Japanese Switzerland by John Lavery, painted after his visit to Wengen, Switzerland, Christmas 1912. The vertical format of the painting, and the bijin-like posture of the woman, both suggest ukiyo-e. Source.
This seven-inch gold ship model is part of the Broighter Hoard, discovered in 1896 in Limavady, Northern Ireland and held by the National Museum of Ireland. It's an artifact of the Celtic La Tène culture and may have been a votive offering to the sea god Manannán mac Lir.
Reginald's Tower in Waterford. Once part of the city walls, it was erected by the invading Vikings to keep out the invading Normans.
UCD AFC visit Waterford United in the first game of the second half of the League of Ireland First Division season. At the halfway mark UCD are in 2nd place with 25 points.
Waterford United, The Blues, have been around since 1930, have won the League of Ireland six times (all of them between 1965 and 1973), and the FAI Cup and League of Ireland Cup twice each. They are currently 7th in the division. They wear blue.
Waterford was established by Danish Vikings in the mid-9th Century. In the 12th Century the Normans, expanding westward from South Wales, took over. The 17th Century saw an influx of Huguenots. Trade with Newfoundland made the city wealthy in the 18th Century. During the Irish Civil War Waterford was on the Republican side. Waterford crystal is from Waterford.
[Result: 0 - 0.]
Women's World Cup yesterday: Canada 0 - 0 Netherlands. Today: Japan [2 - 1] Cameroon.
His appearance suggested a cross between an eel and a toast-rack, but, even through the veils of rain, one saw the great flat knees, the let-down jumping hindquarters, the well-balanced proportions of the slender immature frame, and the proud head, held high, with wild eyes that stared, horrified, at the umbrellas.
[Somerville and Ross, The Sweet Cry of Hounds (1936), page 23.]
Edith Somerville, co-author of the Irish RM books, studied art in Paris in the 1880s. Here is her sketch of one of her art classes, looking much as art classes look today. Somerville used her Paris experience in the novel French Leave. Source.
Time is turning this carving of St Patrick on the front wall of St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church on Orangefield Street into a Hibs supporter -- if he was not to begin with. Source.
Cowdenbeath visit Cappielow today. The Blue Brazil have the opportunity to effectively end Morton's hopes of escaping relegation. If Cowdenbeath win this one, Morton will be 12 points adrift of ninth with 12 games left. However, should Morton win it, the gap will be six points, and the race will be on.
Andy Bryan, the man in charge of the Morton kit for the past four decades, has signed with Stoke City.
Kabba-Modou Cham, hero of Morton's 2013 Renfrewshire Cup victory, has left the club.
[1 - 1. Morton goal by Campbell.]
It's the fifth round of the Scottish Junior Cup. I have no idea who to support at this point. Is there any junior club from Renfrewshire or Ayrshire still alive? From Renfrewshire: none. But Glenafton Athletic, Dalry Thistle, Whitletts Victoria, Irvine Meadow, Cumnock, Hurlford and Girvan, who are still trying to get their Fourth Round game played, are all Ayrshire clubs. [Many postponements, but Cumnock advance.]
The top league in Japanese rugby union football is called the Top League.
The Marine Institute of Ireland publishes a map of the part of the sea floor over which Ireland has jurisdiction, called the Real Map of Ireland. That is some fascinating topography. And naming. Yes, the Edoras Bank and Eriador Seamount come from Tolkien.