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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

MONDAY 22nd January 2018.

Todays thoughts : All Glory is Fleeting

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Patient;  Doctor! Doctor!  I can't get off to sleep!

Doctor;  Try sleeping on the edge of the bed.  You'll soon drop off!


MONDAY 22nd January.

I enjoyed my weekend.  I managed to find 2 winners from my 3 selections.  Lisa phoned from Ascot with a "hot tip" called "Jenkins" in the 3rd at Ascot.  It WON at 5/1.  Bingo!   Didn't finish work until about 4,  so it was home to watch a bit of tv,  a hot bath,  a nice dinner of lamb cutlets ( cooked to perfection)  and a cosy "night in".  Had a lie-in on Sunday morning and stopped in all day captivated by the Snooker.  Out for Cocktails @ 5 and then back to watch the remaining frames.  Fascinating stuff.

SATURDAY 20th January.

A nice busy day and measured up a cute 2-bedroomed cottage in Bardsea with a garden with spectacular views of Morecambe Bay.  It should be very popular.  And then across Kirkby Moor to look at a  cottage,  that whilst it does need a bit of work,  the potential is enormous.  Got all Suited and Booted and off to Cumbria Grand Hotel for the Freemason's Boxing Tournament.  As always it is a complete and utter sell-out and lots of money was raised for worthy charities.  I act as MC and have done so for the last 24 years!  WE had 15 bouts,  the first 5 being just "Skills" matches where new starters in the boxing game  are in the ring for the first time and no winner is announced, it's just experience for them,  but they do receive trophies.  10 excellent "proper" bouts then followed and the boxing was really good.  I managed to get finished around 12.30!  A busy evening.

FRIDAY 19th  January.

A chilly morning,  but no snow in Ulverston.  There was another hold-up on the A590 at Newby Bridge due to ICY conditions.   North of the county seems to be affected more.  Kirkstone Pass is blocked of course.  Great place for sledging.  Used to take the kids there years ago.  I used to ring the pub to enquire the conditions and the regular answer would,  for example be " Good for sledging,  no good for skiing".  We had a good Quiz last night.  Next week is the LAST QUIZ at the Farmers as they will be refurbishing the place and it is expected to take around 6 weeks or so.  In the meantime we will be holding the Quiz at THE ROSE.  This came as a great relief to the regular Quiz-Goers!!  The thought of not having a quiz was  unthinkable!  The withdrawal effect would have been catastrophic!

The Lake District weather as it really happens .. !

Damp this morning but becoming milder.

MONDAY 22nd January 2018., 8.30am

Racing tips from Ralph Spours

Straight from the horses mouth :

Date :SATURDAY 20th January 2018

Tips for SATURDAY;

ASCOT;  1.50.  La Bague Au Roi

TAUNTON;  2.15.  Monbeg Legend.  2.30.  Geordie Des Champs. 


Good luck!  Bet responsibly!


Please take note of the following;

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

Please do remember, "When the fun stops, STOP!"

Good Luck and be Cautious!  Enjoy your racing!

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


If you do WIN, be warned that the Bookies are only LENDING you the dosh.  They will get it back.  That's a Racing Certainty!


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

Good Luck!