Plantu drew this cartoon in response to the Brexit vote last year. The specific reference is to the Erasmus Program, which allows students to study anywhere in Europe. Erasmus is a potent symbol of European civilization, and wrote his Praise of Folly while visiting his buddy Thomas More, who later got the ax from the English government of the time.
Sir George Frampton's statue of Queen Victoria, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, was unveiled March 19th, 1901, in Calcutta, a couple of months after her death, and is now minded by that dog. Source.
Brockville Park, wedged between Hope Street and the railway tracks, was Falkirk FC's home from 1885 to 2003. Its old-style terraces and modest capacity (8,000) led to Falkirk being denied promotion to the Premier League, and the club's move to boxlike Falkirk Stadium. Source.
Morton visit Falkirk. This is their final league meeting of 2016-17, though they are likely to be opponents in the playoffs. The previous three league meetings ended in draw scores.
The situation: Falkirk are second in the Championship with 48 points. Morton are 3rd with 45. The fight now is for second place and a bye through to the playoff semi-finals. Morton have played two fewer games than Falkirk.
Morton are on BBC Alba for the second week running.
Other football grounds near Falkirk Stadium:
Grangemouth Stadium. 3 km east.
Carmuirs Park. 4 km west, home to Camelon Juniors. You can kick a ball into the Forth and Clyde Canal from there.
How many times have Morton faced the other 2016-17 Championship clubs in Scottish League play?
Ayr United 140
St Mirren 136
Raith Rovers 124
Dundee United 95
Falkirk versus Gretna -- what are the numbers?
Falkirk knocked Gretna out of the 2004-05 Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
They were both members of the 2007-08 Premier League, where Falkirk took two wins to Gretna's one, with a draw. Both were below the split.
On Wednesday St Mirren beat Dundee United 3 - 2 and moved to within one point of ninth-place Ayr.
How would the final standings look if the underdog won every remaining game 3 - 2?
Hibs 16 54
Morton 7 54
Falkirk 11 51
Dundee Utd 3 50
Ayr -12 49
Dumbarton -4 48
St Mirren -9 48
Dunfermline 0 47
QoS -3 47
Raith -11 47
[Morton win 0 - 1. Goal by Oyenuga.]
It's the quarter-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup.
Linlithgow Rose [7 - 0] Gartcairn
Auchinleck Talbot [2 - 0] Kilwinning
Bonnyrigg Rose [2 - 0] Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Glenafton [1 - 0] Sauchie
Four of these eight are in the same division as Largs Thistle, the West Super League Premier Division.
1898-99. Today in G&WofSFL action, Morton hosted Ayr FC and won 2 - 0.
We're into the part of the year when the two Irish football leagues are running. The League of Ireland is a summer league and runs from March to October. The Northern Ireland Football League is a winter league and goes from August to May. Football in Ireland has been divided as long as the island has, but before 1923 there was a single league, and some of the northern and southern clubs that rarely play each other now used to be league rivals long ago.
When were the clubs of the League of Ireland Premier Division and the Northern Ireland Football League Premiership founded?
1901 Shamrock Rovers
1928 Derry City
1928 Sligo Rovers
1929 St Patrick's Athletic
1934 Ballymena United
1939 Carrick Rangers
1942 Bray Wanderers
1949 Dungannon Swifts
1954 Finn Harps
1975 Ballinamallerd United
1975 Drogheda United
1984 Cork City
2014 Galway United
Does Dublin dominate the League of Ireland to the extent that Glasgow dominates the Scottish League? No. Since 1891, Glasgow has taken 102 of 120 league titles (Rangers 54, Celtic 47, Third Lanark 1) or 85%. Since 1921, Dublin clubs have taken 57 of 96 league titles (Shamrock Rovers 17, Shelbourne 13, Bohemians 11, St. Patrick's Athletic 8, Drumcondra 5, St. Jame's Gate 2, Dolphin 1) or 59%. Does Belfast outdo them both? Yes. Since 1891, Belfast clubs have taken 100 of 116 titles (Linfield 51, Glentoran 23, Belfast Celtic 14, Crusaders 6, Cliftonville 5, Queen's Island 1) or 86%.
Copa Libertadores, Group B:
Santa Fe 3 - 0 Sporting Cristal
Santos 2 - 0 The Strongest
CFU Clubs Championship Group D are Puerto Rico FC, Portmore United (Jamaica), Scholars International (Cayman Islands) and Transvaal (Suriname). All games are being played in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico FC play in the NASL.
Scholars International 0 - 2 Portmore United
Puerto Rico FC 1 - 0 Transvaal
Transvaal 4 - 0 Scholars International
Puerto Rico FC 0 - 1 Portmore United
Portmore United [6 - 1] Transvaal
Puerto Rico [4 - 0] Scholars International
[Portmore move on to the final round in May.]
OFC Champions League group stage:
Western United 2 - 1 Malampa Revivors
Auckland City 2 - 0 Lae City Dwellers
Lae City Dwellers [3 - 5] Western United
Auckland City [11 - 0] Malampa Revivors
Erakor Golden Star 2 - 1 Marist Fire
Tefana 2 - 0 Rewa
Rewa [2 - 1] Erakor Golden Star
Tefana [2 - 2] Marist Fire
[Auckland City and Tefana advance.]
Round Three of the AFC Champions League group stage:
Group E: Kashima Antlers 3 - 0 Brisbane Roar
Group F: Shanghai SIPG 3 - 2 Urawa Red Diamonds
Group G: Guangzhou Evergrande 1 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale
Group H: Gamba Osaka 0 - 1 Jiangsu Suning (China)
Halfway through the group stage Kashima and Urawa are positioned to advance, Kawasaki and Gamba to not.
Europa League, Round of 16, second leg:
Genk 1 - 1 Gent
Genk win on aggregate and advance to the quarter-finals.
Swiss Challenge League: Zurich [2 - 2] Winterthur
JFL: Briobecca Urayasu [0 - 1] ReinMeer Aomori
Vanraure Hachinohe's home opener is against Veertien Mie. Veertien is Dutch for 14. They wear orange. [Vanraure win 1 - 0 on a very brown home field.]
Aomori Prefecture championship, first round: Athletic Club Hirosaki [6 - 0] Hachinohe National Institute of Technology
The New Saints have six more league games to play, but they have already won the Welsh Premier League title. Bala Town are currently second. At season's end the teams in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place go into a playoff for Wales' other Europa League spot. Which other countries reserve a place in the Europa League for a playoff winner? Northern Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands.
The Canadian dollar issued on March 17th, 1917 featured a portrait of Princess Patricia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and daughter of the Duke of Connaught. She lived in Ottawa from 1911 to 1916 while her dad was Governor-General, and was the acme of celebrity in Canada at that time. The Princess Pat's Canadian Light Infantry is named after her.
Kumamoto Castle was severely knocked about in the earthquake of April 16, 2016. Here is an overhead shot of the stones of the castle walls lined up in preparation for reassembly. The trick will be to restore the elegant curve of the walls, called mushagaeshi. The whole reconstruction is budgeted at 42.5 billion yen. Source.
A few years ago there was a vogue for designing new vintage Penguin paperback covers. Here Michael DeForge has brought back the early 1970s New Canadian Library house style to promote his upcoming book launch.
The Ligue de Hockey de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (LHSPM) runs all levels of hockey in the French Overseas Collectivity of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, including a two-club senior league. The two clubs are Hockey Sporting Club (HSC) or les Missiles, who wear blue, and Club de Hockey de Saint-Pierre (CHSP) or les Cougars, who wear green. Games are played in the Patinoire de Saint-Pierre, which can accommodate 740 spectators.
The league plays a 15-game schedule, which is divided into five three-game cups. In 2015-16 the cups were the Coupe Air Saint-Pierre , the Coupe Marcel Dagort, the Coupe SPM Telecom, the Coupe Collectivite Territoriale, and the Coupe Helene et Fils. No doubt the cup names change year by year according to sponsorship. In 2015-16 les Missiles won 4 of the 5 cups, and 11 of the 15 games. The clubs also play against senior Newfoundland teams.
The LHSPM is a source of hockey talent for Ligue Magnus and the French national hockey team.