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Dave Atkinson
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Blogger, writer, reviewer; aspiring photographer, small time gambler, modest rambler, old rocker
Blogger, writer, reviewer; aspiring photographer, small time gambler, modest rambler, old rocker

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Systematic
I’ve
been quietly cultivating a teenage mate of my daughter’s in the art of proper
punting. From an early age he showed promise. When our two families went to the
races he steadfastly refused to bet on the basis of gaudy colours,
alliteration, or some such ...

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Hot dog
The northern, dog–friendly,
log-cabin-with-hot-tub, mid-week break with Grandad and Bruv is becoming a bit
of a feature of our Summers.   This
year, we bagged some decent weather as well. Even in the Peak District. Travelling up the M1 in 32-degree
heat was...

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Lonsdale Boys
Ladies Day at Epsom Downs, otherwise known as Oaks Day, dawned bright and hot. I toyed with the idea of wearing my straw trilby, until I saw the forecast for thunder storms. "Do not expose to water", screamed the label in the hat band. So I left it at home,...

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Brigadier Gerard
“What even is brown sauce?” CB-D is curious. Me, Daughter No 1 and he are on the way to
Sandown races and the conversation has turned to the best condiment to put on
your chips. “Well, it’s tomatoes and spices
and vinegar, mainly. Brings a meal to life. And...

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Short tales about long odds
This is just another shameless post of self promotion.  Mug Punting and Smug Punting have both been republished and relaunched on Amazon at a new special price. Available in paperback and e-book formats. "Horseracing is a sport of passion, opinions and fail...

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Pains in the Trossachs
Picture the scene. Three innocent chaps up from the big
city, gazing out hopefully from a remote bank on Loch Lomond, scanning the
steely grey surface for signs of an approaching ferry from the opposite shore. We looked again at the map. ‘Ferry P (summer)’ ...

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Cheltenham wrap
Cheltenham town is increasingly transformed by the Festival with
each passing year. Walking down the High Street on the second morning felt like
visiting a charity fete on steroids. For raffle tickets, think Paddy Power’s
cheerleader girls handing out racec...

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Festival controversies
I received an interesting e-mail today from those nice people at SBAT about the 10 biggest controversies at the Cheltenham Festival. Interesting departure, I thought, from the usual Festival build up angles. The info graph is below in full.  Some of these c...

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Festival controversies
I received an interesting e-mail today from those nice people at SBAT about the 10 biggest controversies at the Cheltenham Festival. Interesting departure, I thought, from the usual Festival build up angles. The info graph is below in full.  Some of these c...

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Festival controversies
I received an interesting e-mail today from those nice people at Sports Bets and Tips Sbat.com  about the 10 biggest controversies at the Cheltenham Festival. Interesting departure, I thought, from the usual Festival build up angles. The info graph is below...
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