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amateur hour

A result, activity, task, or situation characterized by unprofessional, talentless, or careless performance(s). The term likely originates from or refers to The Original Amateur Hour, a radio and television talent program in the US that ran from the 1930s through the 1970s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I expected a better performance from our team today. Was it amateur hour today, or what? The actors were all dreadful in that production. It was a total amateur hour.
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The worst was past, and for the rest of the evening she moved about among the amateurs and professionals, talking, listening, observing, finding out what it meant and taking mental notes of it all.
181-2] The contrib utions of these amateur historians, even when failing to provide a fully critical analysis, contributed to the accumulation of historical documents, the preservation of historic homes, the creation of historical societies, the establishment of historical sites, and the development of a popular audience for history.
There is no doubt that The Catherine Films are technically accomplished films, and the silent, colour footage is consistent with the kind of material found in many amateur films-- trips, holidays, vacations and special events.
The early amateur radio enthusiasts negotiated complicated covenants to divvy up the airwaves and formed self-regulating bodies to enforce the rules.
The Last Amateurs takes him to the Patriot League, not simply "the least-known" but also perhaps the worst division in major college basketball.
Amateur Championship (Royal Troon & Irvine, June 2-7); Open Championship (Royal St.
The Sportsplex will be dedicated to indoor scholastic, inter-collegiate and amateur athletics, and could accommodate 12 events simultaneously, with: an arena for track and field, basketball or ice hockey with 12,300 seats; a gymnasium accommodating 2,000 spectators; a multi-purpose room for a variety of sports; a boxing gym; training arenas; and a sports medicine center.
The psychologists recruited 24 young pianists between the ages of 20 and 31, half of them "experts" who were taking advanced solo classes and half of them amateurs with several years of instruction.
In one case, exempt status was achieved despite (1) having a segment of the membership that had no amateur requirement, (2) conducting tournaments for pros and (3) conducting an international "open" tournament, but where in fact very few of the members were professionals and very little prize money was involved.
Easy-to-use software allows amateurs to create a professional sound and music professionals to exercise their full creativity without unwieldy performance equipment.
The Victorian Government has supported the Master of the Amateurs since it started in 2006 and in that time it has received recognition internationally and now ranks as number 19 on the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, Ms Asher said.
Following suit was Rayhan Thomas, who made birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to beat Alistair Brown one up and clinch another point for the Amateur team.
Often called "ham radio", Amateur Radio is a non-commercial radio service that allows licensed operators to use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with one another, both locally and around the globe, for both public service and recreational purposes.
BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "The rules on amateur jockey suspensions were put in place to deal with amateur jockeys as a classification rather than an individual like Sam, who is a bit of an exception on account of the rides he gets for his father.
David Kite, who was assistant to Ron during the club's days at Kirby Corner Road and succeeded him as manager, said: "Ron was a true gentleman who loved amateur football.