Drowntide by Sydney J van Scyoc

Futura, 1987, 222 p.

Drowntide cover

Keiris is the scion of a family/clan, of Adenyo stock, which has the genetic ability to span (communicate telepathically) with sea creatures known as mams. The ordinary people of his society are Nethlor who accepted the Adenyo after their lands were drowned following a volcanic eruption. When Kieris’s sister Nandyris fails to return from a sailing expedition he appears to be the only heir to his mother’s calling – yet he has not manifested any capability in it. In the aftermath his mother acknowledges her powers are fading, reveals to him that he had a twin sister whose father had taken her away very shortly after the birth and charges Keiris with the duty of setting out to find them both and bring his sister back.

This planet has two moons, whose celestial wanderings lead periodically to a period called drowntide when the land to which Keiris travels is subject to daily inundation. In his journey through the islands at the end of the land the book has similarities to Kim Stanley Robinson’s A Short, Sharp Shock (which this novel predates.) Keiris eventually meets the tide folk, where his father is a sort of headman, and his sister – who has the hallmarks of another called race, the rermadken. In following the tide folk’s yearly pilgrimage Keiris develops a spanner’s voice and we discover from their folk tales that all these varieties of human originated from, and left, a poisoned Earth a long, long time ago.

This novel still stands up reasonably well thirty-plus years after its first publication. The cover doesn’t though.

Pedant’s corner:- Nandyris’ (Nandyris’s. Many of the names in this book end in “is” eg Tardis. Every one of their possessives was rendered is’ rather than is’s, ditto Harridys’,) “you care more for your own affairs then for our heritage” (than for our heritage.) “What shore had then chosen?” (What shore had they chosen?) “It gave into” (usually it’s “it gave onto”,) “on an unchartered beach” (uncharted,) “a very young women” (a very young woman,) patienty (patiently,) compell (compel,) “on nights when its warm” (when it’s warm.)

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

The Victoria Infirmary was housed in an impressive building opposite the Queen’s Park in Langside.

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Aspect facing onto Queen’s Park. The hoardings are because the building is undergoing partial demolition and redevelopment:-

Rear Aspect, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Entrance facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building:-

Facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

This picture, where the infirmary makes up the background, is from the Infirmary’s Wikipedia page.

Former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 18: Langside

Not even a stone’s throw from the Battlefield Monument but just about that from Langside Hill Church lies this brick-built Art Deco building. I don’t know what it was when it was built but it’s now a supermarket.

There are many Deco hallmarks: horizontals, verticals, glass bricks, rule of three, canopy. I was delighted to see it and have the chance to photograph it:-

Art Deco, Langside

A different angle reveals the building is a Tesco Express. There’s even a curved wall this side:-

Art Deco Tesco Shop, Langside, Glasgow

Curved wall close-up:-

Curved Wall Deco Feature, Langside, Glasgow

Door surround:-

Deco Door Surround, Langside, Glasgow

Former Langside Hill Church

This former church lies very near to the Battlefield Monument, which I featured a few posts ago, and was designed by the same architect, Alexander Skirving, a collateral ancestor of the good lady. Many buildings in surrounding streets were also designed by him.

The church is now a restaurant, not Bar Buddha as in the link but the Church on the Hill.

Former Langside Hill Church

Church on the Hill, Langside

Langside Hill Church from west:-

Langside Hill Church from west.

From northeast:-

Langside Hill Church from northeast

Interrupted Journey by James Wilson

Arrow, 1963, 190 p. First published 1958.

Interrupted Jurney cover

A group of soldiers on a more or less routine trip in Cyprus during the “Emergency” is ambushed by EOKA members. The fighting scenes that ensue take up almost half the book and are vividly described with the individual British soldiers’ characters well delineated but in the end only the officer, Captain Giddings, survives the encounter – and that more by luck than judgement. His empathy with and understanding of the Cypriot rebels and their families (amongst whom he finds himself in the skirmish’s aftermath before he makes his final escape) marks this out as a thoughtful exploration of an incident from the retreat from Empire even if he is later instrumental in the arrest of the chief suspect.

The ongoing story is illuminated by Giddings’s memories of his time on Cyprus a decade or so earlier during the Second World War. The dynamics of military life are also well portrayed but these are seen through the lens of Giddings’s lack of true suitability for the role. (He is in truth a bit of a misfit all round.)

Pedant’s corner:- radiator grill (grille,) staunch (stanch,) swop (swap,) “the band were playing” (the band was playing,) “stach away” (nowadays it’s stash away,) waggon (wagon,) “he had been mislead” (misled.)

Normal Service

I switched the computer on yesterday for my son to have a look at it and attempt to resolve the problem I’d had with it.

Lo and behold it loaded up no bother at all.

Technology, huh?

At least I can access all my files again – and my internet bookmarks.

Hope it stays fine though.

Raith Rovers 4-2 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 3, Stark’s Park, 15/12/18

For forty five minutes of this we were impressive, knocking the ball about well and with Dom Thomas shooting on sight. (Mostly wildly it has to be said.) Despite that we looked a little shaky at the back – not surprising given that Stuart Carswell isn’t a centre back but was slotted in there due to necessity.

It wasn’t Thomas but Ross Forbes who scored a worldy though. He picked up a loose Raith pass about ten yards inside their half, looked up and lobbed the keeper right into the top corner.

Unfortunately we didn’t keep the lead for long. But the goal should not have stood as it came in a passage of play following a Raith throw-in which was a foul throw (a persistent occurence during this game. Why refs and linesmen don’t punish these I don’t know.)

But we got ourselves ahead again when Bobby Barr released Cammy Ballantyne to whip a vicious cross across the face of the goal which Michael Paton (apparently; It was up the far end and diificult to identify) only had to touch to score but made sure hit the back of the net.

Half-time and I was of course worried we would not hold out but it wasn’t till after the hour mark we conceded again. Too easily, with former Son Kevin Nisbet on the mark.

Their third was perhaps coming as we had faded a bit but we could have got ours if Dom Thomas’s free-kick hadn’t been too near the keeper. It was an acrobatic effort back across the goal from a cross hit long.

The fourth was a severe disappointment as the performance up to then hadn’t deserved it but resistance just melted away from him for another former Son Lewis Vaughan to put even a draw beyond us.

The first half presented grounds for optimism for the rest of the season. The second half didn’t.

Normal Service?

I’m having computer problems at the moment.

There was an update on Wednesday night and on Thursday and yesterday I could not access my files. I doubt the update had anything to do with this but it’s a strange coincidence. I hope the files are not gone forever as they contain records of my Art Deco posts as well as those of my Friday music ones and I’m not entirely sure my back-up disc is working properly.

I can however use the good lady’s settings to access the internet – hence the two previous days’ posts.

I’m hoping things will be resolved today by my IT consultant (it’s handy having sons who work in programming) but otherwise it may be a new computer.

Something Changed 17: Sympathy

A by now Fishless Marillion recorded this in 1992.

The original was of course first released by Rare Bird in 1970.

Marillion: Sympathy

Tadpole Galaxy

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 11/12/18.

A beautiful Hubble Telescope photo of the Tadpole Galaxy:-

Tadpole Galaxy

They could have nicknamed this something else but I suppose discretion prevailed.

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