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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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Stoking the fires
For a while over the Summer I thought I was falling out of love with the game. Back in August at Sandown, Mrs A and I met up with a few pals to see Nile Rodgers and Chic after racing. The evening was spectacular. Mainly because of a cataclysmic thunderstorm...
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Summer tripping
Mrs A and I are quite getting in to the idea of sneaky
weekend trips away without the rest of the fam. We’ve just booked another.
Flushed with the success of last year’s wet and windy visit to Westport on the
wild Atlantic coast of Ireland with The Johnsons...
Summer tripping
Summer tripping
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Breaking the silence
What happened there? Write a post
in February , blink your eyes and the next thing it’s Halloween. The hottest Summer
since 1976 proved to be a barren desert for this blog.   Arctic interludes are already muscling a
benign Autumn out of the way and I haven’...
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A Grand Plan
Me and my mouth. For some while I had been
bragging to a work colleague that he should give me a straight grand to gamble
with over the course of the Jumps season. In return, come April, I’d hand him
back a guaranteed £1,100. A six-month 10% profit margin t...
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Three Gruff Goats
I'm delighted to be launching a new book this week. 'Three Gruff Goats Meet Some Unexpected Visitors' is my first children's book. (Well, how many books can one really write about losing money on the horses?) The story takes a modern twist on the Three Bill...
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Seasonal wrap
Christmas and New Year comes
and goes, each of us observing long-held customs, traditions and conventions. “I feel stupid and contagious Here we are now, entertain us” However, there are always
firsts. For a generation and more, I had successfully swerved a...
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Seasonal wrap
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Empty nesters
With Daughter No 1
away having a ball at Uni and Daughter No 2 at college/the boyfriend’s/independently
self-contained, this Autumn seemed like the perfect time to cash in on the
empty nest and begin recouping some of the extortionate flight and
accommodati...
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Empty nesters
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Festivalia
Festivalia
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Festivalia
‘Don’t bring pineapples’. Not
your usual Reading Festival advice from the organisers. ‘And don’t bring
weapons or drones either’, mocked the headline in the Reading Chronicle. It was
all to do with The Galls Animals and their ditty ‘Pork Soda’ where the lin...
Festivalia
Festivalia
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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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