Saturday Saunter: Gridiron and Kilmarnock

Good Saturday to you,

This is a pre-record post, written before the last one came out. This week I have been in London so rather than rushing a post out while absolutely knackered, I am actually writing this a couple of weeks ago, funnily enough quite tired at the end of a working day. I will be posting this on a Saturday when I will be on a day trip with my dad somewhere in central Scotland. Tomorrow I am off to Kilmarnock to watch Hibs, the only football away trip to have its own song, the wonderful ‘Joyful Kilmarnock Blues’ by the Proclaimers, the greatest band in the world singing about a football team that despite its faults is the finest in the land today.

Sign from Covent Garden Underground station: a sign saying ‘To The Trains’ in capital letters with an arrow below pointing right.

I know positively hee-haw about most sport. I watch Hibs. Due to family, I know a bit about motorbike racing. I can tell you that Valentino Rossi is leaving Yamaha at the end of the 2020 season. He is almost double the age of some of the other riders in MotoGP. Amazing. Anyway, I do try occasionally to watch other sports and I did try to watch shinty once as well as the Super Bowl a few years ago. I didn’t last long. Every few moments, the action cut to the studio. I slept through this year’s Super Bowl and didn’t even know it was happening. I gather that Shakira and Jennifer Lopez did the half-time show and were amazing. They were also criticised for what they wore, despite Adam Levine singing sans shirt in the same show in 2019. Plenty of hypocrisy all round. In brighter news, the 69ers from San Francisco made history, not by getting beat but by having not only the first female coach but the first LGBT coach in Super Bowl history, Katie Sowers. For such a masculine sport, that’s amazing. Her comment following the match encouraged her followers to be kind, not to slag off the players for getting beat. We could do worse than heed that in wider life.

My journey to Kilmarnock tomorrow afternoon will be by train. It will take about half an hour and probably on a busy train inadequate for the number of people wanting to go to Ayrshire to see Hibernian play. At some point before I go, if not on the journey itself because I will have company, I will need to listen to ‘The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues’ by the Proclaimers, a song from the first album, This Is The Story. It’s about someone hitching 60 miles to Kilmarnock for the football and the walk back. It’s like a meditation on life and I firmly encourage people to listen to it. My favourite line is ‘The best view of all is where the land meets the sky’. The moor between Glasgow and Ayrshire makes me think of that too, being able to look up at a broad sky, even from the M77. Hopefully it will be a game I want to allay.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 15th February 2020. Thanks for reading. Loose Ends returns on Wednesday and some London thoughts will appear soon. Anyway,  cheers the now, folks.


6 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Gridiron and Kilmarnock

  1. MaryLynn

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Kilmarnock tomorrow. I have been there twice to explore my family roots – my paternal grandfather was born there and he was 12 years old when his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio USA. He grew up and eventually became the Director of Sales for an engineering company that specialized in cranes, especially transverse cranes. I think Kilmarnock gave him a good start in life. Have fun – hope your team wins!

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