Saturday Saunter: Tournaments, podcasts and travel programmes

Good morning to you,

I’m writing this one on Friday night, unusually for me and even more unusually on my iPad rather than my laptop. It’s been a bright but chilly day in Glasgow and I spent it having lunch and wandering about the city centre. This post is appearing on the blog a little earlier this Saturday morning due to work.

Hampden Park: at the back of a football stadium, looking up stairs and rails towards blue turnstiles in a red brick building.​
Hampden Park: at the back of a football stadium, looking up stairs and rails towards blue turnstiles in a red brick building.

The main event in Scotland this week has been the men’s national football team qualifying for Euro 2020, beating Serbia on penalties. It’s the first time the men’s team has qualified for a major tournament since 1998 so a lot of people are very happy about it, even including our First Minister. I am a club before country person though Scotland qualifying still makes me happy. Good news is in short supply right now, in the wider world as much as in a footballing sense with the Hibs being mince in recent weeks. Our game is often maligned and qualifying for a tournament with games to be played at Hampden can only be a good thing, as is the inspiration for kids up and down the country. I was thinking earlier about the 1998 World Cup. Scotland played Brazil in the very first game. I got home from school just in time to watch the game, which finished 2-1 to Brazil. I can remember the 2002 World Cup more clearly, getting to watch England play sitting in a high school classroom. I’m sure the country will grind to a halt to watch Super John McGinn, David Marshall and company do their stuff at the Euros. I’ll certainly be watching.

I haven’t read much in the last week or two but I have been listening to a few podcasts, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast, Scotland Outdoors and Podlitical from BBC Scotland, which featured an interview with the outgoing Political Editor of BBC Scotland, Brian Taylor. He’s seen a lot in his career, stretching from the late 1970s to last week, an eon in Scottish political history from the call for a Scottish Assembly, Margaret Thatcher and the Poll Tax through devolution, the SNP coming to power, and the coronavirus. Conan O’Brien recently interviewed Maya Rudolph, who comes across well. She plays the Vice President-Elect of the United States Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live at the moment, which will no doubt keep her in work for the next four years at least. I particularly enjoy The Terrace when they discuss lower league football and the discussions with Chris Iwelumo have been good.

In these times when once more we can’t travel as far as we might like, whether we are in Level 3 or a firebreak or just a lockdown, Channel 5 has had Secret Scotland on with Susan Calman travelling around the country, to some familiar places and not so familiar. It seems to have been filmed this year, with her visit to Glasgow Central Station with a backdrop of signs encouraging wearing face coverings. Susan Calman can be a wee bit twee but her good humour is just right for these times, inspiring new adventures in the future.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 14th November 2020. Thanks for reading. Streets of Glasgow returns on Wednesday too. Until then, keep safe, keep well. A very good morning to you all.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Tournaments, podcasts and travel programmes

  1. I’m currently a few chapters into Sam Heughan’s and Graham McTavish’s new book “Clanlands”. It’s a really enjoyable read. They go deep into Highland history, and of course, it is full of their humor and back and forth banter. I’m really enjoying it so far.

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    1. Glad to hear it! I looked it up earlier and it looked like an interesting read. I’ve never seen Outlander though of course it’s filmed in many of Scotland’s finest historical places.

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      1. I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoyed it. It was just a little too gory and graphic for me. There are just some things you can never unsee, lol. Seasons 4 and 5 take place in America, on the cusp of the Revolutionary War.

        Sam Heughan, as always, did a magnificent job in his role. He is such a talented actor.

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