Sixty years before Wikipedia there were Pelican Books. If you were spotted with one of these in your pocket during World War Two you were considered Officer Material. Now they're back. The volume above was published in 1950, soon after Partition, which might explain why a book primarily about archaeological digs in Pakistan is called Prehistoric India.
Dunfermline Athletic and Greenock Morton are longstanding First Division rivals, having played five seasons together in the second tier over the past decade, and ten seasons altogether since they were both in the Premier Division in 1987-88. This is the first time they have ever appeared together in the third tier. At the beginning of this season they were touted to finish first and second, and though Dunfermline are first and Morton fifth, there is only one point separating them.
Morton enter today's league action with nine points. Last season the Ton did not earn their tenth point until January 11th. In the interval manager Allan Moore lost his job.
[Morton win 2 - 1. Nice! Morton goals by McManus and Pepper. The Pars drop to fourth place, Morton leap into second, and Ayr United regain first.]
Having crashed out of the Champions League play-off round Celtic are now entitled to participate in the Europa League group stage, which plays from September through to December. Celtic are in Group D along with Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra Giurgiu of Romania. On Thursday Celtic travelled to Salzburg and played to a 2 - 2 draw.
Thursday was also polling day for the Scottish independence referendum. NO won by 55% to 45% on a record-setting voter turnout of 84.6%. Inverclyde had the closest vote, NO winning by 86 votes. Dundee was the most independentist at 57%. Dundee play Dundee United tomorrow. [Tangerines win.]
When you see a piece of visual art based on The Tale of Genji, how do you know which part of the story is being shown? One clue can be the presence of a genji-mon. That green comb-shaped emblem in the middle of the wrapper is the genji-mon for chapter 17, "E Awase" ("The Picture Contest"). The genji-mon can be especially helpful if the artwork is an ukiyo-e parody in 18th-century dress. See here for a graph of all 54 genji-mon.
Kontinental Hockey League: The KHL has three new teams for 2014-15: Lada Togliatti, who were expelled several years ago for not having a KHL-worthy rink and have been playing in the second flight VHL since; Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Liiga; and a new franchise, Delfin Sochi, created to take advantage of the facilities built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. On the other side of the ledger HC Donbass has suspended operations after its rink was looted and burned by annexationists; Spartak Moscow has dropped down to the VHL for financial reasons; and Praha Lev has folded. Atlant shift from the Tarasov to the Bobrov to even up the divisions.
Sweden: AIK are relegated from the SHL; Djurgården promoted. In the Kval till HockeyAllsvenskan Troja/Ljungby went down to Division 1 and HC Vita Hästen came up, a horse trade. (Troja/Ljungby's emblem is a red horse; Vita Hästen's is a white horse, and their name means white horse.)
Finland: Jokerit have left the Liiga for the KHL, and are replaced by Vaasan Sport, who played in the top league once before, in 1975-76.
Tove. Tove Jansson was born 100 years ago this year. Best known internationally for her Moomin comics, she was also a very good novelist. A lot of her stuff is available in English this year, so snap it up.