And I am taking pictures of the rising sun shining in on the cupboard! Summer is here again today! For several days the sun has shone, the heat is high, the parks full of white bloated creatures turning blotchy red. The northern breeze is welcomed by some lying there surrounded by plastic drinks bottles as swifts race across the light blue sky, dogs sniff for one another in the grass and adolescents avoiding school avoid the litter bins situated right next to them with equal lack of guilt.
I wandered out to buy a couple of reduced price shirts. It appears the shirts in the cupboard, some of which go back many years, have begun to shrink somewhat. Quite why this strange phenomenon should occur I know not but it has happened before, around a dozen years ago. At that time I required shirts for the work in which I was engaged, whatever that was, so obtained the regular cheap shirts (made in China) and by wearing one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the other on Tuesday and Thursday I made it through with little effort in washing and ironing and nobody noticing. Of course a summer like this one and they might have noticed by Thursday mind. So, that's two cheap shirts that fit, these are the er, XL type (Made in Scotland!).
I spent a decent amount of time early today informing the English press that Andy Murray is not 'British' as they emphasised continually, but he is Scottish! Each and every English media outlet had made determined efforts to ignore his nation and use the word 'British' at all times. Occasionally the word 'Scot' might break through, but this was tokenism at best. The fact that the world considers 'England' to be 'Britain' is reinforced by this blatant English racism. Such was the effect that the 'New York Times,' one of the colonial newspapers, tweeted "After 77 years Murray and England rule." Sadly I was not able to answer this at the time, the FBI would be here by now if I had! Others indicated their mistake and they amended things quickly. The English media are desperate to claim Andy as 'British' to live off his glory, not unusual for them as the best 'English' are usually foreign.
Some of the commentators in the pages of the 'newspapers' in which I made clear my opinion resisted stoutly my gentle reminders of their imperialist racism, at least those of my comments that the papers published that is. For some reason these appear to believe we live in a 'United Kingdom,' while at the same time putting down Scotland. One day they will learn.
Anyway, congratulations to Andy Murray on winning the Wimbledon Championship, the first Scotsman since Harold Mahoney in 1896.
'Lang may yer lum reek son!'