Curtains of gay chintz decorate the windows. The front door is backed by wrought-iron scrollwork. At first glance inside you might think it was a hairdressing salon. It is, rather, Britain's only betting shop exclusively for women. The man behind the novel idea is Albert Whittaker, Birmingham bookmaker.
"I had thought for a long time," he says, with some pride, "that women punters needed more individual attention than men. Yet we could not always provide this in a mixed shop, especially when things became hectic just before the off. Sometimes it meant the women had to jostle with the men to place their bets. If they were uncertain about the intricacies of placing an 'accumulator' bet, they might hold up several men clients. So I decided to give them their own premises where they could bet in quieter, more leisurely circumstances and where members of my staff would have time to explain the various complexities of placing bets."
Business has boomed since the opening a year ago. The men's shops are happier, too.
While Negro athletes would appear to be in demand elsewhere in the Southwest Conference—both Texas Christian and Southern Methodist will have Negroes on athletic scholarships next year—Texas A&M policy remains quite firmly opposed to the integrated team.
"I've got nothing against the Negro athlete," explained Gene Stallings, new Aggie football coach, with the customary preface, "but I don't believe he fits into our plans right now.
"What we need is a team that will work and pull and fight together and really get a feeling of oneness. We need to be a complete unit. I don't believe we could accomplish this with a Negro on the squad."
One of the cardinal sins of football is to miss the point after touchdown. Stallings seems to be missing the point even before the season starts.
THE MORE IT CHANGES
For more than a year now the physicians of Las Cruces, N. Mex. have suffered calls to the hospital at awkward hours to set arms and legs broken in skateboard falls. Understandably, for the sake of the younger generation and a well-ordered life for doctors, they have been hoping that the kids would find a new fad.