Before the sun is up, the dismissal takes place At the Cross, and those with the energy then go to Sion to pray at the column at which the Lord was scourged, before going on home for a short rest. But it is not long before everyone is assembled for the next service. The bishop's chair is placed on Golgotha Behind the Cross (the cross there now), and he takes his seat. A table is placed before him with a cloth on it, the deacons stand round, and there is brought to him a gold and silver box containing the holy Wood of the Cross. It is opened, and the Wood of the Cross and the Title are taken out and placed on the table.
As long as the holy Wood is on the table, the bishop sits with his hands resting on either end of it and holds it down, and the deacons round him keep watch over it. They guard it like this because what happens now is that people, catechumens as well as the faithful, come up one by one to the table. They stoop down over it, kiss the Wood, and move on. But on one occasion (I don't know when) one of them bit off a piece of the holy Wood and stole it away, and for this reason the deacons stand round and keep watch in case anyone dares to do the same again.
--Egeria describing Easter services at Jerusalem c 381-4 AD
The Common Man was the signature character of Indian political cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who was born on this date in 1921 and died last year. The top three bronzes are in Mumbai, the bottom one is in Pune. Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Marcus Junius Brutus, the famous assassin of the dictator Julius Caesar, died on October 23rd, 42 BC, after losing the Second Battle of Philippi.
In 54 BC while he was in charge of the mint Brutus issued this coin in memory of his ancestor L. Junius Brutus, who founded the Roman Republic. It's hard not to see it as an example of contemporary political messaging.
Morton meet Aberdeen in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup. This is Morton's first semi-final since 2007, when they reached the final four of the Challenge Cup. It's their first League Cup semi-final since 1979. Who did Morton play in 1979? Aberdeen. Who won? Aberdeen.
This is the tenth year Morton and Aberdeen have met in the League Cup. In group stage action Aberdeen have taken five wins, Morton two, with one draw. Plus Aberdeen have knocked Morton out five times. Morton have never knocked Aberdeen out of the League Cup.
Morton and Aberdeen's last encounter was four years ago in Round Two of the 2012-13 League Cup. Aberdeen won. The last time Morton beat Aberdeen in any competition was April 17th, 1982, in Premier Division play.
Today's game starts at 12:15 local time because it's on BT Sport. Thus Morton simultaneously accomplish two of our goals for them this season: No. 3, make the semi-finals of any cup, and No. 7, get on TV.
When did the 2016-17 Championship clubs most recently reach the League Cup semi-finals?
2014-15 Dundee United
2012-13 St Mirren
2011-12 Ayr United
1994-95 Raith Rovers
1960-61 Queen of the South
Has any club appeared in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, League Cup and Challenge Cup in the same year? Yes, the old Airdrieonians, 1994-95.
[Morton lose 0 - 2, but they make Aberdeen earn it. Match report.]
In the Championship. If there's any fixture that characterizes the Scottish Championship it's Falkirk vs Raith (or vice versa). These two have played each other 53 times in this division since the four tier format was adopted in 1994. Falkirk have 25 wins, Raith have 15, with 13 draws in that time. They meet today in Falkirk. [Falkirk 2 - 4 Raith.]
Morton's regularly scheduled match against St Mirren is pushed to November 1st.
It's Round Two of the Scottish Cup. The winners from Round One mix it up with League Two, plus East Stirlingshire, Spartans, Formartine United and Cove Rangers. Let's watch:
Annan Athletic [0 - 0] East Stirlingshire
Cowdenbeath [0 - 1] East Kilbride
Bonnyrigg Rose [2 - 1] Cove Rangers
BSC Glasgow [0 - 1] Beith
Despite their relegation to the Lowland League, East Stirlingshire were still invited to all the cup competitions. They were knocked out of the first round of the Challenge Cup by Montrose, 0 - 3. And they finished bottom in the League Cup Group F, with no points, 1 goal for and 11 goals against. Presently they are 3rd in the Lowland League.
East Kilbride lead the Lowland League with 11 wins in 11 starts. Going back to March and counting cup games, EK have a streak of 23 wins going. Read about that.
This is the fifth match in the tournament for both Bonnyrigg and Beith.
What's Cove Rangers' Scottish Cup record in the 21st Century?
2015-16 PR1 Golspie Sutherland 1 - 6 Cove Rangers
PR2 Cove Rangers 7 - 2 St Cuthbert Wanderers
R1 Banks O'Dee 2 - 3 Cove Rangers
R2 Fort William 0 - 4 Cove Rangers
R3 Formartine United 1 - 1 Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers 4 - 1 Formartine United
R4 Motherwell 5 - 0 Cove Rangers
2014-15 PR Glasgow University 1 - 9 Cove Rangers
R1 Cove Rangers 9 - 0 Hawick Royal Albert
R2 Cove Rangers 1 - 2 Annan Athletic
2013-14 R2 Brora Rangers 1 - 1 Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers 0 - 3 Brora Rangers
2012-13 R2 Cove Rangers 7 - 0 Golspie Sutherland
R3 Partick Thistle 2 - 1 Cove Rangers
2011-12 R1 Glasgow University 0 - 4 Cove Rangers
R2 Vale of Leithen 3 - 2 Cove Rangers
2010-11 R2 Nairn County 0 - 1 Cove Rangers
R3 Cove Rangers 0 - 3 Berwick Rangers
2009-10 R2 Cove Rangers 2 - 1 Annan Athletic
R3 Stenhousemuir 5 - 0 Cove Rangers
2008-09 R2 Cove Rangers 1 - 0 Whitehill Welfare
R3 Airdrie United 3 - 0 Cove Rangers
2007-08 R1 Brora Rangers 0 - 5 Cove Rangers
R2 Cove Rangers 3 - 0 Keith
R3 Cove Rangers 1 - 0 Edinburgh University
R4 Cove Rangers 2 - 4 Ross County
2005-06 R2 Gretna 6 - 1 Cove Rangers
2004-05 R1 Cove Rangers 4 - 1 Dalbeattie Star
R2 Cove Rangers 1 - 7 Greenock Morton
2002-03 R2 Gretna 3 - 0 Cove Rangers
2000-01 R2 Peterhead 3 - 0 Cove Rangers
It's also Round Two of the Scottish Junior Cup. Let's watch:
Yoker Athletic [2 - 3] Irvine Victoria
Greenock Juniors [2 - 1] Vale of Leven
Kirriemuir Thistle [3 - 1] Whitletts Victoria
Vale of Clyde vs Beith Juniors [postponed]
Linlithgow Rose vs Clydebank [postponed]
Banks O'Dee vs Kilbirnie Ladeside [postponed]
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic vs Rossvale [postponed]
Port Glasgow [1 - 1] Thorniewood United
Annbank United [1 - 2] Auchinleck Talbot
1898-99. Today in 1898 Morton were at home against Linthouse FC and lost 1 - 2. Linthouse were a club that existed from 1881 to 1900, and played at Langlands Park in Govan in the west of Glasgow. They wore blue.
How does the Slovenian 2. SNL compare to the Scottish Championship?
Both the Championship and the 2. SNL are winter leagues. Greatest travel distance as the crow flies is 186 km. There are playoffs. There are no reserve clubs. But the 2. SNL plays a 27-game schedule. Average stadium capacity is 5,921. Average club longevity is 70 years.
UEFA Champions League Group C: Celtic 0 - 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
CAF Champions League final, second leg: Zamalek [1 - 0] Mamelodi Sundowns. [Mamalodi win on aggregate, and are the champions of Africa.]
A kantharos is a drinking cup with two high handles. This is an Athenian red-figure kantharos from c 520-510 BC made by Nikosthenes, and showing, on this side, the wine god Dionysos making a liquid sacrifice with a kantharos to ... Dionysos (?). As this is depicted on a kantharos there ought to be a black figure version of the same scene on the little red kantharos, on which there is a tiny red figure version of the same scene on the little black kantharos, and so on and so on. For the rest of the details see here.
While Basiliscus was Emperor (475-476 AD) a very serious fire broke out at Constantinople. Beginning in the quarter of the bronze merchants, it spread to all the areas nearby and reduced to ashes the colonnades of the public squares and the adjacent houses, as well as the Basilica, so-called, which contained a library of 120,000 books. Amongst these it is written that there was the intestine of a serpent, one hundred and twenty feet long, which had written on it in gold letters the poems of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Malchus, who wrote a history of these Emperors, also mentions this. The fire also destroyed the beautiful palace of Lausus and the statues therein, the Hera of Samos, the Athena of Lindos and the Aphrodite of Cnidos, famous masterpieces of art, and it spread as far as the Forum.
Malchis, Fragment 11 (in Brockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire, volume 2, page 419).
France put a cat in space October 18, 1963. Félicette rode a Véronique rocket on a suborbital flight from the Hammaguira Blandine launch pad in Algeria to an altitude of 96 miles, and came back. Source.
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building, or Thailand Pavilion, is located in Utanede, Jämtland, smack in the middle of the Scandanavian peninsula. It was built to commemorate the centennial of the 1897 visit of the Thai monarch Chulalongkorn to Sweden. Source.