It’s been a week of revelations: finger-lickin’ is no longer good, EastEnders isn’t real and racecourses don’t make any money…Continue reading
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…Continue reading →
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.Continue reading →
The vast majority of tasks that we fulfil successfully every day, we do with no conscious thought. Climbing out of bed, making coffee, driving to work, getting dressed (yes – sometimes in that order): all of them accomplished without any real consciousness.Continue reading →
My Borders borders barely bear any colour before May and will be botanically boring by September…Continue reading →
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…Continue reading →
Under normal circumstances the announcement that 5,000 racegoers were expected to attend the Saturday of the Glorious Goodwood Festival would represent a complete disaster.
But these aren’t normal circumstances…Continue reading →
On Monday this week I thought I might take a quick trip overseas. Although I didn’t so much travel over the water, as part the waves…Continue reading →
If Amhran Na Bhfiann wins at Epsom on Saturday the Aidan O’Brien trained colt will become the oldest Derby winner since Running Rein in 1844…Continue reading →
Kelso Racecourse has been pivotal to the Borders community since 1822 when the foundation stone was laid for a new grandstand at Berrymoss.
The racecourse has survived two World Wars, forty one different Prime Ministers (twelve of them serving at least two terms) and several deadly pandemics…Continue reading →