How not to stage a flashmob protest


If you’re going to stage a protest it’s better to make sure that it registers where it counts.  Turning up at a Sports Direct till with a pile of tracksuits, then only offering £1 for their purchase, might echo the transaction Mike Ashley completed for the naming rights of Ibrox, but if the tycoon even gets to hear about the so-called flashmob protest he’s likely to pity the forsaken attempt to undermine him.

Ashley has invested around a couple of million in Newco Rangers but it’s pin money for him, which he can easily afford to gamble with.  He is also not afflicted with any emotional attachment to Newco, or pretty much anything else, it seems.  In short, this is a guy ‘Rangers’ fans can’t lay a glove on.  They would be far better to figure this out and start to deal with the reality than provoke an unwelcome response.

Neither Ashley nor the Easdale brothers strike me as people who will be easily cowed or bullied into forgoing the rights they have purchased, while others, including thousands of fans, kept their hands in their pockets.  The many genuine fans who are distraught at the humiliating mess Newco has become have been led up the garden path by would-be sages.


The world is paying a little more attention than usual to the many problems in Africa at the moment but I heard one authoritative voice last week suggest that ebloa is only around the third or fourth most severe problem the continent faces.

But, things are getting better in large swathes of the continent, thanks to improving governance in some areas, better infrastructure, more widely available healthcare, and more children, especially girls, given access to education.

20 people from Celtic Foundation are in Malawi building classrooms and toilets at the moment, while CQN’ers built three school kitchens there this year (more on the soon), but sometimes these many parallel developments conflict.

One such occasion is the John Bande Foundation School in Blantyre, Malawi, which through Mary’s Meals is supported by the Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers, a group of people from Lanarkshire and Glasgow.  The Hikers and Bikers support a feeding programme at the school, which makes it possible for kids to attempt the school, instead of working for food.  It’s a mature project but the recent building of a motorway right on the edge of the school property has made the building dangerous; learning and feeding is no longer possible.

The Noreen Davies people are raising money to erect three new buildings.  You can read more of the story here, with pictures of the school and road.  If you can give them a £1 or two, do so here.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on




    Aye the McAdam’s were brought up in the Kingsway flats. Roughie was a Lincoln flats Tim.

  2. roy croppie


    21:02 on


    12 October, 2014




    Frank McGarvey’s late winner v deico 1980.



    I played for half a season with big Colin McAdam with the mighty Thistle reserves. A great big guy and some laugh. Never tired of telling him Tom was the handsome one…thank God he couldn’t catch me.





    You never told me you could run.

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I was at that game in crutches, not alot changed since then…8))

  4. Teams


    Dundee United: McAlpine, Malpas, Beedie (Holt), Gough, Hegarty, Narey, Bannon, Milne, Kirkwood, Sturrock, Dodds Sub: Coyne



    Dundee United scorer: Beedie (54)



    Celtic: Bonner, W McStay, McGrain, Aitken, McAdam, MacLeod, Provan, P McStay (O’Leary), Johnston, Burns (McClair), McGarvey



    Celtic scorers: Provan (76), McGarvey (84)



    Referee: B.R. McGinlay (Balfron)



    Attendance: 62,346.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    21:06 on


    12 October, 2014


    I was at that game in crutches, not alot changed since then…8))






    Don’t know how yir missus puts up with you..Flo Nightingale would have given up dunkeys ago.

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I had my initial fracture 9th march 85 and went bacck iin for further op the day of heisal(sp) disaster lpool v rubentus.. full length cast in Celtic end that day..



    daft bhoy then…

  7. ryecatcher


    21:05 on


    12 October, 2014



    Plenty of good Tims in Rutherglen. I’m one of them, and if I was ever made to feel ‘unwelcome’, I’d be ashamed of myself.

  8. I had a pal, played with Motherwell, through him i met many players back then…McCoist…a@@@@@e…Johnston a#####e…Macca..a#####e….Peter Grant was cool…players are only guys who played the game we love….aw ..and a question..


    .do the best players allways make it…i dont think they do…i played with better players than my pal who played with Motherwell…im sure lots of you guys played in the same team as guys who you think should have made it…i know i did….

  9. petethebeat



    14:23 on 12 October, 2014


    Sometimes you sendings off like Beckham’s against Argentina that are basically nothing.



    This is from the Wigan St Helens Grand Final yesterday –





    Do this is the street and you’ll have a criminal record.






    Mmmm possible not proven in Edinburgh

  10. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Blantyre, we were in the Celtic end at the 85 cup final, towards the main stand. At the end of the game their was a pair of crutches being waved in the air. Could it have been you?



    Whre the north stand used to be was fenced off, there was a good number of our fans in there as the enclosure & Celtic end were jam packed that day. It was a pay at the gate game.



    The noise during the last fifteen minutes of that game was incredible. I watched the video of that game loads of times and near the end, Eamon Bannon puts in a cross which I always thought Paul Sturrock would get to, tahnkfully he didn’t.



    Six of our staring eleven that were home grown. Choccy & Pierce O’Leary were on the bench.



    Davie Hay subbed Paul that day much to our amazement but moved the bear into midfield, which swung the game in our favour.



    Tom McAdam swinging on the bar after our equaliser always sticks in my mind.

  11. 50 shades of green on

    Just a wee drunk pop in to say.



    It’s about time I changed my moniker to 54 shades of green . Cause I’m sitting in the ghills drinking Guinness on my bday.



    As the wee man said happy birthday ya auld git .



    Anyway happy birthday to the 200 cqn tims that celebrate their b day on the real glorious 12th.






    P.S time for a few malts

  12. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    Delaneys dunky re big Colin McAdam. I had the privilege of working with the big man and his Mrs for 10 years in a school in the east end. I was also at his funeral in Dalnotter. Big Colin was a real gent and all round good guy not a bigoted bone in his body.


    RIP big Colin.







  13. pfayr-was at an engagement gig in Citation,only got reminded of it last week :((,will make the Christmas day oot,over to BMCUW….hope you are well and keeping busy

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    dallas dallas


    could have been me or maybe some other nutcase at game on crutches, remember saying to my cousin(the poster glen daly) when we won free kick, provan will put thisIin with us, he was only about 14 and provan was his favourite. Still digs me about it….

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    tbj went early, offered to run me to and back but too much for me…

  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    My sister, girlfriend and 10 others got into Hampden for free that 85 final.

  17. 50 shades of green @ 21:25 on 12 October, 2014 said



    Just a wee drunk pop in to say.



    It’s about time I changed my moniker to 54 shades of green . Cause I’m sitting in the ghills drinking Guinness on my bday.



    Belated congrats my good mhan. October seems a good month for the Tim. I’m exactly 10 years and 8 days older than your good self and I can just remember last Saturday.



    Enjoy yer last 2 1/2 hours of your burfday.



    Hail Hail