Wuthering Moors: I’m grateful to Defra for their acknowledgement of my FOI requests – watch this space.
NGOs – love ’em or hate ’em?: Over 400 of you have voted in this poll in four days. Thank you and the results so far are fascinating. I’m surprised at some of the organisations that you don’t seem to love very much but it’s early days as polling closes at the end of April. Vote now!
Grand National: I’ve been at Aintree over the last couple of days – and here’s a photograph to prove it (Always Waining winning the Topham yesterday for the third year in a row – no, I didn’t back it). There was some wildlife on show (sparrowhawk wasn’t a bad sighting) but the Liverpool lasses were dressed up to the nines and were teetering on 6-inch heels when running for cover from yesterday’s heavy rain and exposing lots of skin to the less than balmy weather. On Thursday, Sir Alex Ferguson had a runner, and when the cameras showed him in the stand he was roundly boo-ed by the Liverpool crowd!
I used to do very well betting on the Grand National but all my winners seem a long time ago – Earth Summit, Mr Frisk, Party Politics – although there have been plenty of placed runners at decent odds to keep those winners company. Here are five horses to consider as decent each way bets – some of them will be at long odds; Ballabriggs, Sunnyhillboy, Accordingtopete, Black Apalachi and Mon Mome. I’ve backed all of them with small bets for an interest in the race – I wouldn’t suggest you put the house on any of them, but if you do, and you win, then do remember me with kindness.
Marshside: the RSPB nature reserve at Marshside looked great yesterday morning – lots of black-headed gulls making a racket and lots and lots of black-tailed godwits looking gorgeous.