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. eddieinkirkmichael


    From one Papa, to a very Pwoud Papa, no money can buy that feeling, gon the wee-man Jayden, wheelies alround.


    Awerabest PJ

  2. BT



    Bill Livingstone was the man that got me INTO football! Up until I was working with him I was just a young guy who loved his footie. Bill inroduced me into the way of actualy ‘thinking’ about the game.



    A school team I coached was playing in the final of the Scottish Scools Cup up in Shotts Bon Accord. A stupid choice because it was the biggest playing surface in Scotland, given the Under-15 age of the players. I was worried about our young guys trying to cover the surface in our normal system – easy, said Bill, just keep your shape and normal distance between players because the opposition can’t use the whole width of the pitch. The result? Our 10 players moved left and right, forward and backwards as a group while our oppos tried 50 yard cross field passes which we kept intercepting. I had already gained my SFA coaching badge, but I’d never have thought of that.



    BTW we won the cup! Even better was sitting in the Social Club in Shotts telling the locals how Our Lady’s RC HS had to be added to the cup that year. Teehee.

  3. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, I would have loved to have signed some of them but at that time, they played in a well organised side and might not have been as good for us.



    Aberdeen & United were far more organised than us at the time, we did beat them and they both dished out some doings against us. However, if we had the same level of organisation as them, we would have won the league each season between 1979 – 1983.

  4. viewfaethewindae on



    21:29 on


    12 October, 2014



    Wullie McStay may not have been the greatest fullback in Celtic’s history but he is and always will be a great Celtic man, if Wullie was at the club at the moment, the club would be in a better place.

  5. Anyway feck it…i was in George Sq with my son today…great to be with all kinds of differant people..young old , non of this what school did you go to,what team do you support nonsense…never letting go ..never giving up….Independant Scotland..

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    typical of Bill, football was/is a simple game, he was a great man and coach to a couple of bhoys on here…


    myself and spikeysauldman played in same eastercraigs team early 80’s till 85..

  7. Emeraldbee…you didnt…but i saw him back then…how he didnt make it i dont know…well i guess i do…

  8. Marrakesh Express on




    Tony McBride was four years above me at school. I saw him play almost every day and the guy was sensational. Castlemilk was full of quality players but he was on another level, good enough to reach the heights Jinky and Kenny managed if he’d screwed the nut.

  9. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jackie Mac, growing up watching our team had a lot of highs and a good number of lows.



    Supporters older then me could tell us how bad we were at times in the fifties & pre 1965.



    My teens apart from the 77 – 78 season, were generally very good.



    I still get a thrill going to watch us. It’s harder trying to get the enthusiasm I have with my son. Hopefully, he will have the same passion for our team as posters on here have.



    Good night all, sleep well.


    EmeraldBee\o/ still proud to be an internet bampot




    TONY you mentioned was TONY DONNELLY’S pal/you will be in trouble when he reads what you have written.truth or not.

  11. 50 shades of green







    Memories that last a lifetime ,there will be other Hootenannys but only one moment when Jayden was learned by his papa how to go his bike,



    Catch up soon sir

  12. Delaneys…and Emerald.. If we just hold on..and dont be divisive ..we have to reach out ,talk to the so called 55%… If we do enough of them will come to see things as we see them…it will happen…


    And it wont take as.long as some people think…just KTF

  13. Favourite Uncle



    The theme tonight seems to be unfulfilled talent.



    I’m coming from two fronts. First the guys I played against (I wasn’t a bad player, nearly made it, but didn’t ) and the guys I coached, some of whom were unbelieveable at youth level, but didn’t make. If I knew WHY they didn’t make it I would probably be a millioaire!

  14. Marrakesh Express





    22:21 on



    12 October, 2014








    Tony McBride was four years above me at school. I saw him play almost every day and the guy was sensational. Castlemilk was full of quality players but he was on another level, good enough to reach the heights Jinky and Kenny managed if he’d screwed the nut.



    *I believe that big Jock rated him that highly that he tried tae fix him up with Leeds….think it fell through for the same reason that the ‘tic let him go.

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Been very busy lately …….. Just hearing about the silly bhun protest ….. How pathetic is THAT……. They will soon be joining Oldco, through their own efforts ………How will the SMSM manage to cover this stupidity up?? …..bless them all…..hahahahahahaha

  16. Favourite uncle…


    It was me that mentioned Tony Mc Brides name in the context of players that should have made it but didnt..Emeraldbee…never mentioned him by name…I DID….tell whoever to get back too me…nothing to do with EmeraldBee….

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    By Tom English


    BBC Scotland at Ibrox


    There was a moment during Scotland’s 1-0 win over Georgia at Ibrox that made you smile, a moment that put the cherry on top of what was a pleasing evening for the home side – if a slightly fretful one.


    It didn’t involve a shot or a save or a piece of skill. It was actually a moment that most of the Tartan Army would have missed.


    At the end, Scott Brown, the Scotland captain, took off his jersey as he made his way from the pitch, then made a beeline for a young kid in a wheelchair just over the perimeter wall.


    Brown handed his jersey to the boy and moved on. He didn’t stop to bask in the aftermath of his kind act, but it was joyous.

  18. Good night all


    just seen the Sweden result


    I’mmmmmmmmmm stilllll standingCSC



  19. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    St stivs



    Brilliant photo, I was directly behind the goal ( left hand post, as u look at the pitch )…..knew it was going in right at that moment in the picture.

  20. Eddie. For my special day, you have left a special message



    Brilliant Bhud



    Hail Hail



    Incidentally, I’ve decided to have a beer :-)

  21. I thought that Brown was great for Scotland. Great physical strength and running. I wish they could fine a true cutting edge somehow.

  22. I coached a young guy at Eastercraigs who was sooooooo good, so left-footed, so controlled I couldn’t believe it. Under-14s, Under-15s, Under 16s this guy was going places. He had his heart set on Leicester as they had grabbed him early.



    Left us at 16, appeared 2 years later at Partick Thistle, ended up playing junior football.



    Played in the same Eastercraigs team that produced two Scottish internationalists!! Explain that.

  23. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    St stivs



    Jings…..just tabbed on to one of your other photo’s….were u in a boy band?:-)

  24. BGX


    Remember watching Tony Mcbride at the Ants park in Govan


    sensational player but always in a bit of bother and had a court


    case awaiting so think the club ran out of patience.


    Also great to see those pics.Roy Croppie posted of the 4-2 game


    was in the jungle that night unbelievably emotional occasion, and


    interesting to see Vic Davidson in the photo always thought he was


    the most talented prospect we ever had but couldn’t make the step


    up, but maybe if he had the protection players get nowadays he might


    have made it.


    H/H Mick

  25. eddieinkirkmichael


    21:36 on


    12 October, 2014



    i like your style bud,


    i like what you share with us,



    family and history, keep it lit

  26. pedrocaravanachio67


    22:48 on


    12 October, 2014






    thats four well know tims by the way, shammy shuffle portonions,