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Alcohol, if you’re rich enough

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As you and I know, alcohol is sold at football games.  If you are in a corporate seat, you can drink before kick-off, at halftime and again at fulltime.  Prohibition only applies to the cheap seats.

Alcohol-related issues remain a problem in towns across Scotland in the hours after big games, but suggestions by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that there is a potential correlation between those drinking from cheap seats at games and violence (including the domestic kind) are simply unfounded.  People are free to get tanked up before and after games, the wealthy can do so during games, and millions can do so in pubs and at home while watching games on TV.

I have some concerns about reintroducing alcohol for the rest of us.  Alcohol requires appropriate infrastructure and ambiance – like there is at the Kerrydale Suite, for example.  The North Stand Upper, where I sit, does not have the space, supervision capabilities, or even the toilets to become an appropriate venue to encourage the consumption of any more fluids.  In the 20 years it’s been up, it’s never had enough paper towels to make it to halftime, and may God go with you, if you need to spend a longer visit, but don’t let that be a reason to stop the rest of you.

Modern football stadiums have many safe areas where alcohol can be consumed.  Those who cannot handle their drink, would find themselves supervised to within an inch of a football banning order. Scotland needs to learn what a healthy attitude to alcohol looks like – check out the Kerrydale Suite for a glimpse.

Build the lounges, toilets, and grills.  Put carpet down, dress stewards in black ties, have them welcome fans as “Sir” or “Madam”, treat football fans like responsible adults.  It works in the hospitality areas and in the Kerrydale Suite, it’ll work from Palmerston to Peterhead.

Thank you for the tremendous response yesterday to the line-up for the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner.  We have (St) Packy Bonnar, Tommy Coyne and Joe Miller for a Q&A, an unmissable address on Jock Stein by Archie Macpherson, and Celtic’s First Lady of Song, Patricia Ferns, for those of you who enjoy a song or dance.  Let me know if you’re still looking for tickets,
celticquicknews@gmail.com

And Celtic, how hard can it be to put enough paper towels in the toilets? I love the family approach the club has now, but bringing kids means dealing with the toilets, and that’s never a highlight of the trip.

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  1. Morning Timdom

     

     

    1 more big sleep – with a few wee additional naps for the very young, the mature and those with a wee touch of OSA!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  2. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    phyllis dietrichson

     

     

    23:56 on 17 February, 2015

     

     

    I’m an RIFC shareholder – how should I vote? Serious question.

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    SNP

  3. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Happy birdie to me, happy birdie to me

     

    Happy birdie too me-ee, happppy birdieeeee tooooo meeee ……hahahahahahaha

  4. Good morning CQNers,

     

     

    It is with interest I read that Chelsea are assisting the French police investigate last night’s racist chanting and the incident where Chelsea supporters racially abused a rail passenger – what’s the chances they’ll say it was Rangers supporters?

  5. 67heaven .. challenging the lie ..i am wee oscar / neil lennon.. ipox belongs to the creditors

     

     

    07:36 on 18 February, 2015

     

     

    Many happy returns sir, enjoy your day.

  6. Top of the morning to you all from a grey, windy Fife.

     

     

    Watching World Cup cricket and poor Afghanistan seem to have learned how to bowl but not bat.

     

     

    Shame.

  7. 67heaven .. challenging the lie ..i am wee oscar / neil lennon.. ipox belongs to the creditors

     

     

    Hooopy Birthday mate, have a great day.

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  8. Darren Clarke will definitely captain the next Ryder Cup team, you can take that to the bank.

     

     

    Did you know an Irishman has won 9 of the last 30 golf majors?

  9. big nan

     

     

    07:55 on 18 February, 2015

     

    Top of the morning to you all from a grey, windy Fife.

     

     

    Watching World Cup cricket and poor Afghanistan seem to have learned how to bowl but not bat.

     

     

    Shame.

     

     

    ——–

     

     

    The cricket equivalent of ‘the sieve’?!?

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  10. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Thank you for your good wishes, chaps….!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAIL HAIL

  11. A statement from RIFC

     

     

    19 February 2015

     

    Rangers International Football Club plc

     

     

    (“Rangers” or the “Company”)

     

     

    Change of Venue and Time for General Meeting convened by notice dated 6 February 2015 (“General Meeting”)

     

     

    It is with regret that the Board must announce that, following threats from persons unknown, the Grange Hotel at Tower Hill in London has informed the Company that it is no longer willing to host the General Meeting on 4 March 2015. Accordingly, the new venue for this General Meeting will be Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, at a date to be determined.

     

     

    The original London venue was selected for the General Meeting because the Board felt that previous General Meetings held at Ibrox had been disrupted by chanting and other shouting and accordingly had sought a business venue where a meeting could be held with more decorum. Following threats it was decided to seek a second London venue, not least because, for legal reasons, this would have preserved the ability to continue to hold the meeting on 4 March. Unfortunately, these efforts have now been thwarted.

     

     

    A further announcement will be made as soon as possible once a new time and date for the General Meeting have been established.

     

     

    Ends

  12. Auldheid

     

    08:36 on

     

    18 February, 2015

     

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    Where are we with RES 12 ?

  13. auldheid,

     

    Once again thank you very much for all your efforts on behalf of every decent football fan. That said, is there a definite line in the sand date for taking Res 12 public on the basis of the SFA failing to respond? Yes, I know how long is a piece of string…! Surely, there has to be a point where enough is enough if this is ever to be resolved? Please do not take this as criticism – far from it – but certainly huge frustration. Thanks again.

     

    HH

  14. murdochbhoy

     

    07:58 on

     

    18 February, 2015

     

    Darren Clarke will definitely captain the next Ryder Cup team, you can take that to the bank.

     

     

    Did you know an Irishman has won 9 of the last 30 golf majors?

     

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    That statement would rattle some cages in ‘the pravince’.

  15. Can’t wait to turboprop into Glasgow tomorrow.

     

    Excited about the game itself plus getting away from cretins at work for 2 days.

  16. Celtic captain Scott Brown will miss the return leg of the Europa League tie is he picks up a booking in Thursday’s first leg.

     

     

    LB

  17. The Green Man

     

     

    I will be in the Blane Valley from 3pm tomorrow.

     

    Hope you can make it in.

  18. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    67Heaven

     

    Happy Birthday.

     

    Reading the tweets from the link confirmed for me that when Sevco fans are really annoyed that they/their team are not getting away with cheating, they pretend they are `bored`. They are not. They are very angry.

     

    JJ

  19. Truth_Beauty_and_Freedom on

    Hi Fholks!

     

     

    I managed to get myself a ticket for the Inter match (Thanks Bournesouprecipe! :-) ) and will travel up to Scotland today. I was hoping to say “Hello! :-)” to some CQN’RS, but, if it’s not a well kept CQN-CLIQUE secret, can someone please tell me exactly where the mythical :-) ‘CQN Corner’ is and at what time CQN’RS are likely to meet?

     

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

     

    Yours in Celtic,

     

     

    TB&F.

  20. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors

     

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPY Birthday

  21. Truth_Beauty_and_Freedom

     

    At the railings of the pools officwe that is adjoined to the superstore on the Celtic way as you approach the stadium,

     

    Enjoy the game & the company

  22. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    auldheid

     

     

    08:36 on 18 February, 2015

     

     

    Getting there…..you are a stalwart……can’t understand the silence from BDO and HMRC

  23. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    smoked

     

     

    08:55 on 18 February, 2015

     

     

    They were spawned angry …..they don’t do ‘happy’ …….