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The Mantis

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  1. William Hill Scottish Cup 2018/19

    I would have to disagree with that. The no 3 Mastrick-Cove bus is every 12 minutes even on a Saturday and takes 18 minutes from Bridge Street. You get off before you reach the big Altens roundabout, the stop is called Souter Head Road, or just ask the driver for IKEA. Make sure you follow the crowds and don't go left (south) of IKEA like I did or you'll never reach the ground. You'll be about 20 yards away from it facing a locked gate and have to walk past the travelling people's site a second time The whole estate is double yellows although I don't know if they enforce it on a matchday. The official car park was full when I went but a lot of locals parked in a business on the right just before it, probably FMC. All the other businesses seemed to have locked gates. The Balmoral Chicken pies are decent.
  2. Kidney stone about 3 years ago. Was going into the doc's surgery and had to run back outside and spew in the bushes, it was that bad I've had eye surgery under local anaesthetic, piece o pish.
  3. Favourite quirks of Scottish stadiums.

    I took that one... it was Clydebank playing ICT though.
  4. 2018/19 Challenge Cup

    McDiarmid it is then ICT’s last 3 were all there too, but bizarrely their first ever final was at Airdrie, against Alloa. Think that had something to do with only using SFL grounds at the time.
  5. EOS Grounds for Optimism

    Maybe most of the £150000 went on gold fittings
  6. P&B Bird Watch

    More of a Norman McCaig man masel
  7. P&B Bird Watch

    Cool. Ever see any otters down by the esk?? Once. I went upstream from Tesco one morning about 6. But there are local guys who see them all the time even midday. I’ve met at least two guys who carry otter prints just to show them off . I’m not local enough.
  8. P&B Bird Watch

    Haha, the lagoons?? I saw a deer the last time I was down at the nature reserve. Aye I go there a fair bit, but Port Seton harbour, you’re guaranteed to see turnstones up on the wall, and maybe a cormorant drying its wings. Here’s a cormorant just up the river at Musselburgh trying to swallow a trout.
  9. P&B Bird Watch

    Maybe I’m being whooshed here, it’s a cormorant. A shag is sometimes called a green cormorant but is a different species.
  10. P&B Bird Watch

    You live in Wallyford? My best turnstones and cormorants pics were taken a couple of miles from your hoose
  11. The Photography Thread

    Macs are widely used by professionals. There might be a few obscure Windows-only programmes out there, but if people are hinting that Macs can’t handle the industry standard Adobe software, they’re telling you porkies. Edit - btw if you use Canon, their own DPP software comes free with the camera, runs on Windows/Mac platforms, and is excellent. I believe Nikon’s is decent although you have to pay for it.
  12. EOSFL match attendances 2018/19

    About 60 at Leith v EK, hc.
  13. Driving Annoyances

    Just so happens I’m reading a book just now by Tom Vanderbilt. Got it on a kindle deal a couple of weeks back for 99p but I see it’s back to £6.99 now. The first chapter is actually “why I became a late merger (and why you should too...)” Traffic
  14. Driving Annoyances

    Tailgating. No. 1 easily. People that park facing the traffic because they’re too lazy to walk a few yards to a shop. Causes nightmares trying to get back out, and even worse at night as their dipped lights are cutting across the traffic. People that can’t use their handbrake at traffic lights for a couple of minutes, but would rather dazzle you with their high-intensity brake lights. c***s using their phones, either white van men talking or fucking women texting. And fucking women who dawdle along yapping with their passenger and don’t even see you passing them. And even more fucking women who dawdle along in the overtaking lane. The fact is, passing a test is only the bare minimum, but many people don’t go on to develop any more skills.
  15. Edinburgh United

    Have to up your game @Rab B Nesbit, expecting magnets next week.
  16. Aye apparently his running style, like running through sand. We've got his nephew Ross in goals at Whitehill. Looks a bit like Ibrox to me. John Arthur never played in the Desmond either according to the team list. Edit - I'm going for a 3-3 draw in September 68 at Ibrox. Arthur played, so did McLaughlan, and Jardine used to play up front when he started at Rangers. Also Roger Hynd is the other player, don't think he got many games.
  17. Probably a Desmond in April 1970 as Johansen retired at the end of the season. 5 is Colin Jackson, or The Caramel Wafer as he was often called, because he was Gray & Dunn.
  18. Iconic imagery

    Met the guy in 2016:
  19. Aye more like Schaedler, poor bugger shot himself down at Traquair.
  20. Things you want to share with P&B

    Cheers for posting this. Been there in summer and blogged about the football. Loved it.
  21. Favourite quirks of Scottish stadiums.

    First time I went was 1967 v Jock Wallace ‘s Berwick who had just knocked out Rangers. But it was called Easter Road Park for years after.
  22. Madrid

    If it’s any help, I was at the Bernabeu this year and the public sale only started at 9am Monday before the game which was the following Sunday . I couldn’t get two seats together for me and the missus but bought 2 anyway. Later in the week there were loads of tickets. Real Madrid seem to use smartphone tickets rather than print. Again, print at home directly from the club is probably the best way to go for any foreign games. I was in Prague last week and both clubs I visited had tickets around a fiver, while Viagogo etc were about £22.
  23. This is the 3-3 draw in the Scottish Cup 1/4 final. Att 46965. Stein in the foreground by the looks of it.
  24. According to Wiki it was 1982 as it was cheaper than replacing the crush barriers. I certainly remember it being popular with the young crew before that, think people called it the cave.
  25. Prague

    Was there with the missus for a long weekend. Although the very first beer we got was a ripoff at Kc110 for Pilsner Urquell, the next beer was just down the road at U Mlynare and it was only Kc29 for Krušovice 10 degree. After that we found pretty much every bar was charging Kc40-50. Got a really good fruit beer too. Also tried a flight of beers at the Prague Beer Museum which was tasty but many of the beers on the menu seemed to be British or other IPAs etc. Tried Urquell unfiltered and got Kozel Dark for the missus and other stuff I’ve forgotten. Also had slivovice just to compare it to the Slovenian slivovka. Beer at Doliček was Kc80 although I think you were supposed to keep the somewhat elaborate plastic tumbler which had a belt loop Dukla charged Kc 40 or maybe it was 30, but in the usual skimpy disposable plastic glass. The early 6am flight on Friday had addled my brain and I had paid Kc200 for a Bohemians pin badge from an old c**t outside Doliček before I realised it was about £7.40, more than the match ticket We stayed at Hotel D.A.C. in Prague 6. This was actually the Army hotel previously. The station Devická for Metro line A was right outside the door and we were 3 stops to the Old Town at Staromēstská. Going the other way, it was on the right side for the airport and no problem at all on public transport. It was a short tram ride or half hour walk north to Dukla and the same distance south to the castle, and about the same eastwards to Sparta. Went down to Charles Bridge at dawn on Sunday to take photos but still a fair number of people about, mainly Japanese waving selfie sticks. Got my ticket inspected on the way back too The guy could easily have been ex special forces, he didn't f**k about anyway. Also went there at sunset on Monday. Gave the Žižkov tower a miss and went to the National Monument instead, a nice sunday stroll and a great viewpoint. Fun fact Going to Doliček on the Metro I changed at Náměstí Míru which is the deepest station in the network at 53m. The escalator was so long I looked it up. It takes 2min 20 secs to travel the escalator, the longest in the EU. Big shout out to our local bar Kulaták at Devická, definitely the best bar we were in. TL;DL version: wonderful place. Hard comparing it to Krakow as we were there in the winter.