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Summer Time

We’ve enjoyed a beautiful Summer here in the Scottish Borders. The laws of probability suggest that it can’t last – so if you’re part of the 99.83% of the UK population that hasn’t been locked down here for the past couple of months, I’m sorry that you missed it…

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Follow the Leader

The difference between the two nations is actually very small: both are advising the public to be cautious and to stay at home where possible; both are planning to review restrictions on the movement of people from 28th May; both (I sense) would like to be in a position to allow more businesses to open in early June.

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Staying Safe

Many people in racing, including some of the ground-staff at Kelso Racecourse, returned to work this week for their own safety.

In addition to Racecourse Managers who have broken ankles by falling off ladders at home, I’ve heard of racecourse staff who have suffered serious burns as a result of mishaps in the kitchen and children of racecourse staff who have broken arms through the negligence of daddy-day-care…

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A Ray of Sunshine

The lovely thing about ‘optimism bias’ is that it allows us to revise our expectations after each defeat.

So readers of this blog, for example, will be familiar with the feeling of losing money on a hopeless tip. But despite that weekly disappointment, many still allow themselves a small punt on the possibility that the next selection might be a winner…

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Changing Fashions

We’ve started to line up prizes for the Ladies Day best-dressed competitions and we’ve decided to introduce a new category for those whose costumes have been fashioned by their own fair hand.

I’ve taken my bedroom curtains down already and have started running up a very fetching three piece suit in Hawick tartan…

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Noah’s Loo Roll

Last night I broke cover in order to buy some milk. For the first time in forty days and forty nights, I noted that Sainsburys in Kelso had a stock of loo rolls. Two whole pallets full.

Like Noah’s dove, heralding the end of the flood, I returned home with a four-pack in my beak…

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