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  • #1597850
    Drone
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    Apparently the Scilly Isles Novices Chase is named after a nearby roundabout; the name being a corruption of ‘silly islands’, given due to its unfamiliar construction when built in the 1930s

    As for Worcester Racecourse, it was a bit of a dive when I paid my sole visit over 20 years ago. Nowt wrong with the track itself though and the viewing was indeed decent

    I happened to be staying in the Premier Inn next to the cricket ground in early March 2020, which was memorable for two reasons: firstly, it was during severe flooding of the Severn with the cricket ground, hotel car park and western approach to the bridge under water (as was the racecourse); and secondly, it coincided with the arrival of Covid, which meant that little trip was the last for many a month

    A nice city: the situation of the cathedral is splendid. Also has a large rambling Wetherspoons where (whisper it quietly) I partook of fish and chips and a couple of pints of bitter, though don’t think it was Ruddles :good:

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    Cork All Star
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    The cricket ground is one of the best in England. You can even buy afternoon tea there, which is rather quaint.

    There are lines on the back of the main stand which show the levels the flood water has reached over the years. You would never think it was possible when you walk across the bridge on a summer day.

    I have partaken of the Wetherspoons, near the station. My favourite pub in Worcester is The Plough on Fish Street near to the Cathedral. Highly recommend to the beer drinkers amongst us.

    #1597857
    clivexx
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    Yes that’s right drone

    Yes I like the cricket ground too. Is there a sports stadium (if it can be called that) so close to the centre of any city? Chelmsford would be close I suppose

    Cant comment on the weatherspoons though. Maybe I’ll actually try one day. Do they have a dress code? Crimplene trousers and anoraks obligatory?

    #1597900
    Purwell
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    Gymslips and navy blue knickers in my local one.

    You're old enough to kill but not for votin'
    You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'?
    #1597906
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    Clive, I don’t suppose that you have visited our capital city, Cardiff, but the Millenium Stadium couldn’t be more ‘central city’. By the way, you would be very welcome and perhaps we could meet up to watch some cricket at Sophia Gardens which is just a couple of hundred yards further north. Have to warn you that I am very much a “coffin-dodger” but I do bathe quite regularly.

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    clivexx
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    Colin. I’ve been there for a cup final and you are right. We met very briefly before at ascot years ago and I would love that. Never been to Sofia gardens too and it’s a really nice city

    I’ve had good friends in wales over the years so it’s a plan.

    Will be reading that blog today too

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    clivexx
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    Purwell can expect a knock on the door from plod

    Unless it’s a tranny bar he frequents

    #1597978
    Colin Phillips
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    I remember our chat at Ascot, I lost contact with the group when I went for a pint. Don’t leave the visit to Sophia Gardens too long, I’m well past my final sell-by date.

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    Used to live in Wales, Cardiff is very nice indeed. Been to the Millennium but not SG, although it does look like a very pleasant spot for an afternoon’s cricket.

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    Sad to learn from Wisden that Glamorgan is going to stop playing at Swansea because the ground is no longer up to the required standard. The ground where Gary Sobers did this:

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    Today I am at Peper Harow Point-to-Point in Surrey.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
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    #1598028
    Gladiateur
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    Watching ITV racing this afternoon, you can already hear the tanked-up oiks making lots of noise.

    Might have to join Chezza in turning off the volume. 🤷‍♂️

    #1598041
    IanDavies
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    It’s the way forward.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
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    #1598047
    moehat
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    It’s really difficult to get Southwell when it’s icy. It’s quite hilly and the roads get very slippy. We went there for a jumpers bumper meeting one year. There was me, Mike, Nicky Henderson and a woman in a fur coat. That was pretty much it.

    #1598051
    IanDavies
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    There was a rumour at Peper Harow today in the betting ring that Lingfield Park are going to make all midweek afternoon meetings behind closed doors as they can’t attract enough racegoers to cover staff costs.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
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    #1598053
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    It would not be surprising. I have often thought that Kempton in the winter under the lights might as well race behind closed doors.

    #1598058
    Richard88
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    They should turn the lights off as well. Not a single punter who turned up on a Friday night at the shop I worked in would have changed their mind if Kempton wasn’t on.

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