Jim Goodwin’s proper football team


In their last four outings, St Mirren won 1-5 at Tannadice, 1-2 at Celtic Park and beat Kilmarnock 2-0.  Their only points dropped was a 1-2 home defeat to Hibs after going down to 10 men early in the game.  You will not need to be reminded how Celtic teams in better form have struggled at St Mirren Park against home teams in significantly poorer form.  Or that St Mirren are the only Scottish club to beat Newco this season.

Jim Goodwin has built a proper football team* that will take points off anyone who arrives ill prepared for the task.  I find the odds, which favour a Celtic win, a tad ambitious.

*St Mirren baiting will resume when appropriate.


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    AIPPLE…was at Bellarmine Secondary 1st year only…but every lunchtime me n mate’s used to make some dough by helping punters load their cars and take their trolleys back at the Pollok Centre…now Silverburn…






    ach yir but a lad.long before ra poalluck sent-her- your snobbily pronounced Pollok Centre.



    Legend tells of a land called ‘ra Bundy’ which predates the pollok centre.a triangle of madness gauntlet that had to be ran to get into bellarmine or opt for a diff gang and get of at the shops mackies..This is were the art of selling singles at a cheaper rate than mackies earned a fortune ha.me and new retiree went there in them days.i seen people shift faster than usaine bolt haha.Bellarmine took in 6 diff gang areas.ach you triggered the old memory


    hope your good lurky 😊







    Just reading back and saw all the old songs being mentioned. Brings back a lot of memories.




    Being a bit of a yes fan in the 70s, I thought of one of their songs for all the lurking huns who are kidding themselves on about going for 55.




    The song? Going for the one.






    alrighty ggh


    in our House The Yes Album denotes the transission from record player to a hi fi stereo surround.My big bro got a rotel amp,turntable and whaferdale.listening to the guitar lead in Yours is no disgrace bounce around the speakers had a massive impact


    i still like that track but at the time was more t.rex or slade 😊 i think they changed line ups a few times.



    Yes Going for the one









  3. Only a loon would shout on the internet for attention, right? What good could that do or indeed bad?









    I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age


    The internet rewired our brains. He predicted it would.



    By Charlie Warzel


    Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.



    Michael Goldhaber is the internet prophet you’ve never heard of. Here’s a short list of things he saw coming: the complete dominance of the internet, increased shamelessness in politics, terrorists co-opting social media, the rise of reality television, personal websites, oversharing, personal essay, fandoms and online influencer culture — along with the near destruction of our ability to focus.


    Most of this came to him in the mid-1980s, when Mr. Goldhaber, a former theoretical physicist, had a revelation. He was obsessed at the time with what he felt was an information glut — that there was simply more access to news, opinion and forms of entertainment than one could handle. His epiphany was this: One of the most finite resources in the world is human attention. To describe its scarcity, he latched onto what was then an obscure term, coined by a psychologist, Herbert A. Simon: “the attention economy.”



    These days, the term is a catch-all for the internet and the broader landscape of information and entertainment. Advertising is part of the attention economy. So are journalism and politics and the streaming business and all the social media platforms. But for Mr. Goldhaber, the term was a bit less theoretical: Every single action we take — calling our grandparents, cleaning up the kitchen or, today, scrolling through our phones — is a transaction. We are taking what precious little attention we have and diverting it toward something. This is a zero-sum proposition, he realized. When you pay attention to one thing, you ignore something else.



    The idea changed the way he saw the entire world, and it unsettled him deeply. “I kept thinking that attention is highly desirable and that those who want it tend to want as much as they can possibly get,” Mr. Goldhaber, 78, told me over a Zoom call last month after I tracked him down in Berkeley, Calif. He couldn’t shake the idea that this would cause a deepening inequality. “When you have attention, you have power, and some people will try and succeed in getting huge amounts of attention, and they would not use it in equal or positive ways.”



    In 1997, Mr. Goldhaber helped popularize the term “attention economy” with an essay in Wired magazine predicting that the internet would upend the advertising industry and create a “star system” in which “whoever you are, however you express yourself, you can now have a crack at the global audience.” He outlined the demands of living in an attention economy, describing an ennui that didn’t yet exist but now feels familiar to anyone who makes a living online. “The Net also ups the ante, increasing the relentless pressure to get some fraction of this limited resource,” he wrote. “At the same time, it generates ever greater demands on each of us to pay what scarce attention we can to others.”



    In subsequent obscure journal articles, Mr. Goldhaber warned of the attention economy’s destabilizing effects, including how it has disproportionate benefits for the most shameless among us. “Our abilities to pay attention are limited. Not so our abilities to receive it,” he wrote in the journal First Monday. “The value of true modesty or humility is hard to sustain in an attention economy.”



    In June 2006, when Facebook was still months from launching its News Feed, Mr. Goldhaber predicted the grueling personal effects of a life mediated by technologies that feed on our attention and reward those best able to command it. “In an attention economy, one is never not on, at least when one is awake, since one is nearly always paying, getting or seeking attention.”



    More than a decade later, Mr. Goldhaber lives a quiet, mostly retired life. He has hardly any current online footprint, except for a Twitter account he mostly uses to occasionally share posts from politicians. I found him by calling his landline. But we are living in the world he sketched out long ago. Attention has always been currency, but as we’ve begun to live our lives increasingly online, it’s now the currency. Any discussion of power is now, ultimately, a conversation about attention and how we extract it, wield it, waste it, abuse it, sell it, lose it and profit from it.



    The big tech platform debates about online censorship and content moderation? Those are ultimately debates about amplification and attention. Same with the crisis of disinformation. It’s impossible to understand the rise of Donald Trump and the MAGA wing of the far right or, really, modern American politics without understanding attention hijacking and how it is used to wield power. Even the recent GameStop stock rally and the Reddit social media fallout share this theme, illustrating a universal truth about the attention economy: Those who can collectively commandeer enough attention can accumulate a staggering amount of power quickly. And it’s never been easier to do than it is right now.



    Mr. Goldhaber was conflicted about all of this. “It’s amazing and disturbing to see this develop to the extent it has,” he said when I asked him if he felt like a Cassandra of the internet age. Most obviously, he saw Mr. Trump — and the tweets, rallies and cable news dominance that defined his presidency — as a near-perfect product of an attention economy, a truth that disturbed him greatly. Similarly, he said that the attempted Capitol insurrection in January was the result of thousands of influencers and news outlets that, in an attempt to gain fortune and fame and attention, trotted out increasingly dangerous conspiracy theories on platforms optimized to amplify outrage.




    “You could just see how there were so many disparate factions of believers there,” he said, remarking on the glut of selfies and videos from QAnon supporters, militia members, Covid-19 deniers and others. “It felt like an expression of a world in which everyone is desperately seeking their own audience and fracturing reality in the process. I only see that accelerating.”


    While Mr. Goldhaber said he wanted to remain hopeful, he was deeply concerned about whether the attention economy and a healthy democracy can coexist. Nuanced policy discussions, he said, will almost certainly get simplified into “meaningless slogans” in order to travel farther online, and politicians will continue to stake out more extreme positions and commandeer news cycles. He said he worried that, as with Brexit, “Rational discussion of what people stand to gain or lose from policies will be drowned out by the loudest and most ridiculous.”




    Mr. Goldhaber said that looking at Mr. Trump through the lens of attention gives a deeper understanding of his appeal to supporters and, potentially, how to combat his style of politics. He said that many of the polarizing factors in the country are, in essence, attentional. Not having a college degree, he argued, means less attention from corporations or the economy at large. Living in a rural area, he suggested, means being farther from cultural centers and may result in feeling alienated by the attention that cities generate in the news and in pop culture. He said that almost by accident, Mr. Trump tapped into this frustration by at least pretending to pay attention to them. “His blatant racism and misogyny was an acknowledgment to his supporters who feel they deserve the attention and aren’t getting it because it is going to others,” he said.


    His biggest worry, though, is that we still mostly fail to acknowledge that we live in a roaring attention economy. In other words, we tend to ignore his favorite maxim, from the writer Howard Rheingold: “Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.”




    Where do we start? “It’s not a question of sitting by yourself and doing nothing,” Mr. Goldhaber told me. “But instead asking, ‘How do you allocate the attention you have in more focused, intentional ways?’” Some of that is personal — thinking critically about who we amplify and re-evaluating our habits and hobbies. Another part is to think about attention societally. He argued that pressing problems like income and racial inequality are, in some part, issues of where we direct our attention and resources and what we value.



    As someone who writes about online extremism, I found one line of his eerily compelling. “We struggle to attune ourselves to groups of people who feel they’re not getting the attention they deserve, and we ought to get better at sensing that feeling earlier,” he said. “Because it’s a powerful, dangerous feeling.”


    Attention is a bit like the air we breathe. It’s vital but largely invisible, and thus we don’t think about it very much unless, of course, it becomes scarce. If that’s the case — to extend a tortured metaphor — it feels as if our attention has become polluted. We subsist on it, but the quality has been diminished. This is certainly true in my life, where I’ve become so reliant on the constant stimuli of our connected world that I find myself frequently out of control of my attention. I give it to others too willingly — often to those who will abuse the privilege. I’ve also become dependent on the attention of others, even those who bestow it in bad faith. I’ve become a version of the very person Mr. Goldhaber described in 1997, for whom “not being able to share your encounters with anyone would soon become torture.”



    Maybe you feel this way too.




    “The fundamental thing is that you can’t escape the attention economy,” Mr. Goldhaber told me before we hung up. That much feels true.


    But we can try to follow Mr. Rheingold’s advice. We can explore the ways in which our attention is generated, manipulated, valued and degraded. Sometimes attention might simply be a lens through which to read the events of the moment. But it can also force us toward a better understanding of how our minds work or how we value our time and the time of others. Perhaps, just by acknowledging its presence, we can begin to direct it toward people, ideas and causes that are worthy of our precious resource.



    In other words, I’m finally going to pay attention to where we pay attention.

  4. Por Cierto



    Ah Por Cierto you would be of a time of the ‘qually’ when young men where drawn to it as the nearest secondary.In later years you would have been chased° as you sought out learning at Bellarmine.



    ° the act of makin the bus getting chased by a gang :-).😊




  5. Aipple



    heh thats a good end to my day


    give it a giggle.🤣🤣


    Bellarmine was ok.and lots of good people but it certainly helped the old critical path analysis(decidin which gang to avoid ha)


    but some of the tales were legend.


    was replaced by lurkys sent-her.£2b spent on a ‘designer’ shoppin tenant.tenants bailed refilled then covid wallops it.like all retail,space(metres) is old hat)


    rarely in it.


    crashin now mate.ta for your article


    keep smiling





    “° the act of makin the bus getting chased by a gang :-).😊”



    Or paddlin through the “shady brook” to evade those who just wanted to kiss you, a glesga kiss no less!, por cierto

  7. DAVID66 on 9TH FEBRUARY 2021 4:52 PM


    Big Jimmy- made it to work this morning and we only had 2 call offs out of 80, a great effort by all.







    Let the guys away a wee bit early to get home at a decent time.







    Just finished shoveling the snow from my path and my neighbours path to.







    Now I’m fecked 😂







    I’m aff the drink my liver is killing me. I have a fatty liver but I think I’ve fecked up with the amount of drink in the last year.







    So off drink and on a diet. But my side is sore as feck I’m due my yearly liver scan on 23 February where I will have to deL with my stupidity.







    Hope you and the wee fella are coping.




    Take care of yourself Big Yin.


    You know best, and maybe a wee break from the Drink will do you good, but you dont need likes of me to tell you that.


    Its now just over 4 Months since I last had any Drink, the day the Pubs were forced to close again…October 9th 2020….and I suppose it has done me some good, as I would usually drink plenty of Beer every week in the Pub…but in all honesty IF The Pubs opened again Today…Id be right in there…LOL !



    Ive given the Rocky Bhoy some different Wet Food in the last couple of days, and hes eating a bit better now….As for me ?….Im still eating the same old stuff….Iced Doughnuts, Choco Bars and Biscuits, and Rolls and Meat and some ” Ready Meals” from the Oven and Microwave.


    I PLAN to take myself out for a very large Fillet Steak etc when the Restaurants reopen again….washed down with Milk…..and then Lashings of Beer !




    Take care Mate and stay safe.


    All my best to you and the Family.



  8. Good morning cqn from a fresh snow fall day in the Garngad



    Big Jimmy – Good morning, thanks for the kind words, that’s good about wee Rocky. Remember if you need anything text me.



    Right shower time then get in to work and see who makes it today.



    Stay safe everyone.






    D :)

  9. St Mirren V Celtic tonight….


    MAYBE a few goals tonight, as I can imagine that St Mirren will fancy their chances.,.and why shouldnt they ?


    However, IF they go looking for goals against Celtic….Hopefully we can find much more space to attack them…and score a few ?



    I will need to consider a couple of correct score Bets in favour of The Auld Tic obviously.


    3-2 or maybe 4-2 to Celtic ?


    Im away to check the Odds on those correct scores..





  10. VOGUEPUNTER on 10TH FEBRUARY 2021 7:02 AM









    Don’t be daft jimmy…he takes it hame with him.:O)







    Employees are NOT allowed to take home Council/Company Property.


    council/Comp[any Policy is…


    NO one is allowed to take home Snow Ploughs….what IF they did so and had a accident whilst driving a Snow Plough BEFORE and/or AFTER their Official Work hours…as they would NOT be Insured to drive those Council/Company vechicles ?



    Also, what IF they took the Snow Plough home…and it was stolen from outside their home, while parked there overnight…NO Insurance ?


    What IF it was stolen during the night from their Heated driveway…again NO Insurance ?








  11. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/ex-rangers-administrators-apology-scotlands-23470533



    This article concludes:



    “MSPs will debate the fall-out from the botched prosecutions tomorrow.



    Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This case is a dark stain on the reputation of Scotland’s justice system.



    “Not only will this end up costing taxpayers tens of millions of pounds at a time when our police and courts are in desperate need of resources, but it raises fundamental questions about integrity.



    “This was not simple human error or an obscure legal mistake. Our prosecution service has admitted that, acting with malice, they sought to throw innocent men behind bars and destroy their reputations.



    “Nothing could be more deplorable than the state seeking to imprison citizens they know to be innocent.



    “That is why the only acceptable outcome is for the SNP to agree to establish a judge-led inquiry with full power to get to the bottom of what happened.



    “Given the central role of Lord Mulholland as the previous Lord Advocate, the public would also expect a judge from outwith Scotland, most likely from one of the other home nations, to be appointed.



    “We simply cannot trust the SNP government to do the right thing and to think they can get away with vague platitudes and hollow assurances.”



    My thoughts exactly.

  12. There have been many case of Council Snow Ploughs being stolen from Employees Heated Driveways…You hear/read about that kind of thing all the time ?



  13. HRVATSKI JIM on 10TH FEBRUARY 2021 8:41 AM




    I had reason to have dealings with Frank Mulhollands and his CORRUPT Office in recent years, when despite providing Documented Evidence to his office, they refused to consider my Complaints against The Law Society and Legal Aid Board.


    A sheriff in Edinburgh Court wasnt any better, despite TWO of his fellow Sheriffs agreeing with me at earlier Hearings were I was Representing Myself.


    If your just an “Ordinary” Punter in this country, you have no chance.



  14. Big Jimmy


    There is momentum building for a public inquiry so I am becoming confident that one will happen.


    Given the very tight legal community in Scotland, I would certainly support that an external judge is appointed to lead the inquiry rather than one from within the Scottish establishment.

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    BS politicking by M Fraser.



    None of the coverage of this shameful episode goes to the root cause.



    A number of individual R@ngers supporters working across Criminal Justice took the personal hump at their club being liquidated …



    … AND took their anger out on the administrators.



    Remind me – what team does Murdo F support?





    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith





    ‘A number of individual R@ngers supporters working across Criminal Justice took the personal hump at their club being liquidated …







    … AND took their anger out on the administrators.’







    Lot of assumptions and presumptions in there.



    Is Lord (Frank) Mullholland a hun?

  17. Francis Mullholland,a Hun !!!!!!.Whod a thunk it.


    I think the GB should stop being so nicey nicey with their banners,and tell the Board what they REALLY think of them.


    Oooft,that was a belter put up this morning.

  18. None of the coverage of this shameful episode goes to the root cause.


    That is why an inquiry is needed. No follow up inquiry will mean that this gets buried without a formal conclusion.




    Remind me – what team does Murdo F support?


    If he is calling for justice, why is that relevant?

  19. Morning y’all






    Cant get a sniff at a win just now so goin for a mad one tonight cos it has as good a chance as any of my thought out bets.



    Btts both halves, at least 2 corners each team in both halves, and 2 players from each team booked.



    I have done a wee dble



    Atalanta v Napoli 66/1



    Seville v Barcelona 100/1



    Both games are cup ties.



    Prob be done by half time but worth a silver shilling.






  20. An Tearmann on 10th February 2021 2:02 am



    Watched majority of it with my good lady, harrowing stuff. 






    FrankTerry on 10th February 2021 8:02 am



    Cheers good sir! 

  21. Murdo is rippin, as he thinks, and so does lots of others, that guilty as sin persons were given the opportunity to evade justice regarding the takeover of his favourite club, por cierto

  22. I am not on here to attack/defend anyone of any political persuasion but I cannot see how Mr Fraser’s quote “Nothing could be more deplorable than the state seeking to imprison citizens they know to be innocent.” ties in with he thinks that “guilty as sin persons were given the opportunity to evade justice”



    Do I misunderstand the words?