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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

SATURDAY 3rd December2016

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SATURDAY 17th December

The UCC  Charity Black Tie Banquet and Ball at the Coronation Hall.  Champagne Reception.  3 course Dinner.  12 piece Live Band.  Raffle.   Charity Auction.  All tickets  sold!


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FRIDAY 2nd December.

A cooler morning but still much milder than "normal" fro this time of year.  Went out to Greenodd to pick up the Merc after it's MOT  (  NO advisories! )  Not bad fro a 34 year old car?  Approaching Greenodd there had just been a crash with a car on the central reservation.  Later the Police arrived and then the  Air Ambulance which caused a bit of a traffic hold-up of course.   Met up with Willy for Early Doors and town was "heaving".  Crowds of folk enjoying Ulverston including lots of folk that I had never seen before. 

THURSDAY 1st December.

Officially the First Day of Winter.  Should be freezing cold yet it is quite mild,  even balmy!    Had a good day at work again though things always slow down at this time of year.  I made up the questions for the Farmer's Quiz all on the theme of Christmas.  The place was packed,  not a seat to be had and we all had a great night.  Phil got the chance to go fro the money in the Rollover ( £343.50) but unfortunately he missed it be just a tiny margin.  It would have been  great if he had been able to win as it was the FINAL  quiz of 2016  ( starting again Thursday 5th January) when the Rollover will have climbed to about £370!  Ooooh!

WEDNESDAY 30th November.

Another lovely autumnal day.  Clear skies and still some snow "on the tops".  The views are stupendous.  Worked until lunchtime then picked Tony up and drove over to Millom to visit Jock who is spending a couple of weeks in the tender care of St George's Care Home.  He's doing fine and he enjoys his " hols" at St George's.  Home then and whilst I was preparing my tea got n urgent message from Michelle to say there was a problem with the Market Place Christmas Tree lights.  Got things sorted out and got on with my tea!  Attended a Boxing Meeting in Barrow at 7 and then back to Ulverston before stepping out to enjoy Billy Scott at the Avanti Capitola.  What a great act he is!

TUESDAY 29th November.

A cold and frosty morning. The cars are all covered in ice.  I had to get  my beloved Merc Sports out to take it for it's annual MOT at Greenodd.  She starts first time, every time and sounds lovely and "throaty".  You can't beat a V6.  Mike said that it needed " a bit of welding" which he will take care of.  She will be 35 in January so it was not unexpected to hear that from Mike.  Had an excellent day at work.  There were numerous reports of traffic hold-ups at the infamous Lindal Dip.  It's going to be troublesome till March.  Such joy!  I watched the first episode of "Rillington" on BBC 1. Brilliant stuff!

MONDAY 28th November

A pleasant morning!  Still a bit tired from the exertions of the weekend.   Decided after considerable thought to STOP doing the MC work for the Boxing Tournament and to allow a younger man to take my place,  after many years "in the ring".  I will miss it,  of course,  but I have made my decision and that is final!  The atmosphere at boxing tournaments I absolutely lovely and of course,  I know most of the crowd!  Went to Clare's for tea and to admire her super new kitchen.  It really is quite lovely and importantly,  Clare likes it too!

SUNDAY 27th November.

Another bright and dry day and I was in town before 11 and spent a couple of hours on the  Mulled Wine stall in the Market Place " barking" to the crowds.  Another excellent day which everyone enjoyed,  though always somewhat quieter than the Saturday.  The atmosphere persisted though,  and it was lovely.  The Grand Parade was at 2 and we all enjoyed that of course.  I had a good wander around and the final destination was the Rose and Crown where  Helen always organises a buffet.  And it was lovely!  I stayed until about 8 before setting off for home,  a LDSB and an early night!  What a weekend!  Fantastic.  Many,  many congratulations to the organising committee and to all the volunteers who mad it all happen.  BRILLIANT!

SATURDAY 26th November.

A gloriously sunny and bright day with clear blue skies. I always host a pre-Dickensian Soiree at the office and lots of friends turn up from 10.30 all dressed up for the festival. Plenty mulled wine, other liquids,  mince pies and, of course, Maggie's famous egg sandwiches!  Plenty photos were taken and of course we always have a "Team Photo" in front of the office window.  Our first call was to the Big Kings where we were photographed many times.  The town was already "heaving" with visitors.  We frequented one or two other hostelries of course and admired the  large number of folk who were dressed up. Plenty entertainment and a huge variety of products on sale throughout the town.  The Food Court was in Theatre Street Car Park and they did a roaring business  The Grand Parade was at 3 pm led by the Town Band and then  "Queen Victoria" and "Brown".  Sarah and Natalie were my "escorts" and very charming they were too.  The Judging of the costumes was hilarious,  led by the wonderful Gary Gifford.  Then to the Market Square for the Christmas Tree switch-on at 4.  The new lights throughout the town are  simply superb!   A few of us retreated to my offices to enjoy F&C from Chippy Bank  ,  suitably re-charged,  back into town.    The crowds were enormous and the atmosphere wonderful.  I ended up in The Piel Castle before eventually surrendering and getting into be  by about 11.  Phew!  What a day!

FRIDAY 25th November

A very busy day with lots to do.  They are erecting the traffic lights at the Lindal Dip and they will be operational from 8pm tonight.  This is to facilitate the raising of the road by 1.9 metres and moving it a few metres to the right!  I needed to travel to Barrow to act as MC for the Dinner at the Ringside at Forum 28 ( Barrow Catholic Amateur Boxing Club).  Always a sell-out with 280 or so attending and enjoying a splendid night.  I didn't get to leave till well after 12. and finally crawled into bed at 1.15.  The traffic lights were in operation but there was no traffic so I was not held up for more than a couple of minutes.

The Lake District weather as it really happens .. !

Chilly and overcast.

SATURDAY 3rd December, 8.30am

Racing tips from Ralph Spours

Straight from the horses mouth :

Date :SATURDAY 3rd December 2016

NONE for today

St Leger 2016.

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!