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July GP ends well for GA with new talisman

I hesitate to say backgammon players are a superstitious lot, but we do like to latch on to signs that the luck is with us - you know what I mean.

And so it was that Gavin (pictured right) brought along his newly acquired 'vintage' Crisloid board, rolled what he described as 'ridiculous dice' for much of the evening.

Well done to him for winning the Grand Prix and for Mihail finishing as runner-up (and maintaining his overall GP lead.) Thanks to everyone else who came along and played and made it a fun evening.

At just south of £300, Gavin's Crisloid purchase probably represents quite a high price for most of us for a talisman (based on Arabic ṭilsam, apparently from an alteration of late Greek telesma ‘completion, religious rite’.) That said, less expensive lucky charms are available. As an example, who can forget Henry's stuffed aubergine, on show in a previous blog - priceless and yet cheap.

And of course there was some skill involved in Gavin's victory... see you all for some more next week!

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