If you enter "Greenock UK" into Google Maps Street View, and zoom in on thumbtack A, you'll find yourself amid the verdant foliage of leafy Jardine Terrace.
Last weekend Morton were relegated to League One (The Seaside League), ending a seven-year stint in the second tier. Well, not quite ending because there are three games left to play, three games against the three contenders for the division title: Dundee, Falkirk and Hamilton. Three opportunities to cause someone to say in a postseason interview, "We really should have won that Morton game."
Today Dundee visit Cappielow. [Morton win 1 - 0. Goal by Imrie. Dundee are going to miss those points!]
Peterhead won the League Two title last week, gaining promotion to League One, and ensuring Morton two trips to the near Arctic in 2014-15.
The Premiership split schedule begins this weekend, the highlight game being a preview of the Scottish Cup final between St Johnstone and Dundee United. In the lower half five clubs separated by four points will be fighting to stay out of the new Scottish Premiership playoffs. [St Johnstone win.]
The second leg of the Scottish Junior Cup semi-finals goes this weekend. [Hurlford and Glenafton advance.]
I lost sight of the AFC Champions League for a little while there. The teams in the group stage have played five of six games. The only Japanese club with a winning record at the moment is Kawasaki Frontale.
Yesterday Boulogne visited Luzenac. Luzenac won by a score of one to nought. Tomorrow Grulla Morioka host Parciero Nagano. [0 - 0.]
Rangers retained the Scottish Cup when they defeated Third Lanark at Hampden Park on Saturday, but their display, especially in attack, was disappointing. Territorially Third Lanark had the better of the game, but the Cathkin forwards failed miserably when they came to the goalmouth.
Because of the closeness of the score the game held interest right to the end, but the standard of play fell far below expectations. Defenders held the upper hand throughout, and there was not a really outstanding forward on the field.
Dawson and Brown were the main men on the winning side, while Third Lanark's wing half-backs put in the best efforts for the losers. All defenders played well.
The game was only 90 seconds old when M'Phail connected with a pass from Meiklejohn, beat Denmark, withstood a charge from Hamilton, and beat Muir with a shot from about 10 yards out.
Rangers had a strong wind behind them in the first half, and after this goal most of the onlookers expected the Ibrox men to build up a substantial lead.
THIRD LANARK RALLY
Such expectations were not fulfilled, however. Third Lanark settled to a stuffy game, and it was soon seen that all was not well with the Ibrox attack. Fiddes seemed to be unfit, afraid to take any risks, and he soon had a short spell in the pavilion.
In early attacks by Third Lanark Gallacher provided the few touches of class football seen throughout the game, and Dawson stopped efforts by Kennedy and Kinnaird. Simpson was not comfortable, and on one occasion Dawson had to twist like a contortionist to stop a pass back from the centre half.
Smith came near to scoring at the other end, but he and Denmark clattered to the ground, and Muir ran out and cleared. A couple of corners on the right were rather feebly taken by Fiddes, and then Meiklejohn took one and landed the ball on the top of the net.
Play in the first half was much closer than had been anticipated, and as Rangers had to face the strong wind in the second half and only held an interval lead of one goal, their prospects were not bright.
Rangers opened the second half with another burst, but the Cathkin defenders now found it easier to get the ball away, and the Ibrox attack was not sustained.
Time and again the Cathkin forwards took play towards Dawson, and Meiklejohn played gallantly as a fourth back. Kinnaird and Kennedy were the most prominent raiders, but their colleagues were weak when the ball came across goal.
Third Lanark were easily the better team at this period, but, try as they would, they could not get the ball past Dawson, who was in the best of form. Kennedy and Hay had particularly good efforts stopped.
And as play wore on one got the impression that Third Lanark would not score, and the continual howl of their supporters began to weaken.
Then Smith, of Rangers, provided the last thrill of the game. Third Lanark had thrown their all into attack when Denmark completely missed his kick and allowed Smith a clear run in on goal.
Off went the centre with the goal 30 yards in front of him. Muir came out of his goal, and the centre dodged this way and that before sending the ball into goal. Smith's hesitation, however, had allowed Carabine time to get between the posts, and he kicked the ball out. So the easiest chance of the game was missed. Teams:--
RANGERS--Dawson; Gray and Cheyne; Meiklejohn, Simpson, and Brown; Fiddes and Ventera; Smith; M'Phail and Turnbull.
THIRD LANARK--Muir; Carabine and Hamilton; Blair, Denmark, and M'Innes; Howe and Gallacher; Hay; Kennedy and Kinnaird.
About this same time, Honda was attending a performance of Matsukazé at the Osaka Nō Theater in Tennoji-Dogashiba at the invitation of a colleague fond of performing Nō chants himself. It was a production featuring Kanesuké Noguchi from Tokyo as shité with Yazo Tamura assisting him as waki. The theatre stood upon the eastern slope of Uemachi Hill between Tennoji and Osaka Castle. This had been a section of fine villas at the beginning of the Taisho period and was still a secluded area containing high-walled mansions. One of these functioned as a Nō theater under the auspices of the Sumitomo family.
Most of the guests were merchant princes, and Honda recognized many of them. As for the famous actor, the harsh-voiced Noguchi, Honda's colleague had warned him beforehand that, although his intonation might sound like a goose being strangled, Honda was not by any means to laugh. And he predicted that, ignorant of Nō though Honda was, once the play was underway he would suddenly find himself emotionally aroused.
Although Kanesuké Noguchi wore the mask of a beautiful young woman, his voice had nothing that would recall a woman's charms. It was a voice that made one think of the rasping together of rusty, discolored metal. Furthermore, his recitation was broken by interruptions, and his style of chanting seemed to be tearing the beauty of the words to shreds. But despite all this, the mood inspired was like the outpouring of a dark and ineffably elegant mist, like the sight of a moonbeam shining into a corner of a ruined palace to fall upon a mother-of-pearl furnishing. Because the light passed through a worn and ravaged bamboo blind, the elegance of the shattered fragments shone all the more.
Gradually, then, his harsh voice became far from irritating. Rather, one had the feeling that only through this harsh voice could one for the first time become aware of the briny sadness of Matsukazé and the melancholy love that afflicts those in the realm of the dead.