Friday, March 16, 2007
I have recently discovered that the sublime Dave Barry has a blog. Yesterday he asked with typical wisdom and acuity: 'Why do some
women people cover beds, particularly guest beds, with huge barriers made of colorful pillows that are clearly not meant to be slept on and must be removed before the bed can be used as a bed?' Why indeed? And, while I am on the subject of great mysteries of the world, I want to know: why do race horses have such strange names? I seldom seem to hear of one called Roger, Chris or even Dobbin. Instead, to choose at random from today's Cheltenham Gold Cup runners, they have names like Beef or Salmon, Halcon Generlardais, Forget the Past and Kauto Star. Is this how their trainers and grooms address them? Is this how they address each other? 'So, Halcon Generlardais, how's it hanging?' 'Not too bad, Beef or Salmon, not too bad at all. Yourself?'
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:53 am