Saturday Saunter: Dancing and being worth your room on this earth

Good Saturday to you,

Welcome to another Saturday Saunter, this time being written fairly late on Friday night. There is still a bit of light in the sky, which is a hint that it’s actually May even if there’s been snow and coldness kicking around in recent days. I’ve been paying attention to the election results over the course of the day and of course more will be announced by the time this is posted. One of the main things that has come out of Friday is that hatred and fascism will never win and that shone through in the speeches by Nicola Sturgeon and Anas Sarwar after the declaration in Glasgow Southside. I also particularly commend the words of Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Health minister, in this Guardian article which should be heeded by more than a few politicians of a few different parties and places. I have other priorities today though and that of course includes Dundee United versus Hibernian in the semi final of the Scottish Cup, experienced in my living room rather than actually being at Hampden Park. Soon, hopefully, that will be possible again.

Normally when the Hibs win an important game, there’s a rendition of ‘Sunshine on Leith’ by the Proclaimers and hopefully there will be a few refreshed folk singing that in the comfort of their own hooses tonight after a decisive victory against United. Studio Something, a TV production and marketing company, have painted a new mural outside their offices in Leith featuring a lyric from ‘Sunshine on Leith’, ‘You’re worth your room on this earth’. In this age where many feel uncertain of that, when times are hard, a positive message helps and especially one as succinct and beautifully conveyed.

I haven’t had the opportunity to share a picture I took a couple of weeks ago of a mural on the side of the Barrowland Ballroom here in Glasgow, inspired by the Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. ‘You’ll Not Remember the City. You Were Too Wee. But There’s Dancing. All Kinds Of Dancing’. I like it a lot. As more folk see it, hopefully as the Barrowland sees performers once more, I think it’ll be well-loved.

Shuggie Bain mural, Barrowland: Words in different colours on the side of a building reading 'You'll Not Remember The City. You Were Too Wee. But There's Dancing. All Kinds of Dancing' with stars and a dancing figure in the centre.
Shuggie Bain mural, Barrowland: Words in different colours on the side of a building reading ‘You’ll Not Remember The City. You Were Too Wee. But There’s Dancing. All Kinds of Dancing’ with stars and a dancing figure in the centre.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 8th May 2021. Short and sweet today, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The blog will be back on Wednesday with the return of Intercity for a wander in the capital so stay tuned for that. Until then, tìoraidh an-dràsta.

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