Do you feel an unfamiliar sensation sweeping over you, Scotland fans?
It’s a little bit like ‘nervous’, but definitely has overtones of ‘trepidation’ floating in the upper reaches of the emotional bouquet.
Swirl the sensation around your palette, and you’ll uncover hints of an unusual inverted angst and somewhere, lurking in the sedimentary bass notes of the flavour, an inkling of what it’s like to consider future possibilities, yet curiously shorn of the tension and nausea supporters of Scotland would normally associate with that activity.
I have commissioned a crack group of scientists to poke and prod at this entirely new phenomenon. An impressively large computer whirred for some hours then produced its report, and I can exclusively reveal that what you’re feeling is a recently discovered mental state called ‘optimism’.
Please, do not be alarmed.
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