Monday, July 23, 2007

UK Flooding continues, Calls for Cameron to go, Highland Clearances remembered and Hibs sign Gatheussi at last!

The UK was again hit by the most incredible floods over the weekend after a month of prolonged rainfall! Apparently not unparalleled as more actually fell in one year during the 1950's but pretty bad in recent memory!! There is of course the usual press scramble to blame someone, usually the Government of course but I am really not clear what can be done when there is this overwhelming desie to build housing by rivers or in flood plains though this may slow down as I imagine Home Insurance may get very difficult from now on?

There have been inevitable calls for Tory leader Cameron to go from 2-6 Tory back benchers after the disasterous Ealing Campaign and his honeymoon period is now well and truly over!!

The sculpture here is in memory of the Highland Clearances in Helmsdale, on the Sutherland Coast and will be officially unveiled by the First Minister. "The Exiles" stature commemorates the people who were cleared from Sutherland by landowners (who were of course Scottish Clan Chiefs and not the horrible English!!!) and their agents and left to begin new lives overseas.

Hibs have at last signed Cameroon defender Thierry Gatheussi after a few hitches that might have killed the deal. He looked very good in pre season matches, is 25 and has signed for 2 years. I think he will be a real find this season.

Hibs take on Bolton Wandererrs this Wednesday and Middlesborough on Saturday so they will be a couple of good tests ahead of the opening league match against Hearts ! I think we will one of the new players an impact as will Kerr, O'Brien, Ma-Kalamby and of course Donaldson. Joneliet may be the surprise package and I still reckon they need another forward and am surprised that they did not sign Jason Scotland when he seemed interested? The squad is a small one and looks a bit light but Collins is confident that the young players can get thrown in as they did last season and they are all a year older and wiser so I do expect them to get their chances.