Something of a cornucopia today, dear reader, as I catch up on all the bits and pieces I've been meaning to share with you since the weekend. (How on earth can it be Thursday already?!)
So let's get started...
Firstly, there was some excellent and insightful comment in response to yesterday's post on the subject of how racing can change for the better - particularly how it can stem the flow of falling attendances. It certainly seemed that we are all of one mind on the need to increase Sunday racing.
Further, most (though not all, Skint - I did read your fine reply) though not all would happily sacrifice the poor stuff on Monday's for a bit of extra Sabbath fodder (Christian, not Jewish - I'm on precarious ground here, but you know what I mean).
I'm actually thinking that I should probably forward our collective considerations to the suits in Portman Square, such that we've at least voiced our thoughts to them, rather than in the little Geegeez bubble. I suppose I will do that.
By the way, lest you missed yesterday's ramble or - equally importantly - didn't review other people's considered retorts, here's a quick link where you can go and scan any (or all) parts you overlooked, and add your two penneth should you so wish.
Now then, what else is in the Geegeez kitchen today?
Ah yes, I've been waiting for a bit of stability to kick in on Gavin's marvelous new website over at Nag3 before telling you about it. Both Gavin, my best mate and excellent blog scribbler, and Nag Nag Nag, my former home which has been in Mr Priestley's curatorship for just over a year, are probably well known to many of you already.
But if you're not familiar with GP and Nag3, then you might well want to go and check out his little ethereal dwelling. He's currently undertaking a challenge to turn Â£100 into a 'bag of sand' (a grand, or a thousand notes) before Christmas. And... he's giving it all away to one lucky punter.
To find out how 'it could be you', hop on over to Nag3 now. Note, the site will open in a new window so you can continue enjoying my blusterous drivel here... 😉
[A quick side note: if you used to get Gavin's emails and don't any more, this is because he has changed his email provider. You can sign up on his website at the link above. He's always giving free money away, so it's well worth a look.]
You may or may not have seen the Question of the Week this week (top right corner of the site). I'm guessing the lower than usual response rate is because many / most of you neither have a 'social media' account (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc) nor have any interest in wanting one.
That's reasonable enough of course and, knowing something about you fine people already, I sort of suspected that to be the case. But I'd be most grateful if you'd indulge my thirst for knowledge by clicking the relevant boxes and adding your info to the collective mass.
Incidentally, you'll also notice a little link up there called 'Polls Archive'. Clicking this will bring up a page with all the historical questions (and your answers). It's fascinating stuff... no, really!!!
Thanks in advance for your feedback, and for helping me understand more about you. (I ask these questions in order to make sure that what you see, read and are occasionally offered here matches as well as possible what I know that you want to see, read and be offered here. Make sense?!)
Football, football, football. The season gets underway fully this week, with the addition of the Premier League's both side of Hadrian's Wall to the already underway junior league campaigns.
After my beloved Bournemouth's astounding 3-0 away win at Bury (my tip for the division!) last week, the Cherries were brought back down to earth with a bump, suffering an ignominious 4-0 thumping at Millwall. Concentrate on the league, lads! The superCherries entertain Rotherham this weekend, and my good buddy Gary tells me that the visitors are his strong fancy for the league this season.
Obviously, he's slightly concerned about both the form and the finance of a certain Notts County. But, he reckons rotherham are a side to... well, to side with. So consider yourselves told.
As far as the Premier League goes, I don't think there will be any major surprises. I reckon Burnley have a squeak of staying up, and are a bit of value to do so at 5/4.
Hull must go down. They were a side in total freefall at the end of last season, their manager was on the brink of losing the players' confidence (and is an egostistical buffoon - who will forget his half time team talk on the pitch during one game last season?!). 10/11 is hardly buying money, but they will struggle big time. They also have the dreaded 'Second Season Syndrome' to deal with.
At the top end, it's Manchester United for me. Not a huge surprise there, I know.
Best bet in the Premier League though has to be Chelsea to be top London club. Arsenal may have the best player in the league next season (Andrey Arshavin is an absolute class act - if you can get to see this boy, go see this boy!), but I reckon they're going to struggle overall and may not make top four with the new blue might of the monied Manchester mob. 44% interest on your money (4/9 in imperial terms) looks a steal for the money-buyers.
If you want to get your hands on some top-notch footy info, gratis, there's a great service called The Oracle that is sharing all of its thoughts until the end of August, with not only no charge but also no need to enter any card details or such like. So, basically, you try the service out and, if you like it, only at that point will you need to consider paying for the information on an ongoing basis. Can't say fairer than that, right?
Here's the link for some freebie footy info: Get Free Footy Info Here
Good luck with your weekend footy wagers.
Finally, and returning after a Summer holiday of its own, is the ever popular (with me, when I'm researching it, at least!) Thursday Fun slot.
Today, I've got some classic holiday 'On The Buses' for you. My dear, late uncle used to love this, and remember seeing it many times on video in the 80's. Aah, happy days...
That's it for today.