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Heart of Midlothian :: We’ve won the league flag

There has been considerable debate this week as to whether we wanted Hearts to with the Scottish Championship today by virtue of cross-town rivals Hibs not winning or wait until we play Queen of the South at Tynecastle and win it in front of our own fans.  General consensus was that Hibs would win relatively easily today against Rangers and we could have our party next week.  This of course fails to take into account Hibs never ending ability to buckle when the pressure is on, especially if Hearts are involved!

And so, a year on from being on the very edge of extinction,  Heart of Midlothian have won promotion back to the top tier of Scottish football and the future […]

By |2016-11-03T04:23:19-05:00March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Heart of Midlothian, Personal, Scotland, Soccer|Tags: , |1 Comment

Have you heard of the Heart of Midlothian?

It’s been a while since I have blogged about Hearts, in the meantime, we have basically gone bust, been relegated, and started all over again.

For those of you not used to the world of soccer/football, the team that finishes bottom (and sometimes second bottom too) of a league is relegated to the second tier league (in Scotland there are four leagues in the senior game – to complicate it even more there are additional feeder leagues).  It’s almost like the worst team in Major League Baseball getting replaced by the best AAA team).

Well, due to them going into administration last year, Hearts were docked 15 points and finished bottom of the league (only just as it would end up).  This […]

By |2016-11-03T04:23:21-05:00February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Heart of Midlothian, Personal, Scotland, Soccer|Tags: , |2 Comments

Happy Burns' Night

Image of Robert Burns

 

To celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s bard, here’s a bit of poetry.

If you’ve never been to a Burns Supper, get it on your bucket list

ODE TO A HAGGIS

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
You pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails […]

By |2016-11-03T04:23:54-05:00January 25th, 2012|Categories: Scotland|Tags: , |Comments Off on Happy Burns' Night

Homeward Bound

Edinburgh, Scotland

 

I am on my way back to Edinburgh, Scotland where I will be for the next week, spending some time with my parents.

I’ll be available by just about all of the usual means, but if you can’t find me and need something urgently, be sure to call the office or jump on Live Help.

:: Justin ::

By |2015-02-22T04:54:55-05:00November 2nd, 2010|Categories: Scotland|Tags: |2 Comments

Shades of 2006 as Scotland look to the future

As we all get excited about the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, Scotland (who failed to qualify yet again) are starting the rebuilding process.

Tonight was new manager (and former Hearts player and manager) Craig Levein’s first game in charge and it went very well as we beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Hampden.

What was quite remarkable was the number of players on the pitch from Hearts cup winning team of 2006:

For Scotland:

  • Craig Gordon (now with Sunderland)
  • Lee Wallace (still with Hearts)
  • Andy Webster (now with Dundee United)
  • Paul Hartley (now with Bristol City, but check out this photo of him on Wikipedia!)
  • Christophe Berra (now with Wolverhampton Wanderers)

And for the Czech Republic

Just goes to […]

By |2016-11-03T04:24:31-05:00March 3rd, 2010|Categories: Heart of Midlothian, Scotland, Soccer|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shades of 2006 as Scotland look to the future

Back home again

It’s very strange how a flight either way across the Atlantic feels like I am going home!

A tremendous break for me, now it’s time to get back to changing the world.

Before I do though, a quick photographic recap: (you can click on the pictures to see bigger versions.

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By |2016-11-03T04:24:32-05:00February 23rd, 2010|Categories: Justin's Travels, Scotland|Tags: , |Comments Off on Back home again

A busy Sunday in Edinburgh

Church from Dalry Road

This morning started with heading off to church to St Martin’s, the church where I grew and Dad used to work.  Very nice to catch up with old friends and see some wonderful young kids running riot there!

Pig
Then off to Gorgie City Farm for the obligatory visit.  Sorry no picture of the red tractor, I was having too much fun talking to the pigs!

football gamefootball match

Then after lunch, Nick to his girls back to Milngavie and I headed off to see my friend Scott, his son Calum, and John (who I meet once a year […]

By |2016-11-03T04:24:32-05:00February 21st, 2010|Categories: Heart of Midlothian, Justin's Travels, Scotland|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A busy Sunday in Edinburgh

Thursday in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

It never ceases to amaze me how easy the trip to Edinburgh is.  This time was no exception.

I also never tire of the views (despite the weather and the tram works).

Justin doing his work

I am now very comfortably settled with my parents and looking forward to spending a few days with family and friends.

:: Justin ::

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By |2016-11-03T04:24:33-05:00February 19th, 2010|Categories: Justin's Travels, Scotland|Tags: , |Comments Off on Thursday in Edinburgh