A day at the races: lining your pocketbook.

Bookies: bastards, braggarts and borderline criminals. One seldom finds a group of people so detestable. Preying indiscriminately on the elderly and the stupid, destroying families and relationships. A vice so old all Abrahamic texts reference it. A dirty habit and a tough one to break; most importantly, it is scarily commonplace. People I look up to take part; intelligent and creative people. It taps into our inner psychology, our optimism, hopefulness and our fear of poverty. A quick thrill with massive consequences, a genuine bonafide cultural phenomenon.