FANTASTIC start to the Olympics.
As one reader commented on the opening ceremony: "It was nice to see such a breathtaking show end on a high note.
"Just a pity Paul McCartney couldn't reach it."
HOWEVER, Jimmy Manson in Ayr tells us: "I was disappointed at the opening ceremony that the team from the Congo didn't go in a single line."
AND comments continued on the Korean flags mix-up in Glasgow. Says Michael Bruce: "My brother could have prevented it. He's a Koreas Guidance Teacher."
FINALLY Rangers made it back to competitive football yesterday, with fans having to cope with watching them on the Gaelic TV station BBC Alba. Trying to be positive, Bob Doig opined on the commentators: "Different language – but will probably still make more sense than Craig Burley ever did."
And Ray Bradshaw observed: "Years of watching Dotaman will pay off for Rangers fans."
Here comes the bridie?
BEST football chant of the season so far – the Brechin fans after their side equalised against Rangers. "Are you Forfar in disguise?"
WE mentioned the National Library of Scotland marking its exhibition, Scotland at the Cinema, by asking for famous film quotations as if they had been delivered in Scotland.
Readers put forward:
"The names Bond, Flute Bond" (Alan Graham, Cumbernauld). "Ah wanted to be a conductor" (Carl Williamson, Largs). "Ye hud me at howzit gaun" (Morag Keith). "I see drunk people!" (Keith McClory, Houston.) "Haw, Sam, gauny gie's thon wan the burd likes?" (Ian Duff, Inverness.)
WE told of David Cameron meeting Alex Salmond at Wimbledon and offering to decide the independence question with a game of tennis.
The First Minister tells us that rather than a game of tennis, he would be willing to challenge the Prime Minister instead to a round of golf at St Andrews.
"Now that I'm being coached by Luke Donald, perhaps this would be a more preferable way of sorting things out," said Alex.
Trial by sport sounds a lot more fun than two years of political point-scoring.
Piece of mayhem
WORKPLACE provisions continued. Derek McCann in Aberdeen says: "Many years ago, I worked at the National Engineering Laboratory in East Kilbride, where some large test specimens had returned from sub-sea testing near Fort William. There was a decaying dead crab inside which magically made its way into a colleague's lunch sandwich.
"Needless to say, all packed lunches were subsequently locked away in case of retribution."
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