|An idyll or not?|
It is just as well. FB has assumed that the world of bowls is tranquil and polite. There may be the occasional, 'Bother' uttered as a bowl ends up not in its intended place. 'Dearie me,' will occasionally echo across the lawn. But nothing beyond that and the quiet clicks as the bowls collide. Idyllic in its own way. However FB has read this week how wrong that impression is.
There is another report, this time from Forres, where a 68 year old player exasperated when a 71 year old player fell off his chair dragged him out of the club by his heels kicking him twice before dumping him outside. The Sheriff fined him £265.
This does not seem the kind of world that Fantasy Bob should enter with equanimity. His father is obviously made of stern stuff to have survived so long. But for FB, another season bowling up the hill and against the wind seems preferable, with only the taunts of the junior members to disturb him. Bowls will have to wait.