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To follow, an open letter to British Telecom from Carol Pipe - I am sure many of you will know where we are coming from!:

19th April 2011

Dear whoever the faceless wonder is that is (in charge of) running BT,

This seems to be the only way that I may be able to speak to anyone who knows how BT works (or on this occasion, doesn’t).

I won’t bore you with all of the details, so will give you the abridged version…I spoke with one of your business advisors about how we could reduce the cost of our business telephone charges. We agreed to disconnect one of our defunct lines, and to sign up to a two year deal with reduced charges – all very good.

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As owner Sarah Ling said in the Racing Post, "You wait for a bus and they all come along together!"  She was of course referring to her horse Laustra Bad, who was winning his second race within the space of a month having previously endured a losing run stretching back almost four years.  The handicapper reacted by putting him up by 10lbs for that last success and I must admit, I thought that was harsh.  I have to put my hands up and say that he was right after our eight year old bolted up again yesterday from his revised mark - he received a positive ride from our rapidly improving conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell to win by ten lengths.  It was a good bit of placement from David who found a terrible race for him, even so he will probably have to turn him out again under a penalty as the handicapper is bound to take a dim view.

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What a great leveller this sport of ours is...just look at poor little Willie Twiston-Davies for proof.  Only last month the sixteen year old jock was on the floor in tears having just parted company with hot favourite Baby Run in the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival with the race seemingly at his mercy.  Three weeks later he was on top of the world having atoned for that misfortune by landing the Aintree equivalent aboard the same horse.  Yesterday the poor lad broke his leg in a fall at Stratford and will need surgery to help repair it.  He says, "It's my first serious injury and I'll need to have an operation.  I'm in pain but it's got to be done".  The lad is probably still doing a paper round, yet he still sounds a lot braver than me!

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I see that the Taunton Vale Harriers are hosting a point-to-point at Fennington Farm on Easter Monday, 25th April.  Some of the meetings lately have been decimated by firm ground meaning that there have been very few runners.  They will be taking no chances a week on Monday and will be watering three or four days in advance of the fixture to ensure that the ground is okay and there is a good turnout.  If you have never been pointing, it is an enjoyable day out where you will get to see plenty of familiar names that used to compete under rules, as well as maybe a potential star or two of the future.

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Sure Josie Sure finished a good second at Ayr yesterday afternoon trying to concede 4lbs to the A P McCoy ridden Remember Now.  We also filled the runner-up spot with I'msingingtheblues in the handicap chase, both horses are entered again at the Scottish track this afternoon although Sure Josie Sure will not take her chance.  Our other runners yesterday afternoon were in the handicap hurdle at Chepstow and while Spanish Cruise ran creditably to finish second, hot favourite Spirit Of Barbados ducked left at the first flight, running out and depositing rider Rhys Flint.  With three seconds yesterday, we really did have a case of seconditis - let's hope that we can go one better this afternoon with our runners.

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I cannot believe that Kieren Fallon received a ten day suspension for finishing third aboard Sukhothai at Kempton on Wednesday evening.  As a consequence he will now miss the 2,000 Guineas, the Chester May meeting and Ascot's Sagaro Stakes fixture.  While it is true that he may have stopped riding for the last couple of strides, the eventual runner-up Water Silk has come from the very back of the field and on the extreme wide outside.  Unfortunately for him, Fallon is perceived as the bad boy of the weighing room and I believe he will always come under the closest scrutiny - personally, I think that ten days was harsh and that he should appeal against the decision.  Even so, I reckon it would still be long odds about him getting the decision turned around.

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Poor old Tom Scudamore - he is facing around four months on the sidelines after turning a somersault aboard the David Bridgwater trained The Giant Bolster at Aintree.  He visited a specialist earlier in the week and scans were taken on his dislocated shoulder which showed that unfortunately he will require surgery.  I say poor Tom, but maybe I should be saying poor Lottie (that's Tom's wife)...I hope she doesn't decide to breed any more pigs - last time she had Tom chasing around trying to catch them and the last thing he needs now is to fall over chasing them and "crackling" something else!

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