The old horse & the ladybird

I took my very heavy DSLR camera on my walk today, to see if I could cope with the cumbersomeness of it and to see if the pictures were better than my little Sony. I’m very disappointed with the pictures but these two are OKish. The camera is very cumbersome so I think I’ll stick to my Sony, though I might have a go taking the DSLR out with the telephoto lens to see if I can get something interesting.


Box Hill cattle poo

The fairly short but steep walk up Box Hill in Surrey is a popular walk, but I’m not sure it will remain so. There was a large amount of cattle dung on the face of the hill, which is where most people walk. We caught a glimpse of the cattle and it was hard to believe that just seven creatures could excrete so much! My guess is that there are ecological reasons for introducing the animals to this space, but I can’t say I’m a fan.

My wife noted the unreassuring use of the word “often” in the poster sentence “They have a gentle, placid nature often ignoring walkers and dogs”.

At the races

I’ve lived close to Epsom racecourse for a very long time but I think this was only my 2nd or 3rd visit to a race meeting. This was just a small event and my visit was brief. 

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

In Saturday’s Guardian there was an interesting article on the closure of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.

I have fond memories of the only time I went greyhound racing, at Wimbledon, with half-a-dozen work colleagues.

As well as 10 or so races to bet on, we had some surprisingly good food. My cautious colleagues decided to place £2 each-way bets on each race, but I decided to follow a riskier strategy. I was prepared to lose up to £50 over the course of the evening (yet still have a good time), so I went for £5 bets, each race, on a dog to win. Riskier but potentially more rewarding!

How did we do? My recollection is that most of my colleagues lost small amounts overall, whereas I ended £50 up by the end of the evening! No skill involved, just a lot of luck and a riskier betting strategy. A night that now, cannot be repeated.

Wimbledon Greyhound Track closed last night and will be knocked down to be replaced by a football stadium for AFC Wimbledon, 600 new homes and a leisure centre.