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  • in reply to: Job application form #185552
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    I cannot abide the SCREAMASLOUDASYOUCANANDBEGGARIFANYONECANUNDERSTANDIT!!!! delivery that is the first resort of Jonathan Pearce,

    and Ian Bartlett.

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    ‘course I wouldn’t laugh. Chin up, old son. It’s only a sore throat. If you can’t be happy in the metropolis, something’s up. There’s so much to do for free in London. Go to Greenwich, on the DLR. It’s free, (well, there are no ticket barriers – I always feel it’s a slight victory over the capitalist rulemasters when I don’t pay) and then go to the Naval museum and the Royal Observatory. Both are free, and on the way home think what a meaningless sport horse racing is, in the big scheme of things.

    Then, tomorrow, do your bollocks in the bookies/on betfair/at Romford dogs.

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    Paddy Power market 10.53am 20/10/08

    Which happens first

    11-4 Marble joins a left-wing fringe party

    10-3 Marble joins a right-wing fringe party

    10-11 Marble has a breakdown

    in reply to: Kempton Jumps #185536
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    Used to be THE start of the jumps season for me, when it was the Charisma Gold Cup day including the Captain Quist Hurdle (once won, unforgettably, by Jinxy Jack, in make-all fashion, on a rare early-season foray south for the Richards-Doughty combo).

    Now just a shadow of it’s former self, but still worth a watch.

    Quoting myself is a diabolical liberty, I know.

    Nice to see the reigning Champion take in the former Captain Quist, even if it was sad to see him beat.

    But for the top weight in the former Charisma Gold Cup to be running off 127? Dear, oh dear.

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    Everyone encourages their offspring to be successful, but as success is relative, what they are really encouraging is the failure of the rest. A dog-eat-dog society based upon winners and losers, as we are finding, cannot last indefinitely. We have to rub along together, in relative equality.

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    He’s living the American Dream, but are the people who made him a millionaire living the American Dream?

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    He’s living it because the rest were manipulated into chasing it.

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    This is what the "American Dream" form of capitalism has been leading to throughout it’s existence – the promise that we’re all going to make it big – you can’t become a captain of industry nowadays, because there is none, so it’s either Dragon’s Den for budding entrepreneurs, or reality TV for the rest.

    in reply to: Windscreen Wipers #185521
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    This is what’s wrong with the world in a nutshell

    Someone who wants to "hospitalise" someone for scratching their tin can.

    in reply to: nolands debut……………………….. #185520
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    bec, what’s the news of Neptune Collonges?

    Nick

    in reply to: thatcher funeral #184858
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    I have no problem with a pay divide between rich and poor. What I have a problem with, under the Capitalist system, is the wealth divide between rich and poor, and how the fortunate sons of successful fathers inherit a better chance of success than those born into poverty.

    If money had a use by date, this could not happen, and all children would be born onto a level playing field, a true meritocracy. The other alternative would be the disestablishment of the family unit as we know it, with all children brought up until adulthood in a true kibbutz, unaware of who their biological parents are.

    in reply to: A Stiff track #184849
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    I suggest arriving at the races two hours before the first race and strolling around the course – you will soon find out which courses are stiff and which are easy.

    mikeh – your figures are interesting. Fakenham is one the easiest courses in the country, so if they come out slowest, I surmise that they are racing over distances which are inaccurately measured.

    in reply to: Racing and the credit crunch. #184411
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    This is an interesting thread, with thoughtful contribtuions from both ends of the economic spectrum.

    Economic liberals, aka Thatcherites, monetarists, Manchester liberals, and right-wing Tories, argued in the 1980’s, when the coal industry was losing money, that it would be wrong of the government to subsidise a loss-making industry, that you cannot buck the markets, and rather that moan about the loss of an occupation some families were involved with for the sixth generation, miners should get on their bikes and look for alternative employment, as Mr Tebbit’s father had done some years before.

    Now the banks and their shareholders, having wallowed in obscenely crass levels of profit for many years, are bailed out by HM Government at the first sign of turbulent waters. Similarly, some years ago, after having enjoyed creaming enough premia to live luxuriously in Surrey mansions for decades, the Lloyds names were helped generously by the tax-payer when it became time for a few payouts. Living in the midst of deepest, darkest rural Herefordshire, I regularly hear the call from countrymen who wouldn’t dream of having their sensibilites affected by coming within 50 yeards of an unemployed ex-miner, cry foul at huntsmen’s livings being impinged upon by the banning of bloodsports. That just before they routinely ignore the law and carry on much as they ever did.

    Is there one law for the rich and one for the poor in this country? One would be forgiven for thinking so.

    in reply to: Kempton Jumps #183986
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    Used to be THE start of the jumps season for me, when it was the Charisma Gold Cup day including the Captain Quist Hurdle (once won, unforgettably, by Jinxy Jack, in make-all fashion, on a rare early-season foray south for the Richards-Doughty combo).

    Now just a shadow of it’s former self, but still worth a watch.

    in reply to: Phil Bull #183984
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    Howard Wright’s biography of Phil Bull is an excellent read for anyone interested in the development of the current system of rating horses, handicapping and compiling speed figures.

    My own interest in the above goes back to the time of Dick Whitford(a co-founder of Timeform) and his form ratings in the Sporting Life. He was the ‘form’ man and Phil was the ‘time’ man. They were well ahead of the field in developing a sustainable business out of their ideas, although there were many others, here and in the States, who had similar ideas and were successful punters.

    My impression, fwiw, is that Reg Griffin p1ssed on Dick Whitford big time.

    in reply to: She’s got a lot of air under her #183808
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    When I began my post by saying that I didn’t mean to be rude, that wasn’t just a platitude, I really didn’t.

    Two things worried me – one, as I think Cormack alluded to, that your obvious inexperience in matters horsey means that you could find yourself taken for a bit of a ride, and two, I think that there are far too many owners coming into the game with no real idea of either horses or the sport, something which usually ends up with tears before bedtime, as well as double the number of horses being bred (and the concomitant number of dross meetings staged) that there should be.

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