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  1. Same - I really like the powdered stuff from big catering packs, but that slimy variety in jars never seems to work out.
  2. It's a strange one right enough. I assume it'll be classed as a forfeiture of the fixture rather than a postponement till a later date.
  3. Amazing how they are colonizing up here now. We have them on the shore here all year round after they arrived last winter. They seem to move up and down the coast a bit but haven't seen them nesting anywhere. I'm not sure if they've bred yet in Scotland, but it's surely got to be in the post over the next few years, considering they only first bred in England sometime in the 90s.
  4. There's been a group of Little Egrets at Ardmore Point between Cardross and Helensburgh I managed to catch sight of from the train the other day - they were only about 100ft away from the tracks. Here's a photo of one of them that somebody who wasn't going at 40mph took!
  5. Saw that fairly recently in the area where I live which I guess you'd describe as "leafy" - there was a sort of triangle of grass abutting the railway maybe 200ft wide and 50ft deep where a developer had apparently fired in a speculative application to build on. I'd barely registered it was there, but everyone in the immediate area started receiving literature on a weekly basis about how they planned to ruin our "much-loved local green space" TBH I doubt a builder could have fitted any more than four houses on the plot - I think it was more the fact that one of them might end up being social housing that shat up the curtain-twitchers, because they might end up living in the same postcode as somebody poor. The level of organisation they deployed was almost military - within about a month the "concerned residents" had got the council to designate the plot as the saddest-looking wee park you've ever seen.
  6. Westerton United. The story iirc was they thought they had secured a ground share but then circumstances changed. Zero idea who the proposed share was with. Funnily enough they actually approached us before the new sides were announced - there was no mention of an actual groundshare though, just an informal "how much to rent your park?" - assumed it was a start-up ammy team as I'd never heard of them. We'd already got wind that the start of the season was going to be two games a week, so we said no and that was the last we heard of them until the new names were announced.
  7. Bearsden would be a non-starter for identical reasons as I described above with Jordanhill...those leafy established middle class areas can mobilise and organise very effectively when there's a proposed development they don't agree with. The area's happy enough to have West of Scotland play rugby there and tolerate Milngavie Wanderers playing up at Staney Brig in the middle of nowhere, but I'd imagine even a small actual football stadium being planned in the area would have the various residents' committees and so on lose their collective shit.
  8. I doubt that was ever going to happen TBH - the area behind Vicky Park is Jordanhill rather than Broomhill, which itself is just a few streets the other side of Crow Road that isn't really a distinct district, more the no-man's-land between Hyndland and Whiteinch. Jordanhill is very leafy, very affluent and also very organised when they hear of a potential development they don't want. I imagine a football stadium in their backyard would come into that category.
  9. Vale of Leithen are nailed-on to finish bottom and will go East. There's so little West representation at the moment aside from Cumbernauld Colts and Caledonian Braves that it shouldn't be an issue this season. Broomhill I'm not sure about...while nominally a west club, Alloa's clearly in the East. The current incarnation of the club's never played anywhere else, so there's no precedent to fall back on...the original club's now playing in WOSFL Div 4.
  10. Akin to those clownshoes living on the Somerset Levels who appear on TV every other year moaning that the government should do something about the fact that the reclaimed marshland they chose to buy property on has reverted to type and flooded.
  11. I know - probably closer to "I claim you as my property. Feed me."
  12. Yeah, just leave her to her own devices for a while and she'll come round. We got two from a similar background, and while one of them was out and about within a day or so, the other hid away for the best part of a fortnight, alternating between under the bed and behind some shelving in a spare room. I'd go through and talk to him now and again to get him used to my voice and so on, but didn't rip the arse out of it and crowd him out. Anyway, one night my missus was up at her folks' and I was sitting on my tod watching TV when out of the corner of my eye I saw the wee guy come into the room and hop up on the couch beside me. After a couple of minutes, he tapped my arm with his paw to get my attention and gave me the big hopeful eyes: "So, am I like your cat now or what...?" It's a good moment when it finally happens.
  13. To be fair, how many clubs go into the first round of any cup with a realistic expectation of winning it? I doubt the Champions League entrants from say Latvia or Macedonia approach the qualifying rounds thinking this is their year to go all the way...likewise a Whitehills or Banchory St Ternan about to play in the first round of the junior cup were unlikely to be booking time off work in anticipation of making the final in May.
  14. Yeah, like I say it's a transitional season but there needs to be some kind of resolution...I'll guarantee if they'd got a home draw in the Scottish then that wouldn't be BCD. I might be wrong, but there seems to be an element of picking and choosing what's worthwhile letting people in for - clearly the few dozen tops who would travel to Airdrie to see Maryhill (or indeed Bellshill on Wednesday) aren't worth it, but I suppose the acid test would be if they drew a Pollok, Talbot or another of the better-supported sides in a cup.
  15. I was over on the Isle of Man once, and the easiest way to get to the airport was to get one of those Thomas the Tank Engine-style trains that still run there. Folk were doing that waving thing all the way oblivious to the fact I had a stinking hangover and wasn't for waving back. There's something about a steam train that seems to make folk think they're extras on The Railway Children,
  16. I suppose it's a transitional season for everybody in some senses, but it's something they're going to have to address at some point for sure, as I think it's untenable in the longer run. The Airdrie thing is clearly in place to retain a Scottish Cup place, but ultimately it would probably work out cheaper to bring one of the pitches at Garscube up to licensing code rather than continue indefinitely to hire out an SPFL ground. And it would end the nonsense of us playing a "local derby" in a town 18 miles away.
  17. That's exactly it - I was at our game there maybe a month back, and I asked. If they wanted to admit a crowd, they'd have to hire stewards which I think would be an extra few hundred quid on top of the pitch hire. Given the fact they'd only probably get a few dozen through the gate tops, they've come to the conclusion it's not worth their while. The first time they used Lochburn it was BCD...I don't think they have a committee in the traditional sense to help put a game on...but the second time we had a couple of guys that were going to be there that afternoon anyway and it was open to the public.
  18. For every classic sitcom, you've always had some utterly gash stuff running in parallel that panders to the lowest common denominator and is way more popular than it should have been. In the 70s, for every Fawlty Towers or Reggie Perrin, there was an On The Buses, Robin's Nest or Mind Your Language, and in the 80s for every Young Ones or Blackadder there was a Hi-De-Hi, Allo Allo or Terry and June. We still get some things that are probably destined to be classics...the likes of Detectorists, Friday Night Dinner, maybe Derry Girls and a couple of others will likely stand the test of time, but Mrs Brown's Boys and the like are just the modern manifestation of On The Buses.
  19. We quite often get deer in the back garden, but this is the first time one of them brought the weans along...
  20. With a lot of those cryptozoological things, you've got to treat them like any other animal species - look at the habitat and the likelihood of it being able to sustain a breeding population. For example - Nessie isn't real...somewhere the size of Loch Ness simply isn't big enough to sustain a viable breeding population of large plesiosaur-type reptiles. Given the fact they would also have to surface to breathe, if they existed you couldn't drive between Fort Augustus and Inverness without seeing half a dozen of them. Bigfoot or the yeti are maybes - an undiscovered species of ape could still persist, or possibly went extinct in recent centuries. If they do exist, it's deep in the unpopulated wilds of the Himalayas or the Pacific Northwest...bigfoot reports from the likes of Texas are clearly bullshit, as there's not enough unfragmented suitable habitat for a viable population of something that size to go unnoticed. The gorilla was treated as a traveller's tale from the hinterland of Africa until they were finally located in the mid 1800s.
  21. Last month or so has been enlivened by the arrival of an insane wee cat next door who regularly appears on their roof from the loft conversion skylight. It's taken recently to extending its territory into ours, and even appearing at windows trying to bam up our cats, who don't seem to realise they're cats and thus far aren't rising to the bait.
  22. These wee fuckers. Used to love them, but I'm guessing they've stopped making them, 'cos I've not seen them in years.
  23. There seemed to be a wee colony of ex Big Brother contestants living in the West End at one point when I was living there...the blind guy, the gay Asian guy that got bumped out after a few days and the blonde Scottish lassie whose tits seemed to be scared of the dark all must have lived nearby going by the amount of times I saw them in the street.
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