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Bookies list 'Blair to go' odds
Tony Blair
Mr Blair, still prime minister - and without a moustache
Bookmakers have published odds on the likelihood of British prime minister Tony Blair standing down in the next 12 months, alongside other 2005 bets.

Mr Blair leaving his position in 2005 is available at a top-priced 7-2 with bookmakers Labrokes, while he is 14-1 to survive past 2010.

But odds of him growing a moustache in 2005 are 66/1 with William Hill.

It also offers 10/1 on the Beckhams to divorce - and 12/1 on Prince Charles marrying Camilla Parker-Bowles.

"We like to indulge ourselves with some odds for events which may happen in the next 12 months, but invariably our customers come up with wacky bet ideas of their own too," said a William Hill spokesman.

Election odds

Melanie Lindsley from Newcastle has bet that she will be able to lose 5st in weight during 2005.

On 2 January, Arthur Best will collect 6,600 for a 100 bet placed 10 years ago at 66/1 that he would live to be 100 years old.

Political bets include odds of 1/7 on a May general election, and a 4/1 chance that former Home Secretary David Blunkett will return to the cabinet.

There are also odds of 4/1 for Chancellor Gordon Brown becoming prime minister and 14/1 on Boris Johnson being recalled to the shadow cabinet.

Online bookmakers Bet 365 offer 11/4 on Boris Johnson being photographed falling off his bike next year.

Henman victory?

In the sporting world, there are odds of 6/4 on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard joining Chelsea, according to William Hill.

There are odds of 20/1 for London to win the 2012 Olympics bid, the same as for Tim Henman to win Wimbledon.

The Beatles are listed as 10/1 to have a number one single, broadcaster Janet Street-Porter is at 10/1 to win the next series of reality show Hell's Kitchen and talent show judge Simon Cowell is 250/1 to show off his dancing skills by winning BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.

The odds of an English winner of a best actor or actress Oscar next year are 10/1, with Bet 365.

Similarly long-odd bets are Rolf Harris winning art's Turner Prize and snow disrupting play at Wimbledon this summer - both of them 200/1 shots, according to William Hill.




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