Alloa was the capital of the worldwide Patons yarn empire. Those mills are gone today, but the 15th-century Alloa Tower (foreground) still stands. Source.
Morton visit Recreation Park to play Alloa Athletic. Morton are still alive in the Championship, but to escape relegation they have got to continue to win, and Cowdenbeath must continue to lose.
Morton have yet to score on Alloa this season. [And they don't today. Alloa win 2 - 0. Morton are relegated.]
This weekend it's the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. Rangers face Dundee United today, and Aberdeen play St Johnstone tomorrow. Both games are at Ibrox. This is Rangers' first match against a Premiership opponent this season. Last season Rangers beat Motherwell 2 - 0 in the Third Round of the Scottish League Cup, but then lost 0 - 3 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle; and in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup they were beaten 3 - 0 by ... Dundee United. [Rangers are out!] [Aberdeen are out!]
It's also the first leg of the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup. Camelon Juniors host Glenafton Athletic, and Irvine Meadow host Hurlford United. Camelon are from around Falkirk, the other three semi-finalists are all from Ayrshire. [Irvine Meadow 2 - 1 Hurlford United.] [Camelon 2 - 1 Glenafton.]
Steam Train at Shimbashi Station by Utagawa Hiroshige III (early 1870s). Source.
At last we reached Takasaki -- the place from which the celebrated "land steamer" started on its puffing way to Tokyo. That was the first time that I ever saw a railway train. It looked to me like a long row of little rooms, each with a narrow opening on to the platform.
It was late in the afternoon, and I was so weary that I have little recollection of anything except a scolding from Brother, because I, feeling that I was entering some kind of a house, stepped out of my wooden shoes, leaving them on the platform. Just before the train started, they were handed in at the window by an official whose special duty it was to gather all the shoes from the platform before the starting of every train. I went to sleep at once, and the next thing I knew we were in Tokyo.
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, A Daughter of the Samurai, page 117.
Le Directeur Général des élections du Québec reminds everyone in its report on the April 7, 2014 election that the government of Québec still has its own ideas about the boundary with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Labrador Boundary Dispute. The area north of the dotted line, a chunk of the St Lawrence watershed about half the size of Nova Scotia, is seen folded into the electoral district of Duplessis (which was won by the PQ's Richard Lorraine by 359 votes.) In the Newfoundland legislature most of the area is part of the Lake Melville electoral district and is represented by Keith Russell of the Progressive Conservatives. For the sake of economy the Postmedia newspapers used this map in their election coverage, though editorially they would deride the land claim. But it was a strange election for newspapers.
The Canadian Space Agency provides this graphic of the International Space Station as it might appear if it were the broadcast gondola overhanging five newly-Zambonied hockey rinks. Canada currently employs two astronauts, neither of whom is scheduled to be on board the ISS before 2020, and we have no rockets or capsules of our own to get them there. But, look, hockey.
Ardgowan Square. They keep the nicer houses in west Greenock. Source.
Livi visit Cappielow. Morton unexpectedly avoided relegation Tuesday, but to make it to ninth place the Ton will have to win all five remaining matches, while Cowdenbeath lose all five of their games. This is Morton's fifth game in fifteen days. Maybe they've just warmed up. [Maybe! Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by Imrie and McKay. Cowdenbeath lose, so Morton are not relegated yet. Hearts are relegated to the Championship despite winning.]
Tomorrow it's the Ramsdens (Challenge) Cup Final: Rangers versus Raith Rovers at Easter Road in Edinburgh. This is Rangers' second-to-last chance to win the Scottish Challenge Cup before they return to permanent ineligibility. If Raith can deny them the cup it will rank up there with Rovers' 1995 League Cup win. [Raith win 1 - 0!]
Raith Rovers' groundskeepers intend to seed their pitch with a species of grass called Floral Poi. It has a sturdier root structure than the current lawn and better resistance to the dreaded Black Layer. Only thing is, it's it's such a pale green it looks white, meaning the lines will have to be drawn in black and the game ball will have to be orange.
Yesterday Union Sportive Boulogne hosted Luçon. [Luçon won 0 - 2.]
Tomorrow in J3 action Grulla Morioka host Zelvia Machida. The club was founded in 1977 as a soccer school. They wear double blue. Machida is in the western, soccer mad, part of Metropolitan Tokyo. Zelvia combines the words zelkova (Machida's official tree) and salvia (a species of grass used for football turf.) (What would the club be called if the groundskeepers had used floral poi?) [Zelvia win 1 - 4.]