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Plenty of life in the obituaries column.


JOAN GLADYS HARCOURT NORRIS has done what people are supposed to do when they die, and left pounds 30,000 to the Battersea Dogs' Home, but Roy Turner Baker, of Gosforth, where the racecourse is, has left pounds 500 to the Injured Jockeys' Fund. I'm sure they'd do better if they called it the Injured Dogs' Fund.

It's all in Thursday's `recent wills' section of The Daily Telegraph, on the page opposite the obituaries. They're a terrific pair of pages.

Baker left another pounds 500 to the Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund but it didn't say what happened to his other pounds 4 million. He probably left it to Hovis.

The previous day, the Duke of York was receiving Princess Tomohito of Mikasa at Buckingham Palace. Maybe they talked about the Japan Cup.

The Prince of Wales was in Arkhangelsk Oblast, to meet Mr Anatoli Efremov, and the Princess Royal was in Teyateyaneng, Lesotho. I don't know why they can't go to Spain like everyone else.

The Duke of Kent probably wishes he was still on the Tote board, because he found himself at Chrysalis Clothes Ltd, Unit 4, Willowbrook Industrial Estate, Corby. It's not all that it's cracked up to be, being a member of the Royal Family.

On top of all that, there was a cracking obituary. I don't mean Prince Carl Bernadotte, who came close to marrying the future Queen of the Netherlands but ended up in court with a horse dealer and in bed with a domestic servant 21 years his junior. No, I was thinking of Richard Dennis.

Dennis, as you probably know, produced the first comprehensive accounts of hyaloscyphaceae, followed by helotiaceae and, in 1978, published British Ascomycetes. There were also studies of tropical discomycetes and, indeed, of the xylariaceae of the Congo.

If you come across a fungus, it might well have been named after him; 40 of them have been. As far as I know, he didn't have the least interest in racing.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2003
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