Monday 28 March 2011

Plethora of Stuff

Okay I've been neglecting the blog (again) so I'm going to do a wee blitz of an update across a variety of stuff:

Rugby - Six Nations Post Mortem

Max Evans scores an excellent
solo effort at Twickenham
So Scotland avoided the wooden spoon after a spirited display at Twickenham and a comfortable win over the Italians at Murrayfield. Just as well really, because that side really should be much more competitive. Good to see Ruaridh Jackson (Gordonian) come on to a game after a difficult d├ębut, and also to see a bit of heart restored to the team. Hopefully the World Cup will see the fruits of the labour in another frustrating 6 Nations campaign.

Thistle are falling up the stairs again

Kris Doolan's on fire
Thistle have had a reasonable run, only having been beaten twice since about October. Accomplished victories against QOTS and Stirling and a cracking 2-0 win at Stark's Park against my wee team have been the highlights of the last few weeks. True to form, though, the 1-0 reverse against Cowdenbeath at Firhill was absolutely brutal to watch and sums up why we're not in among the title hunt. It's pleasing to see that Kris Doolan has gone from being farmed out on loan to Clyde last season to having a good shout at the Orange Boot for the First Division. Work in progress...

England slump in the ICC World Cup

Probably Andrew Strauss'
last ODI campaign
Cricket. England were their usual unpredictable selves at the ICC World Cup. Dramatic tie with India, ghastly loss against Ireland, a mercurial victory over South Africa and a whimper against Sri Lanka. They've been using tiredness from a very long Ashes series as an excuse for some of it, but the truth is the appetite just wasn't there. Still at least the Aussies got papped out as well by Pakistan. Their semi-final with India should be a cracker!

F1 season up and running, but not quite on the Button

Button unlucky with
the drive-through
F1. So after the abandonment of the opening event in Bahrain owing to the unrest there, things finally got under way in Melbourne. McLaren will be really pleased to have made significant strides given how far behind they were in pre-season testing, but the good performance of the Red Bulls and in particular Vettel this weekend is ominous. Button had a frustrating race and I hope he doesn't get left behind this year. Hopefully his aptitude with nursing tyres will assist him later on in the season given the way Pirelli have designed the tyres to degrade much quicker. Bring on Malaysia in a fortnight!

University - Tedium and Treachery

Semester 2 is done and dusted bar the exam diet in May. This semester has been a right drag: private law galore with a slightly underwhelming IR Politics class. Hoping to escape without substantial damage to the GPA...

Student Politics:
violent or peaceful
it's as effective as this
University environment is turning into a bit of a political Basra just now, so it's probably just as well the semester's over. The Hetherington stuff has descended into farce and a potentially constructive source of protest has just turned into an opportunity for extremists to polarise and shut-down rational debate. The University Management have been complete and utter cowards, both in their consultation process and in failing to stand-up to the idiots who have committed acts of violence, criminal damage and have been an all-round nuisance. Equally the deployment of the police earlier this week was poorly handled, although accusations of police "violence" so far as I can see have been unfounded.

Final hat tip is to the guy who outed the Free Hetherington lot as a bunch of hypocrites when he was assaulted and intimidated at their meeting for (legally) filming proceedings. Anarchists who believe in freedom of expression except when people disagree with them; who believe in the tyranny of the majority; and who want to preserve and expand the funding of a bigger state. At least the irony isn't lost on some of the mainstream media. Can't stand Peston but he's called the bluff in the context of the scenes in London....
Peston gets it spot on (for once)

Spring Break

So I'm finally off and free for a bit just to wind-down a bit. I've applied to a couple of potential summer placements and will be looking around for other stuff before last deadlines close. Spending most of it in Aberdeen, but will be making fleeting visits to Glasgow and elsewhere.

Photographer waited 20 years for a cheery photo of Aberdeen

Got a few football games to take-in, including Queen of the South on Saturday, Falkirk the following Tuesday, then Ross County and Morton near the back half of the month. Unfortunately I'll miss the last game of the season at Firhill against Raith Rovers because my Commercial Law exam is, of all times, on that Saturday afternoon :rage: which is most frustrating.

Life Plan

If you're reading, geeza place!
The latest idea I have is to finish my LLB and go to do a postgraduate LLM in the United States. Obviously it's outrageously expensive, but there are some potential avenues for scholarships which, if successful, cover the cost of the whole experience. Personal preference at the moment is to apply to the University of Pennsylvania which is situated in Philadelphia. I'd absolutely love to live, work and learn out there for a year. They've got some really good public law courses available which focus on constitutional law and the relationship between politics and the law.

Final Thought: Quote for the day

Penn was set up by Benjamin Franklin, and I guess I'll round off this bilge with a pearl of wisdom from the man himself:
"Fatigue is the best pillow"

Night night.


  1. Just stumbled across this through a friend. Hetherington bunch are being such twats -_- i completely agree with everything you said about them. The worst part is that they actually think the rest of Glasgow uni students are on their side, when we think they're just plain ridiculous.

  2. Just noticed your comment, Penhaligon. Greetings :)

    With any luck their protest will disintegrate over the summer. The longer it goes on the more people they irritate.

    And by the way, congratulations... you have made the first comment on this blog :D