A Letter to Santa
It’s the Wing Centre here and as you know I always write you a letter at this time of the year to let you know what I would like to find in my Christmas stocking on the 25th. Like most boys I usually have a good hunt around the house, checking under the beds in the spare room, up in the loft and in various spare corners to see if you have left anything for me.
Lately I’ve also taken to checking the deleted e mail on the computer to see if there is any clue to what you have been up to. Not a thing so far though the fact that you have apparently relocated from Greenland to Amazon which is much further away, could be the explanation for the fact that nothing has as yet arrived at my house.
Never mind and if you already know what I’m getting then OK, but if not I’ve taken the trouble to include a little list of what I would like if you could possibly manage it. I have also put in a few requests for my friends just in case they haven’t got round to writing to you themselves:
The main present I would like this Christmas is for the Glen to win another cup.
The last one we won was great crack and everyone went round to EJ’s for the party. We are not really bothered which one we do get to win as long as we get to take it home with us and are allowed to put it in the trophy cabinet which has been looking underutilised. At least, we have the Macdonald Cup in the cabinet already but that is always in there.
That big cup with the wee mannie on top of it looks like it would probably be too big for the case, unless we broke the wee fellow off which we would probably have to do to fit it in. It would not cause any problems with the Camanachd because we know a guy in Glasgow who can fix the mannie back on without any fuss. Whatever you think yourself: it doesn’t make any difference to us*
*ps We have had Mr Reid and Geordie busy building a much bigger trophy cabinet as you can see in the picture but we probably aren’t going to need it unless we get the big one.
Could you also get that Neil Paterson guy to relocate to the Glen so he could take more pictures of our guys playing? Some of the players’ mams are saying that his photos solve their Christmas problems because the guys just like seeing themselves in A4 size snaps and want copies for their bedroom walls. It makes them feel like real sportsmen too and that cannot be a bad thing.
Our sponsor George Edwards of Loch Ness Cruises is a good friend of the club so Santa please would you arrange for him to get a new camera in time for the start of the tourist season. His old one is broken and anyway it did not seem to take reliable pictures- and our other sponsors as well such as Druimba also need some help. They were not permitted to proceed with their wind-farm over the back of Abriachan but perhaps you could make it possible for them to put in for a new site up the top of Queen Mary’s Rock and over on to Herd’s Hill.
Some people might complain that a wind-farm will spoil the view but then you cannot eat scenery and in time you will grow used to whatever you see and learn to appreciate the beauty of man’s works. And anyway the sponsorship money makes the view much easier to appreciate.
Could you also get the club a new rebound wall? When we were wee, we used to have gable ends on our houses and our mams didn’t mind us firing a ball against it. Nowadays most gable ends have glass windows in them and modern mams don’t want the glass broken or the flowers trampled on- so a rebound wall at the field would help the little guys in the club practise hitting the ball as it comes back to them. Ideally every house in the glen should have a rebound wall in their gardens and perhaps that is something David Sutherland should think about when he puts the new houses in on the fields behind Poachers. In fact if he does not do that, then that is as good a reason as any for refusing him permission to build.
No Christmas would be complete for the Wing Centre without something shinty related to read though you have to say that nothing much can beat leafing through Hugh Dan’s “Shinty”- not the botanical one but the book which tells you about how many times the Glen haven’t won a cup. It is always good for the motivation to read about the Glen’s proud history and reflect on how much prouder it might have been with more trophies captured in photographs.
Anyway thanking you in advance - and I'll tell herself to leave open the front of the multi-fuel stove on Christmas Eve otherwise you will never get down the chimney at all.
Yours in shinty,
The photos are of the Cups including the real moment when one got damaged.
The one where Smack is actually standing on the ground quite safely is the Macdonald Cup. Mr Reid and the boys are busy making a new cabinet for future trophies. Ah well ,they can but hope.