Orange is not the only fruit!

Not in Valencia,it’s not. I’m sitting facing a selection from the breakfast buffet that has me reeling with its miscellaneity,plus various tortillas-and yes,purists will tell you that it is potatoes,milk and eggs,but it seems that in Spain they think differently.

You can be adventurous here or you can be the traditional tourist,I don’t think they care too much either way. Everyone is as friendly as you could hope for,or else I’ve not yet picked up the Spanish for sod off,ya knob. Pate,cheese,tortillas and cold ham for breakfast is the dogs,but it’s not a roll and square!

Unbelievably,the trees that seem to line every street are absolutely filthy with fruit-in the middle of February! Oranges the size of your fist jooooost dreeeeepin’ aff them. I thought they must superglue them there for the tourists to gawp at,but naw,they’re the genuine article.

My Dad and I took a bit of a detour yesterday,mad search for tickets. Of course we are still hopeful of some friends coming up with the goods for us-we know you’re trying hard,fellas,thank you!-but we thought we would buy a few anyway as we are ensconced near the Valencia CF shop. Well,that’s a lovely place,laid out like a designer outlet-of which,more later-but they cannot help with tickets for this match. You must go to stadium,we were told.

So we did and as we jumped out the €4 taxi at the ticket office,a young couple,as Hoooooped up as loved up,wished us luck because unless we had Spanish id or could find someone to buy them for us,we were screwed. They were ok,the girl had lived in Andalusia for five years but she could only buy two.

Not even the silver-tongued lothario that is my Dad could weaken the resolve of the hard-hearted harridan behind the counter. Nor,it seems,the steady flow of Celtic fans with various similar requests who had approached her. We were sat beside a big Nigerian lad and his wife and young child-they live in Essex so couldn’t help with tickets either-and he reckoned that at least fifty fans had been over while they were sat there,all politely refused apart from the young couple. There were about a dozen Celtic fans sat nearby with similar tales of woe and disappointment,and we were met with still more later when we stumbled across an Irish bar.

My first pint of Guinness since leaving Blighty,and at €5 and an inch or more of head,they can keep it.

Back to the hotel for a quick freshen up,then we went out to meet some friends who were flying in. As anticipated,they were as shattered as we were the previous day from an arduous schedule,so it was really just a brief catch-up and outline of plans. I reckon they’ll include a foray into the Museum of Porcelain which is bang next door to our hotel. Amazing building,old as the hills,looks like it was designed by some freak show committee maxed out on acid. Incredibly intricate carvings all over the exterior. Gotta grab some kultchir while you can! But the rest of the area is full of designer clothing and furniture outlets so we are taxing ourselves in adventurous excursions to avoid them like the plague. With some success,thankfully-kultchir is only fine for a while…

Looked out some nice wee restaurants,tapas bars and al fresco dining areas too,got to do some exploring off the tourist trail! The trick as always is to remember how you got there so you can get back!

Anyway,wish us all luck as we head out to once more beg borrow or cajole tickets from anyone or anywhere. I’m reasonably confident,but pleasfor intercession are always useful!


Above article by your humble Valencia correspondent,BMCUWP.

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February 20, 2019 10:07 am

Good luck on the ticket front Bobby. Wee prayer said! 🙂

February 20, 2019 10:18 am

Good to see the clubs are calling for foreign referees although it’s shameful that it has got to this. They really need to address the structure of refereeing in Scotland especially training and accountability. Not to mention diversity!
Even if this call is unsuccessful the very least they should do is include foreign ex referees in the pool from which the three man disciplinary panel is drawn from. It’s so incestuous at the moment.

John Fleming should be sacked. He is at the root of all that is wrong.

The Gombeen Man
February 20, 2019 10:30 am

Good luck with the hunt for tickets. Think it’s the quiet before the storm out there.
My lad is currently in a taxi on his way from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
A flight at lunchtime to Madrid and a train ride to Valencia.
In Valencia he’ll be looking for a ticket too.

All part of the fun I suppose and hopefully he’ll write up his memories of the trip on the blog in a few years.


February 20, 2019 10:50 am

My son and his mates in same boat. Valencia is really Green and White already I hear. Enjoy Valencia, my favourite European City.
Wish I was there.

Reply to  Garry
February 20, 2019 11:49 am


It’s a fantastic place,quite stunning when you go for a walk away from the centre. Had to laugh yesterday,I went for a wander while I waited for my Dad to get up-it had been quite a couple of days for him,certainly not as young as he was. We went down for breakfast,he went back to bed and I told him to call me around noon. If not,I’d call him,and I’m off to explore.

Three hours later,he phoned me and asked where I was. About five minutes away,I replied. What,you’ve been out for three hours,and just sneaked round the corner? Quite honestly,I’d walked all over the place,down through the Jewish Market,Estacio Del Nord,university quarter-just next to Mestalla,but I didn’t know that then-and a couple of parks. I even brushed against some military guy with a machine gun in his hands,I was too busy looking at the building he was guarding to notice him!

Aye,Dad. I just sneaked round the corner! Honestly hadn’t even stopped for a pint or a coffee,just kept walking about taking it all in. You’ve always spoken well of the area,and I now know why.


PS-send Ryan my number,we can catch up with him tomorrow if he’s around.

Reply to  The Gombeen Man
February 20, 2019 11:51 am


You should have my addy,forward it to your lad. If we get any joy with tickets,he can be first in the queue for afters.

February 20, 2019 12:43 pm

The traveling Celts reveling in a beautiful city.
Warm people and weather, beautiful architecture and no bad food and drink to top it all off.
What’s not to like.
Have a great time.

February 20, 2019 12:48 pm

Bobby,,a very good day to you both !
I actually had today’s article wrote out , sat down on sofa to watch Liverpool game, and I’ve just woke up in that very spot some 8 hours later!
Anyway sounds like you bhoys have things well in hand, and hopefully lady luck smiles on you both for tickets.
Enjoy yourselves and Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
February 20, 2019 1:20 pm

I see a bit of media coverage given to Motherwell chief, Alan Burrow’s, denial of a claim by ex SPL chief, Roger Mitchell, that Scottish football is WATP minded.

Maybe I missed it while I was away, but I didn’t see much reporting of Mitchell’s comment – a much bigger story – in the first place.

Reply to  Mike in Toronto
February 20, 2019 1:40 pm

And there was a heated meeting about refs on Monday !!!
Nice,,although Auntie says the current mob don’t want help ffs !
“There’s little doubt the men in the middle feel under threat. Some clubs will now try to convince them that foreign help could actually be a benefit.

It will be a hard sell in a pretty tense and often toxic landscape”

What possible reason could they have and this argument that they are working in bad conditions and foreigners won’t help ,where to eff does this stem from ?
Surely outside refs would ease some pressure as there can’t be claims of bias?

Reply to  Mike in Toronto
February 20, 2019 1:45 pm

Truth is a permanent prisoner in the best wee country.
To be ignored then ridiculed.

Reply to  mahe
February 20, 2019 1:59 pm

The topic of refereeing bias in this country is dismissed as impossible. Paranoia. By the SFA & the media.
Why then in the large international competitions, the European club competitions, referees cannot be used from either of the competing team’s country? Is it possible that there might just be a chance of refereeing bias and FIFA/EUFA guard against it? It’s almost human nature after all. It’s why in England refs have to disclose any club allegiance and are not allowed to officiate in their preferred club’s matches.
This is facing up to reality. But here in Scotland they are astounded at the mere mention of it! I wonder why?

Awe Naw
February 20, 2019 2:06 pm

Interesting comments from Roger Mitchell. It’s almost as if there is a latent revenge streak going on. While he is 100% right. He wasnt brave enough to say oe do anything about it while he was in a position to do so. If he came out and said Scottish football is riddled with freemasonry I’d compliment him. Why doesnt he ? Aye and theirs the rub

The Gombeen Man
February 20, 2019 2:08 pm

Cheers Bobby re Valencia….you’ll recognise him from the photo at Rugby Park on Sunday…

Good luck, I’m sure it’ll work out.


The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 2:57 pm
The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 2:58 pm

I recall Paul67 telling us that Fleming was a good guy, either he was taken in or having a laugh.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 3:04 pm

Sadly not quite burned down, next time hopefully they do a better job

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 3:20 pm

Might be wrong but my impression is that the refs have been more biased under Fleming.
Maybe Peter gave Paul a bum steer?

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  fan-a-tic
February 20, 2019 3:21 pm

That’s what I was thinking

Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 5:19 pm

Follow the Money.
What do refs/SFA need to make money in Scotland?
Ans: The OF
Once OF is re-established again how do refs/SFA make money?
Ans: hunnery.
Its not rocket lettuce

Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 5:27 pm

Scottish football should “back our own cheating MIBS” rather than consider having foreign officials in the Premiership, says national coach Alex McLeish.

It has emerged that the Scottish FA are to consider proposals from clubs to introduce referees from overseas.
McLeish says the scrutiny on match officials is “absolutely intense” and says he is sympathetic towards them.
“Give these guys a few EBT’s and let’s get behind them. There is absolutely no hiding place,” said McLeish.
“It’s just the Timmery. You have Tim social media, Tim social networks .
I feel for our own hun referees and we have to try and help them in our own country. Lets encourage them and get them to be like they always were back in the good old days.”, reiterated national coach Alex McLeish.

Awe Naw
February 20, 2019 6:05 pm

By Bryan Boru on the greatly improved Johnjames site

February 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm


Another excellent take and thought provoking article. Thanks.

As I was thinking about the composition of my comment to you several threads of thought were running through my head about this.

As we now seem to live in a post fact world where opinion, narrative, spin, soundbyte etc holds sway over the collective consciousness of the population, I find all of this particularly fascinating. For me this is a focused version of what is happening on a broader scale generally. It seems to me that we are seeing a sort of mind entrainment effect happening amongst all of the faithful (and anyone disposed to that type of mindset for whatever reason) and it’s a case of all hands to the pump!

I am sure that there is more to the entrainment effect I mentioned than blind random chance and that it is more synchronistic in nature due to the already extremely well explored and exposed ‘networking’ which goes on behind closed doors that has been done here and in other places I visit and read.

Even though I accept this is happening and understand a lot of the subtleties of it, I can’t help but feel there is still a great swathe of folks out there who don’t. I refer to the wider scottish football fanbase and unbelievably to me, a percentage of fellow supporters of my own team Celtic. I also realise and see that some of these folks are merely seeking a level playing field and fair crack of the whip and perhaps as a result due to their inability to see what is going on, fall for the guilt trap. They can’t take the mental leap to draw real critically thought out conclusions and answer the why and how question which so many seem to be asking without realising. It seems beyond them to accept that any of this sort of thing is happening at all. No matter how much evidence you can present to a skeptic on this, it will not change their mind as it would go against practically everything they ‘know’ to be true so it’s a thankless task sometimes. However, that is not to say that there aren’t those who are wilful and active participants in this conspiracy. I use the word conspiracy deliberately because I feel it is one of those words that has been ridiculised in its use to describe events such as these and therefore discredit those who use it (the origins of the term ‘conspiracy theory’ are accredited by some to have been a term deliberately weaponised and encouraged to be used to discredit any voice that deviated from the official narrative RE the assassination of JFK) when describing such an obvious and blatant conspiracy of people or parties to manipulate the mind of a certain demographic and also to demonise anyone who would go against it.

All of this is clear to those who can see.

Now i don’t know if it is the form the information is received or if the method of delivery is part of the reason so many unfortunates and gullibles take all this in? Certainly the result is there for all to see that the cheese has indeed slid off the cracker down Govan way!

Some research into the science of the technology will certainly give one cause to come to the conclusion that the method is indeed a part of the reason and some fairly public and easily findable admissions by former pioneers and executives of the tech industry seem to confirm this. For instance, you won’t hear many Silicone Valley Execs say that they allow their children time on social media platforms or use smart technology! Fairly obvious to me as someone who has lived through the ‘transition’ as I like to call it.

In this case however, I don’t think it even needs to be as insidious as that. This part of the world to my mind has always been of this bent and generations of like minded thought promotion and teaching has deeply ingrained these belief systems of perceived superiority, supremacy and greater enlightenment etc. and as a result is a default position for them.

It is just that now there is an existential threat to their whole cabal and we can clearly see that they do not like it one bit. I expect more of the same high Level garbage coming out over the coming weeks and months but to me the more they and their vichy placemen and lackey’s ratchet it up, the more desperate they become and the more pathetic.

….and as I have said before, when it gets to that stage, you’re already beat! The Emperor has no clothes on folks!!

Reply to  The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 6:31 pm


In fairness,I think it was Phil who reported that.

Margaret McGill
Reply to  Awe Naw
February 20, 2019 6:56 pm

Same thing in the USA and many other places. In America its all about the team.
Despite popular misconceptions most Americans are not stupid.
However, its all about your team. Your side. Your rigid belief system. You need to know the perimeter of the intellectual defence of your “side”. So much so now that science is now dismissed. The logical conclusion of science jeopardizes that perimeter of your racist, religious or political decided side.
So you must ridicule, marginalize or dismiss science because the alternative is to continually lie to yourself and your team must win or else!
This concept has helped me explain a great deal of the incoherent drivel I hear.

Reply to  Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:21 pm

Americans aren’t stupid !!!???
Yeah right they are thick.
Agree with the jist of the argument though.
Hail Hail

Margaret McGill
Reply to  mahe
February 20, 2019 7:24 pm

youre confusing stupidity and education 🙂

big packy
Reply to  Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:28 pm

HI GHUYS, in case you all missed my post this morning, or maybe you all were ignoring me, look im used to joan ignoring me but you ghuys as well, anyway this is what I posted, I miss many things from my home country square sausage, well fired rolls with Scottish pride butter, mothers pride square loaf. and pies and bridies, but what I don’t miss is the hatred directed at my football club and my religion. yes the best wee bigoted country.HH

Reply to  Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:28 pm

I hope our buoys are staying safe.
2 different videos on Twitter of Spanish Police hitting our fans, in the legs,with batons. One in an outdoor cafe, another guys just walking down the street. The fans don’t appear to be doing anything wrong and the police appear to be wanting to move them on.
FAC have tweeted to ask fans to stay safe and video evidence.
Hail Hail

Margaret McGill
Reply to  big packy
February 20, 2019 7:36 pm

Big Packy
We all agree with you.
My issue is that the vanguard of this vile repugnant filth died in 2012 and Celtic PLC encouraged their rebirth.For money.

Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:38 pm

Whats the odds on a penalty tonight at the Eboladrome?

big packy
Reply to  Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:40 pm

MAGS, completely agree with that statement.

big packy
Reply to  Margaret McGill
February 20, 2019 7:48 pm

MAGS, its a stick on?.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  big packy
February 20, 2019 9:08 pm

They don’t need one, Killie were denied one in the first few mins then the Killie keeper was sent off for nothing, these are the views of the hun pundits so it was a stonewall pen and never a sending off.
Huns eh, they just canny help themselves

big packy
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
February 20, 2019 9:27 pm

THE EXILED TIM, your right they canny help themselves. the men in black do it for them

February 20, 2019 9:32 pm

Ryan and his mates got sorted for tickets at Mestalla today. Paid some locals to buy them from Valencia ticket office. 40 Euro for section next to away section. Good luck

Reply to  Garry
February 20, 2019 9:40 pm

Celtic SLO has tweeted Valencia ticket office will not open tomorrow.
Night all.

February 20, 2019 10:07 pm

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February 20, 2019 10:36 pm

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