I shouldn't be here to write these following words, not because I've had a near death experience over the weekend, but due to the fact that I should be doing jury service from today. But I was able to get out of it, mainly because from time to time I do writing workshops in prisons. This could have led to a situation where I'm part of a jury that sends someone to jail and the next time I see them I'm trying to get them to write a poem about their feelings. At best that situation would be awkward. So my advice to you, if you do get summoned for jury service and you want to get out of it, just tell the authorites you associate with known criminals. Let me know how you get on.
It was the Grand National on Sat, did anyone win any money??? I put on a couple of bets on, one was on 'Black Apalachi' which finished 2nd, I naturally had it to win. I have to admit I'm not a big gambler, I'm not into horse racing and I wasn't set to win a massive amount but when my horse was in the lead coming over the last few fences, I had a sense of excitement I'd not felt for ages. This could of course just be that I generally lead a sad life. I must mention that the only reason I chose this horse was because on the Danny Baker's football show, a parrot and a goldfish picked out the horse. I mentioned this to a friend of mine who said that he had money on the same horse, his reasoning was a woman he likes at work, got this horse at their sweepstake. As he pointed out, he can't workout which is the sillier reason. In those two incidents, I think it pretty much sums up the simplicity of men.
I also put some money on the golf, the US Masters, I had £1:50 each-way on Fred Couples at 100-1. I don't know loads about golf but his name kept coming up as a good each-way bet, plus I recently read the book 'Couples' (the one with swinging partners) so all the signs were there. With it being an each-way bet all he had to do was finish in the top 5 places for me to cash in. Guess where he finished....6th. It beats me why people gamble.
And Finally... I read an hour ago, that a couple of DJ's I used to know from my hospital radio days, back in the late 90s/early 00s have been nominated for a Sony Award. So it's with a lot of pleasure (and a little bitterness) that I congratulate James Lister and Dave Chipman.
Til Next Week, Stay Safe!