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. Macjay 22:01


    On the living wage initiative I would suggest you follow through on some of the links in the article The Shamock.



    I will be clear on my view of the living wage.



    Celtic should not only initiate a review into staff affected by the implementation- those,who may have the increase in wage taken away in other hand with benefit loss.


    ie- ensuring they have a wage they can live on.


    Furthermore I feel Celtic should not only implement the living wage to its permanent


    and temp staff.i would phase it in over 1, 3 and by








    Something wrong wi a system which only allows me 5 weeks off a year to visit family and friends.



    Still,at least with me back dahn sarf Celtic can get back to winning ways.



    Seems I’m a jinx at this time of year.



    Clue-Hamilton this year,Barca and blinkin Morton last year.

  3. How does anyone in Ayrshire actually get on CQN?!?!



    Spent the Day in Ayrshire with my folks and thought I’d need a bloomin carrier pigeon to even send a text!!!!!



    Bedtime. Sleepy after all my hootenanny excitement of yesterday.



    Great day with great Tims. One and all.



    Thank you and good night.



    HH jamesgang

  4. Thanks bhoys, got the 100 now.






    Quality top so it is, I only wear mine on special occasions, last time in public was when Emu was here for a visit.



    The bracelet is magic >}




  5. BMCUW,


    enjoy your week mucker,


    if all the reports I have read are true there are


    plenty tims here waiting on news of the next hootenanny,


    don’t leave it too long now

  6. Just noticed on the betting site that Scotland U19’s are playing Norway U19’s it’s half time and Scotland are 1 up, where are they playing at this time of night ?




  7. jamesgang,



    Haha, Lilys away up the road, dragged out screaming Gyampa i wanna stay wqi you !! haha give the weans a big cuddle from me








    15 years ago,working for Sky,I was known for early finishes-job and knock,btw. And the company-issued phone wouldn’t work in Kilwinning. Shame,that.



    Then my manager gleefully told me that Cellnet were installing a new mast in the town.



    I simply sent the council an objection!

  9. Petec




    Indeed life is precious, but, the grand weans, and weans are more precious






  10. I wonder if Gordon Strachan will be able to work the magic that took Celtic through to the last 16 of the Champions League on two occassions including some breathtaking victories when Scotland take on Poland.He seemed to get the best out of a team thar had somewhat limited resources and lesd them to some fantastic results.

  11. Can I just put one more song up, I swear Ill give up if i get a thumbs down.



    My wee dad was from Tyrone, but loved Burns. Defy anyone to say this is not one of the most beautiful love songs, ever




  12. TET



    Quality bangle mate.fits well too.


    You should get them selt mate;-)



    Hope all good wi you



  13. Night night Celts.



    Bmcuw.catch up next time.glad your day went well and was enjoyed by all.


    Your a good mhan.:-)





    Ta for Jaydens inspirational tale


    Of his first cycle


    Hopefully it wont be iong before you


    are heading up the bonny banks





  14. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    C’mon Ronny.Get three into the midfield.Make Liam Henderson one of them.


    Get Griffiths upfront with Guidetti and let’s get this team moving..

  15. skyisalandfill on

    I was having a look at the Celtic – Athletico Madrid 1974 game on YouTube. I remember being heartbroken as a wee bhoy at the time. Late in the game Paul Wilson gets a mention. Remember the name . Look him up on wiki and he is of Scottish plus Dutch/Spanish heritage born in Calcutta. Fine, says I. Then they go on to state that his dark skin was often a subject of abuse, particularly, and you’ll be shocked at old firm games.


    Then, wiki states that Wilson was the only coloured player to get a Scotland cap in the 20th C.


    not on a wind up but is/was PW coulered?




  16. Cowibhoy


    Well done on your thirty years


    Enjoy yourself out there:-)







    How yoi doin there? Enjoyed those drams after Zagreb game-took me a few days to get the rest of my alphabet together as by time I left youz I was down to the letter R




    Hope your well and will catch up soon





  17. Skyisalandfill


    Thing I recall bout that game was the pic in paoernext day of jinkys legs in colour,and every shade of bruising was there.


    Still amazes me why there was not a riot at Parkhead that night.


    We should have went through.


    Paul Wiilson was some player and took a power of abuse due to the pigment of his skin tone from the darkside deidyins



  18. Remember game at Sports Direct ground and Paul Wilson getting pelters as he ran on the park.


    “Wilsons a d*****”



    instantaneously followed from our end by



    ” I RATHER BE A D***** THAN A HUN”



    Shut them up quite easily




  19. skyisalandfill on

    An tearmann


    How’s you?


    I also enjoyed our recent Whisky tasting session and I mean session.


    Hope you are well my friend.




  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Paul Wilson was called Tumi at Celtic by his team mates, days when racism was taken for granted


    . I think it will take a while for forrner soviet bloc countries to catch up in tearms of race relations hence the racism shown to the likes of the English players over recent years.