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Queen of the South 5-1 Dumbarton

Co-operative Insurance Cup, Palmerston Park, 31/7/10

I was going to say that means Morton must be rubbish, but they hit 7 (seven)* past Stranraer today.

It’s just us, then.

*As the teleprinter always used to do when some team bagged a big score.

Friday On My Mind 17: I Got Rhythm !!!

This song was of course written in the 1930s but I mentioned in my post on God Only Knows that I’d always liked male voice harmony.

This version is in that vein, but has more falsetto.

I bought this single in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, no less. I had relatives down there (still have) and at that time my boyhood family visited more or less every year. When I first listened to it on their record player (it probably wasn’t a stereo but I can’t remember exactly) my cousin rushed in to say it was brilliant.

There is a video on You Tube showing The Happenings performing it (miming?) on The Smothers Brothers Show in the US but that one can’t be embedded.

This version is from an LP (as they used to be called.)

And, I’ve just noticed, on a record player!

Edited to add:- That video I referred to in italics above is no longer available. To replace it here is one where the recording is superimposed over a TV performance.

The Happenings: I Got Rhythm

Fife’€™s Art Deco Heritage 5: Kinghorn Cinema

Since I posted about Kinghorn this week it seemed like a good idea to punt this building up the Fife’s Art Deco Heritage list a bit because the former cinema at Kinghorn has Art Deco features.

Former Kinghorn cinema

The towery bits are hexagonal and have deco steps at the top. The fenestration is modern and “eyes poked out” to my mind.

It’s a pity about the lamp-post in this second photo but it does show off the balcony better.

Side Kinghorn cinema

The cinema is of course no longer showing films. It’s a pub/function place known as “The Carousel” now.

Re-numbering Art Deco

For those of you who care about these things I decided a while ago that the numbering system I was using for my Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage posts had become too unwieldy.

For really signature buildings (or those geographically remote) I have retained the Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage title but otherwise I now list buildings under a narrower geographical heading, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee etc.

As a result I thought it better to re-number some earlier posts retrospectively and edit the posts accordingly.

For the record the changes are:-

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6. Bon Accord Baths: now Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 7. Carron Restaurant: now SADH 6

SADH 8 (and update.) Nardini’s: now 7 (and update)

SADH 9. Northern Hotel: now Aberdeen 2

SADH 10. Tarlair Swimming Pool: now 8

SADH 11. Ascot Cinema: now 9

SADH 12. Kelvin Court: now 10

SADH 13. Victoria Cinema: now Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 14. Green’s Playhouse: now Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 15. Murraygate (I): now Dundee 2

SADH 16. Murraygate (II and III): now Dundee 3

SADH 17. now Dundee 4

SADH 18. Causewayside Garage: now Edinburgh 2

SADH 19. Dumbarton: now 11

SADH 20. Tobermory: now 12

SADH 21. Perth: now 13

SADH 17 (ii). Lilybank Mews: now Dundee 5

SADH 9 (ii). Beach Ballroom: now Aberdeen 3

SADH 22. Stonehaven Swimming pool: now 14

End of public information announcement.


As part of the effort to keep weight down the good lady and I try to go for hour or so long walks as often as possible.

One nice day last week we strolled along to the village of Kinghorn (3-4 miles away.)

This is the harbour there. Not quite as quaint as Crail up along the coast but nice enough.

Kinghorn harbour

All the way we were keeping pace with a yacht just off shore. Here it is (with another in the background. You can also just make out the twin stacks of Cockenzie and Port Seton power station on the Forth’s other shore.)


The island in the background makes this a good shot I thought.

Yacht + island

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 15. Drumossie Hotel Inverness

Someone got to my blog by searching for “skottland art deco hotell” presumably because I’ve recently posted about the Balcomie Links Hotel or more likely the Beresford Hotel in Glasgow.

Anyway I looked at the google search page and found links to the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

A quick look through flickr turned up five photos which revealed part of it to be branded Inverness Conference & Banqueting Centre now. It’s undeniably Deco.

Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

Drumossie Hotel

Drumossie Hotel - Inverness

Drumossie Hotel car park

The Wedding Venue

One of the flickr contributors complained that the local planning committee had vetoed new windows because they weren’t in keeping. The ones in the pictures don’t look original to me, though.

Dumbarton 0-0 Morton

Alba Challenge Cup, Round 1. The Rock, 25/7/10. (aet 0-0: 3-4 pens)

Well, this wasn’t long in coming round. I’m not sure I’m ready for the new season yet.

I don’t suppose the result was a surprise. These two teams have a history of serving up low scoring or goalless games in cups.

I don’t have a clue what this presages for the league.

The Sound Of My Voice by Ron Butlin

Black Ace, 1994, 143p.

The Sound Of My Voice

Butlin had made a reputation as a poet but this was his first novel* and an unusual debut it was. Presented from the viewpoint of Morris Magellan, a married man with two children he refers to as “the accusations” it is an absorbing study of an alcoholic and his descent into self-disgrace.

What marks The Sound Of My Voice out as especially bold is the use of the second person to carry the narrative. Second person novels are rare; successful ones are rarer still. That Butlin carries the conceit off is a tribute to his writing skill. It helps that in its opening the novel concentrates on Magellan’s childhood where his remote father is presented as a major (negative) influence on his subsequent life.

Using the second person could have been an invitation to the reader to be complicit in Magellan’s woes but it is not merely a literary trick, the voice is there for a purpose – which I shall not spoil even though the introduction, by Randall Stevenson, does. (Or would have had I not taken the precaution of avoiding reading it till after I’d finished the novel.)

This is a short book but all the better for it.

*Published in 1987 by Canongate. This Black Ace edition is described as definitive; corrected and revised by the author.

Friday On My Mind 16: White Rabbit

This one says it all about the ingestion of strange substances. A feature of the 1960s I’m told. (Not me, Officer. On my life.)

“One pill makes you larger/And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you/Don’t do anything at all.
Go ask Alice/When she’s ten feet tall.

And if you go chasing rabbits/And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah smoking caterpillar/Has given you the call.
Recall Alice/When she was just small.

When men on the chessboard/Get up and tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom/And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice/I think she’ll know

When logic and proportion/Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards/And the Red Queen’s, “Off with her head!”
Remember what the dormouse said,/”Feed your head.”

Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit

Fantasy Masterworks

I recently mentioned the SF Masterworks index. Over at the SF and Fantasy Masterworks Reading Project there is also a Fantasy Masterworks Index.

The ones in bold I’ve read. The one marked * I think I did but a long time ago.

Given my lesser liking for fantasy as compared to SF it’s not surprising there are so few in bold on this list.

1 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw – Gene Wolfe
2 – Time and the Gods – Lord Dunsany
3 – The Worm Ouroboros* – E.R. Eddison
4 – Tales of the Dying Earth – Jack Vance
5 – Little, Big – John Crowley
6 – The Chronicles of Amber – Roger Zelazny
7 – Viriconium – M. John Harrison
8 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle – Robert E. Howard
9 – The Land of Laughs – Jonathan Carroll
10 – The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea – L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

11 – Lud-in-the-Mist – Hope Mirrlees
12 – The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel – Gene Wolfe
13 – Fevre Dream – George R. R. Martin
14 – Beauty – Sheri S. Tepper
15 – The King of Elfland’s Daughter – Lord Dunsany
16 – The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon – Robert E. Howard
17 – Elric – Michael Moorcock
18 – The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
19 – Riddle-Master – Patricia A. McKillip
20 – Time and Again – Jack Finney

21 – Mistress of Mistresses – E.R. Eddison
22 – Gloriana or the Unfulfill’d Queen – Michael Moorcock
23 – The Well of the Unicorn – Fletcher Pratt
24 – The Second Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
25 – Voice of Our Shadow – Jonathan Carroll
26 – The Emperor of Dreams – Clark Ashton Smith
27 – Lyonesse I: Suldrun’s Garden – Jack Vance
28 – Peace – Gene Wolfe
29 – The Dragon Waiting – John M. Ford
30 – Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe – Michael Moorcock

31 – Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams – C.L. Moore
32 – The Broken Sword – Poul Anderson
33 – The House on the Borderland and Other Novels – William Hope Hodgson
34 – The Drawing of the Dark – Tim Powers
35 – Lyonesse II and III: The Green Pearl and Madouc – Jack Vance
36 – The History of Runestaff – Michael Moorcock
37 – A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsay
38 – Darker Than You Think – Jack Williamson
39 – The Mabinogion – Evangeline Walton
40 – Three Hearts & Three Lions – Poul Anderson

41 – Grendel – John Gardner
42 – The Iron Dragon’s Daughter – Michael Swanwick
43 – WAS – Geoff Ryman
44 – Song of Kali – Dan Simmons
45 – Replay – Ken Grimwood
46 – Sea Kings of Mars and Other Worldly Stories – Leigh Brackett
47 – The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers
48 – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
49 – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
50 – The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales – Rudyard Kipling

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