The city of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt is the site of the biggest haul of ancient papyrus yet found, but it has also thrown up some other things -- like these socks. They were knit using a one-needle technique later found in Vikings burials. They have a split toe so they can be worn with sandals. You can see them at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Morton bus to Almondvale Stadium to face Livingston FC. Livi were my pick to finish tenth this season, but Alloa are pretty awful and already seem poised to seize the wooden spoon. Although at the moment Livi are ninth with but one single point and a minus 5 goal difference they are still alive in both the League Cup and the Challenge Cup. And they are the defending Challenge Cup holders.
The last time Morton and Livi worked in the same division, 2011-12 to 2013-14, Morton won five, Livi two, with five draws.
Morton have signed striker Alex Samuel, on loan from Swansea City. The transfer window is now closed.
[Morton win 2 - 4. Goals by McCluskey (in the first half!), johnstone, Barr, and Scullion. Morton are in fourth place.]
Today is the Second Preliminary Round of the Scottish Cup. The matches:
Cove Rangers [7 - 2] St Cuthbert Wanderers. St Cuthbert Wanderers wear blue and white hoops.
You could make a division out of Scottish clubs named Wanderers or Rovers: St. Cuthbert Wanderers, Nithsdale Wanderers, Raith Rovers, Albion Rovers, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Threave Rovers, Peebles Rovers, Heston Rovers.
The Premiership is idle today because it's an international weekend. Last night it was Georgia 1 - 0 Scotland. Also, Canada 3 - 0 Belize. Luca Gasparotto was an unused substitute.
The quarter-finals of the J League Cup are going on. The J League Cup has such a strange format I feel I have to describe it, but you can read up on it here.
Only the 18 J1 clubs participate. It starts with a group stage involving 14 clubs divided into two groups. Each team plays a round robin of six games, and the top two from each group advance. Meanwhile the four clubs that qualified for the AFC Champions League are given a bye and go straight into the quarter-finals against the four successful group stage teams. The quarter-finals and semi-finals are played in two legs, and the final is a single game. So in order to win the cup a team from the group of 14 must play eleven games, but a team from the AFC Champions League foursome must play only five. Granted, the AFC group have been playing a group stage round robin in that competition, so at the end of the day everyone has played about the same number of matches. But it underscores the impression that league cups are in some fundamental way busy-work.
[Albirex Niigata, Kashima Antlers, Vissel Kobe, and Gamba Osaka advance. Two from the 14 and two from the AFC four.]
Athlone host UCD. With six games to play in the schedule the Students have a decent shot at first place and automatic promotion. Otherwise second or third place will mean the playoffs. UCD have fewer losses than anyone else, but fewer wins than either Wexford or Finn Harps. [2 - 2.]
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden currently has on display an exhibition of katagami, paper kimono stencils, selected from a trove of 15,000 recently rediscovered after 125 years in storage. (Via.)
Go to the National Museums Scotland website and read up on turkey red, the favoured red dye of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a mainstay of the Dunbartonshire textile industry. There are hundreds of samples to peruse.