2013 archive

Sep 12

Question: Dice games in old criminal law?

A question to the readers: does anybody know anything about the use of dice games in old criminal law? The reason why I ask this question is that I am writing a paper on the Swedish judicial use of dice games in the 17th-19th centuries. The focus is on cases of manslaughter when there were …

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Aug 31

Fishing and gambling

The summer has been wonderful here on the Swedish west coast. I have spent much time at sea, boating and fishing. The photo shows two seatrouts that I caught. Fishing and gambling have similarities, especially if you consider bait casting (spinning) in relation to repetitive forms of gambling, such as slot machines. Some of the …

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Jul 29

Good summer reading: Fate’s Bookie

Now when it’s summer vacation I spend much time outdoors fishing and boating. But in the recent days when it has been raining, I’ve read an interesting and entertaining book about gambling that I recommend to you all: – Fate’s Bookie: How the Lottery Shaped the World, by Gary Hicks (2009; The History Press). The …

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Jun 01

SNSUS conference in Norway

SNSUS held its ninth Nordic conference in Hamar, Norway, May 27-29. SNSUS stands for The Nordic Society Foundation for Information about Problem Gambling. There were more than 100 participants, not only from Nordic countries but also from Australia, Canada and other parts of the world. Among the topics covered by the presentations may be mentioned …

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May 13

ANDT+G seminar

Alcohol, Narcotic drugs, Doping, Tobacco (ANDT) and Gambling (G) addictions were the topics of a seminar at the University of Uppsala, May 8. Organizers were the Governmental Council on ANDT in collaboration with U-FOLD, Forum for research on addiction to medical products and illegal drugs at the University of Uppsala. The purpose of the seminar was to …

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