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  1. Anyone able to recommend a pair of binoculars for circa £100? I know that is a low budget but I can't really justify spending more right now and according to the RSPB website there are plenty around that price range that are excellent value for money.
  2. I can post this rather blurry, zoomed in attempt of a photo at least.
  3. Saw a sea eagle on Friday. I've got a video of it flying overhead but it's too big to share on here unfortunately.
  4. Didn't realise Ullapool had a team at that level. Good for them, they've done pretty well. It can only be good for them to play at a (presumably) higher level on a regular basis.
  5. Don't listen to Sportsound often these days but he is easily the best thing about it.
  6. I was really keen for Elgin to sign Brown after he left Caley Thistle. Been impressed with Hamish Ritchie since his Keith days too. I believe he played for the same college team in the US as Lenny Wilson.
  7. An excellent end to the series. Two of the best vts in a while, particularly the Orkney one and Cillian Sheridan was a decent guest. A shame it has to finish now.
  8. BBC 3 in about 2009. I think it was the first time I saw Davide Santon and he looked like a future world beater.
  9. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Tony on the telly, he's my favourite contributor to the podcast at the moment due to his relentless enthusiasm. His geography on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired.
  10. From Gorgie Road, near the bridge that enters Saughton Park. Across the road from Luckies pub pretty much. Saw an otter in the same spot on Monday night too.
  11. Saw a kingfisher for the first time on the Water of Leith a few weeks ago. I felt particularly vindicated as I decided last minute to take a slightly longer route home via the river on the off chance I might see something interesting.
  12. I agree with your overall point, I went to school with guys who played for Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen and when discussing the better players at that level they'd usually mention how quick and strong they were and that was about it. Like the above poster though Snodgrass actually struck me as quite slow, especially for a winger, but was good technically. It's interesting how these things pan out. I do think that a lot more emphasis is being placed on technique, probably gradually over the last 10 years or so. Although Hibs and Hearts seemed to go for a lot of physical specimens (only Jordan McGhee has really made any sort of career for himself from the two clubs) at my age group (1996), Dundee United had Ryan Gauld and John Souttar coming through and that felt like the start of what we're seeing more of now with Hickey, Gilmour, Ramsay etc.
  13. I think having an astute manager is certainly one of the key reasons for our recent good form. I don't think all the previous incumbents were useless, but Clarke seems to be getting more out of the players than most have. I think, for the most part, we've generally had a reasonable group of players but the current squad is certainly one of the strongest this century. I do think the performance schools are working at least to some extent, but IMO we need to see more Scottish players given a chance in our top flight. At the moment it seems like there are some really good technical players coming through, but outside them not that many are being given a real shot with a lot of more experienced but really mediocre imports blocking their path a bit.
  14. A good episode that, the bit on Dnipro was really good.
  15. Ah yeah course, knew I recognised her voice. She is good.
  16. Pretty cool. Some athlete and he's had a remarkable career.
  17. For most of his career I found him pretty easy to dislike, particularly after his Scotland retirement, but met him through work quite a few times 4 or 5 years ago and he was extremely sound and generous. A funny and self-deprecating guy too. It took me a while to accept that liking the Celtic captain could be possible but he made it so.
  18. https://www.scotlandbigpicture.com/rewilding-stories/salmon-in-hot-water Good article on salmon. Plenty other worthwhile reads on there.
  19. I was up Corstorphine Hill last week and heard a woodpecker which was pretty surprising for me, though I now know they are frequently spotted there. Seen a few dippers on the Water of Leith in that time as well so Edinburgh is proving surprisingly fruitful for bird spotting having lived more rurally for the last few years.
  20. Aye, I think that first leg is often forgotten about because of what followed it. I was nervous before the second leg, probably partly influenced by the c***s on Sportsound talking exclusively about how the **** could get back into it, when really they were so terrible they had very little chance.
  21. There has been a fair amount of unfair criticism around Darcy Graham and his defence in recent times, presumably just as he is wee because he has rarely let anyone down since breaking through at Embra and provides something in attack that few in the world can. It was amazing seeing him playing like that today, especially given everything he went through with his brother last year. Likewise Matt Fagerson showed why there has been so much excitement around him over the years and more than justified his start over Bradbury. Hopefully he can find some consistency. Russell also was immense in the second half. A great win, if not necessarily performance, from all involved. As for Eddie Jones and his team of underachievers, I think John Inverdale sums it up best;
  22. I used to have a soft spot for Gladbach in the Favre days, they were incredible to watch at times, but ever since going to MSV for the first time in 2014 it's been all about the Zebras. Was last there in 2019 when they knocked higher division Greuther Fürth out the cup and would quite like to go back at some point next season.
  23. I remember watching a very young Harry Milne playing against Banks O' Dee in 2015 and thinking he'd go on to play at a much higher level. He was superb tonight. Scully and particularly Yule standouts from that game too. Cove have signed some big names in the last couple of years but when you include Masson, Megginson and McKenzie a large chunk of that team's been there since they were in the Highland League. Most of the rest have spent the majority of their careers in League 1 too.
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