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15th December 2022

Minus 15 and dry when driving in.. It was minus 6 during evening stables last night.

I believe this mornings temperature is a record since we have been here. BUT 8 inch Ed (Cookson) tells me it was minus 16 one morning when he and Charlie Greene were working here..

Things are going to get better next week although I am not hopeful of Ffos Las going ahead today.. we will find out for sure at 7.30..

I am struggling to find positive things to tell you.. yes the gallop works and the horses are mad fresh.. And I am going to treat myself to a hair cut with Mario this afternoon.. Hopefully it will be better than Archies recent one!!..Mind you I would be pleased to have as much hair  as he has.. mine takes 10 minutes to cut and that is an exaggeration..The cup of coffee takes longer to drink..

We have four runners at Ffos Las Imperial Admiral, Getaweapon, Lady Of The Night and Captain Rose and I will let you know my thoughts after the inspection has passed!.... Quote from clerk of the courseDai Jones..'Minus 5 last night but rising and we are reinspecting at 9.30 to see if the few frozen areas give when temperatures rise as forecasted!!

Haydock, Newcastle and Ascot on Saturday, Uttoxeter tomorrow and you guessed it Ffos Las is now off today..

I am doing a live (unlikley) interview on Talksport at 11..Cancelled..Seems to be the world is going Cancel culture?

Hugo Bevan's  Service of thanksgiving is at 12pm, 21st December 2022, at St Mary's Church, Everdon, Northamptonshire NN11 3BL..

A lady goes to her parish priest one day and tells him, "Father, I have a problem. I have two female parrots but they only know how to say one thing."

"What do they say?" the priest inquired.

"They say, 'Hi, we're prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?'" the woman said embarrassingly.

"That's obscene!" the priest exclaimed, "I can see why you are embarrassed."

He thought a minute and then said, "You know, I may have a solution to this problem. I have two male parrots whom I have taught to pray and read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house and we will put them in the cage with Francis and Job. My parrots can teach your parrots to praise and worship. I'm sure your parrots will stop saying that...that phrase in no time."

"Thank you," the lady responded, "this may very well be the solution."

The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest's house. As he ushered her in, she saw his two male parrots were inside their cage, holding their rosary beads and praying. Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them.

After just a couple of seconds, the female parrots exclaimed out in unison, "Hi, we're prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?"

There was a stunned silence.

Finally, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and said, "Put the beads away, Francis, our prayers have been answered!"