Who needs headgear?: Ron Bastien (left) got knocked out by England's Scott Fitzgerald.

Who needs headgear?: Ron Bastien (left) got knocked out by England's Scott Fitzgerald. Photo: AFP

When people think of Scotland's national drink, they think of whisky. But it must only just rank in front of the ubiquitous Irn-Bru, a Scottish soft drink that is everywhere in Glasgow. The Commonwealth Games are awash with the orange fizzy drink, which is locally made by A.G. Barr. It tastes a bit like creaming soda and unbelievably, outsells Coca-Cola, making Scotland one of the very few nations in the world where Coke isn't the top-selling drink.

Icing on the cake
I'll admit it. I thought the people swanning around at the opening ceremony trapped in giant red orbs were impersonating those little baby edam cheeses you put in your kid's lunchbox. It didn't seem to have much to do with Scotland but they sure are delicious. Even tastier, as it turns out, are Tunnock's teacakes, which they were actually dressed as during the show. Since then, the teacakes have been running off the shelves at local supermarkets. Waitrose reported a 62 per cent sales increase of the choc-coated marshmallow snack in the 24-hours after the show at Celtic Park.

Name game
English table tennis player Tin-Tin Ho is only 15 but has already shown she can live up to expectations. Her old man Charles loves table tennis so much he wanted to have the inititals of the sport in his daughter's name, hence Tin (Table) Tin (tennis) Ho (just Ho). It gets better - her brother is called Ping. It could be worse. At least he's not called Pong.

Hits and misses
The early rounds of the boxing have been a huge hit with Glasgow fans, who have packed the venue to watch the first major international competition since the rules were changed last year to remove the head guards. You would think the one fighter knocked out during the opening session would be keen to strap the headgear back on but Ron Bastien wasn't having a bar of it. "I'd rather fight without headgear but I didn't see that one coming." No you did not, Ron.

Put a ring on it
The first public proposal of the Commonwealth Games has unfolded and we can confirm there was a positive response. A lovely young fella called James popped the question, as is every girl's dream, before Australia played Uganda in the Rugby Sevens at Ibrox. Lucy said yes, sparing James a rapid sprint out of the stadium with his shirt pulled over his face.

Bowled over
For anyone playing at home, the little bowls handed out to medal-winning athletes aren't to be used for putting out their darts. They are, in fact, a quaich, which is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel that now has a ceremonial role in the culture. They were designed by Glasgow's Paul Hodgkiss and made from the wood of fallen trees, which means not only do they look good but they came at the right price. 

Maam walks among us
Even the Queen had to get an accreditation for Glasgow. And like the rest of us who get to wear the stupidly large tags around our neck, Her Majesty had to go into the little white tent to sign off and collect her pass. I'm hoping to see her on the midnight bus back from the swimming. If we miss it, we might be able to split a cab.