The restoration of the King's Inner Hall at Stirling Castle in 2011 included the installation of replicas of the Stirling Heads, a group on oaken roundels depicting personages considered noteworthy in the time of James V. See here and here.
I sat for a while listening to a No[h] play; [ . . . ] extraordinarily slow, belching, hideous declamation and arioso, both solo and chorus, the very antithesis of the delicacy & poignancy of the text: like Papal Bulls and Papal Pigs roaring, squealing & grunting: and very beautiful snatches of a mad-scene flute; and those wooden hammers urging it on. It is almost unassimilable, would be quite, if it had not an authority of extreme technique & tradition.
The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 274 (entry for July 5th, 1961).
Morton travel to Inverness today for a Scottish Cup Fourth Round encounter with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
These two clubs last met February 5th, 2011, in the Fifth Round of that year's Scottish Cup. ICT won 5 - 1. ICT also knocked Morton out of the Third Round of the 2008-09 Scottish League Cup. The two clubs have played together in the First Division three seasons, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2009-10, ICT winning 9 of 12 games. The last time Morton beat Inverness at all was thirteen years ago last week.
Inverness have been swapping second and third place with Aberdeen in the Premiership, and appear to be bound for European competition next year. So a Morton win today would come close to the thrill of knocking Celtic out of the League Cup in September. A draw would necessitate a replay at Cappielow in the coming weeks. A loss would make this Morton's briefest Scottish Cup run since 2008-09, when Peterhead knocked them out.
Which club has eliminated Morton from the Scottish Cup most often? Rangers. Which SPFL clubs have never eliminated Morton from the Scottish Cup? Ross County, Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath, Brechin, Annan, Elgin, Berwick, Albion Rovers.
By strange coincidence both teams are playing under interim managers. Terry Butcher, Caley's manager since 2009, signed a three year deal with Hibernian three weeks ago, counterintuitively jumping from the top to the bottom half of the Premiership. Morton, having sacked Allan Moore after last week's 5 - 1 thumping by Livingston, bring their new interim manager David Hopkin, who was interim manager once before under similar circumstances in 2003.
Fraserburgh are the only surviving nonleague team in the competition.
[Inverness win 4 - 0. Morton are out. Fraserburgh are out too. Motherwell are knocked out by Albion Rovers!]
Champions League Tuesday it was Celtic 0 - 3 Milan. Celtic cannot advance to the final 16, but they still have one more meaningless humiliating game to play in Group H.
Yesterday US Boulogne visited Amiens FC on Championnat National business. Amiens in Picardy is Boulogne's nearest divisional neighbour apart from Dunkerque. [0 - 0.]
A shikishi is a squarish board of stiff white paper typically used as a vehicle for ink painting and calligraphy. A work of art created on shikishi can also be called shikishi, the same way an oil painting gets called a canvas. The shikishi format has been in use since the 12th century and is still going strong. Owing to its handiness for both drawing and writing with ink, shikishi is popular at meet-the-mangaka events today. The shikishi below was given to voice actress Uesaka Sumire by Kio Shimoku in honour of her work as the voice of Rika Yoshitaki in the Genshiken Nidaime anime. Sources: Top. Bottom. See also.
Grace United Church (née Methodist) at the corner of King and Ochterloney Streets in Dartmouth comes across as an eminently learned building. The flat roof and spreading buttresses of its Italianate tower share the lineaments of a Doctor of Divinity in his mortar board and robes, and the manner in which the tower seems to peer over the roofline it could be reading to the congregation from a very large Bible prior to delivering an hour-long sermon on some point of doctrine.