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There was a two page spread in the paper with photographs of the dead
and short write ups under each name. They had been well known in circles. It didn't seem possible. How could this happen.
It was like an episode from The Sopranos.
The paper said that foul play was not suspected.
The paper said that each had a life worth remembering. That a memorial
had taken place with a video tribute and a minute of silence. That a crowd-funding campaign had begun. That a cat had also died in the race barn fire
that killed 43 horses.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    I love the staccato style, D.M., and the fact that the cat gets a mention (you being a dog lover)... but probably not a photo or an obit! . It's a great story, well delivered. You have previously mentioned that you have at times found inspiration from news stories in the media. I must try that myself so others can see stuff that gets into the British Press.

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    D.M. over 4 years ago

    Thanks, Neville! I hope you consider it. The horror of those horses dying that way
    is numbing.

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    Jim M over 4 years ago

    This one is a winner, great drabble DM

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    Sorry if my comment seemed a touch flippant, D.M. It is indeed a deeply moving and tragic story, and, in my desire to comment on the quality of delivery of the drabble, I have given the impression that I was treating it as trivial.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    I have now read the press reports online and seen the pictures of the aftermath. Am now feeling particularly guilty for my insensitivity.

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    D.M. over 4 years ago

    No worries, it was never taken that way at all, Neville. I kept reading the article expecting a dog somewhere, since a horse farmer friend has Jack Russells..
    No guilt required. Sorry if my comment suggested anything of the kind.
    This is turning into a drabble!!!!

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    Liz Milne over 4 years ago

    such an awful thing to happen... really well written piece DM, nicely done

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