How Time Flies!
Around March last year,I received a mail out of the blue from Mahe. We had never been in contact before but my addy is no secret. I flag it frequently for events like Dublin,Belfast,Lisbon. And the occasional one nearer to home. I’ve met a great number of great people over the years by simply posting my addy
on CQN and asking them along to a wee dayooooot. Of course,it soon became known as the Hootenanny,and ACGR even made sure that we can copyright the term in question by stencilling out BMCUWP HOOTENNANY on a huge tricolour. We can certainly copyright that spelling!
The Fleg,as it became known,has been all over the world. I’m still stuck in Swindon.
But Mahe was concerned at the direction that our preferred site had taken,and he wondered what we could do to change that. Now,this is NOT a swipe at CQN,it has been a boon to many over the years. I learned a lot from it-I’d never heard of Schrödinger’s Cat,for instance. I knew-and suspected more-of some of Rangers financial difficulties,and the additional info from some really talented posters helped pull things together. We had seen the Kano appeal which led to the Kano Foundation,the rallying round when PABLOPHANQUE died. The genius wordsmith BRT&H organising a huge whip-round for Vanessa Riddle and the follow-up work by the WO4L troops. Both to no avail,sadly.
CELTICROLLERCOASTER and others were and are avid in raising funds wherever possible by using contacts on the site,and no-one ever shot them down for doing so. And like I said,I had met many wonderful people which wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. Many others had,too.
It was a wonderful place to be,a community,and this was where Mahe came in.
How do we get that place back? he wanted to know. Because that was what he wanted. We didn’t envisage a new site in March 2018. How could we,neither of us know where to start. And we will make a cod of it,look like fools,running back to CQN and e-Tims with our tails between our legs. So we faffed and flaffed,full of good intentions and no directions-until I got a mail mid-August last year. It was about the transfer window,and it confirmed my worst fears.
I mailed Mahe and said-Let’s go for it. This window is a disaster,so set it up to go Live for the end of the window. These are the addys of people who can help with the tech and legal side. Ask them nicely!
The credit for this site,such as it is,is to those unsung heroes. They know who they are,and we are forever grateful. But we gave them such a short timescale that teething problems were inevitable. Those could conceivably have strangled us at birth,but the lads beavered away,and we now have a site to be proud of. And have had for some time.
A site which is immediately accessible 99.9% of the time,where few posts are lost to cyberspace,where no pop-ups appear and where you don’t get dragged to another site when you touchscreen ours.
Techie guys,we owe you. Mahe is on the bell on 21/9. Oh hell,me anaw!!!
I think it’s obvious from reading back that neither Mahe nor I are trained journalists and some of our early efforts prove that. In fact we would still prove that on a daily basis were it not for the fact that we decided to open the site to our contributors. If you have something that you want to get off your chest,this is the place to say it. Possibly the only Celtic site where Article of the Day is available for anyone and everyone to write. And we have had some fantastic contributions from you all,on so many different subjects too-but all coming from a Celtic supporter’s standpoint. Our ethos,who and what we are.
But what is the ethos of Sentinel Celts? The implicit understanding seems to be that Mahe and I set this site up as an anti-board site. Simply as a means to hammer the board,and Peter Lawwell in particular. That is simply NOT the case,no matter how some people may wish to interpret it as such. It was not set up as an alternative site-one,perhaps,for the fabled malcontents-but as a complementary site to the others available,one where posters and their opinions were respected at all times-and debated vigorously!
Put simply,it is A SITE FOR CELTIC SUPPORTERS.
I’m proud of you all that we have by and large achieved that,though I admit that I would love to have more posters with a pro-board opinion. All in the name of balance,of course.
Maybe it will happen when the board finally do something we can cheer them to the rafters for,eh? I know that sounds like a snide comment,but it genuinely isn’t intended to be. Lord knows,I’m quick to praise them when they get something right. All in the interests of balance. It’ll be there in the archives,I’m sure. I can think of a few off hand,but not in the last two years.
However,we are now a year old. Most people are crawling by the time they are a year old. That’ll never happen here,I assure you. We are independent,with no need for outside funding. We have seen our site expand from around 200 views a day to an extrapolated ONE MILLION views a year,with daily views well over 4000 at times. In only twelve months.
Are we proud of that? Bloody right we are! But we are more proud of you. Any site is only as good as its contributors.
Take a bow,folks. We think yeezuraw grand!!!
Tonight sees the return of The SC Quiz. It was originally planned for last week,but Bank Holiday Weekend killed it off. I’ve been told that I have to,indeed must,defend my title. So there you go,folks. There’s the challenge. 8pm Glasgow Time.
Once that is over,I suggest we turn it over to a music night. If you ask me nicely,I might mail ROYCROPPIE and ask him to fire in a few. The lad knows his stuff,for sure.
And now on to more prosaic matters. The game tomorrow. The pot of poison at The Bigotdome. I’ve not so far heard of any proscribed singing at their cesspit on Thursday night,so I’ll safely assume that they are saving it up until tomorrow.
Now,I’ll take a flyer here. That the police,the stewards,the fans were all on watch,all ears,for any naughty words which sounded like the beginning of a certain worrying song or fifty. All a-twitch at the thought of it,like a 1690 version of Name That Tune,where you only get to hear the first two notes of the song before you are huckled or battered f… out of.
Aye,it seems that they can behave. It seems that the stewards can be vigilant,can keep order. That the Police can actually do their job,they don’t need to worry about lifting 50,000 of them after all.
And then there’s tomorrow. It must be bursting out of them,like an over-inflated balloon. Or a burst couch. They need to get rid of their hatred over that banner of Il Papa JP II,for starters! I wonder which couthy little phrase will be the order of the day to deal with that? I wonder how many arrests will be made because of it?
I suspect I will have more chance of a correct pick there than I will have of getting a correct nap on TWISTY’s competition. Though coincidentally the answer corresponds to how many of my Lucky 15 I will get up.
I’m not gonna bother with a preview as such,I just want us to win,I just want our fans to be protected,I want our players to be protected,and I want stewards,the police and yes,the match officials,to do what they are actually supposed to do in any other ground in Europe.
I will probably settle for our fans getting out in one piece. Which is a damning indictment on all concerned.
Above article by BMCUWP. QUIZ at 8pm,folks. Music night to follow. Tune in,turn on,drop out if you canny last the pace!