KEEN to replicate Felix Baumgartner's amazing jump from the edge of space, from the comfort of your own home?
Simple. All you have to do is to zoom in very, very quickly on Google Earth.
Watch this space?
AND while we're on the subject, reader Jimmy Manson says it's ironic that the space shuttle Endeavour should get stuck in the streets of Los Angeles because of a lack of space.
THE recent announcement that the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is providing every baby born in Scotland with a CD to help them wake up, play and nap, prompts one question: What next? Should Scotland's national orchestra consider providing prospective parents with a recording to aid conception? The jury is currently out on whether Beethoven's Eroica Symphony should appear, as opposed to, say, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique. Perhaps it all depends on the mood. Other possibilities? Well, we almost hate to mention Saint Saens' symphony No3, Organ, or Schubert's eighth – Unfinished.
Repeat after me?
SPEAKING of curries, and irresistible-sounding offerings, our attention has been directed to a dessert in Madhur Jaffrey's forthcoming cookbook, Curry Nation. It goes by the slightly unappetising name of Coconut Barfi.
THE phone goes at the CCA in Sauchiehall Street. A Diary acquaintance politely says he has seen a concert on the website, for November, but that the link to book tickets seemed to be dead, and could the box-office help?
The man at the other end is equally polite. He takes details of the show, and looks it up. "Are you sure of the date, sir?" he asks at length.
The Diary's man, even more polite, says, yes he is, November 15 was definitely the date. It was on the website. He'd really, really like to attend. Could he buy tickets over the phone?
Sorry, sir, comes the reply. No can do.
Any particular reason?
"Well, actually," comes the unarguable reply, "the concert was on November 15. Last year ..."
INTERESTING nugget from Stevie Chalmers' autobiography, The Winning Touch, in which the man who scored the winning goal in Celtic's 1967 European Cup final talks about his life.
In 1967, in Uruguay, Celtic played a tie-breaker against the thuggish Racing Club of Argentina to decide who would be world champions. It was a violent game, and six players were sent off. Eventually, Celtic decided they could take no more and John "Yogi" Hughes collided with the Argentinian goalkeeper and – to quote Stevie– "gave him a real dunt".
Afterwards, Yogi was asked why he'd done it. "I didn't think anybody would notice," he replied – forgetting for the moment that the game had been beamed around the world on live TV.
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