Monday, December 31, 2007

2007: Year In Review

Today is Hogmanay ("New Year's Eve" for the folks across the pond), and in some respects, it's even bigger than Christmas in Scotland. Tonight, the streets will be flooded with semi-conscious and inebriated Scottish people yelping and whooping in a language that somewhat resembles English. And I will be amongst them. This will be my first-ever Hogmanay in Scotland, and I can only guess that it's going to resemble something out of I am Legend and be absolute pandemonium.

Prior to joining the masses of pale-skin boozin' zombies however, I thought I would take a quick wee look back over the year that was 2007. Being one for making sweeping statements and grandious announcements, I also want to proclaim that 2007 has honestly been one of the best years of my life.

- 2006 ended with a big blowout fight with my family in Canada. Yaaaaah! And started with a whimper in Toronto.

- In January: I went to one of the best parties EVER: Mike and Erica's engagement party (they married in October); sabotaged yet another date; the ceiling of my rented flat in North Kelvinside collapsed while I was out at the movies; hypothesized that Scottish people don't date; was immortalised in a Scottish newspaper.

- In February: I almost stepped on a needle; revealed the truth for why I wanted to move back to Glasgow; got INTO LAW SCHOOL- HOLY SHIT!!! (I declined); on February 15, I met Paul, (now my boyfriend), for the first time and then proceeded to go on one of the best dates ever with him (basically, YouTube is responsible for getting us together).

- In March: I went to Dundee with my friend, Kate, to visit our friend, Lauren, totally hung over; grew a bit sympathetic for Americans; weighed whether or not I should go to law school; felt homesick and missed my coco baby Bombo a lot; celebrated my one year anniversary in Glasgow!

- In April: MY BROTHER and his partner came to town (come back soon, you guys!); proclaimed my love for this crazy city (again); moved outta North Kelvinside.

- In May: I voted in the Scottish elections for the first time!; fed tablet to a squirrel and discovered Paul is a messy eater; received the best GIFT EVER - Bombo bought a ticket to Glasgow!

I also turned 28.

- In June: I retorted to Martin Newland's article, that appeared in Macleans, announcing England (does that include Scotland??!) was rotting; got lost in the highlands with Bombo (notice he has rolled up his sleeves to work on his tan):- heard some ladies snort coke in a restaurants washroom and was immediately grossed out - I really hate coke and the people who insist on doing it public places.

- In July: the "terrorists" attack Glasgow - Jeeps ablaze at the airport and Fopp closes shop; saw my first Orange walk in person; got a job at an organisation that I dreamed and hoped that I would one day work for; it rained EVERY. SINGLE. DAY in the summer - ever since Bombo went back to Canada; hypothesised (again!) that the Nanny government of the UK treats its citizens as babies and we acted accordingly.

- In August: I cooked my first "Sunday roast" for paul and went on holiday to Canada!

- In September: For Paul's birthday, I bought us tickets to go to Banff, Alberta!


Went to London, for work, and got sick of people telling me how! great! London! is!

- In October: I went to Erica's hen weekend with a brutal cold and uhh, the barn burnt down!? Watched the Scotland v Ukraine game and saw that dude from Mogwai; I moved yet again - outta the slumville where I had been living! Mike and Erica GOT MARRIED!

- In November: Glasgow won the Commonwealth 2014 games! Scotland played France for a place in the Euro 2008 games - and lost; I went to my first football game! Coco baby turned...older.

- In December: some douchebag sales assistant mocked my accent - and I caught him! I was awoken by an Orange parade right outside my flat.

Funny side note that I didn't write: after being awoken by the march, I went into the living room, opened the window and started screaming, "BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Paul, naked, ran into the living room and exclaimed, "What the hell are you doing?! Do you want to get us killed!? Don't be so daft!!!"

Whatever. Orange marches are soooo 1980s, people.

Also, they're antagonising, vulgar, and boring. Marching through a religiously divided city under the banner of "celebrating heritage", is like me marching on a native reserve in Canada, commemorating the slaughter / victory of white people over Native Canadians. Move on, people. Also, get some decency.

And with that...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 28, 2007

I (barely) survived my first Glaswegian Christmas. Despite the lack of snow and wealth of rain, it was lovely. Paul and I opened our gifts on Christmas morning before heading out to Paul's Dads for Christmas dinner - where I think I picked up yet another cold from one of Paul's wee brothers/sister.

At Paul's Dads, I also discovered Amarula. Now normally I'm not one for liquors or really, drinking anything other than wine or cocktails but oh my god, this stuff is dew from the South African Gods. I'm not sure if it's available in Canada - I don't think I've ever seen it - but if you like drinking booze that tastes like fruity caramel, then I highly recommend it.

After downing about two Amarula's on the rocks, we opened some gifts from Paul's Dad and Step-Mom and both Paul and I were stunned into silence when Paul opened his:

An iPHONE!

I'm not sure how or when Paul's Dad managed to score it but damn, it is sweet. It also means that Paul has now passed on his Sony Ericsson mobile to me.

As this is my first Christmas in Glasgow, this will also be my first Hogmanay (New Years Eve) and I've been told that Scots celebrate Hogmanay big time. However, like every year, I still have no plans yet. Some traditions you just can't break.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from Glasgow....

Photo taken from here

..And All Your Local Neds!
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Just when you think you have assimilated...

...what the fuck is "Bread Sauce"?!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

CHRISTMAS VIDEO MESSAGE FOR MY MOM



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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Miss you!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Scottish boyfriend likes to mock my love and adoration of Tesco; he just doesn't understand how I could be so excited by a big grocery store. I've written about my obsession with Tesco before and I have to admit that my obsession has been further fuelled by two events: 1. Paul's recent acquisition of a 14-year old BMW and 2. the recent opening of the HUGE open 24 hours Tesco at Silverburn.

And it was yesterday that I felt vindicated with Julie Burchill's article in the Guardian entitled, "Why I love Tesco (and why people who don't should get a life)". Just a snippet of her hilarious article:

"People who are against Tesco are the sort of people who 50 years ago would have been against labour-saving devices on the grounds that they might conceivably give women time to put their feet up, have a cup of tea and watch daytime telly for half an hour."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A very Scottish Christmas: the ned nativity scene. Hilarious!


I know I already wrote about this last year but again, my Canadian cultural sensitivities are pleasantly surprised: Scottish folk LOVE the Christian festival that is Christmas!

As I mentioned last year, the Scottish do not shy away from wishing one another a "merry Christmas", exchanging Christmas cards, or just taking two weeks holiday over the err...holidays! In fact, right now, a choir are singing Christmas carols in my workplace to a HUGE audience!? Or perhaps the crowd is being drawn by the mulled wine and mince pies.

Nevertheless, I relay the story from a couple years ago, wherein Boston wanted to rename it's Christmas tree to a "Holiday" tree, to my Scottish friends - who mainly just look puzzled. The tree is merely a means to an end, they argue. That is, the end result being drinking and eating too much, time off work, and late night curry take-aways.

So, overall, being an atheist (more or less; it fluctuates depending on how much I am fearing death on a certain day), I don't mind Christmas at all. In fact, I would hasten to say that I love Christmas for the grotesque consumerist holiday that it's become!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WEEKEND IN PICTURES


This past weekend, Paul and I finally bought a Christmas tree - a Nordman Fir. When we finally managed to track some down, my initial response was, "...they're so small?!" I guess I've become accustomed to huge trees a la National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: trees so huge, they barely fit into your living room. When I was a kid, I remember going out to Christmas tree "farms" and cutting down ginormous beasts of a tree.

Anyway, I finally managed to take photos of the flat I moved into in October.

Here's the bedroom.

Kitchen.

Washroom.

This is the wee "extra" room off the kitchen. The futon pulls out into a comfortable bed, or so I have been told. Currently, the room is being used as Paul's "dressing room". See Paul gets up before I do and because he is such a sweet boyfriend (or rather, because I am a beast when woken from a deep slumber), Paul gets dressed and ready so as not to awake me from my dreams of unicorns, rainbows, marshmallows, and sunshine (thanks, Bob)!

Living room - with electric fireplace!

The Christmas tree, which I finally got around to decorating this evening! Also, Paul's feet/slippers in the foreground. MOTHER - note that I have not opened your gifts (see large green package to the right).

Christmas tree and Paul.
Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yep, I live in a country wherein a 7.00pm closing time is considered late night shopping.

Paul took this photo as we walked across the mighty Clyde. Yeah, sure, "late night" shopping may be near to non-existent, but this city slays me; it's so beautiful, gritty, and just plain mental.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Luminato, the 10 day arts festival held in Toronto in June, will feature the National Theatre of Scotland's critically-acclaimed play, Black Watch, in the 2008 programme. The play focuses on the soldiers in the Scottish regiment - Black Watch - revealing what it means to be part of the legendary regiment, the war on terror and the journey home again. The actual play itself is based on interviews conducted by the playwright, Gregory Burke, with former Black Watch soldiers who served in Iraq.

If you are anywhere near Toronto in the first week of June, you absolutely MUST see this play. Do not attend this play, however, if you're easily offended by the word, "cunt" though. Just sayin'.

Watch the trailer here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

This will be the first year that I have ever missed a Christmas with my family in Canada. It was a tough decision but having been home recently in August/September, and flight prices starting at £600, I thought that financially, it made more sense to stay in Glasgow.

Of course, I won't be entirely alone: Paul and I will spend Christmas Eve at my flat and then do the traditional "Divorced Parents Christmas Circuit" the following morning; some traditions transcend borders, I guess.

Nevertheless, as this will be my first Christmas in Scotland, we decided to have a pre-Christmas cocktail party with friends and family. So, there I was: thinking about what to serve at the party when horror of horrors, I learn that EGGNOG DOES NOT EXIST OVER HERE?! First CANNED PUMPKIN, ALFREDO SAUCE, TIM HORTONS and now this?! Where will it end?!

Monday, December 10, 2007

What is Britain? The Return of the Native

Another great article in today's Guardian about an ex-pat Londoner returning to his homeland after 20 years abroad. The writer, Jon Henley, frustrated by the third re-election of Maggie Thatcher and the dirty and depressing state of London, he left the country. Returning "home", he finds the country (or more accurately, the city of London) to be a whole new world. Some highlights from the article:

When I left London for Amsterdam, your best chance of getting a decent cup of coffee was, frankly, to move to Amsterdam. Or Paris, or Milan, or even (I imagine) Irkutsk. Tea we were good at...Now whether Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Costa Coffee etc actually count as cafes in the historically accepted sense of the term is, of course, debatable, but it is at least true that it is now possible to consume, on a great many high streets in Britain, and every few yards in parts of central London, something that might reasonably be called coffee. Except, obviously, it won't be called coffee. It'll be called espresso or ristretto or latte or mocha or cappuccino or americano or macchiato or some unholy combination of the above, such as double mocha macchiato with whipped cream and crushed Bolivian brazil nuts from the farm of our friend Raul Ramirez. Each of these is available in a range of coffee varieties such as Colombia Narino Supremo and Guatemala Antigua. So while we seem at long last to have embraced (a travesty of) cafe society, we now need a menu to order our coffee. Is this progress? Reader, I do not know. (My thoughts - so true!)

...My friend Caroline, who left Britain in 1993, came back last summer after spells in Berlin, Moscow and Paris and furnished several fine ideas for this article, would like to point out that there is one bad thing about the buses (and in fact it also applies to the tube) and it's the fact that these days, people eat burgers in them. Also kebabs, and yes, even classic pan-baked pizzas with BBQ sauce, bacon, chicken, cherry tomatoes, red onions and an extra drizzle of rich authentic-tasting sauce from the farm of our, etc. Just when did it become socially acceptable, I often wonder, to eat your main meal of the day on the top of the number 43? (My thoughts - This is true and also, some folks find it perfectly acceptable to blast Euro trash house/dance music from their mobiles so that everyone else on the bus must suffer and revel in their subhuman behaviour).

...When did it become an overriding social imperative for the under-25s to throw up and pass out on the pavement on Friday nights? (My thoughts - again, and sadly I must admit, this seems to be true. Which isn't to deny that yes, I once drank red wine to the extent where I fell down in the middle of St. Vincent Street and proclaimed my love for every passing Scottish person).

...On the whole, though, I love being back. Really I do. One last question: what's with all the Porsches?

Well, that's the big change, really. The one really stand-out, in your face, can't-fail-to-notice-it difference; the one you tell your foreign friends about first. London now - you can smell it - is about money. About making it and talking about it and spending it (on Sundays, too! On £2,000 handbags!) and showing everyone how much of it you've got. And if we don't have enough of it, we borrow, remortgage or put it on plastic. We're way deeper in debt than any other nation in Europe. We work longer hours than anyone else on the continent. Take fewer holidays. Are never off the BlackBerry. And shop, to the death. We are sacrificing our lives, and the quality of our lives, on the altars of work and commerce. It's not like that where I've spent the last 20 years. It wasn't like that here in 1987. And that's a shame.

Right. So Jon may have a point but you know, it's still a WHOLE LOT better than Canada or America. In Scotland, I am entitled to 5+ weeks holiday whereas in Canada, I was allowed a measly 2 weeks and what's even sadder? You come to accept that 2 weeks is sufficient. Call me lazy, but I'm beginning to think that 5 weeks off for holidays is a lot more productive than slaving away all year long - all the while looking forward to those mere two weeks. I guess that's just the European in me.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I FUCKING HATE ORANGE MARCHES!

I know this is a controversial thing to proclaim but right now, I don't give a shit because they are marching outside my flat and awoke me from a deep slumber!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I'm beginning to think that culture shock is a lot more subtle in a country that isn't necessarily your homeland, but they speak the same language, than in completely foreign country with a different native tongue. If that makes any sense. In addition, you might also have the advantage of appearing physically different than your adopted home. For example, if I - an anglo-saxon, blue-eyed, blonde - were living in say, Japan, people could just take one glance at me and assume I was not from there.

In Scotland, however, being a Canadian with Euro mutt heritage (Scottish, Irish, Welsh), I look like everyone else over here. Culturally, however, I sometimes feel like I am still an outsider.

I know that the "Canadian returning to their heritage homeland" angle might be getting a little tiresome but the more I feel like Scotland is my home, the more I am reminded that I am still a "foreigner".

Take for example, day-to-day interactions with strangers: a couple weeks ago, Paul and I were shopping in a hip clothing store that seemed to only carry men's stuff. Wanting a new pair of shoes for myself, I approached the sales guy:

"ummm, do you have any girl stuff?"

The sales guy blinked a couple times and said, "Just Uggs. Sorry."

Now, perhaps my face betrayed my manners and I grimaced at the word, "UGG", but I thanked him and walked away. And just when he thought I was out of earshot, I heard two sales guy mock my accent and say, "LIKE OH MY GOD". I didn't say anything - mainly because I was too shocked - and Paul and I left the store (AFTER Paul bought a pair of fancy shoes too)!

I told Paul what had happened and he said he was sorry and bless his wee Weegie soul, he offered to go back and say something. I declined but damn, it just cut me up. I suppose more than anything, I suddenly felt like a foreigner and self-conscious about my accent. I'm sure they assumed that I was American (WHICH HURTS ANY CANADIAN TO THEIR SOUL!!!) and so, it was ok to mock my accent.

I also feel like a cultural outsider at times because my small-talk is total pish. See, Glaswegians really value what they call "chat" (i.e. witty small talk) and talk about people "having" good chat or "giving good chat". Now, some people might find this hard to believe but I can actually be quite shy - especially when meeting new family and friends of Paul's, for example. Add to that my anxiety about my perceived cultural "otherness" and Toronto-accent. So, I'm pretty hopeless next to some chatty Glaswegian lettin' rip with witty one-liners.

In the end, maybe that's why Madonna adopted a shitty English accent when she moved to the UK? Maybe she was just trying to avoid possible cultural embarrassments - rather than say, attention and validation because she is an annoying douchebag?
There has been a lot of coverage in the news recently about the SNP's plan (hope?) for Scotland to become independent. The First Minister, Alex Salmond, has said that by 2017, Scotland will be independent. Personally, I highly doubt that if a referendum were held, Scots would vote to go it alone. Although I don't personally support a fully-independent Scotland, I have to admit that I am a republican (i.e. the monarchy is an archaic form of governance and the Queen should not be head of Canada - or Scotland), as much as I think Prince William is a (slightly bald) hottie.

Check out BBC Radio 4 tonight at 8.30pm (3.30pm EST) - or listen online - for an interesting analysis of what an independent Scotland would be like .

Friday, November 30, 2007

HAPPY ST ANDREW'S DAY

Celebrated every 30th of November, St Andrew's Day is the "official" national day for Scotland. Reflecting the spirit and pride of the national day, it was recently announced that Scotland's slogan at airports will change from, "The Best Small Country in the World" to the boring "Welcome to Scotland". I mean, talk about fucking uncreative shit! Personally, I would have suggested: "Scotland: GET IT UP YAE!"

In The Guardian today is a fantastic article called Scotland Awakes, and is definitely worth a read but because it's rather long and because most blog readers suffer from borderline ADD, here are some highlights:

"Consider some numbers. Thirty years ago, 65% of people in Scotland identified themselves as 'Scottish', but by 2005, the figure was 76%. In England, 41% of people currently claim to be 'very proud of being British', whereas the Scottish number is a mere 23%. Even if most Scots remain sceptical about breaking away from the UK, around 55% now agree that their parliament should have much greater powers.

The next day, having made the 50-minute train journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow, I make my way to Cranhill, an enclave of the west-coast city's East End that sits at the blunt end of a lot of what Alexander is talking about. A clump of new terraced houses, and modernised tenement blocks and high-rise towers, its social statistics speak volumes about a side of Scotland that can easily make the notion of a new national mood seem crassly misplaced. More than 50% of Cranhill's children live in workless households, and it is apparently not uncommon to meet families in which three generations have little or no experience of paid employment. Forty per cent of local people claim income support; 70% do not own a car. The area's numbers for heart disease are 94% above the Scottish average; figures for drug-related deaths widen the gap to 158%. The average house sells for just under £23,000.

In an upscale cafe down the road, I meet Elaine C Smith, the comedian, actor, columnist in the Scottish Sunday Mail, and celebrity politico. She left the Labour party at the time of the miners' strike, embraced the cause of independence, and actively campaigned for the SNP at this year's elections and has just been appointed to the new Scottish Broadcasting Commission. Some people will still know her best as Mary Doll, the wife of the legendary Rab C Nesbitt, Gregor Fisher's equally comic and heart-wrenching portrait of a man caught in Scotland's long post-industrial decline. It was perhaps some token of Scotland's old insecurity, she tells me, that when word got back to Glasgow of the show's popularity south of the border, things suddenly changed. "The Scots loved it until they realised the English were laughing at it too," she recalls. "Now, I don't think they'd care as much.
"There's a thing about Scotland - we were always stuck in a permanent adolescence, constantly blaming the parents for what was going wrong," she says. "It was so easy: 'Och, blame everything on the English', which is an argument I've never had any truck with. There was something the songwriter Dick Gaughan said: 'Until we stop looking at ourselves through the eyes of another nation, we will never properly grow up.'

Two hours later, I am sitting in a plush corporate meeting room with Stuart Cosgrove, Channel 4's director of nations and regions, and the co-host of the weekly football-related phone-in Off the Ball, BBC Scotland's most listened-to radio show. As evidenced by its love of national in-jokes and - on the programme I catch, anyway - Cosgrove's periodic shouts of "Hoots mon!", at least part of its stock-in trade is an endlessly irreverent take on the cliched stuff of Scottish nationhood. Though he winces when he says it, Cosgrove says that Off the Ball is bound up with "that postmodern thing of trying to mix up different cultural reference points", "celebrating specificity", and catering to an audience partly split between people who buy into its emphasis on kitsch, and others - like the expats who listen online - who are "in awe of all those references to the world they imagine they've left behind".

When I mention the argument over independence, Cosgrove affects a happy kind of indifference, once again suggesting something that my time in Scotland has brought up time and again. When it comes to the country's current collective mindset, focusing on frenetic debates about secession from the union, shrill voices in the Edinburgh parliament and the endless tussling between the SNP and Labour perhaps misses a crucial point: that if independence is at least partly a state of mind, a large number of Scots have got there already.
"A lot of that debate feels so arcane," he says. "The truth of the matter is, apart from some key institutions, maybe it's already happened. That's the thing: Scotland already is independent, isn't it?"


And what's a national day without some inward gazing, debating nationality, and offending locals? Even more worthy of your attention is this morning's programme of BBC Scotland's "Good Morning Scotland" - wherein English journalists condescend and mock Scottish people (all in good nature though...I think).

Personally, I'm going to celebrate with a whiskey sour and gaze at a picture of Gerard Butler in a kilt:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bob - a.k.a Jabba the Slut

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOMBO!

Monday, November 26, 2007

WEEKEND IN PICTURES

Kelvingrove Museum at night

Royal Exchange Square

George Square



I desperately wanted to go skating but Paul said that it would be a bad idea since it seemed to be neds on ice. I guess nowhere is safe from the bored delinquents of Glasgow. FYI - they don't have an ice resurfacer/ Zamboni like they do on the public rink in Toronto. How do I know this? Because I am such a Canadian nerd, I asked. Apparently they resurface/ clean the ice as in ye olden times (hey, this is Europe) - with a hose and blades.




I wish this photo was brighter because it is a picture of the most awesome store in Glasgow; it's simply called, "News & Booze". What more do you need in life?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

MY FIRST FOOTBALL MATCH


Paul finally agreed to take me along to a football match - mainly because his usual companion (his Dad) managed to get fancy schmancy seats inside the posh rooms that are actually indoors, heated, and have decent views of the field.

Paul and I, ready for the kick off. The game was Celtic v Aberdeen. Celtic won 3-0!

Hoops huddling.



Not sure what this sign said. Something to the effect of "Sod the Bigots: I know my history". I have no idea what it's in reference to but probably something that happened 500 years ago. Whatever, I can barely remember what happened last week and who pissed me off, let alone 500 years ago.


The game was good and overall, a lot of fun. You know what was not fun? Walking through the muddy paths and puddles in the freezing rain to get to the stadium. It's really strange that Celtic Park (the stadium) is literally in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by fields. I suppose I'm used to the corporate, advert-ridden stadiums of North America. For example, the Skydome (where the Toronto Blue Jay Baseball team are based) is attached to a Hard Rock Cafe (gross, I know but I prefer it to muddy fields). The Air Canada Centre (where my hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs and basketball team, the Toronto Raptors are located) is right in the middle of downtown Toronto, amidst a flurry of tacky tourist shops.

Another major cultural difference between the Scottish and Canadian stadiums? NO BOOZE!

Here's my video of Celtic scoring against Aberdeen:

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Season of the Witch

I always felt slightly sad for the Scottish singer/songwriter, Donovan. And no, not because he was born in Maryhill, Glasgow but because he came onto the music scene right around the same time as one of my favourite musicians: Bob Dylan.

In the UK, Donovan was appreciated in his own right while in North America, he was known as the "British Bob Dylan" - which doesn't really lend Donovan any credit. Yes, both Dylan and Donovan were initially folky singer/songwriters and yes, both had anti-war protest songs. However, Donovan had a more jazz-influenced/pop-infused approach to music than Dylan.

While Donovan wrote about the beauty of his sleeping girlfriend, Dylan was more prone to writing about how much he had grown to hate his wife. And that's a fundemental difference between the two.

Here's a clip of when Donovan met Dylan (from Don't Look Back):

Holy awkward!

So, last month came news that Donovan (along with filmmaker, David Lynch?!) plans to open a "university" in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. The university will offer students enlightenment and "create invincibility in national consciousness".

I love Donovan's music and think he is immensley talented, but I'm not too sure how this mumbo jumbo meditation stuff will go over with the punters of Glasgow. Edinburgh, maybe.

Nevertheless, if it leads to less violent hash smokers, than I am all for it! (N.B. That song, Sunny Goodge Street, although about London, really reminds me of Glasgow whenever I hear it).

Monday, November 19, 2007

WEEKEND IN PICTURES

Random Scots pre-Scotland v Italy game



Kilts galore!Yes, Scotland lost 2-1 to Italy and it looks as though Scotland will not progress to the Euro 2008 games; a shame. Ah well, it was exciting while it lasted and hey, if you're going to lose to someone, it may as well be the current world champions, no? Nevertheless, like 90% of those that watched the game, we sought comfort in the sauce afterwards, replaying that joyous moment when we tied with Italy.

Oh, and an observation: you know you are in Scotland, watching the national football team play when someone screams at the telly, "COME ON, YAE CUNTS!"

Friday, November 16, 2007

In anticipation of the Scotland v Italy Euro 2008 qualifying game tomorrow, apparently every single hotel room in Glasgow - 17,000 in total - are booked!

I am looking forward to watching the game; it will be quite emotional as Scotland must win this match in order guarantee qualification for next year's finals in Austria and Switzerland.

What I am not looking forward to, however, is trying to find a decent pub (with breathing room) to watch it at. Anyone got any suggestions?