Thursday, 3 June 2010
Tap o' the city
She wis lookin up at this wee laddie, the Golden Boy, oan tap o the University dome. He wis pit up there when they added the dome tae the College buildin in the 1880s, John Hutchison wis the sculptor an he based the boy oan Anthony Hall, a young athlete cum model. She maintained that the laddies fae the University used tae climb up tae the dome every year, tak the wee man doon, an parade him aroon the toon in yin o their 'pageant' affairs. Then, the next mornin, she wid say, ye got up, an the Golden Boy wis back! Ta-daa!
She aye got awfy excitit when she startit talkin aboot the student laddies, or should ah say 'her' student laddies, an their high-jinks. Bidin up that way ah think she thocht she had a special claim oan the place. "Oh aye!" she wid start, "We aye had students up oor stair, we saw aw sorts, aw colours an religions, we were very cosmopolitan." She actually said that...
She wid look up, smile, an shout "Is he there? Well? Is he there?"
"Aye Maisie, he's still there"
Ye ken, ah aye felt ah wis lettin her doon...