Still Up In The Air

Morning,all.
Interesting weekend,you might say. The weekend of course is when politics and world events take a back seat to relaxation and recreation,particularly the sporting calendar. Not this weekend,oh no. This weekend was all about the politics and world events,and sports were virtually wiped out. 

The reason? A tiny wee virus previously confined to horseshoe bats in South East Asia apparently,now known to us as COVID-19. 

https://yubanet.com/scitech/scientists-are-still-searching-for-the-source-of-covid-19-why-it-matters/https://theconversation.com/why-its-important-to-study-coronaviruses-in-african-bats-131592


It has put the world’s financial markets into a state of panic bordering on hysteria,put politicians and reserve bankers the world over to centre stage as they frantically try to stop a worldwide recession. Hospitals are rapidly becoming overcrowded,martial law declared in Spain and similar restrictions also in Italy. Many countries have closed their borders entirely,others will insist that new arrivals are quarantined for fourteen days. Ireland is even closing its bars!


Scotland,meanwhile,is concentrating its energies on the one thing that matters. Robbing Celtic of their title. 

I wasn’t the least surprised yesterday to see the BBC publishing a Press Association release that one club in Scotland is demanding that the season be declared null and void. I think we can all guess which one that might be! Time was when media outlets competed for the scoops,the big exclusives that sold newspapers. Dummy early editions,designed to put the opposition off the scent were not unknown. The spiralling decline in print sales has led to a similar fall-off in quality journalism,and these outlets routinely regurgitate content from elsewhere with a nod to the original source. I can only assume it is a gentleman’s agreement to keep costs down. Hardly surprising when you consider that The Daily Record which once sold 800,000 copies a day,while The Sunday Mail and Sunday Post were approaching seven figures are all seeing sales inexorably head towards sub-100,000. 

Every news outlet takes an RSS feed from the Press Association. If you want to put something into the mainstream,it is the go-to enabler. And the last time I recall this particular employee of the PA released a story to the world,it was rapidly picked up and disseminated. That was the story that became Inch High Private Eye,remember? Yet to hear any follow-up from that,strangely enough.


I think Mr PA guy might be better advised to go out and do some work for a change,rather than simply rely on calling a friend. The friend is clearly using him for his own ends,and that after all is his job. It is the job of a journalist to question information received before putting it in the public domain. It’s time he gave it a try. 

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It has also been an interesting weekend too on the site,after a fashion. Mahe and I set this site up,with considerable help from others,with the simple intention of giving Celtic supporters a place to freely discuss their thoughts on events at Celtic,and thereafter whatever they felt like saying at the time. It has been much more successful than any of us envisaged,and we know that is down to the quality of the comments from the site members. 

But it is also down to the simple fact that we have always asked everyone to argue their case with civility and respect to others,and to be honest,that has been IMO the major success of the site in our eighteen months. 

Sadly,not everyone feels that way,so Mahe and I will now delete any comment which contains personal abuse to other members or to bloggers elsewhere. We will also delete any post which we consider to contain wilful or dangerous misinformation. Other deletions will be made if they are considered to breach the ethos of the site. 

There will be no exceptions and no appeals. 
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THEGOMBEENMAN

My Dad’s already multilingual. Being an Ardrossan lad,meeting my Mum from Kilwinning,a mere five miles away,meant he had to learn a whole new language. Not kidding either. Picked up a lot of German when he was sent there in the early 60s.

Plus he loved showing off his language skills in Valencia last February. I wasn’t too bothered-the locals spoke better English than I do. That was a great trip. So grateful to everyone that made it that way.

They know who they are.

Big Audio Dynamite

Shirley Sevco realise this is the perfect time to bury bad news? C’mon Sevvies, you know you want to! ?

jimthetim53

BAD, perhaps TLR will read your post about the wee man. TLR reckons he knows of no one throughout the entire world, who knows anybody that has the virus. The best of wishes to all affected in your lad’s school. Obviously to your wee man as well, especially.

Big Audio Dynamite

Jim, I genuinely hope TLR finds a way to post that isn’t too controversial for the blog. Room for everyone, mate ?
Whether you agree or not, there are rules now in place.

You probably noticed I have a very different approach to TLR? Not a criticism, but I feel I have a tad more self-awareness and of others sensitivities. You always have to take into account how you are affecting others. So, I go out of my way to avoid upsetting anyone needlessly.

Do I always succeed? Erm …?

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JIMTHETIM53

Personal request,and to everyone else on the site.

Please in future,do not respond to him. Mahe and I cannot monitor the site 24/7 but we WILL delete his posts. And that includes the eversonice ones that he usually starts with.

jimthetim53

BAD, your are a different kettle of fish altogether mate! 🙂

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From e-Tims via various sources,apparently. Re Alex EBT
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If a Horse Race has a heavily doped horse & it wins 9 races in a row but toll of cheating means a Vet has to put the horse down, and the owner of the horse sells its name & history to a different horse owner who uses the name. Do the old wins still count?

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Just thinking about the bars closure in Ireland. I’ve currently got a mate from Swindon over there. He worked in Dublin for a while,and absolutely loved it. When he got the offer to work in Cork,he jumped at it.

Of course,he now knows what I meant when I told him that they don’t call it The Rebel County for nothing. Being a wee hun bastert but still my mate,he takes my advice a bit more to heart these days.

When he was sharing my place a few years back,he refused to drink in the house. And he drinks WAY too much. Even by the standards I would have if I didn’t have to drive most nights.

I reckon he’s gonna have to get used to it,and in short order.

jimthetim53

Bobby, talking about the rebel County. For years I thought all the old rebel songs were on a par. But a Dub pal of mine told me that some songs are better appreciated in Ireland than others, because of the Civil War. Depending on the company you are in. Michael Collins for example has always been a hero to me. But it was not always the case in Ireland because of the Civil War and the partition of Ireland.

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JIMTHETIM53

Personally,I’m with you on that because of my personal reading of events at the time. But that may reflect my typically pragmatic opinion which is never to fight if you can’t win.

Unless it’s personal,that’s a different matter. Family and friends,you fight.

I’m pretty sure that the likes of OGLACH might have a different view of Michael Collins from the one we have. That comes from being nearer events,and their views should be respected.

It was,after all,a civil war. In all civil wars,small differences become magnified out of all proportion. Both sides wanted the same thing. And it’s worth noting that Ireland was still known as the Irish Free State until 1937. IMO,had both sides fought together politically for full independence,it would have been achieved much sooner.

Perfidious Albion though-sow discord,divide and conquer.

Big Audio Dynamite

There is a Loyalist flute band at Brigton cross, all lined up like toy soldiers

jimthetim53

Yes Bobby, like all history, it’s complex. From a distance I knew little, just some basic notions of the struggle for independence from Britain. The best thing I read was this: The Green Flag by Robert Kee. He might have been British but my God he was no apologist for Britain! It’s in 3 volumes, if you get the chance give it a read, at least the first volume, if you do you will want the rest.

“Covering Irish history from the beginnings of Irish Nationalism through 1973, Robert Kee’s treatment ranges from the Protestant Plantations thru Wolfe Tone & the Great Famine to the founding of the Fenian Movement & the Irish Free State. His authoritative & comprehensive history is masterly in its detail & judicious analysis. A classic in its field, this is essential reading for anyone attempting to understand the complex historical forces that have shaped Ireland.”

(Good Reads)

Big Audio Dynamite

Can a virus affect Zombies? I think we should be told!

Awe Naw

To Bad,

for being a nicer person than me

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JrRvPUAm4YWkX1bVsd3WJ2TvLCBXmd-4/view

sorry ‘boot the singin bud but I have never been able too

Awe Naw

Gordon64,

Crieff not Perth .. it’s all coming back to me slowly

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw, most of my musical heroes can’t sing a note ☺ not how you sing, but what you say that’s important.

BTW, think that’s the first time I’ve seen you serious ?

Awe Naw

BAD,

difficult one to do with the specs on … It’s been that way serious ever since Syd left

Rebus67

Another day, another raft of emails from CEOs saying how much I matter and what actions their organisations are taking to “make me safe.”

What does it all show? Firstly, when organisations are worried they can and will communicate with you. Secondly, it shows the real power of the consumer. Most of these organisations do not give a hoot about my health and safety. They are interested in my dollar, and tge fact that I am not coming around to spending it!

This is one important lesson to learn from all of this. Consumer power exists and, unfortunately, hides within individuals. If there was only some way to organise it and use it in a consistent manner. The solution has to found through the InterWeb, methinks.

Rebus

PS thank goodness for some form of moderation on the blog. It is just part of the maturation process(maturation not micturition!)

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw, think of all those bands who lost a key member, but somehow managed to go on to even greater heights of fame.

Shine on bro!

https://youtu.be/cWGE9Gi0bB0

Awe Naw

Rebus
PS thank goodness for some form of moderation on the blog.

Agree, A Troll`s A Troll´s A fucking Troll no matter how nice a guy BAD is 🙂

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe naw, can’t have everyone thinking I’m too nice, ya know?

Ya wanker! ?

Awe Naw

BAD,

I´m only ten. That’s a compliment 🙂

Rebus67

Another random thought….just reading, “Celtic: the official history”, by Brian Wilson. One interesting aspect concerns the origins of a club open to all, through associations with the Politics of the day(1880s). A prominent member of the Irish National League and movements for home rule was a protestant, John Ferguson. Despite efforts to paint the issues of Irish landlords and home rule as Catholic issues, the truth is they were supported more broadly than that.

Hence it was natural to accept prodies in the new club right from day one. Knowing this, and being raised a prod., I find that knowledge uplifting.

Rebus

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw, before I fecked off back to Canada 15 year ago, I sold all my worldly goods, which included a Black (elec) Sunn Fender! Think I managed 3 chords on it! ?

Awe Naw

BAD

I always took my guitars with me

I lost my original record collection when I moved to Germany.
I lost my cassette collection through divorce

I´d pay a lot of money to get those collections back in the same state as I left them.

As Sherlock would say all locked away in my mind palace as the Devo video I posted yesterday assured me

Big Audio Dynamite

Radiohead – Paranoid android

https://youtu.be/DExBeFCx3mQ

Twists n Turns

Being nice is hard sometimes.

Let’s say you’d waited 14 weeks for a car and they eventually tell you it’ll be delivered on Monday. Then they phone on Friday to say can we bring it early? 7-30am?

(On the Friday they also confirm the registration. So you take out your insurance. All set. )

Perfect you’d think for an early riser. So you don’t go to work to await delivery.

At 10-15 they roll up. Different registration.

Insurance no good now. Need to change it. ???

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw, lost everything, except my vinyl collection, in going to Canada.
Lost my vinyl collection because of my leaving Canada …go figure!

Btw, did you sit at night taping Peel sessions?

Rebus67

Awe Naw,

BAD is a model of how to post stuff that I often disagree with but it is done in a respectful manner. I hope I can live up to his standards.

Having taught for decades, I have seen the dangers of intellectual superiority. I have no problem with people disagreeing with my opinions, I am often wrong, after all. What bugs me is someone suggesting that I am intellectually inferior because of my views. If I am an idiot, let it be for other reasons and not implicit.

Rebus

Big Audio Dynamite

Twists, patience, my friend …hold! …hold!! All good things come to …nah, that’s bollox!

Big Audio Dynamite

Rebus, thankyou! no, really. I will endeavour to be worthy of the praise.

Twists n Turns

BAD
My mum had a lot of vinyl records on the “ His Masters Voice” label

All still in the original brown paper wrappers. Fairly large collection going back to Mantovani and his orchestra.

Probably be about 1973, my brother who would be about 12 at the time took them outside and smashed them up on the slabs at the back of the house.

Wilful destruction? Nope.

He wanted to use the broken pieces to make plectrums!

Probably worth a right few bob too.

Big Audio Dynamite

Twists, hard to comprehend what’s important when you’re young ? . My dad asked one night why the fish tank water was white, to be told I gave the fish a drink of milk, cause I “Thought they looked thirsty” oops!

Awe Naw

BAD,

Yes and top of the pops. Some of the vinyl I gave away are worth 4 figure somes now. We used to dog late mass. One out of 3 of us would go to mass to fill in the other two about the Sermon and any moans and take three Christian Encounters in case we got interrogated later on a rota basis

jimthetim53

I remember the old 78s records. I once took one and put it in a basin of boiling water. It softened up and became pliable. I shaped it into a vase – or rather a fruit bowl. Gave it to my mother. She was not best pleased.
When fruit came into our house it didn’t lie around for long!
Don’t know where I got the idea from, Blue Peter?

Awe Naw

Rebu67,

I find it more reassuring than uplifting. That we weren’t bigots to begin with.

I do hope you keep posting. Sanity as well as kindness is just as reassuring.

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw, we aren’t-weren’t religious, and my dad brought me up to believe what I like. Jeez, it just dawned on me – I bet he regrets that decision! ?

bada bing1

There will be no time for CL Qualifiers,IMO they will have to expand the Groups to around 10,and we will go straight in.

fan-a-tic

Twists n Turns@5-27

(Awaiting the Scottish decision with baited breath.)
Not a good idea based on the time we have had to wait for a decision on RESOLUTION 12.
Going blue in the face is not a condition i would wish on anyone.

Awe Naw

BAD

I meant the UK Top 40 countdown. Not TOTP

Big Audio Dynamite

Awe Naw ?

For us sitting with our fingers on the pause button, can you imagine 80s radio without Peel?

Big Audio Dynamite

Radiohead – Karma police

https://youtu.be/1uYWYWPc9HU

Afternoon Timland
Latest from outside of a small locked down village in the mountains.
Drove into the village today, everything shut bar the pharmacy, the post office that is a part of a storage shed, bank and the small supermarket, pharmacy and supermarket were choka, kinds defeats the purpose of the clampdown so it does, had intended going into the pharmacy but will go back later when it’s empty, tis a very strange feeling, I want to go out cos I can’t.
The lock down will be coming to a town near you soon…..

jimthetim53

Roy Hudd R.I.P. Used to love listening to The News Huddlines on radio with June Whitfield.

bada bing1

Billy McNeill’s grandson reported missing in Amsterdam.

Big Audio Dynamite

Radiohead – National Anthem

https://youtu.be/2bGPPBoh9E8

Big Audio Dynamite
Mike in Toronto

Ontario courts closing until further notice. You guys may have to put up with more of my pish than usual.

Sorry, but dont say Ididn’t warn you.

A thing of beauty

MIT,
No problems putting up with your pish. We are a community here to support you in your time of need. Sometimes talking is better than bog roll.
Actually that is just a big load of pish to say it’s better to read your pish than some of the pish bmcuwp comes away with. I’ve been listening to his pish for years. In fact if talking pish was a protection from the corona virus he’d be immune.
Pishtalkcsc ??

Mike in Toronto

If things get really bad, I may do an Awe Naw, and record a few videos of me singing and post them on here!

My party piece at family parties was a stunning rendition of The PussyCat Doll’s ‘dont you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?’ … with, yes, … the accompanying dance moves! The kids used to love it.. the adults not so much!

That’ll put the cat amongst the canaries!