They’re on the beach!

No, not me, though I suppose its possible I might get there in a weeks time, while on Cape Cod. Mind, assuming it arrives in time (and my faith in the company concerned is limited to say the least), I do have a cute swimsuit, with skirt arriving, though I’m planning on it being more for sunning purposes, than swimming purposes, outdoors at least. I suspect working my body in water would do my body good, so maybe after I get back, if I can find the time…?

Now, if you’ve been following this blog for more than 4 years, you’ll know what I’m talking about tonight, but as I suspect thats a small number, lets roll with it. Nearly all horse racing takes place either on turf, or on a variety of all weather surfaces at various race tracks throughout the world. There is even supposedly a race meeting on snow in Switzerland, but dont quote me on that.

But once a year, in Ireland, they take an everyday beach, and turn it into a race track! Yes, its that memorable day when Laytown races took place. Nowadays its 6 races, over a straight track, with a maximum distance of 7 furlongs (7/8 mile), with a maximum of 10 runners per race, but it used to be more. A round track, to run longer distance races, which went closer to the sea used to be used, until safety issues cropped up, and sadly fatal injuries to horses, so now its just the latter, probably for the best. There may even be other beach race meetings in the world for all I know, but this is the only 1 I know about.

I’m still saying that I want to go there one day, but here I am, at 59, still not done. But hopefully, some time, I will! Part of the snag being that its held early in September, and tends to be just before that holiday of mine, so fitting it in, just doesnt work. But yes, I was fortunate enough to see it on TV tonight, as good as its got so far!

I just wonder how similar the surfaces used for all weather/dirt racing are to racing on a beach, no idea? Well, except that only the beach has water creeping closer to the race track as the evening goes on!

The video? Well, I suspect most of my readers have never heard of Kirsty MacColl, and even if you have, this wasnt one of her bigger hits, so…

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Is there life on…?

So fine, the EU vote didnt go the way I wanted it to, or expected it to, but anyway, regardless, I accept the result of the democratic vote, unlike more than 2 million others, who are demanding another vote, because it wasnt the result they wanted. I know, just over a million, on a vote of over 33 million, but we have to take it, that needs to be faced. I am at least, whatever I think.

Alright, fine, if I actually qualified for an Irish passport, I might have taken my chance by applying for one, just to be able to stay in Europe. Only thing is, last distant point in lineage for that is grandparents, and my last known lineage is great grandparents. Equally, if I was at an early point in my working life, I might look to move over there, and work, but seriously, at 58, its not going to happen. Its been hellishly hard finding work over here, without attempting to find work over there, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Irony, getting a Green card to go to the US is far easier for Irish folk, than British ones, but all the same…

And no, I dont think at this point in my life, moving to a part of Europe that involves learning a whole new language is going to work with me, either! Well, unless someone can offer me a direct neural download to make me fluent in just about any language, and then you have a deal, regardless! Yes, I’d enjoy that FAR too much! 😀

Moving further afield? Well, yes, fine, I’d love to move to North America, but given my age, my talents, and everything else, its not going to happen, unless some crazy soul proposes marriage! No, I cant see that happening either! But yes, if someone wants to take a chance on me (job sponsorship, marriage, or whatever), feel free to offer.

Even further afield? Well, as far as I know, currently, all other planets, and the Moon, are pretty much out for habitation at present. If someone knows otherwise, I’ll go as human, robot, or cyborg, open to all suggestions there. Oh, and if an alien wants me to go even further afield, then feel free to come and get me, ideally in one of these!

CJ and Todd

OK, video. As I said, at present, life on other planets is out of the question, but it didnt stop Bowie mooting the subject. Live version, a bit different to the studio one

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Well, partly at least, after today’s sporting events.

Firstly, the good news, today, for the 7th consecutive tournament, Ireland have qualified for the next World Cup cricket event, the 20 over slog fest in Bangladesh next March. To be honest, the only point they dropped in qualifying was down to a no result, because it rained in Abu Dhabi. Yes, seriously, rained hard in the desert! Given that was the game against Italy, all it probably did was rob us of the 100% record, ah well…

But in fact, that’s only stage 1. Seriously, if the best associate cricket nation couldn’t make the 10 qualifiers for the next stage, I would have been concerned. But we won the group, and that means automatic qualification for the World Cup. Not that that was the Irish aim, we want to win the tournament, and that involves 2 more games to do that.

But yes, I’m very proud, as will be another member at the Garden, thats for sure!

Alright, the bad news for Irish sports fans today. Our rugby team were playing New Zealand, who hadnt lost a game all year. Oh, and at one point, Ireland were 19-0 up! And in fact, strictly, when the 80 minutes were up, we were still winning 22-17. But, and its a big but, at that point, they carry on playing, until the ball goes out of play, or there is a stoppage of some kind. So yes, you’ve guessed it, a piece of New Zealand magic, they score a try, and the scores are level. Kick the conversion, they win, otherwise, its a draw.

So, he kicks the ball, and misses. Great you think, wrong! At least half a dozen Irish players have wandered off the goal line, towards the kicker, and thats not allowed! So he retakes it, adjusts his target, and kicks the goal, and Ireland lose! Seriously, I know the jokes about the Irish being thick, but really…

Ah well, its the cricket that really matters to me!

The video, well its the first part of this. Well, the first part of the singing bit at least. Apologies, but finding a live performance of this was a challenge

Horse racing, but not as most know it.

Yes, for most people, when they go to the races, they think of decent facilities, bookmakers (in this country at least), and generally racing on turf. Alright, even over here nowadays we have racing on artificial surfaces, generally described as all weather racing (though believe me, it isnt in winter!), but in Ireland, once a year, they have something different, they race on the beach at Laytown!

Yes, you could say its the track with the best watering system in the world, a natural one, controlled by the tides!

Nowadays, they only have short races (up to about a mile) on a straight track, laid out on the beach, after the morning high tide. It didnt used to be the case, there used to be longer races, ran on a circular track, that took events much closer to the sea. Snag was, the sand wasnt always as solid out there, and a number of years back, for safety reasons, they changed it to the current form.

Indeed, on one occasion, many years ago, a horse got loose at the start of one of these longer events, and he went off for a swim in the sea, having discarded his jockey! Yes, I would love to go sometime, but given its generally early September, and I tend to go to the US in mid September, well, its a bit of a challenge! But hopefully one day, while I still can, I will get there.

Whats that, you want to see what its like? How could I ever let you down?

A race from today in fact.

Six Nations Rugby – A passion for Ireland

Yes, its that time of year again, indeed it all actually started last week, which is where this funny story comes from.

Last year, for all 5 Ireland games, at work, I wore a green top, and to be honest, most of the season, they were awful. So last Saturday, they were away to Wales, and I wasnt expecting much, after ladt year, and indeed the autumn games. So, I dint wear green, I wore a random pink top, probably a t-shirt, but with the shifts I’ve been doing of late, a week back is a long time to try and remember lol! Unsurprisingly, in our place, on a Saturday, before the soccer kicked off, we were manic! So though the TV was on the game on the row in front of me, I wasnt really following it. A sudden breather, I glance at the score, and cant believe my eyes, 20-0 to Ireland! Double check, and yes, its true. Next time I look, its 23-3. That was it, the rest of the game was pretty much lost in a blur of phone calls, so whether they eased off, or just hung on, the final score was 30-22. Wow!

So guess what, I wont be wearing green for any irish game this year now, if thats what wearing pink does for them. Its the big game Sunday, against the ‘old enemy’ of England in Dublin. Given the results last weekend, whoever wins it, is in pole position to win the title, so go Ireland!

Just my luck though, I was on the Escalated Desk on Sunday, which while being a more high pressure job, you do get gaps between things, so might have got chance to see some of the game. Now, as they are training someone up, I’m on standard calls, aargh! Hope I get to see some of it at least, and even more importantly, hope I see an Irish win.

The video, enough said lol!