Four quid

Struggling to come up with an idea for a photograph as I listen to R*****s win at the footie today (and sneak back up to top spot in the league - at least until tomorrow, when Celtic take on the mighty Dunfermline), in desperation I thrust my hand into my pocket and fished out all of my loose change. The princely sum of four pounds sterling emerged in the form of three one pound coins and two fifty-pence pieces. All of the pound coins were Welsh, and inscribed with the message "Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad". I have absolutely no idea what that means, let alone have a clue as to how it is pronounced. The Scottish pound coins have "Nemo me impune lacessit" on them, which I believe means "no-one attacks me with impunity", which is, apparently, the motto of the Order of the Thistle, and was used on Scots coinage since the reign of James VI. The English pound coin is inscribed with the title of an Oasis album: "Standing on the shoulders of giants" - its meaning being a complete mystery to me. Like so many things. Well, whilst all of this trivia was running through my head, I decided that photographing coins is always a good standby: they make interesting subjects, and people from other countries have a fascination with coins that they may never actually see in real life, or, if they are planning a trip here, it lets them gain some familiarity with the coins they will be using.

NEWSFLASH: Police have shot dead a sheep that was causing havoc in traffic. This was a headline on the Radio Scotland news just now!!! Obviously not in the Highlands!!! The Sportsound team have just come back on, and Richard Gordon (the presenter) has just offered his condolences to the sheep's family. Must be a slow news day!! What more can I say? I'm away to laugh uncontrollably. Honestly, you couldn't make it up!!

Scottish Cup 3rd Round Draw is live on radio as I type: Celtic are at home to Rangers on 8 January!


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