Fans throughout Europe are busy packing their cases in preparation for travelling to Aberdeen for the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships, where the first games get underway on Saturday. Swedish supporters (such as those above) are always colourful and passionate.
And always have a tasteful choice of headgear.
Those who know Isobel may wonder why she has become a Swedish supporter!
Hats are an important part of any curling fan's equipment. It keeps one's head warm, for one thing.
And identifies who you are supporting. Hungarian fans have a much more subdued taste in headgear.
But sometimes, when things are not going well........ No doubt the Swiss will have their cow bells with them too!
Did I say subtle? Go for it, Ali!
Anyway, the blog's roving reporter, Tansy Whitebits, will be looking intently at millinery fashion worn by the 2009 curling fan next week!
And will the home fans be in Aberdeen in numbers? The local organising committee certainly hopes so!
And they are always so well behaved!
Which fans will be the most colourful at Aberdeen?
Pics from Bob's archives, with apologies if I've omitted an attribution.