Creating a Diversion

There will no doubt be a few diversions in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and with 1 month to go (#1mtg in twitter speak) the city dwellers will be ready to adapt to changes to the normal routines and routes.The quid pro quo is that they and their beloved city are part of one of the great sporting spectacles of the world.

“A change is as good as a rest” well there should be a few rested and refreshed Glaswegians by the end of the Games (#CWG or Glasgow2014 in twitter speak dependant if you’re a posh tweeter or not)

OK, so it’s a slow start to my latest blog. A bit of a traffic jam on the keyboard or grid lock of the brain. I think a bit more information followed by my mitigation may be required to excuse the mind dimming beginning.

As one of the Commonwealth Games #Team14 bloggers, I have been asked to show my creative streak and highlight the fact that in a month the games will begin and the diverse clash of nations that is the Commonwealth begin to descend on our largest city. The creativity that was requested? Be creative with the word DIVERSE, and here’s my mitigating circumstances on my lack of creativity – it’s been lovely outside since the email dropped into my inbox! So blooming lovely that I even had shorts on and burned my knees, a true Scot.

I really did try and concentrate and be a star blogger and create a new piece of shining brilliance. So what did I try and fail to come up with as my creative juices evaporated in the sunshine?

Right on the B of bang I was out of the blocks, I thought a poem, what better, a little bit of poetry telling the story of the stadia in Glasgow and who would be sitting next to you. How without a common language, diversities would be overcome with the common bond of sport. Sounds good eh? Well you judge and if you can stand the smell of cheese, please read on

Scotland is ready to put on a show

Stadia are built, all set to go

the seats are waiting in orderly rows

who’ll sit next to you 

Nobody knows

So reach out a hand and welcome your guest,

and enjoy with them, the games at their best

So many gathering here with passion and zest

to witness a spectacle

no time to rest

Yep, pretty cheddar cheesy and it got worse before I gave in and ditched the poetry. I will spare you the unbridled agony of the next three, yes three, verses

Next up was my attempt at diverse thinking, a bit of left field thinking.

Lets use the big CWG logo in George Square and turn it into the word DIVERSE



Seamless, isn’t it? Pointless and useless perhaps, but not seamless and certainly not creative but whilst I was lost in this type of nonsense a kernel of an idea was growing and ready to burst and pop! How about a photo of Tom Daley diving into Dumfries and Galloway? What do you mean you don’t get it! Surely it’s obvious.

Tom Daley – the diver, with me so far? He’s diving into D&G the south east of Scotland, oh come on, I’ll spell it out DIVER SE, see diverse!


The spelling put me onto a new, more musical track. You may have noticed that Dolly Parton was in town this week and one of her songs was D.I.V.O.R.C.E. and it was a short leap to re-writing the lyrics to be D.I.V.E.R.S.E.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today
Me and little J-O-E will be goin’ away
I love you both and it will be pure H-E double L for me
Oh, I wish that we could stop this D-I-V-O-R-C-E.


The D.I.V.E.R.S.E games begin in days 30    

me and little J.O.E will be going to see

the rugby 7s and thats pure D.E light for me

OH theres so many sports it’s D.I.V.E.R.S.E

Aye, another helping of cheese served up on a plate of confusion

All this cheese got me thinking about food and that is when a real opportunity rose from the obfuscation and prevarication that exists on my less than task driven brain.

Finally here is my way of serving up a diverse dish to demonstrate the diversity of the Commowealth nations


For starters on the CWG menu we could have the following delights

Cawl – soup or broth

Stewed Salt Fish with Dumplings,Spicy Plantains & Breadfruit


Turtle stew

Main Dishes are a choice of the following and for the sake of sanity I have served up only a few but enough to give your taste buds a trip across countries

Haggis – a sheep's stomach stuffed with offal, suet, onions and oatmeal.

Spuds and Herrin – boiled potatoes and herring

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings maybe served with Jersey Royal Potatoes

Bean Crock – a mixture of beans such as haricots and butter beans and meat left on the bone, Pig trotters.

Calentita – a baked bread-like dish made with chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Fenkata – Rabbit fried with wine and garlic

Souvla – large pieces of meat cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal barbecue.

Poutine – a dish of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and sometimes additional ingredients, covered with brown gravy or sauce. 

Crack conch with peas and rice

Sweet Course

Butter tart- The tart consists of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top.

Of course you would finish off with a dram of whisky and toast the good health of our new friends from around the globe and smile a thousand words with our eyes as we laugh at the fact that it’s the diverse nature of the commonwealth that binds us together.

raise a dram to mandela

Slainte Mhath



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