Seamen Ashore, Greenock (c.1944) by Edward Burra. See.
Dumbarton visit Cappielow to make up the game postponed due of the Sons' Scottish Cup quarter-final against Aberdeen in March. That and the match abandoned in January following a death in the stands at Cappielow are the only two postponements for Morton so far this season. Bad weather was not a factor at all this year.
If Morton lose or draw today they can only finish tenth, and will be relegated to League One, and will miss out on the most interesting Championship of probably all time, with Rangers, Hearts and maybe even St Mirren in it.
[But Morton win 3 - 0! Goals by Vine, O'Ware and McKay .]
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, one of Japan's Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry, lived around the year 700 and is heavily represented in the first great Japanese anthology the Man'yōshū. This carving was done around the year 1600, and now resides in the Saint Louis Art Museum. Look how the grain of the wood suggests the folds of his robe.
The Kalevala is the central body of Finnish myth. Elias Lönnrot assembled the epic poem from traditional songs in the 1830s and 40s and it rapidly became the core text of nineteenth-century Finnish nationalism. It inspired Finnish artists including the composer Jean Sibelius, and painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela who in the 1890s created many of the most famous images associated with the poem. Sammon puolustrus (The Defense of the Sampo) was painted in 1896 and now resides in the Turku Art Museum. The Sampo is not the ship but the cargo lashed down in the lower right corner. The poem is not that clear about what the object is exactly, beyond a kind of all-purpose mill. I think it's a replicator myself.
Bucentaure gets the worst of it in this painting by Auguste Mayer.
At the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson's HMS Victory was armed with (among many other guns) a pair of 68-pounder carronades, one of which fired a keg of 500 musket balls through the stern windows of the Bucentaure with great destructive effect. A carronade is different from a cannon in that it is shorter, smooth-bored, and made of cast iron. They are named for the Carron ironworks in Falkirk, where they were invented. When the age of fighting sail ended the Carron Company switched to casting Royal Mail pillar boxes.
Morton, the French sailors in this metaphor, visit Falkirk. The Bairns took over first place in the Championship last Saturday. Falkirk's Rory Loy has 13 goals, while the entire Morton squad has 17.
It's the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup. Today Aberdeen entertain St Johnstone. Tomorrow Heart of Midlothian host Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Aberdeen have won the trophy five times, Hearts four, St Johnstone at no time and Inverness never. [Aberdeen and Inverness advance.]