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If only Stalin knew

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Josef Stalin was adored by his people. He was also a charismatic man with a plan. He had the vision to take the Soviet Union forward to prosperity. But there were famines and genocide. The starving were not exiled to Botany Bay for stealing a handful of corn, hundreds of thousands of them were shot, all while Stalin occupied the Kremlin.

The means of production were breaking down all around. Newly manufactured tractors idled in fields, because simple replacement parts were never produced, causing production targets to be missed, with a whole host of consequential ramifications.

Yet the people remained in awe of their genocidal oppressor. “If only Stalin knew”, they would say, “he would end the suffering and fix all these problems”. It was Beria, or some other apparatchik, who must be responsible.

“If only Stalin knew” has become a phrase to describe a characteristic of human nature. We grow to worship those who inspire us to revolution and reject all evidence when they drive us into the sea. Faults and failings are blamed on others. If only the man (less commonly, woman) at the top was in complete control, this mess would have been avoided.

You will note this morning that “King took a backseat during the recruitment process as Graeme Park, with Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson alongside, drove through Caixinha’s move… to Ibrox”.

The sentiment is clear: what is needed is not less influence from King, but more involvement. The plan is great, it just needs to be executed the way King wants it to be.

It’s not like we haven’t warn them.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on

    CT

     

     

    If it is big Sean you are sitting with?

     

    Tell him his auld pal fae Temple is asking for him. :)

  2. *** LAST MAN STANDING 9 ***

     

     

    Delighted, if not overwhelmed to tell you that all of the picks for week 5 have been submitted. Thank you kindly for freeing me up to enjoy the build up to tomorrow’s football. And as you’ll see from the list below it’s possible that everyone will win through to week 6. It’s also possible that we will all fail!

     

     

    Anyway, good luck to all and here’s where this week’s hopes and dreams are invested. All games take place tomorrow.

     

     

    Hearts [2] v Rangers* – 12.30

     

    Aberdeen [30] v Ross County

     

    Celtic [15] v Kilmarnock

     

    Dundee [3] v Hamilton

     

    Motherwell [1]v Hibs

     

    Arsenal [41] v Swansea

     

    West Brom v Manchester City [1]

     

    Bournemouth v Chelsea [4] – 17.30

  3. Watching the BBC news covering Catalonia’s declaration of independence.

     

     

    Interviewing some locals one man says –

     

     

    “We are the people”.

     

     

    I know I shouldn’t find that amusing in what could develop into a horrible situation for those involved on all sides.

     

     

    I pray sanity prevails.

     

     

    God help them all.

  4. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB – HAIL, HAIL, WEE OSCAR on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 4:16 PM

     

    Anybody got spares for the ross county game? :)

     

     

    THELURKINTIM on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 4:18 PM

     

    BGFC,

     

    Aye….that c*nt Mojo….. probably ;-))

     

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    Just saw this interchange from earlier between Wee BGFC (for it was he) and THELURKINTIM

     

     

    Very good :-)))

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  5. The girls are out tonight.

     

     

    Sitting here with a nice bottle of red listening to Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, The Thomson Twins, with a few rebel songs thrown in.

     

     

    When I hear Jim McCann sing “Grace” I cry like a baby.

     

     

    I know I shouldn’t.

     

     

    UTLR

  6. ONENIGHTINLISBON on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 6:29 PM

     

    Zombie in work telling me big Sam would be great for Sevco……aye

     

     

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    Is that Fireman Sam?

  7. JOBO/CRC

     

     

    I was being churlish ’cause I was entitled to be…got sum money to add to the fighting fund with your name on it….will give u on 11/11 ;-))

     

     

    gunjumpedCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on

    BP

     

     

    I am good thanks. Going to see my team tomorrow and Tuesday. COYBIG.

     

    My granda was military man. Johnston and American Arms Industry were intertwined. War in Vietnam was good for business. He telt me. God rest him.

  9. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    I never liked Willie Miller.

     

     

    I saw him as a superb footballer at the apex of a great Aberdeen side who used to regularly hand us our dinner in the 80s.

     

     

    That’s why I never liked him.

     

     

    But I always respected him, and never more than this week, when all he did was speak the truth regarding RFC and Sevco.

     

     

    Good man.

     

     

    I still wish we had bought Kevin Hegarty from Dundee United at that time. Never mind Dave Narey – what a player Hegarty was.

  10. Delaneys Dunky on

    Phil

     

     

    You got the New Romantic gear and make up on tonight? Hahaha

     

    Enjoy mi amigo

  11. DELANEYS DUNKY

     

     

    My hand aint steady enough for the make up!

     

     

    Now the romantic gear………………………….

     

     

    Having a great time!

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Using ole train to Glesga tomorrow since I’m meeting my cus from Kerry. Was thinking a good few pubs down Gallowgate then remembered he’s bringing his 10 year old. Next stop was child friendly Glesga pubs, which are not as few as you would think :0)

  13. Delaneys Dunky on

    Greenin

     

     

    I spent the whole of the 80s hearing that Kevin Hegarty, Paul Sturrock, Maurice Malpas and Eammon Bannon were Tims. I played against Kevin Gallacher in Clydebank boys fitba, so knew his Tim allegiance. I wish we signed the 5 of them back then.

  14. THELURKINTIM @ 8.20

     

     

    Assuming that’s a reference to the ole Hootenanny I don’t think I’ll be attending as I have walls to paint before Christmas and that’s the only free weekend. Not sure about CRC. Of course there are other ways to pay and if you want details again just email me tonight on cqnpredictor@gmail.com .

  15. Just rebel songs now.

     

     

    Anyone know “The smashing of the Van”?

     

     

    The first Irish Rebel song I learned.

     

     

    I was wee at the time.

     

     

    UTLR

  16. North Cyprus (back in Baku) Bhoy on

    GREENINBINGLEYINOSLO on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 8:26 PM

     

    I never liked Willie Miller.

     

     

     

    I saw him as a superb footballer at the apex of a great Aberdeen side who used to regularly hand us our dinner in the 80s.

     

     

     

    That’s why I never liked him.

     

     

     

    But I always respected him, and never more than this week, when all he did was speak the truth regarding RFC and Sevco.

     

     

     

    Good man.

     

     

     

    I still wish we had bought Kevin Hegarty from Dundee United at that time. Never mind Dave Narey – what a player Hegarty was.

     

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    Totally agree on Willie Miller!

     

     

    However, I think that Kevin was Paul Hegarty’s brother, and was playing for East Fife at the time.

     

     

    Kevin was a very good midfielder, but Paul was exceptional. Can’t remember whether he was done while playing for Scotland against Norway, but he was never the same after that injury.

     

     

    HH

  17. Delaneys Dunky on

    CT

     

     

    Big Sean L is the most talented pal I have ever had. His artwork with paint, pencil or pen is amazing. He can also play every instrument in a band. I love him on Mandolin and Spanish Guitar. Genius.

  18. Jobo,

     

     

    Am not fully functional just noo…..will send u an email….probs tomorrow;-))

     

     

    My thinking was give to yourselves & BMCUWP…..a bump for his niece….on 11th….I’ve just spoiled it…..;-))

     

     

    Philbhoy….hope to drink with u on 11th….before yer daughters take u away ;-))

  19. Marrakesh Express on

    Watching the Golden Gate bridge programme and there’s the presenter standing on it talking when a big truck goes past with CELTIC on the back.

     

    The zombies will phoning up channel 5.

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Sorry for pisting another reminder, its the food bank drive organised by the Green Brigade in association with th Glasgow NE Foodbank before our game tomorrow.

     

     

    Items such as UHT milk, UHT fruit juice , tinned fruit. tinned veg, tea, coffee, nappies, ladies & gents toiletries, toothpaste , tooth brushes , toilet paper are items particularly requested . Cash donations can be made.

     

     

    Collection points are at the bottom of the Celtic Way , at the turnstiles in front of section 111, at the bus park behind the Celtic End .

     

     

    All donations no matter how big or small are welcome .

  21. Back to Glasgow after many months down south. Lunch with big brother at Pavone in Princes Square then head to the game.

  22. DELANEYS DUNKY on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 8:21 PM

     

     

    My granda was military man. Johnston and American Arms Industry were intertwined. War in Vietnam was good for business. He telt me. God rest him.

     

     

    *the trumpet is surrounded by generals and the former ceo of the worlds largest oil company, they’ll be at war somewhere shortly.

     

     

    BTW the latters name is Rex Wayne, his boy scout leader da named him after Rex Allen and John Wayne, two Hollywood actors famous for playing cowboys.

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