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Life and living in Ulverston, the Lake District Peninsulars and South Cumbria

THURSDAY 27th April

Todays thoughts : Carpe Diem!

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WEDNESDAY 26th April.

A lovely sunny day but remaining chilly.  Very chilly.  It was my day off so  mid-morning I set off in the Jag for a run out to Kirkby Lonsdale.  Had a lovely stroll along the riverside and a browse around the town. Had a nice lunch at bumped into a couple of old friends.  Had a nice run back and parked up at Gummers How to read the Telegraph and had a tilt at the crossword.  Not too successful!   Home then for tea and some good music on YouTube.  Out to meet up with friends in the Sun and then to the Capitola where Ken and Bob were playing.  Quite a crowd in the pub,  getting to be just like the "old days".

TUESDAY 25th April.

What a fantastic day for changeable weather. Bright sunshine, freezing cold, hailstones, snow, sunshine, wind! Nevertheless I enjoyed my day as I do every day that I am on God's earth. Tony picked me up and we went off to visit Jock at FGH.  Chaos at the carpark as it was completely full and that was at 2o'clock.  There was a queue of cars directly behind us and they couldn't access the carpark either.  What  a nonsensical place that is.  The  residents of Dalton Lane,  and many of the surrounding avenues and roads must be really cheesed off as cars are parked everywhere.  Jock is doing well and he enjoyed the Fruit Pastilles that I took for him as a change from Jelly Babies.  I hope the weather improves fro the weekend as it is the Late Spring Bank Holiday weekend and I am off to London!

MONDAY 24th April.

A lovely sunny day but decidedly CHILLY!  It was lovely in the sunshine,  behind glass but once in the shade and outside the temperature dropped like a stone. Work is proceeding nicely at the Blue Light Hub at the junction of Daltongate and the A590.  The ground has all been levelled off and there are lots of cars and other vehicles and "big boy's toys".    There is a rumour that M&S may be coming to Ulverston.    I stress that it is just a rumour and there has been no official confirmation or denial.  I attended a meeting of the Carnival Committee at 6 followed by a meeting of Town Council where they were discussing the Application to build on West End Nurseries ( They REJECTED the Application unanimously).   Home then for a late tea and I watched the first episode of "Little Boy Blue".  Ooooh!  Another brilliant series. 

SUNDAY 23rd April.  St Georges Day.

A gloriously sunny morning.  Up and out and got my faithful sports car out  and off I went up to do a viewing in Coniston.  The views were gorgeous!  Followed on up to Ambleside then home via Windermere and Bowness.   Tucked the old girl up ( She is 35 now and still less than 67thousand on the clock) and she still flies.  Nothing quite has the same lovely grumble of a V8.   Spent a couple of hours on the Poop Deck soaking up the sun whilst listening to Johnny Walker before joining friends for Cocktails @ 5.  What a lovely weekend!

SATURDAY  22nd April.

The Town looks splendid as it is the start of Flag Fortnight and a couple of hundred flags were mounted by a splendid band of volunteers early in the morning.

The "boys" arrived at 11 at the office.  Bob ( The Mad Monk) ,  Derek,  and Warren  ( Snot and Bogey) and Richard ( St George) and me ( Baron Hardup).  We all got dressed up and set off around the town.  Lots of photos were taken of course.  Ian Lancaster was the "other" St George and  rode into town with his Squire looking fine on horseback.  The Pageant started at 12.30 and Bob acted as the MC and got the crowd going.  We tied up several of eth local children and one or two willing wenches too.  Finally we started searching for the Maiden ( Louise Walton) and Snot and Bogey dragged her kicking and screaming to be tied up at the stake.  The Dragon ( Karl Scrogham)  was next to arrive on the scene and just as he was about to devour the Maiden the gallant St George arrived,  killed Snot and Bogey,  and after a long battle finally slew the Dragon,  rescued the Maiden and swept her off her feet and carried her away to safety.  Great fun!

Friday 21st April

A lovely day!  And it's St George's Festival Dinner in the evening.  We all assembled in the Farmer's at 5.30 all suited and booted and looking rather good.  The Red Roses had been delivered and we all had them in our lapels.  Team photo in front of the Market Cross and the taxis arrived at 6.30 prompt.    Down to Abbey House and the room looked magnificent.  Altogether there were about 200  of us there.  A brilliant and very tasty meal and excellent speeches and in wonderful company.  Truly lovely.

The Lake District weather as it really happens .. !

It's been raining but brightening up nicely now.

THURSDAY 27th April, 8.30am

Racing tips from Ralph Spours

Straight from the horses mouth :

Date :THURSDAY 27th April 2017

No Tips for today.

You will never see a Bookie going to work on a bike!

Take Care!  Only bet what you are fully prepared to lose. 

When the fun stops,  STOP!


St Leger 2016.

Click on and be amazed. Watch my selection triumph!


WOW!!!  Harbour Law triumphed at a price of 33/1 and I had a "lump" on it!!  Picked up a nice pile of £20's. Bingo!

 Hope you followed my example?


Good Luck and only put on what you are prepared to LOSE!

Remember, when the fun stops, STOP!

Good Luck and be Cautious!  Enjoy racing!

Remember what I have always said.  It is all just for a bit of fun. 




Remember that if you win, that the Bookie is just LENDING you the dosh!  HE WILL GET IT BACK!

Remember to only bet what you can afford to lose, as its all just for a bit of fun.  The Bookies win in the end!  

If you win,  it is only ON LOAN to you from the bookies.  THEY WILL GET IT BACK!

Have you ever wondered how bookies  have wives dripping in gold jewellery, manage to live in classy houses and drive flashy cars?  Just think about it for a moment or two.  You will soon figure it out!

Good Luck!