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The Gordon Elliot photo
at 14:32 5 Mar 2021

He's appearing before the Irish Racing Board today.

I couldn't help but notice how the issue was handled on here by some posters during the week.

The photo was entirely distasteful. A man entrusted with the welfare and care of animals should always take that responsibility seriously. He is paid to do so. Animal welfare is an important social issue. It matters.

I don't know the guy all that well. I know a few in the racing industry and a few who have had horses with different trainers. I get a few tips from time to time but not being partial to a bet on the nags, I don't pay all that much attention.

I have also read during the week that some well known people in the industry say that, on the whole, he treats his animals very well and that he has renewed and re-invigorated certain horses that were sent to his yard. Many in the industry here have recognised how unacceptable the photo was but many also surmise that it was moment of utter stupidity and distaste rather than a reflection on how he treats his animals generally.

He has been subjected to a barage of vile abuse on social media. Caroline Flack's anniversary was (I think) fairly recent. She took her own life due to online abuse. I also heard on the wireless this morning that our screens are soon to be polluted with "Love Island" soon (a show which I don't watch). What we might not hear however is that two former contestants of "Love Island" took their own lives or why they did so. Still the show goes on without any apparent objection. Social media and on line abuse can be very damaging as can ill tempered judgment and relentless calls for extreme punishment.

GE sat on a dead horse and posed in profoundly stupid way for a profoundly stupid photo. The horse had died of a heart attack. The owner of the horse is keeping his horses in the yard.

GE must be punished. Equally, any punishment must be fair and proportionate, qualities which were absent from some of the posts on this issue during the week. Is he not entitled to be genuinely remorseful? to a second chance?

He employs 70-80 people locally and that is big boost to a small local economy.

The motivation behind the release of the photo is also worthy of consideration. The photo is a number of years old. The release of the photo had nothing to do with animal welfare or a concern for animal welfare. The sole purpose of releasing the photo was to inflict as much damage, personal and financial, as possible on him. That is a bandwagon that some people are sometimes all too quick to jump on, oblivious to, or unconcerned with, the damage it will cause to GE. personally and financially, with follow on consequences for his employees, family and friends.

However distasteful the photo or his actions were, he is entitled to fairness and proportionality. He is entitled to be genuinely remorseful.

The excuse he offered is unlikely to have any purchase with the decision makers. And neither should it. However, if they consider him to be genuinely remorseful, he should be given credit for that. If he is genuinely remorseful, is he note entitled to a second chance?

I hope he receives a fair punishment, which imho, amounts to a substantial fine, a temporary ban, a contribution to animal welfare groups, and an undertaking to complete a course in animal welfare.
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A music thread for today. Protest songs. Protest singers.
at 11:38 25 Feb 2021

I've also emailed the club
at 11:34 12 Feb 2021

Having read PL's gibberish this morning, I've emailed the club. It may not make a shred of difference but it's my way of responding to the antiBobby's prolix bollix.. Good luck to anyone who has or will follow suit.

"Dear Sirs

Based in Ireland, I am an Ipswich Town supporter for 40 years or thereabouts. I have made a number of visits to Portman Road over the years, most memorably during the Burley years when there was a real sense of unity between the supporters, the players, the manager and the club. George Burley was Ipswich through and through. It made a real difference.

Having read Mr Lambert's pre-match comments this morning (12th February) I feel very distant from the club. Mr Lambert and Mr Taylor have failed the club. They are an insult to the club's fine history. Their unadulterated waffle and excuses in their pre and post match comments offend basic football common sense.

They have lost every game this season against opposition competing for play off places.

When will the farce end?

I would ask those involved to reflect on what is happening and the damage this is doing to a once great club. Please also consider the impact this appalling failure is having on the local community and the supporters.

With sincere regards"
at 15:11 11 Feb 2021

So, if you were making an appointment with a lady dentist who told you โ€œI have a small gap but can fit you inโ€ how would you reply?
Music Quiz
at 23:06 5 Feb 2021

Well known Bands and Solo Artists from across the decades. I havenโ€™t got them all yet.

1. ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿž
2. ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿซ
3. ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿฆฑ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿฆฑ
4. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
5. ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿ”ซ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
6. ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฆ…
7. ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๐Ÿโ„
8. โฌœ๐Ÿ
9. ๐ŸŒŽ ๐ŸŒฌ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
10. ๐Ÿ
11. Tโ”
12. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ
13. ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿฝ
14. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿฆบ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚
15. ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿšข๐Ÿšข๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿงฅ
16. ๐Ÿ•ถ๐ŸŽน
17. ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’ 
18. โ„๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’
19. ๐Ÿšฝ ๐Ÿ“–
20. ๐Ÿ˜ƒโž—
21. ๐Ÿฆป๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ†
22. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ซ
23. ๐Ÿฅถ ๐ŸŽญ
24. ๐Ÿ“ป๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฒ
25. ๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽช
26. ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง
27. ๐ŸงŽ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๐Ÿ’Ž
29. โšก๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽธ
30. ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿฒ ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ
31. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿฆข๐Ÿ‘—
32. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿa
33. โฌ›๐Ÿ•Ž
34. ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿฅต๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒถ
35. ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‰o ๐Ÿฅœe๐Ÿฆต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿผ
Bird Table
at 15:10 1 Feb 2021

With the lockdown, and all that goes with that, I was telling my wife I was getting a little bored.

She suggested that I make a bird table.

New she's kicked off because she's only 11th in the table (see what I did there). She's especially not pleased because her younger sister is 5th.

Just can't win.
An unwelcome twist - Oxford vaccine
at 15:35 28 Jan 2021

The U.K. are ahead of the pack in terms of vaccination roll out and ahead of the EU.

Hopefully the Oxford vaccine is just as effective in over 65s and AZโ€™s data can bear this out.

Hopefully vaccine nationalism wonโ€™t become an issue. However, it is a little concerning that Germany say that on the data they have, it should be limited to ages 18-64.

A couple of days before EU expected to authorise it.

Iโ€™m in the 40-50 age category btw.

Prose v Poetry
at 17:09 25 Jan 2021

Turing "frustration into celebration" reminded me of this.

Brendan Behan was once invited to Oxford to debate the difference between prose and poetry.

His opponent spoke for nearly 2 hours.

Behan rose to his feet and promised to be brief. He recited an old Dublin rhyme : -

"There was a young fella named Rollocks
Who worked for Ferrier Pollocks
As he walked on the strand
With a girl by the hand
The water came up to his ankles"

"That" said Behan "is prose. But if the tide had been in, it would have been poetry".
The power of positive thinking
at 13:14 20 Jan 2021

Quoting Christopher Hope from the Telegraph ; -

"Biden's great, great, great grandfather, Edward Belwitt, left Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland for America during the Irish Famine 170 years ago, which could mean he is well disposed towards Great Britain".

Goal from goal kick
at 21:13 19 Jan 2021

at 14:02 14 Jan 2021

3 Nuns died instantly following a car crash. They met St. Peter outside the Pearly Gates.
"Names" he said.
They gave their names.
"OK", said St. Peter. "This should be a formality for the two passengers but I'm not so sure about the driver. Doing 120kmph in an 80kmph zone wasn't very saintly. I have to take account of the fact that you caused the crash that sent you all here".
So he asks the first nun : -
"What was name of the man who God created first according to Genesis"
"That's easy" she said. "Adam".
The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went.
To the second nun he asked -
"What was the name of woman who God created first according to Genesis".
"That's easy" she said. "Eve".
The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went.
To the third, he said : -
"Hmm. I'm not so sure about you. What was the first thing Eve said to Adam".
"Oh Christ that's a hard one. Can you make it easy for me?"
The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went.
[Post edited 14 Jan 14:03]
Movie recommendation
at 22:19 13 Jan 2021

Heard a positive review of this today. I think itโ€™s on Amazon prime on Friday.
at 08:42 7 Jan 2021

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman find themselves stranded on a remote island occupied by a tribe of incredibly fit and attractive women.

Sadly for our trio, they have been deemed unworthy for breeding purposes so the Queen of the tribe has ruled that they must each be decommissioned.

She asks the Englishman โ€œWhere do you work?โ€ โ€œWith English Lumberjacks plcโ€ he says. The queen rules his is to be chopped off.

She asks the Scotsman โ€œWhere do you work?โ€ โ€œWith my local butcherโ€ he says. The queen rules his to be sliced off.

She asks the smiling Irishman why he looks so happy. He looks at her and says โ€œI work with Dysonโ€.
Britain less safe after Brexit?
at 13:50 4 Jan 2021


Patel, being Patel, is short on honesty and common sense. To fill the database gaps that now exist will cost a pretty penny and a lot of resources.

RiP Liam Reilly
at 14:00 2 Jan 2021

Lead singer with Bagatelle. More for those of us who had some familiarity with music in Ireland in the 1980s.

Good relationship advice
at 17:04 14 Dec 2020

1. If your better half is reversing into a space, or parallel parking, ask her if sheโ€™d like you to do it for her. Sheโ€™ll be very thankful and will acknowledge your act of chivalry.

2. If youโ€™d better half is very angry or upset with you, just inform her sheโ€™s over reacting. Sheโ€™ll immediately see the error of her ways and calm will be restored.

A quote from Seamus Heaney
at 18:57 28 Nov 2020

โ€œBehaviour thatโ€™s admired is the path to power amongst people everywhereโ€ (Seamus Heaney).

Lambert has been beating down the wrong path for some time. Banning Phil is symptomatic of Lambertโ€™s bitterness and stupidity. The club are very wrong to condone the ban.

Iโ€™ll send my email to the club on Monday.

Bring Burley Home.

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