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Scarcely a week goes by without me asking you to support Mary’s Meals.  This year, every school day, over 5,000 kids in Malawi or Liberia ate a meal paid for by CQN’ers, or ate in a school kitchen built by the money you raised.

By now, you know as well as I do, the impact this has.  School attendance increased by an average of 30% where these meals were provided, as kids don’t need to work for their food.  They are educated, learning skills, which will provide life-long improvements in earning capacity and opportunities.

Being better nourished also makes them healthier; mortality rates will improve as fewer succumb to the afflictions of extreme poverty.  All because you donated a few pounds here and there.

Alzheimer Scotland were in touch after you raised an incredible sum for them after we learned of Billy McNeill’s condition:

“Thank you so much for supporting the work of Alzheimer Scotland by raising £3264.37 through your BT MyDonate page “Celtic fans for Alzheimer Scotland”.

Dementia is a major health and social care challenge in Scotland and there are currently over 90,000 people with dementia, a number that is expected to double within the next 25 years.

Our work includes:
•             Provide our network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland to support people with dementia, their families and carers and work with local communities to make them more dementia-friendly.
•             Support funding Dementia Nurses post in every health board in Scotland to lead vital improvements in dementia care.
•             Provide our freephone 24-hour Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000)
•             Fund the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre in partnership with the University of Edinburgh
•             Campaign for the rights of people with dementia
Best wishes and thank you again for your fundraising support we really do appreciate it.
Gillian Dimmock, Fundraising Support Officer.”

For 13 years we have held the CQN Charity Golf Day in Aberdour, the summer focus of our fundraising.  This year, CelticRollerCoaster wrote on behalf of the Walk with Shay campaign, who received £1300 from the CQN Golf Day.  Shay (4) suffers from Cerebral Palsy and will need help, not available on the NHS, to sit, walk and lead as normal a life as most of us take for granted:

“Thank you for the fantastic £1300 raised at the CQN Golf Day and for the thousands more CQN’ers contributed to Walk for Shay throughout the year.  The great news is that Shay’s development has really benefited.  The impact you have made on one small boy is incalculable.”

After receiving a donation from the Golf Day, The Celtic FC Foundation wrote:

“Thank you so much for the wonderful donation of £1,100.00 which has been allocated to our 2017 Christmas Appeal.

“The Appeal reflects the very heart of the Club’s charitable and humble beginnings as it aims to follow in the footsteps of Brother Walfrid, providing comfort to those on our doorstep.

“This year, we want to help around 300 local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year plus a number of other local charities who support those experiencing homelessness or other disadvantage.

“The generosity and compassion of the Celtic Family is unique and unsurpassed and CQN’s gesture is a perfect example of that.

“Please pass on our thanks for Sharing the Spirit of Celtic this Christmas to all those involved.”

The Celtic FC Foundation is now an integral part of being a Celtic supporter.  You did not just contribute at the Golf Day, on dozens of occasions throughout the year, you answered the call to get involved.  Last week, we learned it wasn’t just 300 families who benefited from the Spirit of Celtic, Christmas campaign:

435 families in Glasgow and Lanarkshire in poverty and hardship were assisted.  Aid also went to vulnerable pensioners in the city, hundreds of our homeless, vulnerable women and men, while gifts were given to the chronically sick children in our community.  The Foundation reached those in need in London, Ireland and as far as Canada.

Being able to invest the emotional energy into supporting a football team is more than many in our communities can manage, as all their energies go towards survival.  But this is how the Celtic Story began, among the destitute and hungry.  How lucky we are to be anchored to this football club, to these values.

You did all of this and more in 2017.  It is humbling to see so many great people do so much, so often.  You are a constant inspiration.  Thank you.

Have a peaceful and loving Christmas.

NEW CQN PODCAST OUT NOW! CHRISTMAS JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS

Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic authors, Stephen Sullivan and Stevie Murray for a special festive episode – Christmas Jumpers for Goal-Posts.

Stephen Sullivan is a former Celtic View reporter who wrote the much-lauded Sean Fallon biography, ‘Iron Man’. He is now the editor of FIFA.com.

Stevie Murray has now written two books on Celtic – ‘Ten Men Won The League’ and ‘Kenny of the Celtic’ – and he is a respected and authoritative voice on the club.

Treat yourself to a signed copy of Jim Craig – Right Back to 67 and you will receive a copy of That Season on Paradise signed by Bertie Auld, just order the Jim Craig book at CQNbookstore.co.uk and we’ll do the rest…

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  1. Greetings from Kuala Lumpur on a very stormy Christmas Eve. Presently watching the thunderstorm going off from our 21st floor bedroom, and that’s just the wife ;-)

     

     

    A very Happy and Holy Christmas to one and all and may Santa grant all your wishes.

     

     

    Hoping the storm abates as hoping to go to Midnight Mass.

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  3. AULDHEID on24TH DECEMBER 2017 12:53 PM

     

     

    Iamatim from previous blog.

     

     

     

     

    That DK is allowed any influence in Scottiish football is a dereliction of the duty of the SFA to protect the game.

     

     

     He should be called to account by the other clubs via the SFA to provide evidence he can do what he has promised, which is bank roll TRFC.

     

     

     At the very least the clubs should be preparing for another insolvency event and deciding the conditions they will set for TRFC to continue taking part.

     

     

     They have the powers under Club Licensing to do so, powers that the SFA Comp Off can only concluded the SFA have failed to utilise. Powers that UEFA have also recognised are not being used according to Phil.

     

     

     It was self preservation that underpinned the 5 Way. The dangers of that agreement becoming more and more manifest might just alert other clubs to the necessity to exercise their collective responsibility to each other and so our game they govern on our behalf.

     

     

     When a particular course of action designed to preserve self is not working it is human nature to try another.

     

     

     Res12 when the full story is told will reinforce this point.

  4. Well done Paul and CQNrs on the above.

     

     

    The charitable suport is helpful but, longer term, Malawi and other poor nations will need to see the WTO re-structure the trade relations that African countries “enjoy” with the established industrial nations.

     

     

    Unfortunately, though good noises were made in Doha in 2015, we have yet to see much in the way of moving to implement. Meanwhile, the “Communist” Chinese are investing heavily and reaping influence. To what end, we must wonder?

  5. Merry Christmas to all CQNers and those dear to you.

     

     

    Just over 3 years ago my family experienced our darkest hour when my mum suddenly passed away.

     

     

    The amount of love and care that came via CQN was incredible. And I’ve watched it be repeated so often since, as fellow Tims receive the unique card from the best extended Fhamily in the world.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  6. You are so correct,Paul.It is very heartening to know that the charitable ethos of our founding fathers continues today.Here at Perth CSC in Western Australia we are a well respected contributor to our local and national charities.

     

    May I wish you,all bloggers and lurkers a very Merry Christmas.HH.

  7. The clubs should also question how another klub, surviving month to month on loans, are signing new players.

  8. Goooooood Afternoon CQN

     

    Fantastic effort by Celtic Fans throughout the world this year

     

    Hail Hail to one and all

     

     

    Now a wee bit indulgent ( and she’ll never see this)

     

    Very Happy 80th Birthday to my Auld Maw :-)))

     

    So for my family who look into CQN, from Canada, I’m sure she’ll be in touch later, with her new birthday present :-))

     

     

    Hail Hail

  9. Great Article…

     

     

    Feeding these young students is a very smart way of improving the present, medium and long term prospects of the pupils as you state. A quite brilliant initiative.

     

     

    AULDHEID @ 12:59 PM,

     

     

    Very good point, it amazes me how those at the helm at Ibrox are given carte blanche…

     

     

    With the “outsiders” like Craig Whyte, Charles Green and Mike Ashley, we’re treated proactively by the SFA on sometimes the most spurious allegation or rumour, where as SDM, DCK and their ilk are immune to any sort of challenge even when the wrongdoing is proven in Court.

     

     

    You know the power of persistence ~ so keep-on, keeping-on.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Merry Christmas everyone from the southern hemisphere, still up

     

    and still sober.

     

    Happy Birthday to Cowiebhoys auld maw and as usual a wee kiss

     

    for my favourte visitor to Oz, the lovely Laura.

     

    H.H Mick

  11. A Merry Christmas to Paul and all!

     

     

    The main thrust of the lead article is undermined by the ‘bad credit’ loan shark advert directly under it. IMO. Needs addressed Paul.

     

     

    Sorry for the bah-humbug, probably due to a 9 hour drive from South Wales yesterday. Should have been 6.5 hours :-( couple of jams on way back.

     

     

    Christmas shop now complete. Time to chill.

  12. weebawbabbitty. just logged on saw your post from last night. mate you and all the other ghuys in all honesty have made my christmas. the bhoys know who they are too numerous to mention. but one post last night from corkcelt made me realise how many friends i have on here to be honest the big sissy that iam. i filled up and corkcelt if your about i aint no hero i just done what anyone of you would have. you ghuys are the heroes you stopped me going out to maybe get attacked myself anyway you all have a merry xmas and god bless.

  13. !!BADA BING!! @ 1:22 PM,

     

     

    You of course have a point but I’ve noticed recently Celtic, Fans for Justice and the like have taken a step back from the “Rangers Issues”.

     

     

    I believe it’s because nothing they can do to Sevco can inflict anything like the damage their “Guardians” are doing unto them.

     

     

    They are a busted flush, any actions by Celtica will do little apart from galvanizing the ragin’.

     

     

    There is also the fact that they are NOT our competition. If Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs etc loose our in the Cup, the League or a European spot to the black arts of Sevco Rangers that’s their look-out.

     

     

    I truly believe we are above and beyond the sordid mess, they consistently dragged is into. And I hope it stays that way.

     

     

    Never fight with a Coalman…

     

     

    Hail Hail

  14. Great stuff Paul67.

     

     

    Superb from everyone concerned.

     

     

    Although an infrequent poster at best now, id just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Best wishes to you all and your Families, hope you have a fantastic time.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  15. Uxbridge letter of the day is S :-

     

     

    Samovar: Term describing how many and whose planes are missing

     

     

    Sanctity: Drooping bosom

     

     

    Sandy: That’s convenient

     

     

    Sarcasm: A fish with a very large hole in it.

     

     

    Satin: Something that happens to chairs.

     

     

    Satire: Seated in a more elevated position

     

     

    Saxophones: A large bag full of telecommunication devices.

     

     

    Scalpel: Found between Scalp K and Scalp M in the organised collection of Geronimo’s effects.

     

     

    Scandal: Footwear you should be ashamed of

     

     

    Scandinavian: Bird watching.

     

     

    Scar Tissue: A problem attaching a DVD to the televisio

     

     

    Scintillate: To commit adultery till breakfast

     

     

    Screwdriver: Mick Jagger’s chauffer

     

     

    Scullery: Room to display shrunken heads

     

     

    Scum: It has arrived

     

     

    Scurrilous: A mouse with no legs

     

     

    Scurry: Explanation of what’s on your shirt

     

     

    Sealant: Amphibious insect

     

     

    Sea Lion: Something used to remove creases from seals.

     

     

    Seamstress : the consequence of an over-generous lunch

     

     

    Secretariat: Headwear for typists

     

     

    Sedate: Meant nine

     

     

    Seeking: Ruler of the ocean.

     

     

    Semantics: Very small blood sucking creatures particularly fond of sailors.

     

     

    Semolina: A system of signalling with puddings

     

     

    Senile: What to do in Egypt

     

     

    Sentiment: The perfume he intended to buy

     

     

    Sentimental: To drive one insane.

     

     

    Serpentine: Fluid for getting paint off snakes

     

     

    Sewage: Legal work

     

     

    Sexpot: To determine the gender of canabis.

     

     

    Sexual: Proposition from a Louisiana prostitute.

     

     

    Shagpile: An experience both painful and pleasant

     

     

    Shallot: No more onions

     

     

    Shambolic: A false testicle.

     

     

    Shampoo: Fake dog turd

     

     

    Shamrock: Tribute band

     

     

    Shepherd: Blue Peter’s dog’s gossip column.

     

     

    Shellfish: A bit like a shelf

     

     

    Shingle: Sean Connery’s definition of a bachelor

     

     

    Shinto: Leg diagram

     

     

    Shi-tzu: An unacceptable animal park

     

     

    Shrewd: A rude shrew

     

     

    Ski Lift: The elation you feel after eating a yoghurt

     

     

    Silicon: A rather stupid hoax.

     

     

    Slippery: A bit like a slipper

     

     

    Smirks: Geordie cigarettes

     

     

    Snickers: Spanties

     

     

    Soaring: Condition caused by eating too much curry

     

     

    Somersault: Sodium chloride only available between June and September.

     

     

    Sorcery: A bit like a saucer.

     

     

    Specimen: Italian astronauts

     

     

    Spectator: A short sighted potato.

     

     

    Speedometer: A device for measuring swimming trunks.

     

     

    Splint: To run very fast with a broken leg

     

     

    Sportsmanship: A large boat for athletes.

     

     

    Stagnation: A country populated entirely by male deer.

     

     

    Stalactite: Pissed prisoners of war

     

     

    Star-struck: Nicole Kidman’s lorry

     

     

    Sterling: To agitate heather.

     

     

    Stifling: Scottish dance for pigs

     

     

    Stirrup: To cause an argument.

     

     

    Stockade: A meat-based fizzy drink

     

     

    Stopcock: A condom

     

     

    Stop-gap: To campaign against competitively priced denim

     

     

    Stroll: Patron saint of expensive cars.

     

     

    Stucco: Hitherto unknown Marx brother

     

     

    Stylist: A pig directory

     

     

    Stymie: A Jewish pig

     

     

    Subdued: One level below a Dude.

     

     

    Submission: Special operation involving a submarine.

     

     

    Submit: Naval issue glove.

     

     

    Substitute: An underwater hooker

     

     

    Suffocation: Being made to live in Ipswich

     

     

    Suggestive: A sexy biscuit

     

     

    Summer: Someone who is good at arithmatic.

     

     

    Superfluous: We went on holiday with Super Airlines

     

     

    Supersede: Take the pip of a pear to court.

     

     

    Surcharge: Cash for honours.

     

     

    Surface: Top class surfer.

     

     

    Surreal: A conga with a knighthood.

     

     

    Surrogate: Stand-in Yorkshire spa town

     

     

    Sussex: When you finally realise how to do it!

     

     

    Sweepstake: What Sooty cooks for dinner

     

     

    Sycamore: Not as well as I used to be

     

     

    Sycophant: I much prefer Dec

     

     

    Syllabub: To float like Cilla Black

     

     

    Symphony: A fake mobile telephone SIM card.

     

     

    Syndrome: A large building used for nefarious deeds.

     

     

    Syntax: A charge the government make on people for immoral behaviour, politicians are exempt.

     

     

    Synthesis: A dissertation about immorality.

     

     

    Systematic: A robot nun

  16. Chairbhoy- correct, will be interesting to see if Milne and Petrie have the cojones to call them out.HH

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    SFTB

     

     

    I also have enjoyed your Uxbridge posts at the start of the week I didn’t realise I was having a little horse pasta for my dinner !

     

     

    Mascarpone

     

     

    Anyhow anybody who has to wrap last minute presents get the ironing board up and wrap them on it, so much easier

     

     

    Far too much daytime telly has been watched this last week

  18. Great effort from everyone involved especially our host for giving us this platform to spread the word

  19. Imatim wants justice and the titles to be stripped from the cheats on

    AULDHEID on 24TH DECEMBER 2017 12:53 PM

     

    Iamatim

     

     

     

    That DK is allowed any influence in Scottiish football is a dereliction of the duty of the SFA to protect the game.

     

     

     

    He should be called to account by the other clubs via the SFA to provide evidence he can do what he has promised, which is bank roll TRFC.

     

     

     

    At the very least the clubs should be preparing for another insolvency event and deciding the conditions they will set for TRFC to continue taking part.

     

     

     

    They have the powers under Club Licensing to do so, powers that the SFA Comp Off can only concluded the SFA have failed to utilise. Powers that UEFA have also recognised are not being used according to Phil.

     

     

     

    It was self preservation that underpinned the 5 Way. The dangers of that agreement becoming more and more manifest might just alert other clubs to the necessity to exercise their collective responsibility to each other and so our game they govern on our behalf.

     

     

     

    When a particular course of action designed to preserve self is not working it is human nature to try another.

     

     

     

    Res12 when the full story is told will reinforce this point.

     

     

    …………………………………..

     

     

    I think most of us know the SFA is not fit for purpose.

     

     

    What to me underpins the continuation of this rancid, self serving and Hun leaning organisation is bigotry with racist undertones and Masonic influences.

     

     

    I’ve said it before my friend….we are on our own.

     

     

    We have to drive your Resolution home hard. If the custodians of our Club don’t publicly back it then we have to pursue things ourselvesa and do it soon.

     

     

    The fix is in with Petrie, Budge, Milne et al all singing from the same Masonic hymn sheet and the Compliance Officer investigating his own rancid establishment. We all know how that will turn out.

     

     

    Fit and Proper to the SFA equates to “how can we best serve the Hun” and most of us know it.

     

     

    I implore all those with any influence and resolve to move things along expeditiously. Whatever it takes let’s go after the cheats and those acting solely in self interest.

     

     

    Let’s rally the troops, get the funding together and put an end to the corruption and the cheating in Scottish Football for the evidence is there and it is overwhelming to do so.

  20. Hail Hail fae The Tokyo Emerald☘️ Members 1 with a possible two converts on the horizon☘️☘️ Fantastic effort from all involved in CQN’s charitable work , that really is tremendous☘️ Couldn’t stream the game last night sounds like we played well☘️ On a more serious note when Monster Munch puts you too the sword you know the game is up. I got some ve

  21. Not long home now in a rather mild Éire after another extremely enjoyable trip over to Glasgow. Thanks to all for their kind comments over the last 48 hours. I’ll look forward to my next trip over in the new year and hopefully I’ll get to meet up with a couple of fellow CQN’ers for a few beers.

     

    Have a great and enjoyable Christmas all and roll on Dundee away on St Stephen’s Day.

     

    HH

  22. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Leftclicktic

     

     

    Who is Cowiebhoy’s MAN ?????

     

     

    :-)

     

     

    Lynchiebhoy

     

     

    Sit on the couch and put your feet up, some shift following the hoops for you and many others

  23. The Ibrox faithful’s frustration has been compounded by the knowledge that, had they taken maximum reward from fixtures they would once have considered routine, they would lead the standings. As it stands, the message on Celtic’s Christmas card is doubly resonant – joyful and triumphant.

     

    Ha! Seriously, the above is part of Roddy Forsyths report in The Telegraph.

     

    Delusional.

     

    Hail Hail

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