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. Lads, apologies to all the napsters.



    I was stuck up in Glenfinnan & Fort William all day with no mobile signal or internet access, and just got back to Glasgow now.



    I will check all of the outstanding results tomorrow.



    My own nap has got to be a late one…



    Muqaawel (Johnston/Norton)


    8.20 Wolves



    Cheers, fleagle1888

  2. Auldheid


    19:05 on


    11 October, 2014





    Celtic alone cannot change that aspect of Scottish society. Celtic like the support have to live with it.



    Res12 is not the same blue touch paper issue as same club one which Celtic can do nothing effective to change & in any case Res12 is aimed at SFA not TRFC or RFC.



    That Scottish football and Scottish society have to deal with threats explicit or implicit is a matter of shame.





    But we are not alone. Dundee Utd. have told them how it is. Turnbull Hutton the same, the Livingstone programme volunteer, other teams’ supporters (big and small) who take great delight (at Ibrox as well) in reminding the zombies that, “they are not Rangers anymore”. To remain silent on this issue is to be complicit in the big lie that Sevco are a continuation of the old, now dead Rangers. That would be an enormous stain on our club’s reputation, one which I would be ashamed to the extent I would end my association with the club. On the other hand, I would be bursting with pride if we decided to stand up for the truth.



    Res. 12 may be directed at the SFA but that’s not how the zombies or the succulent lamb merchants see it. If Res 12 has legs then check out how they react if the club pursues the SFA over this.



    There is one very good commercial reason why the club should make a public statement about Sevco. I don’t know how many programmes we sell for each home match but I rather suspect if we came out with something similar to the Livingstone volunteer then programme sales would go through the roof. If we then went a step further and started branding ourselves as Scotland’s oldest most successful club we could reverse the current downward trend in our merchandising. I suspect this one might appeal to our head bean-counter if he wasn’t such a crap-bag.



    We may have to live the fact that we share a bit of the planet with some of the world’s most socially and historically backward people but that doesn’t mean we have to sink to their level just because they will get upset when they hear the truth.

  3. johann murdoch on

    The huddle – we have made a fair bit of poppy – mmm


    Deduct the dud signings transfer fees and wages hh

  4. I will be in george sq on sunday…all this North Brits, im a 45% er aint gonna get it done…the only way we can get it done is with the help of the so callef 55%…build bridges .dont be divisive..im a 45%er plus..







  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    pretty bloody….



    not so much painful but sore..

  6. johann murdoch



    The huddle – we have made a fair bit of poppy – mmm


    Deduct the dud signings transfer fees and wages hh




    Ki – £6mill


    Vic – £12mill


    Hoops – £5mill


    FF – £10mill



    That’s a fair bit of poppy, don’t you think?

  7. You are dead right BGX, its all about the long game, all ye need is to coax 5% of the 55 to y’ere side, calling them names is not a reccomended way of doing it. Let them know they will be welcomed with open arms. There will be more joy in Holyrood for one fifty fiver who repents rather than 99 forty fivers who need not repent.

  8. Hootenanny.



    I came. I saw. I met a load of cracking good Tims so I did!!!



    HH jamesgang

  9. Tom Molach / Cowiebhoy



    Stop cutting my grass



    I am the St Anthony’s CQN correspondent



    However , how good would it be to organise a flashmob

  10. Fleagle


    Unlucky with nap. Missed break ran on well finished second at 28/1. Gamble of race won it Faraajh 11/1 into 13/2.

  11. Corkcelt…cheers man…i was hurting sore ..but ..i know that its the only way..anything else is playing into westminsters arms..45% and rising..and never stopping…..




  12. Maybe when the club formerly known as Rangers return to Celtic Park maybe we should all still buy our season tickets but voluntary opt out of at least the first fixture against them .Football fans around the world would at least be curious as to why the home end is empty and ask some pertinent questions.

  13. johann murdoch on

    The huddle – yes lots of poppy – shame we were beaten by Hamilton accies – with all that re investment – in the team – still I’m looking forward to the balance sheet being held up and paraded around the stadium at the end of the season by the duds we have signed

  14. Cork



    Hands up, forgot about VvD, still only two tho >}











    You get used to it mi amigo.



    No so bed here, we get extremes, very, very hot in the summer, and very, very cold for a month or so at night in the winter.



    High 40s is the norm for 3 months, -8 -15 at night a couple of months, decent during the day tho.









    aff to fee the dugs

  15. johann murdoch on

    The huddle – so tell me where did that money go ??? – a breakdown like your last post would be good – ( and please don’t say the Celtic way -just gonnae no :)

  16. johann murdoch



    The huddle – yes lots of poppy – shame we were beaten by Hamilton accies – with all that re investment – in the team – still I’m looking forward to the balance sheet being held up and paraded around the stadium at the end of the season by the duds we have signed




    But you were saying we can’t scout players I was just saying we can.



    On the pitch at the moment we are poor but that will change.

  17. Cork Celtic – just catching up. Thanks for sharing the tributes to the great man. My cousin lives at Tara Court, so I have visited his grave several times. A hero of mine for so many reasons.

  18. Corkcelt


    The Ardoyne would be perfect,could maybe arrange for “Fianna Irish Rebel Band” to entertain us.

  19. roberttressell



    20:21 on 11 October, 2014


    Scotland actually have some good players. And a fine manager.



    Not according to “our people”, our CEO said in recent interview

  20. johann murdoch on

    The huddle – of course we can scout players – however our most recent signings in the main have been mince – our MVP is big Virgil at the moment – my point to begin with was the seemingly blind attitude to local talent – for example – Robertson – Russell – mcarthy – as against pukki- balde – borigter- miku – Lassad – Berget and other loan signings

  21. the_huddle



    20:31 on 11 October, 2014



    Can I suggest the money made on player sales, of those 4 alone you have mentioned, as more than been wasted on a plethora of duds, in the same time period, this does include their salaries and pay offs ?


    Let’s start with from last season, Balde, Pukki, Boerigter, how much has been wasted on them ?, do you want me to do the previous season ? Or one prior to that ?



    My view, for the money we offer and do spend, we should be doing Much Much better.


    Get John Park ooot the door ASAP


    Hail Hail

  22. Moonbeams


    We have been lied to since the day we were born.


    How much Scottish history were we taught in schools.


    I learned of the great John MacLean and the Rent Strikes


    through word of mouth.


    The struggle goes on.