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. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    Aye mate but had to leave early to pick wee girl up from camogie



    Think I seen the best of it we were pretty poor in 2nd half by all accounts



    Marty Donnelly scored a screamer !!! Get it on BBC cracking goal



    Did I see you posting you would be up this neck of the woods soon ?

  2. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Steven Naismith would slot right in up front for us … Missing a barroe load of chances like our squibs

  3. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    Can’t believe this is still 7-0 !!!



    Can’t believe I’m posting that !!!!!!!

  4. Ma pal Norman used to have a car his dad gave him and he loved it for all the family memories they had in it.



    But Norman wrote it off with a wrecless crash.



    He saved the number plate.



    RA1 N6 ERS



    He bought a scrap car from easdales yard.



    Looks like the old car same colour and trims. But no mileage history. Keeps it in the garage. Put the number plate on and told us its the same car.



    Keeps telling us his mam and him had lots of trips in the car. Saltcoats and that.



    They lived in a motel.



    He tells us that’s his maw waving from the windae



    But we know she died in the car crash.



    Poor Norman.



    He is like a zombie now.







    Brill pal, I’m away oot with a smile, cheers ✊

  5. johann murdoch on

    Parkheadcumsalford- we have no back up for izzy – Robertson would have given him some much needed competition- and I am sure he wily have learned from izzy too.


    The point I was trying to make was that our scouting needs addressed – we are paying good money and no doubt good wages to squad players and bench warmers- the latest 2-3m signing Skepovic was kept on the bench whilst our centre half and wAit for it – goalkeeper went up for a corner against accies- as a fellow poster posted last week – if it looks like a turd – smells like a turd then it usually is a turd hh

  6. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    I’ll be up at the end of next month.Ballymena game.


    Have to rush.Time for Mass.

  7. Full Time Dublin . Seven Nil Result. Gibraltar changed keeper and 2nd keeper kept a clean sheet with a couple of good saves. Funnily enough on the few occasions Gibraltar did get forward, they were dangerous enough but overall they are about Scottish 2nd Division status.

  8. Auldheid


    18:07 on


    11 October, 2014


    Rye catcher



    Not health and safety.



    Safety away from a game on any day.



    Just one Tim jumped would be one to many imo, but then again it’s not likely to be me so why should I care?



    Celtic would be leaving themselves open to criticism from all sides. Giving idiots an excuse to feel provoked would be a stupid move.



    In any case TRFC are a new club to Celtic supporters but same club to those Rangers supporters for whom it is important and no statement from Celtic would change either stance.





    So we stay silent to appease the most reactionary and thuggish section in our society?The DOB’s post referendum riot in George Square clearly had an impact on some folk here.



    In any event, these animals don’t need excuses to attack our supporters or anyone else for that matter. It’s in their DNA.



    Lastly, what was the point of Resolution 12? Surely, that would provoke the same reaction amongst the hunnic hoardes?

  9. ryecatcher



    18:27 on 11 October, 2014



    WGS starting 11 today wouldn’t have many problems in walking all over Ronny Deila’s starting 11s in the league this season

  10. johann murdoch,



    You may have a very valid point (although I don’t share it) but too many people are using the likes of Anderson to have a go at our team and management. Provan was waxing lyrical from the very start of the match and he had done nothing at all.

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