It’s Saturday Saunter time again, again being written on Thursday. As this is posted, I might be out for a walk before settling in to watch the Hibs later on. It’s been announced in the last hour or so that Hibs’ Chief Executive Leeann Dempster is leaving the club after six years, relegation, promotion and of course the Scottish Cup. Leeann Dempster has done an incredible job to turn Hibs around and the club is unrecognisable from what it was when she started as the club descended into the Championship. It’s not for nothing that she is widely regarded as one of the best people running our game and I’m sure she’ll make a success of whatever she does next. I can only hope Ron Gordon gets someone good to take her place at the helm at Easter Road.
I’ve been watching a bit more telly in the last few weeks, usually on catch-up. I watch quiz shows, documentaries and football, the occasional sitcom. I’m currently watching The Chase, my particular favourite quiz show, and it’s my favourite Chaser Anne tonight. The team got 19 and managed to hold Anne off to win the money. The Chase, including the new Chaser, Darragh, got a good write up in The Guardian this week and it’s uncomplicated and decent watching. The last instalment of Susan Calman’s Secret Scotland was on last week, which was a particularly good way to see our country at a time when it isn’t possible. I also watched the documentary about the mob from Gorgie, which didn’t yield much insight into this summer’s disputes around Hearts being relegated to the Championship. Apart from that I’ve watched a few too many train videos on YouTube.
A lot of the lighthouses around our coastline are a century or two old at least, many designed by a Stevenson, maybe John Rennie. Wonderfully, a new lighthouse is being built at Rubha Cuil-Cheanna, at the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe, to aid the navigation of cruise ships into Fort William. It’s an aluminium box, basically, 18 feet high, solar powered, and will work in concert with the current newest lighthouse at Corran North East and the older, Stevenson light at Corran Point. I think it’s reassuring that even in these technological times, lighthouses are necessary and I’m sure when cruise ships operate once more, they’ll benefit from this new lighthouse in Loch Linnhe.
Since I can’t travel to the seaside at the moment, I’m relying on social media for sight of water. The Isle of May, in the Firth of Forth, is occupied for most of the year by a crew from Scottish Natural Heritage and they regularly share pictures of the island, the views towards Fife and East Lothian, and the wildlife that calls the May home, most notably seabirds and seals. The crew’s finished for the year and it’s been particularly interesting reading their words this year given the pandemic. I went to the May about ten years ago and it has had two lighthouses, including the oldest in Scotland, dating from 1633, plus a whole lot of birds.
I also check Sea Sky Craster, which features pictures of the sea at Craster in Northumberland each morning and sometimes at night. I’ve followed it for years and I’ve been to Craster since, always stopping to look at the view I usually see through my phone screen.
Before I go, I wanted to share a couple of things. This week the Scottish Parliament passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, which requires public agencies to provide period products free of charge to those who require them. Some do so already but this makes it a requirement. It was a cross-party effort to pass it – an all too rare occurrence in Scottish politics – with Monica Lennon of Labour and Aileen Campbell of the SNP particularly prominent. This is an excellent thing to do as a society and I’m proud of our Parliament for making it happen. Secondly, I’m no royalist but I can only sympathise with Meghan, Countess of Dumbarton (as she’s known in Scotland) after she wrote so movingly about her miscarriage over the summer.
Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 27th November 2020. Thanks for reading. A triptych post will be here on Wednesday. Until then, keep safe, keep well. A very good morning to you all.