DominoesA while ago, we suggested that maybe chess would replace poker's domination of young men's relaxation time, but the fascination and the commentary we saw yesterday made us wonder if dominoes could actually be the next big social 'sport'.

Over ten years ago, I used to live with Phil and Michael in a small triangle squashed between Clapham Junction station, an old people's home and an Irish pub with a laissez faire attitude towards illegal late night drinking and in-bar fist and knife fights.

When we weren't awoken from our sleep at 2am by screaming police wagons pulling up outside the pub, we were being woken by far more victorious cries. Behind our home, a gang of older West Indian men would gather each day (and night) to play dominoes on an aged board sat balanced on the wall outside the old people's home.

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