... Sepp Blatter has resigned after all the ongoing nonsense around FIFA and the awarding of world cups to countries. Whatever you think of him or football, I think we can agree that the idea of leaders needing to be of good character has again raised it's head. When leaders are only competent then the power goes to their heads and they enjoy it too much, even get addicted to it and start to seek even more power, but for their own benefit. The idea that leaders must first know how to follow is maybe something that needs to be adapted to suggest that leaders all need to be humble and able to follow others at any stage of their leadership journey. They need to be able to step back as well as put things in their proper perspective. Teachers want more than a 2% rise and nurses might not get 1% but yet the politicians are awarded 10% - how many of them will see the injustice and give the extra away to charities in their constituencies?
... Scottish rugby has something to shout about. Glasgow Warriors win in Belfast at the weekend was great for the country but absolutely brilliant for the players, the fans and the club. This season I missed a few of the home games again because of work commitments but was able to travel to Galway to see them beat Connaught. A great trip that almost made up for not being free to see either the semi or the final except on TV (sorry to the good people of the Arran pub that I rather disturbed by my none-too-quiet cheering). Successes like this are what give people hope for a brighter future. There's already been mention of trying to increase the capacity of Scotstoun on a more permanent basis as they expect the season ticket holder ranks to swell beyond this year's 3500 when the ticket office opens on Thursday. And it's true even on a smaller scale - when we do well, and recognise it, it gives us strength of purpose to carry on. What would you include in that category today?
... I had hoped to say that the summer is finally here. But I went out with Ed Smith (of Ed Smith Photography - click to go to his website) yesterday to do some photos for the website and sadly it rained the whole time, despite all the forecasts promising a brighter window. Ed was great but without either of us successfully able to control the weather we'll need to have another day when the sun shines. Watch this space though for a whole new set of photos of me coaching as we walk through Mugdock Country Park.