These little animals are often found in great numbers, in the beech and oak-woods of Canada, and are considered very delicate food; being free from any strong flavour. They are roasted like rabbits, or cut in pieces and fried, fricasseed, or made into stews or pies. Some people object to them, simply because they have not been accustomed to see them brought to table, or even to hear of their being used as an article of food, and others consider them as insipid. This last objection is, perhaps, the most weighty; but by seasoning them well, it may be overcome. Nothing can be more cleanly than the habits of these little creatures; their food consisting entirely of grain, or fruits, or vegetables. When fresh meat is scarce, as it often is in the woods, the black or even the red squirrel may be eaten, as a wholesome change of diet.
Catherine Parr Traill, The Canadian Settler's Guide, NCL edition, page 159.
Morton visit Livingston. Livingston enter today's play in fifth place with 28 points. Morton are tenth with 10. The Championship is particularly tight this year -- except for Morton. The gap between 10th-place Morton and 8th-place Queen of the South is greater than the one between QoS and 1st-place Dundee.
Brad Gascoigne is out, having signed with Boston United. Ben Sampayo is in.
In the years since 1995 when Meadowbank Thistle became Livingston FC (The Plastic Franchise) Morton have won 18 league games, Livi 17, with 15 draws. Morton have scored 67 goals to Livingston's 65. (Via Fitfa Stats.) In 2001-02 Livingston finished third in the Premier League and earned a place in the UEFA Cup, while Morton finished last in the Second Division and were relegated. That year Morton won seven games. They have two victories so far this season.
[Morton win 0 - 1. Goal by Barrie McKay.]
It's the Fourth Round of the Scottish Junior Cup. There are sixteen matches, including Largs Thistle at Kilsyth Rangers. Kilsyth is halfway between Glasgow and Stirling. Kilsyth Rangers are nicknamed the Gers, not the Sith. That is my one Star Wars reference for this year. Thank you and goodnight.
Video of Kilsyth versus Largs, January 12th, 2013.
[Kilsyth 3 - 3 Largs. Replay next Saturday in Largs.]
The Japanese have a longstanding love affair with radishes, especially large ones, especially radishes with supernatural powers. The 14th-century miscellany Essays in Idleness records:
There was in Tsukushi a certain man, a constable of the peace it would seem, who for many years had eaten two broiled radishes each morning under the impression that radishes were a sovereign remedy for all ailments. Once some enemy forces attacked and surrounded his constabulary, choosing a moment when the place was deserted. Just then, two soldiers rushed out of the building, and engaged the enemy, fighting with no thought for their lives until they drove away all the enemy troops. The constable, greatly astonished, asked the two soldiers, "You have fought most gallantly, gentlemen, considering I have never seen you here before. Might I ask who you are?" "We are the radishes you have faithfully eaten every morning for so many years," they answered, and with these words they disappeared. So deep was his faith in radishes that even such a miracle could occur.
Essays in Idleness, episode 68, translated by Donald Keene.