We must play if we want to, but maybe we shouldn’t have?

To be fair to everyone, why someone in the Rugby Union hierarchy thought it was a good idea to arrange a tournament in Japan while they are in the middle of their typhoon season, I have no idea, but they did. It meant that all games yesterday were wiped out by the weather, or more strictly, by Typhoon Hagibis sweeping through the country, sadly with some loss of life, and all games planned for yesterday were cancelled, declared as 0-0 draws, and in truth, beyond the 0.001% chance of Italy beating New Zealand, it had zero effect on the teams who would make the play offs, though it might have changed who out of England, and France won their group, but beyond that…

The thing was, today, Scotland were due to play Japan in the last group match of the tournament, with the winner progressing to the quarter finals, the losers going home. Thing is, if like yesterday’s games, and one meaningless game today, this game was cancelled, then the host country would qualify, and Scotland would be headed home. So, given Scotland expected to win, they made all sorted of complaints about the situation, and efforts were made to move the game, so it was actual played.

The irony was, Japan played like an inspired country, they probably were, and at one point were winning by 28-7, and leaving Scotland looking a bit embarrassed, to put it mildly. They did eventually get the score back to 28-21, but because of the complex bonus points system, they would have needed to have won by more than 7 points to have qualified, anyway.  To be honest, I know they have home advantage, but Japan have ended up beating 2 countries (the other being Ireland) ranked above them, which is quite an achievement, and deserve to qualify, in truth.

But yes, the thing that amuses me the most, if Scotland had accepted the situation, they could have come home looking like the unlucky side of the tournament, whereas now…

OK, the video, well, yesterday at least, was spent as a Safety day for the teams involved in the tournament, so…

Painting the world with a rainbow, and other holiday musings

Totally confused? Oh, I hope so, as thats the plan to make you read this, lol.

OK, catching up on the week so far. Yesterday was more memorable for the things that didnt go to plan, whereas today, with one exception, went pretty well to plan.

So yesterday, lets start with the usual culprit, Trans Pennine, and their non-express service. OK, lets say wonderful service from a member of staff from same company! Even more confused? Oh good!

We arrived at Huddersfield yesterday morning, to find our train was running 13 minutes late. Then it got to 18 late, actually left 16 minutes late, so yes, they have as much clue as a certain US president does, lol. Not surprisingly, it lost more time before York, and basically, we werent going to make our train at Newcastle, and all plans could have gone haywire from there. So, I thought I’d buy a coffee, and at least enjoy that on the journey, when…the conductor told us our train was actually behind us going into York. It was probably going to overtake it en route to Newcastle (it did!), so he got us off there, wrote a sweet message for the guard of the other train, we got on it, and sorted.

Well, apart from my coffee, which was the item I then couldnt carry, and half got lost in the transfer, but anyway…

Next, Edinburgh! I had rashly assumed all platforms were pretty much in one area, and that the transfer, even with limited mobility on our parts (Eric even more than me), it wouldnt be that hard. Unfortunately we were dropped off on a platform about half a mile from the main area of the station, and it was a challenge to get there. Thankfully, we had plenty of time, so survived.

The rest was straightforward enough, other than the amusement on my part, when I saw they’d put Eric down as Mr Carpenter on the invoice. I know, one name on the booking, twin room, so…Still found it funny, but thats just me? Hotel is lovely by the way.

Today, to Kyle of Lochalsh. OK, this is where the title comes into play. You could call the Skye line, the LGBT line, because we saw rainbows both ways, a very spectacular one heading there, less so coming back. 2 of the stations, the platforms are so ‘large’ they only open 1 door on the train, because thats all thats on the platform!

OK, first the missing hotel. Eric has got one of those ‘drivers eyes’ videos of the Kyle line, but the thing is, it was made in 1987! It therefore showed a building I first saw as a child, the Achnasheen Inn Hotel, on the platform of Achnasheen station. So, someone was looking forward to seeing an old friend again, right? Wrong, seemingly, as it burnt down in 1995! I did wonder if I was missing something, until I found out the news at the museum on Kyle station! Just glad I didnt say anything at the time, as locals would have thought me crazy asking about something that burnt down 23 years ago!

Oh fine, the missing ferry. No, not the one at Kyle, though that is definitely gone. Funnily enough, there was a large boat moored where the ferry used to leave from today though. But further up the line…

The first time I saw this corner of the world, by road, was 1971. We were using an old road map (about 1968?), and it showed the road crossing to Stromeferry, by ferry. I was navigating just fine, until we approached the area, and the signpost said something totally different to my map. Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, I followed the signposts, not the map, as the ferry had been replaced by a new road the year before! In truth, today, nearly 50 years on, I couldnt make out either point where the road met the ferry, so to speak, on either side of the water. Passing of time, and all that!

Tomorrow, so to speak, we go back in time, on a steam train from Aviemore, to Boat of Garten, and back. Lunch booked on the train, ooh! No, I havent bought a flapper dress with me, though maybe I should have done? Thursday, we head back south. More on those 2 days at end of week, I’m sure.

Apologies, but no video tonight. We do have wi-fi at the hotel, but its not quick enough to play videos, from You Tube, for sure. Probably would have gone with the theme from Rainbow, for those who wish to find their own!

Edited to add the video. Yes, the full length version, a first for me