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Frangible… Like a KitKat

There’s an aphorism which could be applied to this blog: ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn’.

Admittedly the winning is infrequent and the learning frequently useless – which makes me wonder whether it wouldn’t be more appropriate to advertise the weekly epistle with the slogan: ‘Often you lose, occasionally you learn something that you’ll probably forget before you have a chance to tell your friends… possibly even before you reach the pub.’

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Making Dreams Come True

After months of training and highly competitive selection events, we’re already midway through the longest two weeks of the year: a fortnight of running, jumping, screaming and shouting – not to mention quite lot hanging around, just waiting for things to happen.

No, this week’s blog is not about the Olympics…

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Patriotic Tunes

The majority of Scottish schools broke up for the summer holidays earlier this week, meaning that Scottish pupils will miss out on One Britain One Nation Day – billed by the Department for Education as an opportunity to learn about ‘our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect’.

But hey – there’s plenty of other things Scottish kids could be doing besides learning about tolerance and kindness…

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20 Top Racing Movies

My television set is almost permanently tuned in to Racing TV, so it’s been a while since I watched a decent film. When they eventually get around to augmenting their excellent live-streaming service with a few feature films, here’s a list of twenty racing themed movies that I’m looking forward to watching…

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Calling the Odds

In June 1975 Barney Curley executed one of the most famous gambles of all time, on a horse called Yellow Sam at Bellewstown. It was a moderate race and any large bets would have stuck out like a sore thumb, so Curley arranged for an army of men to place smaller stakes at SP (the starting price) across hundreds of betting shops away from the racecourse.

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