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The Race of Life

Nineteen horses completed the computer generated Virtual Grand National in April this year, ten fell, seven refused and four jockeys were unseated. You could argue that the proportion of completions was about right and that the algorithm used was a good one.

But then I’m sure that John Swinney and Gavin Williamson thought that the algorithms developed for awarding exam grades this month were equally as effective…

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Extrasensory Perception at the Races

There really are people that possess extrasensory perception and it won’t surprise you to learn that they are almost exclusively female.

Tetrachromacy probably isn’t quite so useful as telepathy, clairvoyance or precognition. Technically it isn’t even a sixth sense; it’s an extension of one of the five more readily accessible senses commonly known as sight, but it does enable some people to perceive things in a way that others will simply never experience.

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Now We’re Cooking…

Is there anything quite so satisfying as French onion soup?

When cooked slowly it’s like a three course meal, the hors d’oeuvre being the delicious aroma that emanates from the saucepan while you caramelise the onions and then reduce the beef stock over an hour or so on a simmering heat…

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