A nation to be proud of
SCOTLAND was at its prettiest last week, with the hills painted purple by the heather under cloudless skies. We were in the midst of a heatwave, which was disastrous for the purpose of luring a salmon to come to my fly, but unforgettable for the beauty. Without fail, each morning, a golden orb rose in the east, an apt reminder of the golden days and nights our athletes were having in Rio at the Olympics, where we won a staggering 67 medals to finish second in the medal table, beating China into third.
In these difficult times, sport has the ability to unite a nation. The raw emotions of success and failure were enthralling and there was so much to be proud of. It was a joy to see our success on a world stage.
Great Britain is good at so many things, but we have a tendency to look at ourselves in glass half-empty mode. Our country is the envy of the world for its decency and multi culturalism. We invent, make and sell many of the world’s greatest products. We can add sport to that list. We should top up that glass and celebrate. MH