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  • in reply to: Thursday Clappers #1488812
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    Last year, for the first time in my life since my age was measured in days, I found myself in hospital (thankfully for only one night) and to a man/woman they were fantastic. From the GP appointment that I got within hours (and I know it’s not like that everywhere, it was a fortnight if you were lucky where I used to live) to the doctor who finally got to see me at 2am to the chap bringing round the cups of tea I cannot fault anybody.

    These people were from the UK, the (then) rest of the EU and beyond. Whether or not it was your intention to stick your middle finger up at these people by voting for the Tories and/or Brexit, you did. I don’t clap like a seal on Thursdays because I don’t need to. I do my bit using ballot papers and that section at the bottom of my payslip.

    in reply to: Captain Tom Moore ~ Chart Topper #1488810
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    Good luck to him but this whole media circus around him has gone way too far. He’s 100 FFS, leave the man alone. He’s raised a few quid now let him have a well deserved rest.

    in reply to: Jaunt into Southwell #1488809
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    Shrowsbury or Shroosbury?
    Greenock or Grennock?
    Bombay or Mumbai?

    Shroosbury (unless you think that there is a small mammal called a shrow)
    Don’t know but probably probably Green-ock
    Mumbai (surely Bombay is colonial and therefore wrong)

    And very definitely Suthull.

    in reply to: Sky bet account #1488808
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    Did you deposit £40 in the days before you closed the account? BACS takes up to five working days to clear so even though the money is unavailable to you immediately, it doesn’t technically leave your account until some time later.

    I don’t see it being foul play by them, plenty of people willingly give them much more than £40.

    in reply to: Sleeping Giants.? #1488165
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    Ah, Red Right Hand. Myself and Mrs Richard finally got around to watching Peaky Blinders a few months back. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it. Not on a school night though, one Saturday evening ended at about 6am on Sunday as a result.

    in reply to: When racing starts again #1488164
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    South Korea population density 517 per sq. km and 258 deaths.

    Anyway, never mind that bollocks, please enjoy this clip of racing’s own Derek Thompson from Accidental Partridge on Twitter:

    It’s old so you may well have seen it but I only came across it today.

    in reply to: When racing starts again #1488115
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    We elect governments to lead us and make decisions on our behalf and in our best interests. They are the ones with access to all of the resources they need to come up with the right decisions. To criticise the man in the street for behaving within the guidelines in place at the time is ridiculous. The simple fact is that the government has failed badly. The problem of course is that have is that they suddenly have a real crisis on their hands with tangible effects like mass deaths that can’t be explained away by bluster and waffle but that’s all they know how to do. Sadly for them that only works on manufactured crises.

    Quite how anybody thinks they’ve handled this well is beyond me. I’d love to know how bad it would have to be before some people started criticising them. If I may indulge in a bit of whataboutery, one wonders if we’d see the same reactions from the same people if we had a different party in power.

    Yes, the virus is an unpredictable beast but many other countries have done a hell of a lot better at handling it that we have, including places far more densely populated than we are.

    I am a lefty snowflake though so I guess my opinion doesn’t count :unsure:

    in reply to: A Beginner’s Guide To Horse Racing Betting #1487974
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    I’m guessing the actual authors of that drivel are W Hill, J Coral and P Power.

    in reply to: Should Cheltenham be taking place? #1487578
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    Give him a break he was in intensive care not long ago.

    That may be so but what’s the excuse for rest of this shower of shite that we call a government then?

    in reply to: BHA Plan for the Classics #1487470
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    It’s not just about lockdown. Where do the medical staff, ambulances etc at racecourses come from? If it’s just regular NHS then this is going to need to die down quite significantly before they are released for racing. Even if there’s no crowd to worry about, you can’t have a race meeting without ambulances following them round every step of the way.

    in reply to: BHA Plan for the Classics #1487440
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    This is on the assumption of racing starting in May.

    I want some of whatever they are smoking at BHA Towers.

    in reply to: Suspension of racing extended #1487357
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    It really is time to accept that a flat season as we know it is simply not happening. Scrap the whole thing now and at least there is no effort wasted on trying to fit the current narrative into an ever reducing window. It can come back largely as normal next year.

    You can still hold meetings once restrictions are lifted, makes no difference to most people whether it’s part of a wider season or not. Let’s face it, they just want something to bet on whether it’s the Derby or a tinpot race at Wolverhampton on a Monday afternoon.

    Hopefully the jumps can get going soon enough for the next season to be largely unaffected, that seems a realistic possibility at this stage.

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    I’ve been to Ffos Las a few times and still have no idea where it is so I’m sure you could stage meetings there and not worry about too many people turning up.

    in reply to: BHA Decisions #1487063
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    The government’s current ‘lockdown’ restrictions are due to be reviewed in about 10 days, immediately after Easter, and while it is surely highly unlikely they will be relaxed perhaps the BHA have decided to resist making any formal announcements until then

    That’s the key point here. Racing can make whatever plans it likes but they could easily then be immediately torpedoed by the government. Makes perfect sense to wait until the government’s next steps are clearer.

    Whilst racing is perhaps better placed than most sports to operate under any restrictions that may be placed on the general public (large open air venues, often in more rural areas etc) it’s difficult to see it being treated as a special case and allowed to resume any sooner than any other sport. It is, after all ‘just sport’ in the eyes of the public. Yes, many livelihoods depend on it but the same applies elsewhere.

    in reply to: Grand National cancelled #1486349
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    Has every government in the world got to “get a grip”.

    No, some of them already have. It’s slowing down in parts of Asia.

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