Saturday Saunter: Video, books and the sea

Good morning,

Hope everyone is okay. I’m writing this on Friday afternoon with not much of an idea of what to write. Some things never change. It is of course the Easter weekend and in normal circumstances I would have been off to the football today. These, of course, are not normal circumstances. Rightfully the focus right now is on keeping ourselves and others safe.

I’ve seen a few posts this week about where folk want to visit once circumstances permit. To be honest my first priority is to see those I love first. FaceTime (or your video calling app of choice) is wonderful but it is absolutely no substitute for being with people, their smells, looks, gestures, all their dimensions. It is for love that we are apart right now but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt. In the meantime FaceTime will have to do, to share our joy, sadness, fear, gossip and, above all, hope. Hope is vital in these times more than ever.

North Berwick: looking across a bay from a beach towards a harbour and houses

After the people will come places. My second priority is to walk by the sea. Having grown up by the sea, the closest I can get to it right now is through social media, photographs taken on other folk’s daily exercise or from their windows. Sea Window Craster or Shetland Webcams are just two sources of waves right now. Or of course photographs. My iPad’s current screensaver is a picture from a recent trip to North Berwick. For those who know North Berwick, it was taken on the beach right near the Edinburgh bus stop on Church Road. Despite the fact I prefer Dunbar, it was a particularly fine day all the same.

I haven’t read much in the last few weeks. Rather than reading books, I’ve been catching up with the Scottish football magazine NutmegNutmeg is excellent with lots of interesting articles about the game, its past, present and future and that view is in no way coloured by the fact I wrote an article in issue 7. I read one issue while on holiday in Lochaber last year, waiting for a road to reopen. I approach it like a book, reading it cover to cover. I have two actual books on the go, one by Mat Guy, Barcelona to Buckie Thistle: Exploring Football’s Roads Less Travelled, which a library colleague saw and thoughtfully sent my way, and a re-read of my favourite book, The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd.

My telly watching has been dominated by quiz shows, railway programmes and Scot Squad on Thursday. (Watch Scot Squad. Seriously.) Yesterday I watched the entirety of the second series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die, the fly-on-the-wall documentary about the life and times of Sunderland AFC. The fortitude of their fans and people amidst their team’s struggles made me all emotional at times.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 11th April 2020. Thanks for reading. Loose Ends Redux is back on Wednesday. There may well be other posts as I go. Until then, keep well, keep safe.

14 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Video, books and the sea

      1. I’m doing OK – my body clock isn’t liking the frequent day shift to night shift changes though! The weather here is (sadly) gorgeous, and apparently Greater Manchester Police had to break up >600 gatherings in the last week. *sigh*

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      2. I had heard that. I think it’s the first time I’ve wished for winter! Nicola Sturgeon, Police Scotland, Jason Leitch and Humza Yousaf have been doing their stuff here to discourage gatherings so here’s hoping we don’t see anything like those numbers this weekend.

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  1. Hi Kev, I agree about the people. I just want to give my mum a hug. I’ve tried FaceTime but the sound isn’t good enough for her and she can’t get the hang of the screen. I get a good view of her ear when her finger isn’t covering the camera! So it’s the phone and iMessage for us, with occasional visits to shout at each other from 6 feet away.

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    1. That must be some sight. By the time this is all over there will be a lot of tech-savvy people of all generations, when they don’t put their finger over the camera that is! My problem with FaceTime is positioning the light so my face isn’t completely in shadow. Regardless how hard I try, and where I sit, it doesn’t work!


      1. They aren’t flattering. I read an article which said we treat these things like a mirror because we can see ourselves so we sometimes fixate on ourselves more than who we’re speaking to.

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  2. Alli Templeton

    I’m with you on priorities once the situation eases. I’m missing my mum, and as you say, FaceTime (or Skype, in my case) isn’t the same. I feel useless not being able to hug her or take her out. She’s all on her own and climbing the walls, having gone into isolation just as she was emerging from a previous three month period also laid up at home with a fractured spine. That’ll be six months in total. Hard times. Still, as you say, hope is important in these unprecedented times, and we’re planning all the things we’re going to do to make up for the lost time. And I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know I also can’t wait to get back to visiting some castles. I hope it won’t be too long before you can enjoy some live football again. All the best, Kev, and keep watching for that light at the end of the tunnel.

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  3. I think I’m luckier than most, since I live with Marcus and I’m used to only seeing my family once a year or so anyway, and I often go a month or more without seeing friends I don’t work with, so it’s not a major change for me at this point. I do miss travelling though, and it’s so hard to even plan without knowing what the situation will be. My friend who works at the V&A said they’re not planning on reopening until at least September, so even if lockdown is lifted sooner, there may not be many museums to visit for a while!

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