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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #60 on: Tue 14 Jan 2020 11:51 »
I'm feeling unreasonably pleased with myself having identified Fournier and Butterworth as WW1 casualties on University Challenge. Failed on the third bonus however.
In fairness those whose French teachers had not undertaken postgraduate research on Fournier and conveyed the results to generations of their pupils would have been at a disadvantage.

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« Reply #61 on: Tue 14 Jan 2020 12:16 »
Those were the two I knew - the third meant nothing to me, even after the students gave the correct reply.

I was not over-enamoured with Le Grand Meaulnes, but do particularly like Banks of Green Willow.
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« Reply #62 on: Tue 14 Jan 2020 13:28 »
I'm feeling unreasonably pleased with myself having identified Fournier and Butterworth as WW1 casualties on University Challenge. Failed on the third bonus however.
In fairness those whose French teachers had not undertaken postgraduate research on Fournier and conveyed the results to generations of their pupils would have been at a disadvantage.

I'm over the moon if I get my name right on University Challenge...
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”  Laurence Binyon
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« Reply #63 on: Tue 14 Jan 2020 22:27 »
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I too shall be watching Only Connect, a programme which I find compelling
I thought of Whistleblower when "shibboleth" came up in the missing vowels round.  Having not come across the word for several years I have now encountered it four times in 2020 - perhaps it will become the word of the year?

I look forward to reading JCFC's report on both games

shibboleth was one of only three missing vowel questions I got right.

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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #64 on: Tue 14 Jan 2020 22:29 »
I'm feeling unreasonably pleased with myself having identified Fournier and Butterworth as WW1 casualties on University Challenge. Failed on the third bonus however.
In fairness those whose French teachers had not undertaken postgraduate research on Fournier and conveyed the results to generations of their pupils would have been at a disadvantage.

I'm over the moon if I get my name right on University Challenge...

Got Butterworth but not alas Fournier. Quo Cob, I am absolutely with you but I'm not sure, under the pressure of the question and time, whether I would even get my name right.

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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #65 on: Tue 10 Mar 2020 13:15 »
Receiving an e-mail from Hearts this lunchtime, I was surprised to read

"Back the team as they look to enjoy another successful year!"

which seemed odd, given their current parlous position in the Premiership.

All was explained, however, as scrolling down it continued

"Hearts Women season tickets are now on sale"


It seems I could have had one for £15 - a ticket that is.
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« Reply #66 on: Tue 10 Mar 2020 13:17 »
As an afterthought, do Hearts Women share the men's team nickname of The Jam Tarts?
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« Reply #67 on: Sat 14 Mar 2020 17:25 »
It had all seemed such a good idea. Transpennine's flash sale - it lasted less than a day - provided train travel from Huddersfield  to Edinburgh for just £1 each way. Four nights in a hotel (rather more than £1 each) would allow for a Friday night development league match at Dalkeith and a Sunday trip to Livingston v Hearts. As for Saturday, the choice was extensive: There was a fine horticultural offer - Linlithgow Rose v Crossgates Primrose, Dundonald Bluebell at Whitehill and Hill of Beath Hawthorn at Tranent. The greatest attraction though (even beating Matthew  MacDermid at Stirling Albion) was a Junior Cup Quarter Final replay between Broughty Athletic and Darvel. The Scottish government had cleared the way for matches to go ahead, but on Friday lunchtime the SFA decided, sensibly enough perhaps, to suspend all football forthwith.

All was not quite lost, however, as one match to survive was at Inverleith

Saturday 14th March 2020
Tennants National League Division 2
Stewart's Melville.  45   v   8   Newton Stewart
George Pounder (Glenalmond)

It was not the easiest of watches, with both sides in combinationns of red and black though Stewart's had thin bands of yellow. Mr Pounder, though, stood out in a lurid green shirt, though the short sleeves over a black undershirt looked infra dig for a public schoolmaster. The home side are top of the table, while many of the visitors looked youthful and lightweight. Though they managed a couple of individual breaks in the early stages, they were under pressure most of the time, particularly in the scrum, where their only hope was quick ball or rapid backward movement. Stewart's went ahead with a converted try on the quarter hour, Newton Stewart getting on the scoreboard with a penalty five minutes later. The rest of the half saw a lot of handling errors. Mr Pounder was quick to pick up offside and obstruction, but was tested in the closing few minutes of the half as Stewart's pressed near the line, opting repeatedly for scrums rather than penalties as the visitors offended time and again, till a card or even a penalty try seemed likely. Eventually one forward was given a warning, they did not dare offend again and the scrum headed for the line. Stewart's made the mistake however of picking the ball  up and going for the corner. They were held up over the line, the half-time whistle went and Stewart's were not entirely happy.

Their dominance secured them an unconverted pushover try early in the second half, a handling error by the visitors soon allowing them to add another try, converted this time. On 57 minutes a further scrum offence finally earned the visiting prop a yellow card, necessitating the withdrawal of a flanker to be replaced by the touch judge. At the next scrum they were pushed back15 metres allowing Stewart's to pick up and flop over for try number four. A foolish reaction by the home number 8 gave him the chance to have a sit down for ten minutes, during which Newton Stewart crossed for a try in the corner to make It 26-8. On 77 minutes came the best moment of the match, a little kick through from Stewart's being neatly picked up and passed to the winger who went behind the posts. Or maybe not the best, as another good move provided another try two minutes later. From the restart five phases allowed Stewart's to score one final try.

JCFC is not qualified to comment much on Mr Pounder's performance - though ignorance does not normally stop him. Suffice it to say that he looked to get most things right, had a good manner and was of course treated with respect.
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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #68 on: Sat 14 Mar 2020 23:27 »
"The best laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley" - in this case by way of a 120nm particle.

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« Reply #69 on: Sun 15 Mar 2020 15:42 »
Beware - this will be even more boring and irrelevant than usual. (Yes, that is possible.)

With the ticket for Livingston now useless, the number 36 bus took me on a circuitous route through the Southern suburbs, passing the Church Hill Theatre where Ramsay Dumbarton had once played the Duke of Plaza Toro, before terminating at the Ocean Centre in Leith. The return to the centre was made on foot, by way of the Water of Leith Walkway, the Warriston Path and the Rodney Street tunnel, arriving at the foot of Scotland Street. Unsurprisingly there is no number 44, the odd numbers reaching 43,  but the even ones finishing at 26. Round the corner at the top there was Drummond Place, but no attempt was made to spot the nudists of Moray Place. All of this. will be gobbledygook to the vast majority, for which I apologise.
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« Reply #70 on: Sun 15 Mar 2020 17:57 »
But not to me JCFC - most Mays, though I suspect not this May, my BLFG and I make our annual pilgrimage to the hallowed Assembly Hall on the Mound.  We stay at the Premier Inn in Leith and use a variety of bus numbers on our way in and out of the City Centre.  Edinburgh Buses are excellent - even through all the road upheavals that also characterise the City.  Mind you, even in May it can be mighty cold waiting for the bus at the appropriately named Windrush Drive.
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« Reply #71 on: Wed 20 May 2020 20:08 »
Excellent news - Lanarkshire Referees Association has just posted that Matthew MacDermid has lost his 'D' and been promoted to Category 1. Very well done to the young man! JCFC is feeling cheered for the first time in a while, having followed his progress with interest (at a respectful distance!) since seeing him perform impressively as a Category 3D. 
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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #72 on: Thu 28 May 2020 16:28 »
From Renfrewshire comes the news that Graham Grainger has also been promoted to Category 1.

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Re: Caledonia you're calling me
« Reply #73 on: Sat 30 May 2020 12:12 »
Simply in the interest of "Causing mischief & mayhem!!", last night I watched a BBC Scotland programme, "Landward" celebrating Yellow, and thought of bmb.
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« Reply #74 on: Sun 31 May 2020 14:02 »
And today Caledonia really was calling! Excellent.