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A story from the bookmaker

My father, a retired lecturer fifty-eight years my senior and a devotee of horse racing, returned one day from his morning visit to the bookmaker with a strange story, which had been related to him by Mr Ali, the father of a school-friend of mine, and a man whose personal devotion to the Islamic faith did not exclude frequenting betting shops.  Mr Ali, whose religiosity seemed to be increasing at that time, had recently placed a bet – a dual forecast, to be precise – on two horses, namely God’s Chance and Carpenter’s Boy, having done so under a conviction that the Almighty had revealed His Will by means of the race card.  Obediently, he placed the bet, but it failed, albeit narrowly.  God’s Chance did indeed come first.  Carpenter’s Boy, however, turned out to be less than miraculous and only came third, but the result contained yet another revelation.  The horse which came second and hence ruined the dual forecast was called Lady of Leisure – which Mr Ali knew for certain – after the event –    represented Mary Magdalen.


3 responses to “A story from the bookmaker

  1. wthirskgaskill October 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    This is a thoroughly atheistic site, I hasten to add.

  2. xrumer blast November 5, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Hi, i have to admit amazing website you have, i stumbled across it in AOL. Does you get much visitors?

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