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Instant Christmas Cheer

Sometimes we all need a little help to get into the Christmas spirit. With ten days to go, I’ve yet to post a card, wrap a present or switch on a sparkly chain of lights.

Lucky, then, that last night I stopped at Asda, in Berwick-upon-Tweed, for a Festive Pot Noodle: just add boiling water for an instant Christmas…

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Any Road

According to the opening track on George Harrison’s final album, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

But that didn’t prove very helpful on Thursday when I was lost in Liverpool, trying to find my way to the RCA Showcase Awards at Aintree Racecourse.

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‘Tis the Season

You know that Winter is on the way when the woodland turns from red and gold to plain old sticky and bare.

But there are other signs too: Connor is moving the steeplechase fences sideways to provide fresh ground on the take-off and landing areas at Kelso, the British Toy Retailers Association has produced a list of the hottest toys for Christmas, and Frankie Dettori is about to dominate our TV screens for the latest series of “I’m A Celebrity” which starts on Sunday…

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Risk is a Four-Letter Word

According to Elon Musk, there will come a time when developments in artificial intelligence will make us all redundant. In conversation with Rishi Sunak he said, “You could have a job if you wanted to have a job for personal satisfaction, but the AI would be able to do everything.”

I’m not quite sure who he thinks is going to muck out the horses in trainers’ yards, but Musk touches on an important point – what is the point of life without work?

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