A Day At The Races

Yay, it is time for Paula’s Tuesday Story! Images today are:

This was fun, he thought. He had never watched live horseracing before, so when his latest belle suggested they go to The Curragh for the day to watch her father’s horse run, why not? The promise of a champagne picnic had simply sweetened the deal.

“Molly’s Folly?”, he repeated. “What race is it in?”

“Oh, dad said she was not running until 4:15. We’ve got hours yet. I tell you what, why don’t we have some fun and place some bets in the meantime?”

So they spent the next twenty minutes studying form. Had Padraig been there on his own, it would have been quicker – he could just about tell the front of a horse from its rear, but Aisling had been around horses her whole life. Having made their choice, a good each way bet, whatever that was, Aisling sent him off to place the bet.

“£20 on Grandpa’s Winter Woolies, please” as he reached the bookie. “Is that to win?” came the response. Padraig was baffled – of course it’s to bloody win! Would he really be placing a bet on a horse to lose? Thinking on his feet, the bet was made and he returned to Aisling.

At racetime, they turned their attention to the track. “Which one is ours?” he asked. “The guy with the gold sash”, came the response. The jockey was wearing a colourful maroon shirt, with a striking gold diagonal on it. Padraig watched him disappear into the stall, and a minute later they were off.

“They’ll be a few minutes, yet”, warned Aisling, as they jumped the first hurdle. The race is over two miles, so get comfortable.

With a mile to go, they were both glued to events on the track. Padraig couldn’t believe it – Winter Woollies was right up there, in a clutch of four horses. His first race, and already he had picked a winner. Coming up to the last hurdle. they were too close to call.

They saw a horse come crashing down, but which horse?

Padraig showed visible disappointment as he realised that his rider was no longer to be seen in amongst the three running horses.

And learned a valuable lesson – it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

A Bit of Rough

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 26 January 2021, unique.

My girlfriend was one of the gentry,
Met her family, they quizzed rudimentary,
Her mum let out a shriek,
And said I was unique,
Which I’m not sure was meant complimentary.

Leaflets versus Christmas Cards

I’ve seen two bloggers write postsabout how they have been screwed by reusable blocks, just in the last week. I think I understand them (reusable blocks, not those users 🤣), so if you are using them, but are not quite sure why you’re using them, read on…

Imagine that you are running a jumble sale. You want to publicise the thing, so you get 1,000 leaflets printed up. “Come to our jumble sale, in the church hall, 11 AM on Saturday”, or whatever. Makes sense, right? Because you don’t want to write it out 1,000 times.

So one person comes along, takes a leaflet. Someone else comes along 5 minutes later, takes another leaflet. Both people are reading exactly the same information. Church Hall, Saturday, 11 AM…

Those are reusable blocks. When you want to publish the exact same thing, again and again, you use a reusable block.

Next, imagine you are writing your christmas card list.

The first card reads “Dear Fred, Happy Christmas, Harold.”

The next one reads “Dear Mabel, Happy Christmas, Harold.”

The one after reads “Dear Bob, Happy Christmas, Harold.”

And so on. Each card is almost the same, but slightly different. In that scenario, you’re stuffed. You have to write all the cards individually.

So, in that case. you can’t use a reusable block. Even though only one word is different, each message is still different.

What this means in Blogland

If you write the exact same text, in post after post, then investigate reusable blocks.

For example, if you host a prompt, and you write some preamble, and every time you run the prompt, it is the same (including any links, formatting etc. Everything.), look at using a reusable block.

But, WordPress does not understand “nearly”. So, if you write something slightly different each time, reusable blocks are not for you.

Now, how many times do you write the exact same thing, same formatting, same links, and all? Almost never, right? So, what that should tell you is that there are very few occasions where using a reusable block is any use. And that is absolutely true! That should be everybody’s gut instinct.

So, when I have text that is almost the same, how do I avoid typing it all out again?

Well, the best way I have found is to go to my list of posts. Each post has “…” written right at the end of each line.

Click “…” and a menu appears. One of the options is “Copy Post”. This takes the original post, creates a new post, then copies everything from the old post to the new. I can then start making those changes.

At the end of this, the old post is left unchanged. The new one is saved as a Draft post until I publish it. Exactly what you would expect.