As this is posted, I will be on the way to work hence it’s coming a bit early. It is of course being written in advance, this time on Monday night as Skipinnish is on in the background. Last Monday night was beautiful, warm and sunny. Tonight is dark, windy and rainy, quite a contrast.
Unusually I’ve had a few thoughts about what I want to write about today. Topics include autumn, podcasts and the Body Beautiful exhibition I went to in Edinburgh on Sunday. Whether I’ll get round to them or not, I’m not sure.
Earlier tonight I read an article from the FIFA website about Kylie Cockburn, who is an assistant referee working within Scottish football. She regularly runs the line at men’s games and I often see her name amongst the officials at Hibs’ games. What I didn’t know about her was that she’s also employed as a police officer and got unpaid leave from the Polis to go officiate at the recent Women’s World Cup in France. It was an interesting article particularly because she went into how her day job means she isn’t fazed by some of the abuse coming her way at the weekend. To be fair, she is one of the better officials in the men’s game in Scotland. She was also involved in VAR decisions during the World Cup, which is interesting to hear about from the other end.
I’m now listening to Lower League Ramblings, a football podcast featuring Danny Denholm of East Fife. This episode features Joelle Murray, the captain of Hibs, right now talking about the difficulties of keeping girls interested in football beyond the teenage years. Easter Road hosted an international qualifier last weekend, seeing Scotland win 8-0 against Cyprus and there’s a Champions League game there next Wednesday, 11th September, between Hibs and SK Slavia Praha. I’m toying with going to the game next Wednesday. It’s not every day a Hibs team plays in the Champions League after all. Wonderfully the attendance at the Scotland-Cyprus game, 6,206, was higher than two of the Hibs’ men’s team’s attendances in the League Cup this season.
Anyway, this blog isn’t supposed to be about football. Talking about podcasts, I’m listening to a lot of The West Wing Weekly, which is going into the seventh and final season of The West Wing. The discussions about the seventh season and how it seemed to go wrong are making it more interesting. Joshua Malina’s perspective and that of Richard Schiff, who played Will Bailey and Toby Ziegler respectively, are particularly pertinent. I’ve also been listening to Longbangers, a new Hibs podcast, and the older Hibs Talk, which has been more interesting as the team has been pish. I listened to the new episode of Longbangers yesterday and it summed up a lot of my thoughts about Hibs at the moment. Some of their jokes are chronic, though.
I was in Edinburgh on Sunday. It was good to be back in the capital and not being there amidst the Festival. I walked down to the Hermitage of Braid, one of my favourite green places, and sat and read a book for an hour. Those who follow me on social media will have gathered that I wasn’t too happy last weekend after Hibs were thoroughly gubbed by Motherwell. I went home on the Saturday night and read a book, namely a re-read of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Then I started reading a compilation of posts by The Fitba Nomad, a groundhopping blogger, including visits to some of the bigger and smaller grounds in Scottish football. It was an unusual read in such a scenic place but it worked for me. Then I walked along by the burn until I turned up by the rocks and back into town. Some of that walk will appear in Loose Ends in the next few weeks.
I got to the National Museum of Scotland and headed first to the Body Beautiful exhibition currently in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery on Level 3. Body Beautiful featured examples of modern fashion and its growing diversity, designs by Vivienne Westwood, Max Mara and Jean Paul Gaultier. Clothing for various groups were spread across the gallery, including for disabled, LGBTQIA+ and older people as well as those of colour. All this was interesting to read about. Fashion doesn’t represent many folk, to be frank, and any moves to be more inclusive and body positive can only be welcomed.
It is now September and autumn is upon us. The weather today felt almost wintry but let’s just call it autumn for now. I’m looking forward to walks in the Botanics in both Edinburgh and Glasgow amidst the leaves. A trip to Pollok Park, a place I haven’t been to in too long despite being very close to here, is an absolute autumnal must. I love the colours, the sharpening light and the leaves falling, but not the getting dark earlier and earlier. It being dark at 8pm is bad enough now, let alone the being dark by 5pm which will be upon us soon enough.
Anyway, I’m well into the 800 word territory and I’m not slowing down soon. Joelle Murray on Lower League Ramblings is winding down and I’m going back to Skipinnish, I think. It’s just after half nine and I might write up some of the Loose Ends posts before bed. There’s a Roger Deakin quote going through my mind ‘At night you write out of guilt but in the morning you write out of hope’. This is my writing time, since I find it hard enough to get out of bed let alone getting up early to scribble. There’s not much guilt for me tonight. I’m just liking the words streaming across my screen.
That’s us for today, though. Tomorrow is the final instalment for now of Intercity and it’s Aberdeen. Wednesday is about book memories. Whatever you do this weekend, have a good one. Cheers.