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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

not allowed

The door-keeper at the Goodwood Racecourse enquires of Mr Wright, the Head-Master, about his charges: establishment rules allow for entrance to children only when accompanied by a parent.

Purveying all six of us, ranging in hue from european, through chinese and asian to african , he smiles and replies, with an element of inexplicable pride, matter-of-factly and with a quizzical expression suggesting the obviousness of the answer: Why, of course, they're all mine.

My stuttering acculturation to the absurdity of the horse-race, and a renewed membership of the human race continued apace.