A kind of transubstantiation


Bobby Clark was the first Aberdeen goalkeeper I knew.  He was thought of highly, until Jim Leighton and colleagues stepped the performance levels up a pace at Aberdeen.  He has two places in the history books, one for the longest period not to concede a goal in Scottish league football, which when established in 1971 was also the European record.  He was also the first goalkeeper in European competition to face a penalty in a penalty kick competition.

Back in the dark days of the late 90s I had a Celtic mug with the message ‘Records can be broken but history can never be changed: Celtic, first British team to win the European Cup, 1967’.  Bobby Clark lost his European record within months and at Tynecastle next week Fraser Forster can break his Scottish record.  Bobby’s place as first to face a penalty competition is his in perpetuity.

Records are harder to break than they should be.  People get nervous when they approach, but it will be enormously satisfying if Celtic can sail through 31 minutes at Tynecastle without conceding.

Back in 2011 and early 2012 practically the entire CQN community was discussing Rangers impending insolvency event as an absolute certainty, but we’ve never been the most impartial community.  It was not until Daily Record journos stopped applying to Our Hero for a job and suggested ‘this excrement is about to get real’ that the penny dropped in many places.

This included portions of the Celtic support, who responded to the ‘news’ with a Congo line at Inverness, at the same time forever changing the substance of jelly and ice cream; a kind of transubstantiation, if you like.  This was no longer a sweet, it is nourishment for the ages.

Now the same newspaper has been authorised to run a story that there is doubt over this month’s payroll – would they dare suggest as much without authorisation?  When your friends are telling you they can hear the bell toll, you know where this is heading.

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    GEAROID 1998



    More likely to be my absence which prevents it!



    I nipped down to Swindon for a few months in 2001,still here….



    However,home isn’t far from Prestwick Airport,so that might be a tie-up some time in the future.



    But be warned-you are responsible for your own timetable. I’m not to be trusted with such things,well-known fact….



    Should be fun,bud!!

  2. Folly Folly:



    You read those books mate and you are left with nothing but admiration for the British Establishment and its ability to deceive.



    Closer to home you should read



    Who Framed Colin Wallace


    Who Killed Rosemary Nelson


    Death of a Hero


    Killing Finucane: Murder in Defence of the Realm


    The Shankhill Butchers



  3. starry plough .



    I really liked this —-



    The Stuart Hall Project ( BFI/ Smoking Dog Films ).



    Good soundtrack too.

  4. And one more for you John O’Neil – A Strange Enemy People: Germans Under the British, 1945-50 by Patricia Meehan.



    I haven’t got this one yet.

  5. Fitba tops



    According to Mrs S of T _



    ” the equivalent of Angela Merkel in a British school uniform “.



    Off oot —- dogs to the beach . Low 20s , very nice,way down south.

  6. Geordie Munro good try but the final arbiter must be the Oxford Dictionary:fact- a thing that is known or proved to be true. opinion-a view or judgement formed about something not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. Sorry to be so pedantic but the word fact is much misused in particular by these “pundits” on SSB. Keevins loves giving us “facts” when its his “opinion” Hail Hail Hebcelt








    “O’Brien shows how the state gave excessive power to the Special Branch which then corrupted the RUC, undermined the Finucane murder hunt, recruited his killer as an agent, and perverted the course of justice by lying to and sabotaging the Stevens inquiry. He details the collusion between loyalist paramilitaries, RUC Special Branch, MI5 and certain British Army personnel.



    Within four days of the army’s deployment in Northern Ireland in 1969, the General Officer Commanding in Northern Ireland had taken control of the entire security apparatus. The state gave priority to gathering intelligence by any means. The state’s agents gave potential informers immunity from prosecution for crimes up to and including murder, overriding the rule of law. The state then tried to cover its tracks by scapegoating alleged `rogue operators’.”



    Hmmm,yet still some defend it.





    Presumably about the recently-deceased Jamaican activist?



    Not the disgraced TV presenter?



    Genuine question….

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Folly folly……excellent post

  10. From the Daily Mail and in your name…






    Rape, torture, execution and the horrors of interrogation camps. A new book paints a chilling picture of Germany under British rule in the aftermath of World War II



    Christopher Hudson





    TRY to imagine Britain occupied by a victorious Germany after World War II. A young boy is executed for displaying a picture of Churchill on his birthday.



    Theft carries the death penalty, so does possession of any kind of firearm.



    Firing squads are expensive. Hanging wastes time. The Nazi Penal Branch asks permission to use the guillotine, which can carry out six single executions in 14 minutes.



    Meanwhile, internment camps have sprung up across the country. Almost 40,000 British civilians and prisoners of war, men and women aged 16-70 have been swept up into these camps and are held without charge or expectation of a trial.



    They include not only ‘war criminals’, profiteers and anti-Nazi agitators, but anyone who ‘ridicules, damages or destroys’ German culture, along with any persons ‘considered dangerous to the Occupation or its objectives’, even if they have not committed any offence.



    One English mother of four has been imprisoned for a year because she hid in a ditch to snatch a word with her husband who was out on a working party.



    Conditions in these camps are brutal. Inmates sleep in their clothes, packed five at a time like sardines on beds constructed from old pieces of wood.



    There is so little to eat that the majority of them are emaciated.



    Family visits are restricted to 30 minutes every three months.



    Internees are frequently kept in dark cellars to prepare them for interrogation. According to a report compiled by a courageous German bishop, they are ‘terribly beaten, kicked, and so mishandled that traces can be seen for weeks afterwards.



    ‘The notorious Third Degree methods of using searchlights on victims and exposing them to high temperatures are also applied.’ All this really happened — but in reverse. It happened in Germany, and we, the British occupying forces, carried it out.



    According to a new book by Patricia Meehan, historian and former BBC TV producer and documentarist who worked in Germany in 1945, the first few years of our Occupation were tarnished by deeds which would not have seemed out of place in Hitler’s Third Reich.



    Besides internment centres and holding camps for returned prisoners of war, there were also secret camps known by the initials DIC — Direct Interrogation Centres.



    One day in February 1947, two of the inmates of No.74 DIC (Bad Nenndorf) were dumped at an Internee Hospital. One patient was skeletal, suffering from frostbite, unable to speak; the other was unconscious, with no discernible pulse — cold, skeletal and covered in ‘thick cakes of dirt; frostbite to arms and legs’.



    BOTH men died within hours. A third, who had been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, committed suicide while undergoing interrogation. The resulting investigation uncovered horror stories of deprivation amounting to torture. Men were treated for injuries without anaesthetic.



    One prisoner, after eight days of solitary confinement, was put in an unheated punishment cell in midwinter. Buckets of cold water were thrown into the cell which the prisoner had to mop up with a rag.



    His jacket and boots were removed, and he had to stand with bleeding feet for about ten hours in extreme cold on a concrete floor. Finally he had to crawl on hands and knees to interrogation.



    The Camp Commandant, Medical Officer and three interrogators were suspended and charged. But charges were dropped or reduced to negligence.



    All three courts-martial, including the Commandant’s, petered out, and the men were allowed to leave the service.



    True, Bad Nenndorf was an extreme case, which made the headlines. And after fighting Germany in two world wars, it was hardly surprising if there were outbreaks of vindictiveness among British officers who had fought and suffered in them.

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  12. Hebcelt



    Right that’s it! Black puddin’ – up there with mushrooms as the devil’s food. FACT!

  13. Folly Folly



    09:49 on 18 February, 2014



    GG, Green Man, an others …



    I’m more optimistic about the current situation: in particular, I have a strong feeling (based on my impression of how the past couple of decades has been unfolding, but not – I confess – based on any scientific analysis) that we’re entering a final phase in the shrinkage of the malign influence of freemasonry in Scottish life.



    Once freemasonry’s flame has been dimmed to a mere background glow, we will, of course, still have numerous on other pernicious goings-on with which to contend.



    (With a will …) In this the internet age, blessed as we are with tools our ancestors could not have dreamed of, we can disseminate information and organise ourselves more quickly than has ever been possible in the history of mankind.



    Until this very time, it was so much easier for wrong-doers to cover up, deny, deflect, misinform, and confuse, fuelling these actions by fear and ignorance.



    Not that attempts at these things won’t still be made by those with an axe to grind or something to hide. It’s simply that it has suddenly become much more difficult to keep unpleasant facts out of the public domain: subject to widespread publicity and analysis; not least by that new branch of humanity known in these parts as the internet bampot.



    Solely in relation to Scotland, it is merely a typically parochial wee land. Perhaps even the best example in the world of a wee parochial country (the land of my birth and one which, for all its failings, I still love.)



    As a small country, it follows that it is (inevitably) vulnerable to the machinations of various well-resourced and organised cabals and vested interest groups (be they based on wealth, political aspiration, brotherhood, or any other kind of self-interest).



    But the activities of such interest groups are now subject to more scrutiny than has ever been the case before.



    Narrowing this down further to the latest RFC(IL) and Sevco shenanigans, should the latest clumpany to play football at Ibrox once more find itself in the throes of an insolvency event, I will be surprised if we don’t see sudden, immense, fan-driven pressure being applied on the clubs (and therefore the SFA) to get this sorry mess sorted out once and for all, towards the greater good of the game.







    Truth in some of what you say. For instance I found myself being the first person (that I can find anyway) to have challenged a sheriff or judge in Scotland to declare if they belonged to the freemasons.



    Since then I have petitioned the Scottish Parliament twice to have our decision makers declare membership of such societies, which demand preferment of their bretheren for fellows.



    In the process of doing this I was told by two advocates seperately that the Speculative Society of Edinburgh was a far bigger problem to the justice system than the freemasons and I investigated that accusation (at the time there was only 1 Google hit on this society) and put it in with my petition as being suspected of acting in a bias way, favouring members.



    Of course the internet has oppened this up and social networking means that I can get my message across and tell people for instance that Norway’s judges must declare freemasonry, but such messages are still suppressed by the handshakers in our parliament and you wouldn’t find may (even any) MSPs willing to object to this.



    So I wish I had your optimism, but then I am old and cynical and youth may take up the baton but they will still face the same old, Masonic mafia in power in government and the footballing authorities.




    This book comes well recommended:



    Ireland, the Propaganda War: The Media and the “Battle for Hearts & Minds by Liz Curtis

  15. Marrakesh Express on

    antipodean red



    I couldn’t agree more. Cover-ups, bent rules, re-written rule books, favours, illegal collusion, Scotland’s Watergate. When the dust settles and stock is taken on the levels of corruption allowed to pass, many will walk away from football in this country for ever. I’d guess that some have already left Celtic Park. If it was ever proven that PL was party to thems getting away with murder (5 way agreement as one example?)I would never set foot in Parkhead till he was gone.


    And remember, this would never be happening if it was CFC. No, we’d be branded cheats, lynched by Salmond, Murray and the LL. While trying to find a way back through the pub leagues, Celtic FC 1888 would be damned and ridiculed on a daily basis, shamed and disgraced, put to the back of the bus like before.

  16. JC sorry mate once again opinion/view which you are perfectly entitled to hold. Maybe if you sampled one of said delicacy your opinion could change!!! Hail Hail Hebcelt

  17. Kitalba, I don’t want to get into the Irish debates but Liz Curtis wrote a terrific book entitled “Nothing but the same old story” “The roots of anti-Irish racism”, I think.



    Main title I assume from Paul Brady song. Anyway a great book explainging the origins of anti-Irish racism, the residue of which we are dealing with today in Scotland.

  18. Heb,



    Using FACT after a bit of banter is generally considered not to be a fact.



    FACT. ;)

  19. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    Thanks kitalba white cargo just downloaded on Kindle.


    Canny copy on phone but my green valleys good song about the coffin ships. The Wolfe Tones or Dublin City ramblers.







  20. Going tae the game at swinecastle, is the international bar still a celtic shoap?.


    If no any tic friendly boozers you can recommend.



    Ta in advance.



    Big sean.

  21. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar :



    Not all the books I read are gory, at the moment I am reading The Famine Ships by Edward Laxton, The Battle at Ngok Tavak by Bruce Davis, Where They Lay, the search for those who fell in battle and were left behind by Earl Swift and French Grammar for Dummies. I have the Coffin Ships somewhere and will get to it soon but once I finish these I’m going to read my tax demand, I need a good laugh.



    Big Nan, I wasn’t aware of that book but it is noted. I think a lot of the books I mentioned earlier have a bearing on what we are seeing and experiencing right now.

  22. Supposing there was a bid for Lee Wallace just before the window closed and Sevco refused to sell.



    If you are virtually insolvent and know that admin is almost certain, could that be considered as rule breaking, given you can’t be punished because you win the league anyway?

  23. The one book I’d thoroughly recommend for an insight into the collusion between the forces of the crown in Northern Ireland and loyalist terrorists is Ciaran MacAirt’s The Bombing of McGurk’s bar, another is Anne Cadwallader’s recent Lethal Allies.



    Both expose the shameful duplicity of those who wielded power and abused it.

  24. Arthur/BSR



    A friend of my daughter said the other day that she had done curling when she was on holiday in Ireland a couple of years ago.



    But she said that the rules at the winter olympics appeared to be slightly different as they don’t seem to use the wooden sticks.