Celtic Connections

Morning,all.

Sentinel Celts has been on the go now for a little over fifteen months,and everyone concerned in setting it up is well pleased at how it has developed during that time. Our viewing figures continue to climb and the standard of debate is often compelling. The “social club” side of things continues to purr-sorry!-along nicely with,for example,some obscure tracks highlighted along with the more familiar ones.

Don’t follow my picks on the Naps competition,mind…

But we are far from perfect. As OGLACH pointed out overnight,our reluctance to moderate is not always a good thing. And there are others,such as was highlighted-presciently-in a mail sent to me yesterday which comprises today’s article.

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So right away, I’m not telling anyone off, moaning or issuing edicts about how to behave; but basically, I’m asking what makes one blog ‘good’ while another one’s ‘bad’ ?

The idea for this piece came when seeing a fellow-poster (who often gave stimulating insights) decide to take a break from the blog. A few regulars have also expressed disappointment with the lack of direct interaction on this forum, which made me think even more about the topic.

Prior to coming to SC, I decided to quit another Celtic-minded blog simply because of what I saw as its cliquey-ness (not a word), unspoken ‘pecking order’ and elitism.

(There’d also been the appearance of a couple of personas whose content had gie’d me the boke, but I won’t do character assassinations – it’s subjective and unnecessary).

YET, what do most people join online forums for? Well, according to this survey-

https://www.sparkbb.com/free-forum-articles/study-why-do-people-join-forums.html

it’s mainly to:

  • Interact with others, followed by
  • Ask questions and, then,
  • Share insights.

So is it the same here; do most of us want Interaction? Engagement: Feedback; Banter; Replies?

To me, seems a lot of Sentinels do share insights (offering personal opinions, basically) but mibby we’re not so good – small groups of connected posters aside – at doing the interaction bit.

(When I first joined, the Mods made me feel welcome so that encouraged me to stay).

As a Celtic fan living remotely from the club’s (and my) homeland, I login for your take and goss on what’s happening. I hope that some folks will find my input relatable AND engaging, and give me some feedback, endorsement or even a mature and reasoned rebuff; that’d be the ideal for me.

I adore Celtic and don’t have many folks around to share my passion with (my poor suffering lady does her patient best). I like fitba banter but don’t get access to it so far from home. Here, people think we’re called The Keltic-Rangers or the Glasgow Keltics (like the Boston mob). Also, I’m not much of a big drinker (not a wowser either) so chat-shouting about football in a pub can be tiring.

You guys/gals are the closest ‘real people’ connection to the club I can readily access. I value when you take the time to offer your take on matters CFC; tho I don’t always agree, its good for me to have that defacto link. This forum sometimes helps with me feeling a bit lonely, too.

For me, it can be very disheartening to put a comment out there that gets nothing but crickets and tumbleweed but, I guess, that the way the cookie crumbles: I know I don’t reply to everyone but I do try to nod to, praise or disagree with comments that resonate or rile.

But is it too much to expect similar engagement effort from fellow fans on a football forum?

Alas, mibby yes. Some other research says the main reason people comment online is to satisfy their entirely selfish needs: Research confirms that for many online commenters, the article is beside the point-

https://qz.com/642387/research-confirms-that-for-many-online-commenters-the-article-is-beside-the-point/

I’m guilty of this too; I sometimes speed-scan the article to see if it relates to what’s going on in my head which I need to blurt out to the void. Note to self…go slow, read the article FIRST Libero!!

I once read that; “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that’s the essence of inhumanity” (Isaac Bashevis Singer).

Would it make the blog the ideal Celtic spot if we keep coming on to make our own point but also interacted with others and asked more questions that asked for others opinions?

Be well, be kind, fellow Sentinels!

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Above article by LIBERO,with grateful thanks. You too can voice your opinions as Article of the Day by mailing Mahe.

sentinelcelts@gmail.com

It’s that simple,and we always publish them. Give it a go,you’ll be addicted in no time!!!

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Gordon64

As for the big talking point today i am in full agreement with the GBs banner that ‘tories are not welcome’ and with their chant that ‘If you hate the f#cking tories clap your hands’ but their ‘F#ck off Rod’ banner was a bit unnecessary. Hh ?

voguepunter

G64
I’m a wee bit perturbed with the World at the moment…..what the fek is going on?

Gordon64

Don’t worry mhate as long as we have family, friends, Celtic and beer (not necessarily in that order) with a soundtrack by The Boss we’ll be fine. HH ??

Aye I have been wrong more times than I care to forget or remember, but I know what I see with my own eyes and imo Morelos is a coke head, as for uefa testing, they do, but like everything else uefa does it’s as not as random as you would like to think it is, this is the same uefa that employed a know sectarian bigot as a refereeing advisor after he was sacked by the SFA, this is the same uefa who, on a test run made a CL draw and low and behold the self same draw was made the next day, the odds against were many billions to one, this is the same uefa who don’t want to know what the SFA have been up to re Rs 12, the same uefa who are as bent as nine bob notes, I for one wouldn’t be putting my trust in uefa to handle anything I’m afraid.

big packy

TET, spot on, would not trust UEFA as far as I could throw them, in fact ill put them into the same category as the sfa.hh,

Twists n turns

Awe Naw
You have mail.

big packy

just seen some brief highlights of the game, we have a player there in frimpong?

Twists n turns

BP
I’m glad Sportscene also highlighted Broony. He was superb today. Top drawer

Awe Naw

TET,

that’s all fair enough and you know my take on UEFA etc.

If you have came to that conclusion based on your own observations then nowt I can do to Influence you. It seemed like JJ influenced you in your last post. His assertions are tabloidesque lazy national stereotyping (i.e dumb ass racist pish from a homophobic penny grabber) and boy does he have form. He is smarter and better than phil for sure but with the same sources I.e the Internet . Both do provide a service for those unable to use a search engine. God love them.

btw I reckon I’m more expert than you in the coke stakes but maybe not. We can have a Starsky and Hutch dance off one day to prove it 🙂

big packy

TWISTY, yes he was?

Awe Naw
I have not read what JJ has said for ages, that is the truth, no way has he influenced me whatsoever, as for the dance off, you would win that for sure, my legs are done, far too much smarties and the like a while back, just trust me on that, the blog is not the place 😉
HH
OldhippyCSC

jimthetim53

Packy, yes watching the final, wee interval just now. Should be over by 10pm I think.

Awe Naw

TET,

fair enough it will come out in the wash and any future medicals

big packy

JIM, if im not around, will tell you that story tomorrow.?

Gordon64

Borg v McEnroe on BBC2 ?

Twists n turns

https://draw.inker.one/#/el/ko/2019

Open this and make the draw. Keep going till we get Eintracht Frankfurt then stop there ?

Twists n turns

In my draw we got AZ and the huns got Benfica

Awe Naw

Eintracht lost again today. I hope we get them

Mike in Toronto

Said I would report back after watching The Irishman.

For me, Godfather 1 and 2 are the best mob films, and I have never rated Goodfellas. While, I get what Scorcese tried to do with Goodfellas (the claustrophobia and paranoia of that life), I thought the directing and acting (particularly Liotta and Pesci) were so over-the-top and ham-fisted, they ruined what could have been a very good movie.

The Irishman is understated, but makes its point. and the performances of DeNiro, and particularly Pesci, are spectacular.

Definitely one of the top films of the year.

jimthetim53

Packy?

MiT
I never saw The Irishman but I heard it, the Mrs watched it while I listened to it in the next room, have to say neither of us were impressed, now had I seen it maybes it would be different, but I like the idea of not seeing it, a bit like not seeing the singer so you can’t judge by their looks, it wouldn’t make my take it to the desert island I’m afraid 😉
HH

jimthetim53

TET, I love listening to dramas on R4 & R4extra. No images, you use your imagination. Most of the time the script, the actors and sound effects are all you need. Of course a good story helps!

Mike in Toronto

TET

The best film he has done since Taxi Driver

jimthetim53

One wee bug bear I have with radio dramas are the females are often hysterical. They cry and scream a lot. I’ve known thousands of women (in the best possible way of course) and I cant say I’ve met a lady who is hysterical so much.

MiT
I still wouldn’t take it to the island 😉
HH
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Jim
Give me the radio over the tele all day long, really got into the radio when I was driving, spent hours every day in traffic jams and would have gone crazy without it, talk radio I hasten to add, I agree about the plays, they are superb in the main.
It was way way back when I first appreciated the effect of radio, my cousin used to commentate for the blind at Easter Road, he used to have half a dozen sitting around him and he used to make the game seem real, he was amazing, that was my intro to radio as opposed to TV, TV is easy, they do the visuals for you 😉
HH

Libero

3 points but the Hibs look much improved under JR; both sides were unlucky in front of goal.
MIT and TET: For me, The Irishman felt like a catch-up with old pals from my youth; I instantly recognised them, their ways and their stories and we all looked and felt a wee bit older. It was warming to see these old tropes again – nicely played – but nothing new. Now, the most engaging films I saw this year was the Italian – ‘Dogman’ and the Korean ‘Parasite’ (really superb the latter).

Libero

PS – what’s the difference between a coke-head and a dick-head. You don’t need testing to prove which one of them’s true !

fan-a-tic

I liked the Irishman.
Slow pace seemed fitting.
Thought it was first time Scorcese showed that ultimately everyone pays .
Violent mob death would have been kinder for some.

fan-a-tic

Libero
Parasite is my favorite movie of the last few years.

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