When snooker isn't on the TV, people assume there is nothing happening.
Actually, there's plenty going on this month, not least in Jordan where the IBSF World Amateur Championship continues until Wednesday.
It features players from countries as diverse as France, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Libya, none of which are usually noted as being snooker hot spots.
Sport, of course, brings people and cultures together like nothing else and it is proof of snooker's global appeal that so many nations are being represented.
Meanwhile, Matthew Couch, the world no.69 from Scunthorpe, has won the Swiss Open, beating Dave Harold 4-3 in the final.
Switzerland is another emerging snooker nation and an example of how Eurosport's blanket coverage has helped to popularise the game in Europe.
Couch has a good record on the continent. Seven years ago he won the German Open and was runner-up in the Austrian Open in 2000.
He'll certainly be match fit for the UK Championship qualifiers, which start at Pontin's, Prestatyn tomorrow (Nov 14).
It's a big week for the 64 players involved, particularly Jimmy White who currently occupies 51st place on the provisional rankings and is already out of the Malta Cup.
He may yet qualify for the final stages of the Betfred Premier League, which pitches up in Glasgow on Thursday.
There is a major question mark here as to whether Ding Jun Hui will play in the semi-finals or travel to Doha for the Asian Games.
It would be a huge disappointment for everyone involved if he missed out on the semis but if the Chinese authorities order their citizens to do something there isn't usually any discussion.