Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Hot and Cold Running Holidays

There is probably a way of blogging on an iPad, and Idle will do his best to find out how to do it. Otherwise this organ's regular 2013 output is going to run into a bit of a cul-de-sac for a fortnight, for two very good reasons.

Today, frost allowing, the Olympics of jump racing roars into action. Idle will have to watch the first four Tuesday races on the office telly, but on Wednesday and Thursday he will be sinking Guinness almost as fast as that fat Cockney Irishman Guido Fawkes and improving the lives of Betfair shareholders and a few select on-course bookies. Leaving Cheltenham in profit shouldn't be that hard, but I manage to cock it up every other year. Now I think about it, I was about even last year, so 2013 could go either way. Maybe I'll win my annual golf match on Wednesday morning on a frozen Cirencester golf course and be a tenner to the good that way.

On Thursday evening, Idle had better find his car and an unpatrolled highway to Sussex, or the biggest stewards' enquiry of the week will be underway; Lady Idle, born and brought up in the tropics, goes into a SAD decline round about mid-January and the snow and mud of this winter caused an acute attack, solved only by Idle booking nine days in the Caribbean. So it's Bridgetown instead of Gloucestershire on Friday morning, and Long Run will simply have to regain his crown without me. Or maybe Bobs Worth. Or another one (see how decisive I am at this betting game?).

I'll be somewhere near Mullins Bay if you need me.


Electro-Kevin said...

What was that I said in your post about 10 minute bonus ?

Can I rethink that one ?

Have a great time.

apricotfox said...

You lucky, lucky B'stard!

Thud said...

The perfect time to go away as spring should have really arrived upon your return...enjoy.

Blue Eyes said...

When I am free from exam commitments and have the resulting increase of cash I too shall revel in winter holidays. Unless I emigrate permanently. We deal with a fine operation in Trinidad and I always fancy being their lacky.

lilith said...

Have a fabulous time Idle :-)

Elby the Beserk said...


I wouldn't be so sure. Indeed, I'm dreaming of a White Easter... that's global warming for you, I guess.

Have a lovely time, Idle, and bring some sun back with you!

Elby the Beserk said...

Another epistle from you in yesterday's (Saturday's) DT. Brief, and to the point. Hope you had lots of sun. We didn't.

idle said...

Elby, I toyed with giving my address as Holetown, Barbados, but I thought that might be a bit arsey.

The internet version of the next day's Telegraph is available at about 10pm Caribbean time, so one can scan it before lights out and fire off a quick letter, whilst full of rum and wine and brandy, which is amusing.

Elby the Beserk said...

Very good; as a lapsed letter writer (usually pointing out to the Guardian their various stupidities) I can but salute you. I did enjoy for some months a spoof letter writing dialogue with another such spoofer in the pages of the Bristol Evening Post.

Stay where you are. Snowing here and bitingly cold. For another two weeks. Balaclava wearing cold, indeed.

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