Who wants to be a millionaire? David Spillane does

The Moodie Tipster’s duty free horse racing prediction concession has been extended for another year after a pretty good effort on Saturday. He went for Idaho (2nd), Harzand (1st) and Red Verdon (4th) in that order. Close but no cigar.

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Seeking perfection at Heathrow T2 with a British Brexit breakfast

I’m at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2, en route to Dublin for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Just think, in a couple of years’ time I’ll have to queue with all the other non-EU passengers when I land in Ireland. It’s hard to comprehend, or express, the almost seismic shock this nation is feeling after […]

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How an Irish whiskey brought a tear to a writer’s eyes

I am a member of Free the Apostrophe (FTA), the Apostrophe Liberation Front (ALF) and my own newly formed Apostrophe Placement Empire ( you can call it APE for short, though not for long), online societies of like-minded apostrophe freedom fighters dedicated to liberating the millions of apostrophes that are forced brutally every year into words where they do not belong, and rehousing those who have been displaced from their rightful homes.

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Muguruza captures French hearts with unlikely triumph

The moment of victory, captured on the giant screens around the arena, will stay with those of us who were there for a long time. Garbine Muguruza’s eyes widened and her mouth fell open in disbelief as she realised that she had won the French Open, defeating arguably the greatest of all women’s tennis champions, […]

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Free of duty in the land of ice and fire

With some nice Icelandic Indie in the background (I was tempted to play Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to leave your Lava or something by Wishbone Ash), it’s hard to imagine the sheer violence with which Eyjafjallajökull erupted so recently.

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The West’s Awake as Connacht dreams come true

As Leicester City’s wonderful story of triumph in the English Premier League was taking shape over the past nine months, another unlikely tale of an underdog made good was unfolding in the world of European rugby. And it reached its climax on Saturday night last. Then, Connacht – the oft-forgotten fourth Irish province behind Leinster, […]

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On a Wine Goose chase around a Loop at Dublin Airport

I’m on a Wine Goose Chase at Dublin Airport. Surely I mean Wild Goose (as in the vodka), or Wild Geese (as in the Irish whiskey) surely? Nope, for while returning to London through Dublin Airport Terminal 1 after the recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, I came across one of the most novel takes on […]

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Rory roars but Matt moves mountains

So here’s to you Matt Southgate. You’re the adopted son of travel retail now. And here’s to brave Hattie Seymour. Together you’re showing us all how to beat the odds.

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