was many hundreds of years old. In fact, the first recorded use of the word (and a description of the game) goes back to the US in the middle of the eighteenth century. It had spread throughout Mississippi by 1800 – which is why it is so often associated with southern river boats and by then it was almost as sophisticated a game as it is today.
Until about 1830 the game was played with a deck of just twenty cards. Soon after, however, the 52 card deck was introduced along with the flush and the draw. Later in the 1860s stud poker was introduced and the wild card made its debut. So, although our language is littered with words associated with the game, in its modern form it has only been with us for 150 years. You could say that poker has made quite an impression in its short history.
By Robert Evans: One thing you certainly will not be seeing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is Yoga. Although the Olympics Committee has been petitioned several times the jury is out as to whether or not yoga is really a sport – or a form of spiritual exercise – or both.
There is certainly no sense of competition in yoga – one thing which many argue is pivotal in an activity being classified as being a sport.
Yet many of the attributes necessary in many sports can be found in yoga.
As any activity evolves over time – and so has yoga.
This century has seem something different – and quite remarkable – happening in the world of yoga.
Seeing is believing. Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor.
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Watch this – you may not quite believe your eyes. Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham is only nineteen years old but has been gaining a global following for his amazing abilities. Recently he has been touring with Nitro Circus Live and has been doing double backflips, front-flips and landing forty feet back flips. Those sorts of antics are beyond most people – we can only watch and gape – but there is something that makes Aaron truly exceptional.
Aaron performs all his athletic feats using his wheelchair. Born with spina bifida Aaron has never seen his condition as something to get in his way (and why indeed should he?) yet even though it does dictate certain things in his life, there is one thing for sure. Aaron has taken his chair to places where they have never been seen before – at least not quite like this! Skateparks and BMX parks are no obstacle to him – as you will see from this video showcasing his remarkable talents.
The Rise of Competitive Climbing
Written by Jess Spate: For many years rock climbing wasn’t a competitive sport in the conventional sense.
Each rock route might have a grade but there was more kudos attached to being the first person to climb a particularly spectacular or difficult piece of rock than in outdoing another climber.
Early speed climbing events were held in the USSR in the 1940s but personal rivalries aside, most rock climbers competed only against themselves (although sometimes to a very serious degree) or didn’t compete at all, preferring not to push their limits.
The idea of a climbing competition based on difficulty didn’t come into its own until 1985, when the first major international event was held at an outdoor venue in Italy.
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