"Getting the betrothed of the Imperial Palace pregnant! Now there's an achievement! How many of these simpering lads nowadays are capable of anything like that? No doubt about it --- Kiyoaki's a true grandson of my husband's. You won't regret it even if you are jailed for it. At least they surely won't execute you," she said, obviously enjoying herself. The stern lines around her mouth were gone now, and she seemed aglow with a lively satisfaction, as if she had banished decades of stifling gloom, dispersing at a single stroke the enervating pall that had hung over the house ever since the present Marquis had become its master. Nor was she laying the blame on her son alone. She was speaking now in retaliation against all those others, too, who surrounded her in her old age, and whose treacherous power she could sense closing in to crush her. Her voice came echoing gaily out of another era, one of upheavals, a violent era forgotten by this generation, in which fear of imprisonment and death held no one in check, an era in which the threat of both was part of the texture of everyday life. She belonged to a generation of women who thought nothing of washing their dinner plates in a river where corpses went floating past. That was life! And now, how remarkable that this grandson, who seemed so effete at first glance, should have revived the spirit of that age before her very eyes.
Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow, Pocket edition, pages 278-9.
See a set of photos taken at the Greenock Central Library in 2012.
Morton were to have hosted Dumbarton today, but this weekend is the Quarter-Finals of the Scottish Cup, and Dumbarton are still in it. The matches are: Raith Rovers v St. Johnstone; Aberdeen v Dumbarton; Inverness v Dundee United; and Rangers v Albion Rovers. The Morton-Dumbarton game is rescheduled for April Fools Day. [St. Johnstone, Aberdeen and Dundee United advance. Albion Rovers hold Rangers to a 1 - 1 draw.]
What is the worst goal difference in each Scottish league this year? Hearts -27 (Premiership), Morton -27 (Championship), East Fife -26 (League 1), Queen's Park -32 (League 2). Also: Selkirk -49 (Lowland), Rothes -80 (Highland). (As of March 1st.)
[Three Championship matches take place, all ending in draws. Morton now can finish no better than fourth in the division.]
Stuart Findlay is on loan from Celtic. Barrie McKay is on loan from Rangers.
Yesterday Boulogne hosted Frejus Saint Raphael and won 2 - 1.
The soccer season is under way in Japan. New for 2014: the J3 League. This new third-tier division has been carved out of the old Japan Football League, which now becomes the fourth tier. Each club will play 33 games, or three round-robins. It's a semi-professional league (or as they say in Scotland, part-time) with a minimum of three professionals and a maximum of two foreigners per team. Some of the clubs will be familiar from the early rounds of the last Emperor's Cup: Nagano Parciero and Blaublitz Akita stand out. I'm going to follow Grulla Morioka, who were not even in the JFL last year, but just gained promotion from the Tōhoku League in northern Honshu. They wear white, red and black, like a crane, or grulla in Spanish. Grulla play their first J3 match tomorrow at Gainare Tottori, who were recently demoted from J2. [Grulla Morioka nil, Gainare Tottori nil.]
Though they did a lot of Roman episodes on Time Team, it wasn't until until series 9, episode 12 that any volume of the Loeb Classical Library got screen time, viz. Suetonius on Vespasian's conquest of the Isle of Wight.
Tony does wave around the red Liverpool University Press Vegetius in series 1, episode 2. And Robin Bush reads from the Penguin Life of King Alfred in series 10, episode 8. He too can be seen following the text with his finger as he reads, a thing nobody over the age of six would do except for television.
And he used a highlighter. Guy de la Bédoyère glances toward a Loeb Dio Cassius on the table in front of him in series 11, episode 5, but it doesn't get a closeup because in the next instant Carenza is pointing at a map, and you can't have two finger shots in row, although I've done it above.
Claypotts Castle, Dundee, Scotland's only kiln-fired ceramic castle. Can hold up to four million fluid ounces. Source.
Morton visit Dens Park to play division leaders Dundee FC. Morton are twelve points out of ninth place going into today's play. Only the most Panglossian optimist could suppose the Greenock men will avoid relegation now. Or would the most Panglossian optimist think Morton's relegation makes this the best of all possible worlds? Whatever! Can Morton play the spoiler and knock Dundee out of first, that's the question.
What would be the best of all possible Scottish Championships? I think it would be: Morton, St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Partick, Dumbarton, Airdrieonians, Queen of the South, Ayr United, Falkirk and Clydebank. Clydebank?! They only exist as a junior club now, but surely in their time they were Morton's ideal local rival, the Other Shipbuilding Town on the Clyde. The year Morton won the Cup they had to go through Clydebank, and the Bankies were the only one of seven opponents to hold them to a draw. See here.
Fouad Bachirou will play for the Comoros national team against Burkina Faso Wednesday. (Against Burkina Faso ON Wednesday. Burkina Faso Wednesday is no a real club.)
[Dundee win 2 - 0. Morton cannot finish better than third place.]
Four Japanese clubs joined the Asian Football Confederation Champions League group stage this midweek. Cerezo Osaka played Pohang Steelers. Sanfrecce Hiroshima played Beijing Guoan. Yokohama F Marinos played Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. And Kawasaki Frontale played Guizhou Renhe. [Pohang 1 - 1 Osaka. Hiroshima 1 - 1 Beijing. Jeonbuk 3 - 0 Yokohama. Kawasaki 1 - 0 Guizhou.]