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My father, a wise old man, always used to say; .... "If you are asked to make but one toast to any man, toast him this........


All the money in the world is no substitute" . Quite true then! ... and ... Quite true now!

I'm a firm believer that ... "It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice!" ... and take pride in bringing this philosophy into all that I and we do at Ralph Spours Estate Agent.

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

FRIDAY 6th May.

Todays thoughts : Let the sun shine in!


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What a gloriously sunny day and it's Market Day too!   Lots of stalls and the town is looking something like what it used to be a few years ago.  And with all the beautiful flags fluttering in the breeze  everything looks rather splendid.   The weather looks set to improve yet further over the weekend with 60F being predicted for Sunday.  It's the K2B ( Keswick to Barrow Challenge) on Saturday when 2500 hardy souls walk the 42 miles raising a huge amount of loot for a whole range of charities.    It was the Local Elections and I did my duty at the Polling Station early, at about 8.15am. The results will be all out on Friday of course and it will be VERY interesting reading the papers this weekend. The Quiz was great fun and the ROLLOVER was NOT WON so it will be about £130 next Thursday.  I have just heard of the death of my old friend KEVIN RYAN.  The eldest son of Pat Ryan who started Furness Catholic Boxing Club at which I act as MC.  Kevin has been ill for a couple of years now and sadly he has passed away.  RIP Kevin.


Glorious sunshine! Oooh! How lovely! It's Polling Day tomorrow over much of the country so everyone is encouraged to do their duty and take advantage of their right and VOTE.  Must say I have not seen much electioneering other than for the last couple of Market Days the Green Party have had a stand in the Market Place.  The Junior Doctors crisis continues and I feel it is a great shame that it has come to this point.  I decline to offer my view on the matter as to who is right and who is wrong I just hope it resolved amicably sooner rather than later.  I visited Jock with Tony.  Tony has just had a knee replacement operation and he is getting along remarkably well and only uses one stick.  Jock is fine and back home after his couple of weeks "holiday" at St George's in Millom.  His garden is magnificent.  there is no lesser word for it.

TUESDAY 3rd May.

Still a bit on the cool side but the prospect is for rapid improvement. Goody Goody. Back at work after a splendid Bank Holiday weekend. Put the Jag in the garage for a minor repair to the front bumper. Made out of PLASTIC nowadays. So I had to resort to running around in the little Rover. Comfy little car and it's a manual too with wind-up windows. How old fashioned is that ? Had a meeting of UTA at Poppies and it went well.  have you seen all the tree planting at Hill Foot?  Looks almost like a vineyard.   Lots of Cherry Blossom out and the whole area is looking very spring-like. A wonderful time of year.


I worked on Saturday morning till noon then watched some excellent racing on tv and managed to pick out one or two winners!  Packed all my weekend away bits and bobs and went down to stay with Bryn and Val at the Spiders Web House in Abbey Road.  They always treat me like visiting Royalty.  All dressed up in Black Tie and off we went to the Abbey House for the annual Barrow Community Trust Ball.  A gathering of the Great and Good of the district.  It was brilliantly organised by Phil and Jenny Collier.  The band were excellent ( Soul Survivors) which included Mike Kitson on the drums and  Julie Rogerson on Sax.  Great band.  If you hear where they are playing next do go and listen to them.  Great stuff.  I acted as the Guest Auctioneer and we raised a  lot of money,  I believe the final total was over £7000!  Back to the Spider House and we sat up till 2.430 eating and drinking.  Up at the crack of dawn and met up with Saida and Jani for a delicious breakfast at Abbey House Hotel.  Scrummy.  Home then and a relaxing afternoon watching tv  before meeting up for Cocktails @ 5  in the Capitola.  An excellent turnout with 15 of us showing up.  Wendy did us proud and supplied a superb platter of meats, cheeses and olives etc.  Once again, scrummy.  Did the grand tour and ended up in the Sun where everyone was up dancing to DJ Shamus.   Staggered off home at goodness-knows- what time.  Monday was spent recovering from the excesses of the weekend whilst being entranced by the Snooker.  What a weekend!

FRIDAY 29th April.

Another wet and windy day and it looks as if there will be no improvement until after Bank Holiday Weekend.  I've been watching the snooker on tv and am entranced by it all.  No one deserves to lose as they are all incredibly talented.  The standard seems to improve year on year.  Out for Early Doors and had a really super evening with my friends

The Lake District weather as it really happens .. !

Blue skies and lots of sunshine!

FRIDAY 6th May 2016., 8.30am

Racing tips from Ralph Spours

Straight from the horses mouth :

Date :FRIDAY 6th May 2016.

Racing Selections;

NONE for today

Remember, when the fun stops, STOP!

Good Luck!

Good Luck and be Cautious!  Enjoy racing!

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



The Bookies will win eventually!  Look what happened to Annie Power at Cheltenham!  Odds on favourite ( 1/2 ).  Couldn't lose!  5 lengths ahead of the field and FELL at the last! The Bookies  went home with "Bulging Satchels" and that was only the First Day of 4. If you are lucky enough to win,  just remember 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!