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Jetsam, flotsam and aggregated insight

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Great to see so many names from years ago back on the blog yesterday.  As well as the jetsam and flotsam of life at Celtic, there have been times when the blog has had real value to the few, and occasionally, to the many.  Once or twice, we’ve made a real difference to our club.

Our ability to add value correlates directly with the great contributions which appear here; sometimes when people offer remarkable insight, sometimes when many aggregate their thoughts to analyse an issue.

My guess is that there will be moments in the next decade when that insight and aggregation will be needed, so thanks to everyone who keeps the place sane through the flotsam days, before the biggies emerge.  Thanks also for yesterday’s enormous support.  The untold stories of acts of kindness and generosity from the community over the decade are so numerous they are no longer exceptional.  It’s a great place to be a part of.

There are changes ahead.  A new blog design is on the way and the Quick News section will retire this summer.  Canajunbhoy has exclusively posted the section in the wee small hours for the best part of the decade, so he more than deserves peace to hang up his keyboard.  My sincere thanks for all his help.

CQteN was an enormous success and built three school kitchens in Malawi for Mary’s Meals (photos from the last two are on the way).  It was also enormous fun.  We’re going to do it again, although I’m not sure yet if it has the legs to be an annual event/bi-annual or other.  Open to ideas.

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  1. Rock Tree Bhoy 15:52

     

     

    …it’s lunchtime here in Brasil. Just spluttered ma peece all over ma keyboard when ah read that.

     

     

    20 to 1. Whaaaaaaa haaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa

  2. scotlands shame on

    This is goin to be huge season for biton, he has the potential to be a very good player an has an important role to play as our only holding player in an attack minded mid field, he iS quietly progressing with us an has big future. Hoping to see more balance tomorrow an not too many lefties in mid field.

     

    CRC will look out for the badges on the train, who’d have ever thought the Celtic express wud pass thru falkirk!!!

  3. LiviBhoy

     

    16:46 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    dena29

     

     

    Cracking club that mate.

     

    Couldn;t believe the size of it.

     

     

    LB

     

     

    it is indeed it had its problems years ago but is really well run now, some brilliant Celtic people run it now

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH

     

    HH

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    quonno- with the smart money being on no money unless we get to CL,what happens if we don’t ? Are we stuck watching a squad who were not that good last season? ST holders will be short changed IMO,if this happens.HH

  5. yeah we have lost a few season card holders from Ireland due to the Global Economic Mess

     

    but also via the TV viewing times have not helped matters either if you look back over the course of last season for example how many hoops home SPL fixtures took place on a Saturday @ 3pm? Not even half of the 19 SPL home fixtures which are on ones Season Card. So mainly Sunday fixtures are not suitable for people who live in Ireland or were ever who have to go to work early on a Monday so TV switched days & times does not help that’s why when fixture list’s comes out you will notice the words please not these fixtures are subject to alteration damn tooting

  6. Paul67 –

     

     

    Congrats on the 10 year anniversary – great achievement. I can only imagine the effort required on your part to keep this thing going. Not only have you done that, but you have taken it so much further than I am sure you would have thought possible back then.

     

     

    I still have my original CQN badge that Pablo sent me many years ago. I never even met the guy but I really got a sense of who he was through our exchanges via the blog.

     

     

    This has been a place where people have shared excitement, pain, and personal tragedy, where new friendships have been forged and countless people less fortunate than us have experienced positive impacts on their lives as a result of our charitable work.

     

     

    I hope that you continue to get satisfaction from what you do for all of us for many years to come.

     

     

    Thank you

  7. dena29

     

     

    Admire the Bhoys who travel huge distances to see the Hoops. I met two guys once at a postponed match in Motherwell one evening who had travelled midweek from Wales to watch Celtic. One of them was just a mate who had went for the run.

     

    Me and my old man had just a half an hour drive back to Livi they had about 4 hours to drive. Late call off due to fog.

     

     

    LB

  8. AKBW1888

     

    16:49 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    yeah we have lost a few season card holders from Ireland due to the Global Economic Mess

     

    but also via the TV viewing times have not helped matters either if you look back over the course of last season for example how many hoops home SPL fixtures took place on a Saturday @ 3pm? Not even half of the 19 SPL home fixtures which are on ones Season Card. So mainly Sunday fixtures are not suitable for people who live in Ireland or were ever who have to go to work early on a Monday so TV switched days & times does not help that’s why when fixture list’s comes out you will notice the words please not these fixtures are subject to alteration damn tooting

     

     

    many factors impact on the travelling support wherever they hail from but it is also notable there is a strong core element who always seem to make the effort and long may that continue

     

     

    HH

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    A platform to send personal messages to other posters ,on the new site would be a help.Might stop bhoys getting emails hacked.

  10. midfield maestro on

    Paul67

     

     

    Belated happy 10th birthday, brilliant work by you & so many others. Sorry so late with congrats, got really bad jet lag & only got round to read past few days headlines.

     

     

    On a seperate note. I am off to see full rehearsal for opening ceremony tonight, my daughter is part of the cast. I am looking forward to seeing the show, i am not looking forward to seeing what has happened to our beloved stadium.

     

    Also, looking forward to seeing the team tomorrow night at Murrayfield. Hx2

  11. Livibhoy

     

     

    That’s unusual, as they don’t usually call the game off for fog at Murderwell, as it tends to improve the spectacle.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    beatbhoy- Liverpool might get benefit of Gerrard retiring,specially with CL this season.

  13. Mike in Toronto supports Oscar Knox @ 16:11

     

     

    … real men in Canada eat their chips with gravy and curds!

     

     

    When this Mike has been in Toronto, couldn’t even find a chippie, but at least you don’t just use sodium chloride and acetic acid ! Glasgow food – full of chemicals !!

  14. beatbhoy

     

     

    Me and my dad were at a game I think late 80’s there and we were in the terracing where the Davie Cooper stand now is and the fog was that bad that when the ball went up the other end we all crowded round a Bhoy with a huge radio to hear what was going on.

     

     

    LB

  15. Burgas Hoops on

    dena29

     

     

    You’ll know a few of my old pals then from Lurgan -)

     

     

    Not been on for ages due to a multitude of things going on here.

     

     

    Congrats Paul67 on the 10, here’s to the next Ten.

  16. !! Bada Bing!!

     

     

    I’ve no doubt they will. No need to look any further than Paul Scholes, or our own Kris for evidence of that.

     

     

    And just to be clear, I’m glad he didn’t retire during the WC, given his contribution to Uruguay’s goals against his team!

     

     

    Happy hour over there yet?

  17. Robertressell

     

     

    I keep plugging away on changing how the support support.

     

     

    If I had my way residents over the Irish Sea should be categorised as special Overseas Supporters who for the price of an ST, full or concessionary, should have the choice to travel or stay at home and watch.

     

     

    Thus when you buy your ST you are guaranteed to be able to watch as suits your changing circumstances every match day.

     

     

    I might even argue you should pay a bit more because you would be able to watch every league game home or away via Celtic TV when an ST only pays for home games.

     

     

    For my OST I pay around £6.50 per game for all 38 games!

     

     

    The problem is we are used to getting games on TV on the cheap.

     

     

    That is OK when the TV audience is huge and you get economies of scale. When it’s as small as it is for Scottish football then to keep Celtic going we need to charge more for watching remotely.

     

     

    Will the love of Celtic and our fellow match going supporters be enough to overcome natural human selfishness?

     

     

    I like to think so. I like to think that is what makes us different, but I could be wrong.

  18. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Fanning cld have a couple of winners at Beverly 2 nite. But ill go for Rainbow Rock in the 8.45

  19. Auldheid

     

     

    I think you could be spot on. The numbers travelling on our own bus dropped as soon as some bright spark in Livingston realised you could watch games free on a Saturday at home or in a pub nearby.

     

    There was a boozer in Bathgate at one time where you could watch Celtic, Rangers or Hearts live on a Saturday depending on what game they could pick up that day.

     

     

    LB

  20. Another reason for the fall off of Irish Traveling is the sanitisation of pubs/restaurants re football Supporters. We used to bring big numbers to games from our Club, as we are fairly South we were too far from the Boats, so the usual was flight to Prescott and an overnighter. Lads coming over like that need more incentive than just 2 hours in Celtic Park. The craic a few years ago was mighty with great singing sessions etc. In recent years that has all been dumbed down and some restaurants not allowing colours on day of match etc. That plus a dumbed down atmosphere at Celtic Park meant only the few very committed lads were willing to shell out and we were forced to end our trips. At the peak we had about 70 per trip.

  21. dena29

     

     

    many factors impact on the travelling support wherever they hail from but it is also notable there is a strong core element who always seem to make the effort and long may that continue

     

     

    HH

     

     

    yeah fair play and credit to those who make every effort in attending all of the hoops spl home match fixtures regardless of which day they fall on however one only has to look for example in the coach park one will notice that their is a lot more coaches from Ireland if the matches fall on a Saturday @ 3pm are there as opposed to matches which are played on a Sunday put it this way the total number of coaches from Ireland are in double figures if the match is on a Saturday as opposed to a Sunday which adds up to a single figure & that’s a fact that’s being going on even since Martin O’Neill was @ the helm & thereafter.

     

    So Sky TV viewing days & times have not helped obviously along with the nowadays economic climate we all live in & also the price of fuel/diesel & coach hiring prices all comes into the equation equals less coaches from Ireland due to cost factors kick-off times & days all takes it toll HH

  22. Livibhoy

     

     

    I remember having to dodge the bottles and cans when fog caused a home game against Hibs(?) to be stopped about half-way through. Hard enough at the best of times, never mind in the fog!

  23. I agree that many factors are affecting attendances but someone mentioned ‘declining quality of product’.

     

     

    Didn’t we almost beat the record points total, break the clean sheet record and have some cracking performances, especially towards the end of the season?.

     

     

    It didn’t seem all that bad to me.

     

     

    More likely it’s the financial climate, the TV re-scheduling, the heavy handedness of the authorities, the acceptance of rule bending and cheating etc etc.

  24. AKBW1888

     

     

    its a sign of the times in which we live that people take the easy option and stay to watch matches in the pub etc the club I travel with aim to make childrens tickets cheap and we all make a concerted effort to make a childs day a CP (especially if its their first) a very enjoyable one so as to encourage them back.

     

     

    corkcelt

     

     

    I agree with your point re football intolerance, on the boat now there is no singing allowed even if there are no non football supporters this makes for a long day especially for those with children.there are bouncers who immediately stop any attempt at enjoying yourself.

     

     

    HH

  25. In fairness the Celtic Way and access to the Kerrydale are positive developments. I would like to see a Fan Zone area with live music pre-match. You need atmosphere and a bit of a buzz surrounding the whole experience, particularly if you are travelling a long way and shelling out a couple of hundred pounds.

  26. Taurangabhoy on

    Paul67, been on the road so missed the chance to thank you, and your family who allow you to make CQN possible. It hardly seems like ten years. For Celts like me , far from home, this place is like home. I am sitting in my Mum and Dads place right now with a few days left. Looking forward to the game tomorrow. Like a kid waiting for Christmas. Hail, Hail. Thanks again Paul67.

  27. !!Bada Bing!! on

    beatbhoy-si signor :), i was in the Jungle for the Hibs game and ended up on the park, as there was a few bottles gettin papped, 2-0 down i think ref abandoned with about 10 mins to go :))

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