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The Lomond List

It was an idea I tried before. Pick ten tracks from Spotify and share them. With Spotify’s new functionality I’m going to resurrect that idea.

So here is this week’s Lomond List:


View from Canoe

Richie, Thomas and I took a trip from Milarrochay Bay to the tiny island of Eilean Darroch this morning. Eilean Darroch is at the tip of Inchfad which is an inhabited island with a farm on it. The inhabitants of Inchfad regard it as a PRIVATE!! island and visitors are not encouraged.

I was absolutely shocked therefore when one of our party paddled ashore and relieved himself on the island.

There is a legend that Eilean Darroch once hosted an illicit still.

Today its just a wee island with plenty trees and wild flowers as well as some oyster catchers, sandpipers and other birds.

It was pretty choppy today and whilst we had enjoyed the benefit of that on the way out, on the way back it was a different story!

Inchcruin this morning

Creinch and Inchmurrin from Eilean Darroch

Torrinch - Taken into the sun on Eilean Darroch

And just in case you haven’t noticed a shot of Ben Lomond here for a while…..

The Ben with Buccinch and Inchlonaig

Richie took this one of yours Truly:

The cry was no humility!

Following on from the rather ill judged comments of Ally McCoist, yesterday Sandy Jardine was at it.

I always thought it was the other lot who regularly dined at the Ubiquitous Chip on the Shoulder!

Jardine’s comments are bizarre in the extreme. At this stage we don’t even know if there will be a Rangers next season and here he is dishing out threats “The supporters will take sanctions against clubs which we deem have been unfair to ourselves.”


Messrs McCoist and Jardine would do well to learn a little bit of humility. That way they might be able to rescue some sympathy for Rangers that seems to ebb further every time a club official speaks in public.


Well done to the Sons in reaching the play offs for promotion to SFL division one.

Photo: Campbell Yule

New life

Lines on the birth of young Torran Williamson.

AnElephantCant contain his elation
AnElephant is jumping for joy
We hear that our friend the bold Smiler
Is Daddy to a bouncing baby boy

AnElephantCant forget Mrs Smiler
We think having babies is probably quite hard
So we trumpet our delight for the family
And send a trunkful of warmest regards


Congrats from the BLFP to Mr and Mrs Smiler too!

Walk the Walk

AnElephantCant say we’re great walkers
But we are a bit of a squeeze in a car
We are not built for a bike
So when we have to hike
We prefer a short stroll to going too far

A campaign by the Living Streets charity
Wants to get us all stretching our legs
We have to admit
We are not awfully fit
We don’t usually go further than Greggs

We quite like to meander or amble
We don’t often canter or trot
A leopard can lope
As can an antelope
But we assure you AnElephantCannot

When we go for a dauner or perambulation
We have to remember which roads we have crossed
We find one-way streets
Confuse some of our feet
We are embarrassed to admit we get lost

When our promenade leads to a bifurcation
We confess we can sometimes be baffled
We have a solution
To our state of confusion
We know the difference is to take the road less travelled

dauner – Scots for saunter
Greggs – a chain of retail bakers

The Great British Walking Challenge

Get the calculators out!

The Sons go to Stirling today  knowing that a victory will confirm their place in the play offs for promotion to the first division. I can well remember a previous visit to Forthbank when, with Murdo McLeod as manager, Sons clinched promotion with a 2-0 victory there in 1994-95. I had a beer or two that night!

From Sons website here are the possible outcomes of today’s game with a thought spared for the Binos who are battling relegation to the third division.

Play-Off Scenario

If Sons WIN they will clinch a play-off place tomorrow whatever happens elsewhere.

If Sons DRAW then their play-off place will be confirmed if Stenhousemuir do not win at Arbroath. Because Airdrie United and East Fife are playing each other at New Broomfield, they will not both be able to overtake Sons.

If Sons LOSE , they can still seal a play-off place tomorrow. However, they need Stenny to lose at Arbroath and the Airdrie United v East Fife game not to end in a draw.