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…
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?
As if backing the winner of the Grand National wasn’t easy enough already (see the blog of 14th April, “Carved in Stone”), changes announced this week are about to narrow the number of potential selections by 15%.