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16th December 2020
Plus 9 and drizzling when driving in…Looking wet today?
Showers at Wincanton did not stop us enjoying the JC hospitality.. even though Lots Of Luck disappointed..Time will tell why..
David Bass (reverend), Ciaran Gethings, Chester Williams and Harry Beswick were in this morning to ride out.
Not many to work at the moment, but what did might be on a video here later... Sorry but too dark!
Mary Dulverton was here second lot to see Newtide work and see some of her other horses canter.
Gillian Clough was here third lot to see her KBRS horse Does He Know.
Ed Hawkins was here to see his horse Talk Of The Moon
Nick Holmes was here to see his KBRS horse The Presenting / Wild Rhubarb filly
Adrian and Sam Boyes was here for a first visit to Thorndale..
The last of those intersting facts..
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
In 1696, William III of England introduced a property tax that required those living in houses with more than six windows to pay a levy. In order to avoid the tax, house owners would brick up all windows except six.
(The Window Tax lasted until 1851, and older houses with bricked-up windows are still a common sight in the U.K.)
As the bricked-up windows prevented some rooms from receiving any sunlight, the tax was referred to as “daylight robbery”!
To finish I see it is Des Flavin's birthday.. Another of my ex conditional jockey.. Des is now a blacksmith in Ireland.. 38 today is our Des.. Also 38 is Ben Hastie who is head groundsman at Cheltenham and an excellent photographer,.. Ben is also a share holder in Hes No Trouble.