Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Scripted or unscripted ?


Usually, the students keep pretty much to themselves but sometimes there's no avoiding them. The annual foam fight is one such occasion.

A thousand or so freshers have been corralled onto a patch of lawn between the sea and the biochemistry labs. A flimsy fence has been put up to separate them from any passing townsfolk. They cavort away happily. 

A Norwegian television crew are filming the high jinx behind them. Mid-intro some young blood plants a pile of shaving foam on the television presenters head. He takes this with good grace. Was it spontaneous or scripted for the camera ?

There are four policemen on duty. I ask one of them if there are ever any problems. 'None whatsoever' he replies before adding ' we had a lassie climb up a tree and get stuck up there two years ago'.  In a world gone mad it's good to know there are places where a bout of vertigo is remembered.

A large group of French tourists stand and watch. They aren't sure what to make of any of this but doubtless believe that this is very Scottish and goes on all the time. Foam covered students, heading home,  ignore them. After last weeks rain the weather is perfect.

We are heading south to London so tomorrows blog maybe a little late.

98.6 is a myth. Or is it ? :https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-986-degrees-is-not-the-average-human-body-temperature-180983071/


WFT Nobby said...

I repeat yesterday's comment!
Hope travel plans are not disrupted by storm Babette (forecast to hit Scotland on Thursday).
Cheers, Gail.
PS When I take my own temperature it's always lower than the 'official' value, but had assumed it was a fault of the thermometer.

Coppa's girl said...

I can imagine the French onlookers shaking their heads in disbelief. They've always thought the British were mad and this just confirms it!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
St Andrews doesn't need that sports bar - it has so much live entertainment! At med school, we were taught the temp (and indeed blood pressure) were average - which is not the same as 'normal'. Not to panic if a mark or two in either direction. YAM xx

Travel said...

And what silliness will the senior seniors get up to, you know people our age?

Lisa in France said...

I remember hearing about the foam fight as well - even stranger than Raisin Day? Today, one of my son's classes in Glasgow was cancelled due to fog. Scotland is such an interesting place!

rottrover said...

What an odd tradition!