If you’re stuck indoors right now, you’re not alone. Over half of the world’s population is under some form of lockdown while coronavirus spreads across the globe. Maybe you’ve already run out of series to stream or books to read, and you’re entertaining yourself with some online casino games while all your local shops have shut their doors. It’s natural in these circumstances to start worrying about what the next step will be. In most countries under quarantine, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight – and every day that businesses are shut could lead to financial disaster.
Staged since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest attracts a large number of wagers every year in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Okay, it might not see as much interest throughout the year as a good New Zealand online casino, but betting activity usually spikes when the entrant countries have all announced their song choices and performers. Of course, there is still a long way to go with only the so-called ‘big five’ guaranteed a place in the final other than the hosts which, in 2020, is the Netherlands. What should New Zealanders – and anyone else from the English-speaking world – take on board about this year’s contest? Also, who do bookmakers from around the world think is the most likely country to win?
Drone operators first started racing one another informally in Australia from about 2014, and drone racing has become increasingly popular around the Western world ever since. Now the sport is run more professionally, with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) being the best-known of the governing bodies that run international drone racing events. The FAI has recently been recognised by the International Olympic Committee, which presents the mouth-watering prospect of drone racing potentially and eventually becoming an Olympic sport. Along with the many smaller drone racing organisations which sometimes have their own technical rules for the various classes of drones, the FAI has sought to bring more standardisation to the sport. In many people’s eyes, this came to the fore when the FAI staged a drone racing world cup in 2019. Plans are afoot for a new FAI World Cup in 2020, so whether you’ve been a fan from the start or are new to the sport, what can you expect from it?
In a fairly short time, the process of 3D printing has gone from being a sci-fi fantasy operation to becoming a thoroughly practical commercial manufacturing process. In fact, it is now possible for members of the general public to acquire a 3D printer. But even if you were given one, what could you do with it? Read on to answer that, and a number of other related questions. [Read more…]
At last the waiting is over! Game of Thrones fans from all over the world can now settle down to enjoy a fresh GoT fix with the release of the new Season 8 of the GOT TV series. So it’s time to re-immerse yourself in the ways of Westeros once more: the lies, the deception, the alliances, the bribery and intrigue, and of course the murders and the bloodshed. And this time, the stakes could not be higher, because George R. R. Martin has gone on record as saying definitively: ‘This is where the story ends’. [Read more…]