Saturday Saunter: Writing, walking and special interests

Hey, hey, it’s Saturday Saunter time,

This is being posted as I’m about to head off to Kilmarnock to watch Hibs. This afternoon’s match is quite meaningless in the great scheme of things. Hibs can’t now qualify for Europe or anything like that. There are two games left and Hibs can only finish fifth or sixth. I’ve had the pleasure of going to Kilmarnock a few times and going by experience, I actually asked the Hibs ticket office to give me a seat on an aisle due to the crap leg room on offer. On the plus side, the pies are excellent and they also do hot Vimto, a niche drink but rather fine. The last time I was at Killie, I managed to make an absolute mess of sitting down and cowped a fair bit of my hot Vimto on my hand. I don’t do hot drinks as a general rule – it’s a sensory thing – but it was a cool night. Hence the seat on the stairs. I’m not that tall – about five foot eight, five foot nine – but every little helps.

Tomorrow I’m off to Cumbrae for a walk around the island. A lot of people cycle the 10 miles but that’s not an option for me so the walk it will be. The forecast is to be about 11 degrees and cloudy which is fairly decent walking weather. I’ve been to Cumbrae once before, about a year ago, and it is a very pleasant island, calm and not completely removed from the world. It should be good.

One of my special interests over the years was American talk shows. I still watch clips on YouTube. I just read the new memoir by Craig Ferguson, who hosted the Late Late Show before James Corden, and as well as talking quite candidly about his life, issues with drink and whatever else, it included a chapter on one of his favourite places, Millport. I don’t really believe in coincidences but they happen rather a lot. Reading about a place I’m about to go to in a book about something else is mental. Craig Ferguson’s book was interesting. It went in a lot of different directions, quite tangential, which is the kind of book I like since it’s how I think.

Autism is one of those things that people tend to know dribs and drabs about. One aspect that’s perhaps most familiar to neurotypical folk is special interests. I’ve had a right few. They include American talk shows, The Simpsons, football, the media, the Scottish Parliament, castles, maps and any number of other things that aren’t coming to mind right now. Luckily this makes me quite an interesting person and I can talk about a lot of things, or more often write about them. At the moment I don’t really have a special interest. My life is busy and I have a lot of things going on. That’s okay, though. It means that each day is different, which is quite nice.

I managed to get my to-read pile down quite a bit over the Bank Holiday weekend. Underland by Robert Macfarlane is still there but I’m saving that. I’ve added a few library books to the mix. I ended up going along the shelves and taking some titles that tempted me. They were Proud by Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby player, The Hills Is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane Austen has been recommended to me several times and I managed a few pages into Emma before giving up. Gareth Thomas I’ve heard about and I think his book should be good, giving some perspective into his life and particularly in coming out as gay in that world. The Lillian Beckwith book about the Hebrides was picked based on reading the blurb. I think I’m taking Proud to Kilmarnock with me today then I’ll read the others as I go.

Every time I write this post it turns out differently. Last week it was a bookish post, the one before went on a bit of a rant. This one’s turned into 700 words without knowing quite how. I treat this a bit like psychogeography: starting without a clear goal in mind then finding that goal somewhere along the way. It’s usually a lot of fun to write. Loose Ends follows a format, which is tougher for me. Paragraph one is the story of wherever I’ve been then the connections in paragraph two and bringing it all together in the last one. I usually work with notes and photos. With this, I’m just working with my head, which is strangely easier. I’m not sure why but that might be the point.

Anyway, enough of this. Let’s get on with Saturday. Loose Ends follows tomorrow and it’s back in Edinburgh. Streets of Glasgow is back on Wednesday and it’s a street I know well down south. There will also be a post on Thursday about the end of the football season and the beginning of the day trip season. Thanks to all readers, commenters and followers. Have a nice weekend, wherever it takes you.

8 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Writing, walking and special interests

  1. Oh Kev, you’ve rejected Emma! She’s my favourite Austen heroine but I suppose we’re all different so I forgive you 😉.

    We walked on Cumbrae last year (I don’t think the whole perimeter, we cut across somewhere). It’s lovely, and a chance to enjoy a ferry even if only for a short journey.

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    1. Thanks for that! I started Emma about ten years ago so my different outlook might mean a different view of the book today.

      Quite looking forward to Cumbrae tomorrow. I quite agree a ferry trip, even a short one, does wonders.

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  2. Alli Templeton

    I love the variety of your posts, Kev, and the directions they take. And with all your interests it does, indeed, make for an interesting blog. But hot Vimto? I’ve never heard of that one before. Isn’t Vimto fizzy? I can’t imagine how they discovered it’s good heated…
    That’s a beautiful coastal shot. Funnily enough, I was out all day yesterday with my daughter as she had her first sailing lesson – she’s passionate about the sea and maritime history and she wants to be a maritime historian, just like me with medieval, so it was a big day for us. So have a lovely walk round Cumbrae – it looks wonderful. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Alli. That’s very kind.

      Vimto is available in still and fizzy form. The hot kind is the former and it’s very nice.

      Cumbrae was beautiful today. They run sailing courses there and there were a few folk out on yachts and boards.

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      1. Alli Templeton

        So hot Vimto is something to look out for then. Sounds intriguing! I’m so glad you enjoyed Cumbrae, it sounds beautiful, and my daughter would love it with the sailing courses and yachts. Wow. If you feel like doing a post on it, we’d love to see some pictures and read about it. 🙂

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