If you want to know what was what in Canadian books in 1936, you could plow though Rhodenizer or Klinck, or you could browse A Literary Map of Canada, compiled by William Arthur Deacon and published by Macmillan of Canada.
The Great Polish Map of Scotland, near Peebles, with the water turned off.Source. Peebles and Alloa are 41 miles apart or about seven giant steps.
Greenock Morton travel to Recreation Park, Alloa, to face The Wasps. The Ton have just signed a new manager, Kenny Shiels, but he doesn't start till Monday.
Morton enter today's play with 2 wins. Which season saw Morton win the fewest games? In 1901-02 they won once in 18 matches. In 1987-88 they won 3 in 44 starts. The most wins? 33 in 38 games in 1966-67.
UEFA Champions League play Wednesday: Barcelona 6 - 1 Celtic. Celtic are out of the Champions League for 2013-14.
Yesterday in France US Boulogne were at home to US Jeanne d'Arc Carquefou and won 1 - 0. Carquefou is in the southern part of Brittany.
[Alloa win 2 - 0. Alloa have a guy named Declan McManus. Cowdenbeath beat Dundee, leaving Morton five points out of ninth place, and allowing Hamilton to retake first place.]
This Brezhnev-era map of Гринок (Greenock) might have aided an invasion force, if the Soviet military hadn't already been tied up in Afghanistan. Source.
Dumbarton FC stage an amphibious landing at Cappielow today. Morton, you must win.
Morton's season has the appearance of Airdrie United's last year. They too held first place after the first weekend, but drifted down the table to finish tenth. They were relegated and are now in last place in League One. Another model might be Dumbarton's 2012-13 season. They began very poorly and seemed to have a lock on tenth place, but then they fired the manager and finished safely in seventh. Firing the manager is the key to that scenario. [But Moore has reportedly been given a new contract.]
How many wins does it take to finish eighth in the SPFL Championship? Drawing on the First Division standings for the 21st century the average is 9.6, with a high of 13 and a low of 7. Round it off to ten wins. Morton have one win, nearly a third of the way through the season.
[Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by McLaughlin and Peciar.]
UEFA Champions League Wednesday: Ajax 1 - 0 Celtic.
There's a nice piece at FWW about goalkeeper Albert Camus.
Yesterday US Boulougne visited Gazélec Football Club Ajaccio in Corsica. Did you know that Corsica was an independent republic from 1755 to 1769 and a kingdom under the British crown from 1794 to 1796? Well, now you do. [Boulogne won 0 - 1.]
A Comic Geographical Sketch of Scotland. Alloa is at the meeting point of the Scotsman's leg, kilt and sporran. Cumbernauld, home of Clyde FC, is between his thighs. Brora is about where his bonnet meets his forehead. Inverurie is abune thon fishwife's left shoulder. Source.
This weekend it's the Third Round of the Scottish Cup. Morton are idle, not because they're already out but because they were so good in the league last season that they don't have to enter the competition until the Fourth Round.
32 teams are in action. We're watching: Alloa versus Inverurie Loco Works; Clyde versus Brora Rangers. [Inverurie and Brora both lose.]
Has the Scottish Cup ever been won by a team not in the top division? Yes, twice. In 1893, Queen's Park beat Celtic 2 -1 in a replay, after the first match in which Celtic were winning was abandoned due to an unplayable pitch. Queen's Park were not yet members of the new ten-team SFL. It was their tenth and to date final Scottish Cup. In 1938, East Fife beat Kilmarnock 4 - 2 in a replay after the first game ended 1 - 1. East Fife finished that season sixth in Division Two, or 26th overall. If Rangers win the Cup before they get back to the Premiership they will become the third member of this exclusive club.
The domestic treble in Scotland is: win the Premiership, League Cup and Scottish Cup. Which clubs can still do that? In decreasing order of likelihood: Inverness, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Hearts.
Yesterday Boulogne visited Lucon. [Lucon won 1 - 0.] Lucon is between the Nantes and Bourdeaux. Lucon is from the Latio Lucius meaning a northern pike.
Tomorrow Sapporo host JEF United Chiba. [Sapporo win 1 - 0.]
Tomorrow is the final of the FAI Cup in the Republic of Ireland. The two finalists are Drogheda United and Sligo Rovers. Drogheda have won it once, in 2005; Sligo four times, most recently in 2011. [Sligo!]
A 2012 publication of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association, entitled Adapting to Climate Change: Infrastructure at Risk, Tantramar Marsh, New Brunswick (available as a PDF here) includes this map projecting the effect of a once-in-ten-year flood on the town of Sackville in the year 2055, when sea levels will be higher. The Tantramar Marsh, Trans-Canada Highway, CN tracks, and much of the downtown are beneath the waves. The inhabitants of Sackville are no different than other humans, which means they probably won't do much about it until too late, but now would be a good time to begin shifting the town uphill. Step One: rezone.
Compare this projection.
What boggles my mind about the world of five million years ago is that there were horses, dogs and elephants running around, but countries like Japan, Italy and Panama hadn't finished raising out of the sea. See here for a guide to how the Japanese archipelago formed.
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.
Which town is the greater metal band town, Skellefteå or Örnsköldsvik? Skellefteå is the home of Andreas Hedlund, who has performed with Otyg, Vintersorg, Havayoth, Borknagar, Fission, Waterclime, and Cronian. Örnsköldsvik produced Tomas Haake and Mårten Hagström of Meshuggah. Youdecide.
On the last day of February SAIK visited last-place Rögle BK in Ängelholm and won 2 - 3. This win locked up first place for SAIK, and twelfth place for Rögle. On March 2nd SAIK went to Frölundaborg Isstadion and lost 2 - 1 to Frölunda in overtime. SAIK entertained MODO yesterday and beat them 3 - 2 in overtime. Bud Holloway scored the game winner. SAIK finish the season in first place with 114 points. Holloway wins the scoring race with 20 golas and 51 assists. Teammates Joakim Lindström and Oscar Lindberg finish third and eighth respectively. SAIK face Brynäs in the quarterfinals.
The HockeyAllsvenskan has finished. Leksand, Södertälje and VIK Västerås came in one, two, three. They'll meet Timrå and Rögle in the Kvalserien. But first BIK Karlskoga, Djurgården, Örebro and Oskarshamn compete for the sixth spot.
If you slide Japan around the globe until Cape Breton is about as far from the northern tip of Hokkaido as Sakhalin is in real life, it makes a pretty nice fit. The new Sea of Japan is about the same size and shape as the old one. Hokkaido looks about right as a Maritime Province. The USA stands in for China very well. But the likeliest substitute for Korea, Florida, is out of place and should really share a border with Pennsylvania. The weather would be very interesting. I imagine that the Gulf Stream would follow Japan's east coast. But what if it went up the west coast? The New Sea of Japan would be very stormtost during the hurricane season.