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Balkaneering – Jimmy Cormack

No it’s not a new sport in the Winter Olympics, Balkaneering is the first venture into print by BLFP correspondent Jimmy Cormack (aka Jimmy Jehosophat). Coincedentally his publisher is another BLFP staple Allan Sneddon (Sneddy) who is the proprietor of Olida Publishing

I have known Jimmy for over 30 years as a fellow supporter of Dumbarton FC. He’s a footsoldier of the Tartan Army and also takes a real interest in local issues. He’s a community councillor and has also stood for the local council as an SNP candidate. Jimmy has a degree in Geography and speaks I think five foreign languages. I’m sure his recent comments here were ironic (I hope so!). He has travelled to every continent and has friends in every part of the globe – even Burnley!

The book is about Jimmy’s morbid fascination for troublespots. I mean it’s not your typical holidaymaker who decides to take a trip to the Balkans in the midst of a conflict, the scale of which Europe had not seen in fifty years. I haven’t actually read the book yet but will report back when I have (I’ve also of course got all of Stu’s stuff to read so I’m not short of material)

One person who has read the book, has known Jimmy a lot longer  and knows him better than me, and is also a BLFP correspondent, is Fern Cake who introduced the book at its launch (The book Tin Tin would have written had he been Scottish!”), in his own inimitable fashion, on Friday. The event was meticulously planned (Sneddy’s fort⁄e) and well attended. Your humble blogger was there and thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings amongst Dumbarton’s literati including Sam Wilding – yet another BLFP correspondent.

The synopsis at Olida notes the following:

‘Civil Wars, ethnic cleansing and genocide, mass murderers, liberation movements turned gun-running gangsters and eccentric dictators. And all in recent memory. The Balkans has never had its troubles to seek. Jimmy Cormack travels round the parts of Europe the rest of us would prefer to avoid. He examines the history, the geography and the political intrigues that have shaped the region right up to this day. However, he also experiences some lighter moments, meeting a bizarre mixture of misfits and dodgy characters and witnesses some wacky, and some near-to-death incidents.’

Jimmy is a real character and I’m looking forward to reading the book.


Photo Quiz

One mainly for those local to my area although this guy was known well beyond the boundaries of Dunbartonshire. I took this photo in Rhu churchyard this afternoon. Whose grave is this?

Whose grave is this?

Don’t Go Brechin My Heart

Aye it’s a tough shift being a Sons supporter at the minute. That’s four defeats in a row but I’ve actually quite enjoyed the last couple of games. The 4-2 defeat by Stirling Albion was a good game and pretty even. Either team could have won up to the last 15 minutes. I’m told that in last Tuesday’s trip to Peterheid Dumbarton were unfortunate to lose (we were fortunate in the last two games against the blue toon so….).On Saturday against Brechin, Sons totally dominated the first half and had chances to take the lead. Ross Clark wasn’t far away with a long range shot and Derek Carcary came close with a looping header and also straight through on a one on one with the keeper. They also had a pretty clear penalty turned down with the ref just yards away. Not part of some conspiracy agenda of course just a bad decision
The second half saw Brechin come back into the game. Kevin Byers pounced on the rebound of a great save from Sons keeper Michael White in 57 minutes and made no mistake for what turned out to be the winning goal. Dennis Wynnes had a golden chance to equalise but his header lacked power and was easily gathered by Nelson.

Sons were left to rue their missed chances and on another day they might have won the game.

The play offs at the top end are a fading dream and the bottom end are a looming nightmare. I personally think we are a better side than the last four results suggest but in a league as tight as this there isn’t much margin for error.

Onwards and upwards!