Filed under: books, life, Scotland, stories, Uncategorized | Tags: biography, books, bridge history, bridges, forth rail bridge, Forth Rail bridge history, life, Railtrack, Scotland, south queensferry
I went along to the book launch of this, this morning at the Hawes Inn. It’s written by Elspeth Wills, founder of Scotinform and my old boss.
It looks like a very interesting read and sheds a whole new light on the building of the bridge.
Note. Whilst this is an excellently written post, Jeana (who wrote it) seems to forget that “I’ means Mark Gorman, not ‘she’ as in Jeana Gorman. It’s a borderline case of unacceptable blog hijacking but you would think that ‘she’ would want her own blog (which she has, as it happens. Here in fact.)
Anyway, good luck to Elspeth (a good pal of mine) on her latest book.
Well Murray’s match last night against Wawrinka was an absolute cracker, but it didn’t look the performance of a Wimbledon winner. In the first set Murray seemed to have completely lost his touch and although he improved and was facing a man on fire it was unconvincing overall. However it gave us four hours of top notch entertainment. Certainly the first time I ever remember Mrs G watching a sporting event for four hours.
Meant we ate rather late though…
I have rather been enjoying the furore over his anti-English stance and I had to hide a smile when after the first round this year the only two remaining Brits out of 11 starters were both Scottish.
More Pimms vicar?
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Good work guys. Lovely spoof of the Tiger Woods Nike Commercial.
And here’s the original in case you haven’t seen it. A masterpiece.
Filed under: Arts, humour, jokes, life, movies, politics, sports, stories | Tags: cameo edinburgh, eric cantona, football, looking for eric, Man utd, Manchester united, ooh ah cantona, philosophy, the cameo, the cameo cinema
Don’t believe a word of the hype. Looking for Eric is not a Ken Loach comedy. It is, in several places, a very funny film indeed. But it is not a comedy. At a far fetched push you might call it a rom-com or a social satire. Me? I just think it’s another brilliant Loachian movie. (Can you believe he’s been at it for 45, yes 45, years since he wriote three episodes for z cars)?
It’s so sad, so desperate in places and then, yes, so funny.
And then there’s Eric (Cantona). Ooh ah!
And his goals. Ooh la la!
And his cod (sorry sardine) philosophising. Oops ah!
The Cantona character is inspired, as it is so self-deprecating- not a quality one associates with the French.
I loved this film; so did Mrs G (I love the Cameo too, where we saw it – although the seats in Cameo 2 were so uncomfortable that I was considering asking for a refund).
God, there I go again. Moan, moan, moan.
Why is it so good? I think it’s the way Loach makes his characters so utterly believable and, particularly in this movie, sympathetic. And as I always, always say it’s because of the writing which is nailed on by long time collaborator Paul Laverty).
One of the back stories, about the elder stepson of Eric the postman (our hero played to perfection by Steve Evets in, I think, his first Loach movie) is really the backbone of the film. The eldest stepson (Gerard Kearns of Shameless fame) gets embroiled in some nasty business with a local gangland thug and threatens to destabilise Eric’s whole fragile existance. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that is certainly proved here.
It’s a gem. A true Brit movie classic with a wee bit of the Auld Alliance thrown in.
J’adore Eric Cantona!
Filed under: life, politics, Rants, sports, stories, tv | Tags: British Lions. The Lions v South Africa, colonialism, fascists, insult, lions tour
The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Empire. From complex beginnings, the war is notable for several particularly bloody battles, as well as for being a landmark in the timeline of colonialism in the region. The war ended the Zulu nation’s independence.
I find this description of Colonialism from Wikipedia interesting.
Colonialism normally refers to a period of history from the 15th to the 20th century when people from Europe built colonies on other continents. The reasons for the practice of colonialism at this time include:
- The profits to be made.
- To expand the power of the metropole.
- To escape persecution in the metropole.
- To convert the indigenous population to the colonists’ religion.
Some colonists also felt they were helping the indigenous population by bringing them Christianity and civilization. However, the reality was often subjugation, displacement or death.[
A colony is part of an empire and so colonialism is closely related to imperialism.
So to see two fucking British twats rubbing the faces of Colonialism into the South African nation in the ABSA Stadium this afternoon totally disgusting, crass and cheap.
This is they…
Or is it just me?
You know what? After I saw that I was almost pleased the Lions lost.
Or maybe I’m just a Guardian-reading liberal.
Stuart Murdoch, of Belle and Sebastian has formed a new group, featuring a bunch of girls to make a movie/album. This is the first single. (The album’s out Monday and looks like a cracker.)