THE big hit at the Glasgow Imax cinema this week is the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, whose opening scenes were filmed in Scotland.
In the queue to go in on Monday, one fan told his pal: "They even filmed some scenes in Glasgow."
"So who's the baddy this time? The Yoker?" he replied.
OUR school stories remind Barrie Crawford of the late George Bradford, former deputy headteacher at Blantyre High School who, in his retiral speech bemoaned the lack of inventiveness among pupils who had arrived late. Says Barrie: "He was fed up with 'I missed the bus!' and 'I slept in!' He said that his favourite came from the pupil who replied, 'Please sir, my grannie lost her glass eye and I had to help her look for it'."
THE Olympics. Great stuff just now. But not everyone is happy. As one reader tells us: "'It's not the winning, but the taking part that counts' – obviously the motto of Team GB."
AND a final word on that glorious opening ceremony. A reader tells us it was being discussed favourably at his golf club where one chap opined: "I liked the history of Britain, especially the parade of all the different countries we've conquered."
On the slide
A READER in America tells us a local gag that combines the Olympics, albeit the winter variety, and the faltering presidency of Barack Obama.
He says: "The International Olympic Committee announced that it has taken back the gold medal previously awarded to American skier Lindsey Vonn, and given it to President Obama.
"Olympic officials said Obama deserved the medal more than Vonn because no-one has ever gone downhill faster than he has."
Said in Scotland
MORE suggestions for the National Library's hunt for famous film quotes if delivered in Scotland.
n You cannae handle Big Ruth! (Anne Gilbride).
n A boatle o' Irn Bru. No' shaken or stirred mind, or it'll gush oot the tap. (Craig Robertson)
n It's a hunner an' six mile tae Glesca. We've got half a pack o fags. It's dark, and fit are these funny dark glasses for? (David Grimmer).
n You've goat to ask yersel 'Do you drink Buckie?' Well do you, ya wee ned? (Anne Gilbride).
MOTHERWELL of course were in their first-ever game in the Champions League qualifiers at Fir Park last night against Greek opposition. A reader points us to a Greek news website whose English version described the Lanarkshire side as "Madder wool" which we hope wasn't subtly suggesting that Motherwell were lambs to the slaughter.
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