Thursday, 21 April 2016


This video has been watched 38 million times in just over four months. Which could mean you've already seen it. If you haven't you're in for a treat. Even Paul Simon likes it:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Being Irish

This is what it feels like to be Irish at this time. I'm only half-Irish. But it has always felt like the bigger half. My father was from Blackrock. His godfather was Michael Collins. Yes, really.

This is a real choker:

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Time running out

"And the high ideals and the promise
You once dressed the future in
Are dancing in the embers with the wind"

Monday, 22 February 2016

Rock and baroque

You may have heard that Jimi Hendrix's flat - where he lived during '68 and '69 - has been restored and is now open to the public. It's well worth a visit if you are in central London. What's more you can visit Handel's former residence next door on the same ticket. Here's Jimi sitting in his bedroom and then me sitting in the same place nearly 50 years later...

Visiting details can be found on this link: Handel and Hendrix

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Trumped up

"Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come." - Haruki Murakami 

The election of POTUS gets properly underway tomorrow with the Iowa caucus. The last meaningful poll for this Republican caucus showed Trump in the lead on 28% (+6) with Cruz next on 23% (-2). The bookmakers generally bet 4/9 the Toupee, 7/4 Cruz, 10/1 bar.

For the Republican nomination Trump is now odds on with some firms.

If you took some 20/1 Trump for the nomination, as suggested on this blog last July, you are in a good position as you can lay him for a few quid at around 2.08 on betfair as I write. You will have to decide whether to do that or not. Betting recommendations on the blog closed on 1st November 2015 as you know! It's a timely point at which to consider your position though with everything kicking off tomorrow.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Racing Post article 17 January 2016

The retired betting industry veteran, 67, with his memories of the sport

"Irish racing is my real passion – and I’ve visited all 27 tracks"

A SCHOOL FRIEND introduced me to horseracing, after which my father, who had little interest in the sport, indulged me sufficiently to take my bets to the local bookmaker.

“That’s another gallon of petrol for the bookie’s car!” he’d say to me.
It wasn’t until university that I visited a racecourse: Newmarket, 1967, 2,000 Guineas day when Royal Palace won. From a betting perspective it wasn’t successful. I’d been sold a ‘marked’ racecard in the car park at three times its face value. None of the selections won.

After racing it was rather fortunate I’d no money left and couldn’t be coerced by card tricksters into finding the lady. Nevertheless, I was hooked.

Not knowing what to do with my physics degree but still harbouring the racing bug, I joined Ladbrokes as a trainee manager. Later I worked for William Hill, the Tote and Betfair before retiring in 2008. My most memorable racing days have been outside Britain, including four trips to the Breeders’ Cup, plus places like Sha Tin, Pardubice, Longchamp and Chantilly.

My real passion, though, is Irish racing. In 2004 I completed visits to all 27 Irish tracks when I went to Tralee. For nearly 20 years I’ve written about my Irish trips on my website, and most articles have appeared in the London Racing Club magazine.

We live in Ludlow now which has a picturesque track – but you’re just as likely to find me at Leopardstown or the Galway festival.
‘My most memorable racing days have been outside Britain, including four trips to the Breeders’ Cup’

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Which horse racing tipster do you follow?

As we near the calendar year end, here is how some popular tipsters are performing. 

Firstly Pricewise (2015):

Jan FebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Above figures are based on 10 unit stake (10 win or 5 ew as applicable).
Good record eh? Last winning month was April.
Overall the calendar year loss is 121.65 points (to one point unit stake)...(Source:

Raceclear: losing in December, just had a sequence of 23 losers broken by a half point ew on 9/2 winner. Lost in calendar months Sept, Oct and Nov and currently losing overall in 2015. Loss exceeds 57 points since Sept 1st. 

Betting Emporium:  overall position, over 48,000 points staked for accumulative 1.3% win. 
Horses are better with 6.1% win overall but in 2015 they are losing heavily with substantial losses at all four feature meetings: Cheltenham, Aintree, Royal Ascot and Goodwood. These festivals total 17 days racing with a loss of over 300 points. 

As for Ben Linfoot (under the value bet banner) don't have the full figures but I understand he is currently on a 58-selection losing streak..

Figures compiled on 23 December 2015. Tricky old game it seems...

Happy Xmas!

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