Swing low

BBC: Scots can upset England - Nicol

Former captain Andy Nicol believes Scotland have their best opportunity to beat England since he led the Scots to victory at Murrayfield in 2000.

"It is the first time for a while that Scotland have a reasonable chance of an upset," he told BBC Sport.

Let's hope not:

Test message to Stense this morning:

Stense, I propose a bet: me (England) v you (Scotland) in rugby Saturday. Loser buys £5 joint lottery ticket when she's not too busy. Do we have a bet? Ri xx

Stense's reply:

It's a deal!

The words candy and baby spring to mind.

I have absolutely no honour.

Postscript (25-Feb-2006): Oh shut up! All I can say is that it's a bloody good job I didn't proposition Stense with my original idea for a wager, otherwise you would now be looking at frankly saucy photographs of yours truly. And I wouldn't wish that ordeal on the smuggest of jammy Scots.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. I was watching the Olympic ice hockey this evening...
    These guys sure don't take any prisoners, do they?
    I'd love to see mssrs. Beckham & Wilkinson etc. have a go at that one. Give 'em five minutes...what say you?

  2. When I was at university, I was a loyal fan of the local ice hockey team (The Durham Wasps). They were undoubtedly the finest ice hockey team in the country… until someone sold their rink.

    Ice hockey's for cissies really: it's fast all right, but all that padding, I ask you!

  3. Selling off rinks is a real problem. Our nearest ones are Basingstoke or Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
    My oldest son thought it was for cissies too. Until the night the micro surgeon sewed his top lip back on, following a skate in the face!

  4. I once saw a netminder knocked arse-over-tit by a slapshot from the opponents' half of the rink which he skillfully blocked with his face. Those pucks don't half travel fast.

    I also once saw someone score accidentally with an amazing diving header, but it was disallowed on the grounds that you aren't supposed to use your head when you play ice hockey.

  5. What was the name of the cartoon cat with Pixie & Dixie?.....
    Oh yes! i remember 'Mr Jinx' I guess that must be your nick name down the boozer by now.
    ps. That would be a bloody big joint for a fiver. And using a lottery ticket for the roach....an act of pure genius!

  6. Ah, but it's all part of my master plan The way I see it, these things even out: I lose a bet at rugby; Stense and I win the big one with our joint lottery ticket. Mind you, the same logic would have applied if Stense had lost the bet. Which just goes to show that god is a Scotsman.

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