Loose Ends – 30 April

Some curling news to keep you busy while we all reflect on how long it will be until we can get back into our home rinks and get playing again – at least the sun has made an appearance now.

Curling history enthusiasts will enjoy David B. Smith’s article on Southport’s Glaciarium here on the Curling History Blog.

Robin Copland has posted some final thoughts on the season here on his Behind the Glass blog.

If you are feeling flush with cash then I will point you in the direction of this magnificent trophy that has appeared on eBay recently.

Alex Salmond met Scotland’s medal-winning curlers from 2012-13 last week – read what the First Minister had to say about our sport here.

The shortlist for the 2013 Scottish Curling Awards has been announced. Find out who you can vote for here.

Those of you who follow Canadian curling will probably have heard that John Morris is leaving Team Kevin Martin after seven years, a world title and Olympic gold. Read the full story here.

The World Curling Federation has announced who is to sit on its two new commissions. Scotland’s Michael McCreadie is on the Athlete Commission while England’s John Brown and Scotland’s Hew Chalmers feature on the Competitions and Rules Commission. Find out more here.

The RCCC has announced details of its adult curling camp for 2013. Taking place in Stranraer, you can find out all you need to know here.

The Scottish Curling Tour has confirmed that all eight events from this season will take place again in 2013-14 – check out their calendar page here.

Finally, some dates for your diaries.

RCCC Ladies Branch AGM – Tuesday 7 May, 1400, Murrayfield Curling
175th RCCC AGM – Saturday 15 June, 1400, Dewars Centre, Perth
Royal Highland Show* – Thursday 20 June to Sunday 23 June, Ingliston Showground

*The RCCC will open its doors at the show from the Thursday until the Saturday so if you want to see inside the governing body’s head office, this is a great opportunity.