Thoughts on the weekend

Ice scuopturesIt was good to see some of the new arrivals in action in Blues game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday but our goals didn’t come from them.  Demarai Gray passed the ball to Lee Novak to score the first goal.  Later, Novak returned the favour and passed the ball to Gray who went on a great run and scored from what looked like an impossible angle. And Paul Caddis put the penalty in near the end of the game.

I had been to Chamberlain Square on the way to the match, to see the installation of Minimum Monument there. This creation was the work of Nele Azevedo, a Brazilian sculptor. Volunteers had helped her make the 5,000 ice sculptures that were placed around the square in memory of the many who suffered in the First World War. Members of the public were invited to place the sculptures and it was an emotional experience.

I took that emotion with me to the game. So as I watched the players on the pitch I found my mind drifting back to the men involved in the ‘war to end wars’ and people in the various war-torn parts of the world today. Trevor Francis, at 16, was the youngest player to play in our first team. Boys younger than that fought in the war that began 100 years ago today. If you can find time today, pause and remember them.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the weekend

  1. Letsby Avenue

    I had read about Nele Azevedo, and it is one more reget for no longer living in the Midlands.
    Though I don’t think I would have gone onto the match with that much sadness in my head.
    Many years ago, and I mean many … 🙂
    If I went to St Andrews on my own, I’d go to the Art Gallery instead of a coffee shop / pub, as was the ritual when with friends.
    I was sitting once in front of my favourite painting – the one the staff called the “unfinished” and also reading the Rossetti-Jane Morris Letters [McMillan] and I felt so sad at such agony and lost love …I went back to New Street and went home. No mood to watch Blues.
    So, I’m glad that I didn’t intend to go to see us play Calley, because I would have gone to
    Chamberlain Square…and gone straight to New Street and home.
    Some of us are really wimps.

    Thank you for your Blog – once again.


    1. Snoopy12

      Letsby, you’re not a wimp mate, your a decent human being showing compassion, something the world seems to be little short of right now. There’s to be a switch off, of lights, tonight in all public buildings between 10pm and 11pm. At home we can all join in by turn in the lights off and having just one lit candle. I shall be joining in and have an hour of quiet contemplation.

  2. Bazzathebluenose

    Indeed, thank you for the excellent blog. Your comments prove conclusively, if there was ever any doubt, that there is more to life than football. Like Letsby Avenue, I don’t live in the Midlands as many readers of your blog will know from my musings on Joys and Sorrows, so sadly I missed the iced sculptures as well. Today marks the commencement of the First World War and your article is therefore fitting. The football, though pleasing from the point of view of the team and the fans, is secondary. Our famous anthem, ‘Keep Right On to the End of the Road’ was written during WW1 by Sir Harry Lauder in 1916 following the death of his son Captain John Lauder most probably from a sniper’s bullet when in no-man’s land reporting on an unexploded shell during what was supposed to be the Christmas ceasefire.

    Lest we forget.

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