A Business Idea, Smoked Fish, Paul Merton and Tossing the Caber.
I went to the St Andrews Highland Games.
Stalls, sports, dance, food… tartan, arbroath smokies and kilts.
For children, you get the stalls where there is a mallet and a bell. If you manage to whack the thing with the mallet and ding the bell, hey, you win a prize! You pay £2 for the privilege of attempting to ding the bell. So, you ding the bell, then you get to choose from an array of inflatable mallets, slinky springs, practical jokes, whistles, soft toys and plastic toy vehicles. The whole mallet-and-bell combo is a shifty middle man. No one would want to buy any of the junk for £2….
…Makes me want to invest in a whack-a-bell gadget and a pile of plastic junk. A winner.
So I eventually drew the line after a couple of stalls and rides at the funfair before I bankrupted myself. We then went and had a look at the Arbroath Smokies smoking – and I still stank of it hours later.
We had wee look at the Highland dancing – which looked pretty repetitive and aerobic. And not for those lacking robust underwear.
The children enjoyed having a wee stroke of the guide-dogs-in-training and we then began to follow the actual Highland games that were supposed to be the main feature.
The hammer throw was quite good. I liked watching the tug of war.
The one I wanted to see was Tossing the Caber. I wasn’t the only one. Paul Merton was there, looking as if he had come as James May. I overheard someone wondering whether or not it was James May.
Paul Merton was interviewing a couple, both of whom toss the caber. Although I didn’t see either of them make a successful throw. But good to see a woman giving it a go.
Having got our money’s worth out of the Highland Games, we felt we could leave.
Smelling of smoked fish, wishing I had bought some.