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I’m sure many of you will be aware of the Vanessa Riddle appeal which has featured in the comments page in recent weeks.  Vanessa was diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer in 2009 but after extensive and difficult treatment received the all clear 17 months ago.  Last month her parents received news that she had suffered a relapse and that no suitable treatment was available in the UK.  Treatment is available in Philadelphia at a cost of £500,000.

Although the diagnosis is only a few weeks old the fundraising effort to send Vanessa to Philadelphia has already raised over £137k with increasing numbers of people becoming aware of the need on a daily basis (CQN’er, Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan is not a man to be denied).

To help raise awareness and funds, Taggsybhoy has booked Jury’s Inn, Glasgow, two nights next month, one of which, Saturday 11th February, he will hold a Music Quiz for the CQN community, with all proceeds going to the Vanessa Riddle Appeal.  You may have heard mention of the appeal but if you have not caught the details take a moment to update yourself here.  Getting involved is as part of your Celtic heritage as green and white hoops.  Don’t forget to book for the quiz, there’s a limit of 70 people for the room so you can’t turn up unannounced.  We’re home to the Highanders that day.

Issue 6 of CQN Magazine is currently being prepared; drop me a line if you would like to advertise, celticquicknews@gmail.com.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MORT

     

     

    Thank you very much.

     

     

    I will copy and paste,attach it to an e-mail and send it to my address list.

     

     

    There are over 2000 on my internal mailing list alone,so fingers crossed.

  2. Andrews said: “A fan sent me a message on Twitter last week,” said Andrews. “He wrote: ‘Marv, do you think God will help the Rangers with the tax case?’

     

    “I sent him an answer back straight away. I said: ‘God will answer any person with a sincere heart who calls upon him’. He seemed very happy with that and replied: ‘Marv, God will see us through this tax case’.

     

    “Once everybody involves God, there is no reason why God cannot help you. Remember, it is in the tough times that miracles happen.

     

     

    Marvin Andrews….. is he related to their new Swedish player Mervin?

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS says:

     

     

    No problem. This has been circulated around twitter and facebook and the more people who see it the better.

     

     

    I think I’ll do the same as you and wait until after payday before sending it on again.

     

     

    Mort

  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    I respect everyone who has faith in Goodness, but praying to God to ask that your football club might win a tax appeal seems somewhat disrespectful.

     

     

    I’m sure what Marvin meant was that Rangers fans should pray for the strength to endure the outcome, and for the courage to accept the consequences.

  5. Think Marvin must be back on the “blues”.

     

     

    Wonder how Bullet’s getting on?

     

     

    Wonder how sales of Celik shirts are getting on?

  6. Just to clear up the Sam Torrance debate from a few months ago.

     

     

    Just heard him being interviewed by Keys n Gray on Talksport.

     

     

    Gray “so Sam,who’s your team?”…Celtic! says Sam…end of that line of questioning from Gray!

  7. bournesouprecipe on

    The ole Greggs sandwiches, aren’t as bad as the situation that led up to you eating a Greggs sandwich.

  8. Blindlemonchitlin on

    Mandolins

     

     

    Mrs. Blind has always wanted to go to the Celtic Connections Fest. I relented last year ( Sharon Shannon and Crooked Still, there’s tidy) on condition I could go to a mandolin workshop in the afternoon. I got one for my Christmas a while back and wanted tips on playing the Battle of Evermore.

     

     

    Class was split into three: ‘Can play mandolin but wish to improve”, ‘can play other stringed instrument’ and ‘what’s a mandolin?’ .

     

     

    I was in grade 2 with a couple over from Cork who were folk musicians but played other stuff. We had a wee Dutch woman teaching us to play Ali Bali Bee for an hour and got bored. We formed a cabal in the corner and got flung out for playing The Cork Hornpipe amongst ourselves.

     

     

    Mrs. Blind , who was still gamely attempting to get to Coulter’s Candy, was pure affronted and ignored me on the way out, only relenting when I bought her several margharitas.

     

     

    What I want to know now is, why do the Dutch hate Hornpipes so much. We ought to be told.

  9. bournesouprecipe on

    Henrik Larsson was top scorer in every full season he played in the SPL.

     

     

    CelticFCFacts

  10. For your info lads Big Marv has reached the dizzy hieghts of playing for Kirkintillooch Rob Roy.Need to pray a bit harder to get the Manky Mob out of the Mess they are in.

     

    PS For a substanial Fee, this BEAD RATTLER could be of some assistance AYE RIGHT.

     

    Awerabest PJ

  11. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Booker T- Sam T was at a game last season,sitting in the padded seats in front of the No 7 restaurant,resplendant with the Hoops on.

  12. bournesouprecipe on

    Marvin Andrews: Keep on believing

     

     

    Published on 24 Jan 2012

     

     

     

    EXCLUSIVE by MATTHEW LINDSAY

     

     

    HELICOPTER Sunday hero Marvin Andrews today urged Rangers fans not to give up hope – despite escalating on-and-off-field problems at Ibrox.

     

     

    Things are looking increasingly ominous for the struggling Glasgow giants in their bid to land a fourth straight Scottish title.

     

     

    A disappointing 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at home last Saturday saw them fall four points behind Celtic in the SPL.

     

     

    It was just the latest in a long line of unacceptable results for Ally McCoist’s men in the league in recent weeks.

     

     

    Defeats to Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Celtic, and a draw with St Johnstone, have seen the Gers squander a 15-point lead.

     

     

    Elsewhere, the ongoing dispute with HMRC – and the prospect of being hit with a massive £49million tax bill – continues to loom large.

     

     

    Despite injuries and suspensions piling up, McCoist has not been able to strengthen his squad significantly in the January transfer window.

     

     

    And it looks highly likely Nikica Jelavic, the country’s leading goalscorer, will be sold to a top English club at some point during the month.

     

     

    Given all that, it is no surprise that even the most optimistic Light Blues supporter thinks the club doesn’t have a prayer.

     

     

    But Andrews, the devoutly religious player who became a huge fans’ favourite in his two seasons at Rangers, disagrees.

     

     

    The centre-half famously coined the phrase “Keep Believing” after the Gers fell five points behind the Hoops with just four games remaining in the 2004/05 season.

     

     

    Most people – including many of his own team-mates – thought the Trinidad and Tobago internationalist had a screw loose.

     

     

    Yet Alex McLeish’s side snatched the SPL trophy from the grasp of Martin Neill’s team on a final day of unprecedented drama.

     

     

    Marvin is urging his old club’s followers – some of whom have been in touch with him in the hope of getting some divine intervention – to stand firm behind their team, no matter what.

     

     

    Andrews said: “A fan sent me a message on Twitter last week,” said Andrews. “He wrote: ‘Marv, do you think God will help the Rangers with the tax case?’

     

     

    “I sent him an answer back straight away. I said: ‘God will answer any person with a sincere heart who calls upon him’. He seemed very happy with that and replied: ‘Marv, God will see us through this tax case’.

     

     

    “Once everybody involves God, there is no reason why God cannot help you. Remember, it is in the tough times that miracles happen.

     

     

    “Rangers were going through a tough time back in 2005. We were behind in the league and all hope seemed lost. But we ended up winning on the final day in what was one of the finest moments in the club’s history.

     

     

    “It should be a lesson for many people. No matter how hard things are, if you keep believing then anything can happen.

     

     

    “Many other clubs are going through financial problems just now, not just Rangers. Things can change, can change drastically. If you put your faith in God, anything can be achieved.”

     

     

    He added: “Four points is nothing. It is not as if the league is going to end tomorrow. In 2005, Celtic were five points clear with four games to go and were playing at the top of their game. And we still ended up winning.

     

     

    “There are a lot of games to go in the league this season. There will be a lot of twists and turns. As long as there is a will there is a way.”

     

     

    Rangers fans still remember Andrews – who ignored the medical experts telling him to have a major knee operation in order to play in that unforgettable title run-in seven years ago – with huge affection.

     

     

    And their love is reciprocated by the burly defender from Trinidad who always brings the house down whenever he returns to Ibrox on match days.

     

     

    He said: “I always look to see how Rangers do on a Saturday. I am still friends with Allan McGregor. Jordan McMillan was also one of the young boys who was at the club when I was there. I still get invited back to games at Ibrox. When I go back there the fans tell me they want me to come back every week because I light the place up.

     

     

    “They say I am always happy and always smiling. I go out at half-time and do the raffle draw. Everybody goes crazy when I say: ‘Keep believing.’

     

     

    “The most emotional time was when I went back with Hamilton. I was on the bench that day, but, when I got up to warm up, the Rangers fans got to their feet and sang my name for five minutes.”

     

     

    Andrews continued: “I didn’t play for the money, I played for the shirt, for the club. I put my career on the line.

     

     

    “Doctors told me I wouldn’t last a week if I didn’t have surgery. Former players who had suffered cruciate-ligament injuries, called me mad.

     

     

    “They told me not to believe in God, urged me to put my faith in science instead. I was like the werewolf of Scottish football at that time. But I didn’t budge. I kept believing. If you do that, anything is possible. That is what Rangers must do now.

     

     

    “I don’t know who is in the Rangers dressing room just now and who has the faith I have. I don’t know who has that belief in God.

     

     

    “But with the support that Rangers have, the love, and togetherness and unity that they show whenever I go back to Ibrox, they always have hope even when the odds seem stacked against them.”

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS says:

     

    24 January, 2012 at 13:45

     

     

    Can’t quite work out the hidden word,

     

    but

  14. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    The Battered Bunnet Said

     

    24 January, 2012 at 13:55

     

     

    ‘I respect everyone who has faith in Goodness, but praying to God to ask that your football club might win a tax appeal seems somewhat disrespectful.

     

     

    I’m sure what Marvin meant was that Rangers fans should pray for the strength to endure the outcome, and for the courage to accept the consequences….’

     

     

    TBB, I agree. With 20,000 to 25,000 people dying every day due to malnutrition I think God has better things to do than worry about the financial health of a football team. (Beelzebub’s XI at that!!!)

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    C_F

     

     

    Top fella. I didn’t know you were a pleasant plucker.

     

     

    I hear the Mandolin is strung in the opposite note sequence to the guitar, meaning the chord shapes are effectively ‘upside down’. Is it easy to get the hang of?

     

     

    Just finished repairing/revitalising an old banjo uke at the weekend. Fabulous fun playing it, but ol’ DBBIA won’t let me on the quiz team ‘cos he says it isn’t a proper orchestral instrument.

  16. I will say this Philvisreturns is

     

    amongst my most favouritest posters.

     

    So was Bournesouprecipe ,until yesterday.

     

     

    Whit does Kojo say?……………..written

     

    oot of the will.

     

    hail hail

  17. Bada Bing

     

     

    Nice 1!

     

     

    He sounds like a good bloke to share a few beers with.

     

     

    Usually when interviewing, Keys will take the opportunity to move the conversation to football…not today unfortunately.He must have got the face from Gray.

  18. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Rangers: ‘ love, togetherness. Unity’ United in their hatred of Catholicism, Glasgow’s Irish and the HRMC.

  19. Dontbrattbakkinanger.

     

     

    I was thinking the same thing,remember the first quiz when there wasn’t a single music question in the whole quiz,now we’re going to get a full quiz about music, and no Steve.

     

     

    Are you going to the quiz,I’m trying to get BT,WDH,,myself,and an other,but we’ll just be going for the beer.Just got to look for a Hotel now.

  20. BatteredBunnet

     

     

    The Mandolin is tuned (usually) G, D, A, E (E being the highest noted string) so yes, upside down bottom 4 strings of guitar.

     

     

    Handy enough to learn a few chords. Tunes are a bit trikier, depends on your level of playing, but I suspect a decent guitarist could learn it easy enough.

     

     

    What tuning do you use for the Uke?

     

     

    By the way, great info on the Basque country the other evening. Thanks for that.

  21. By the way – those talking about people praying to god about rangers tax case – I suspect their invocations may well be going in the other direction. They have form with the cloven hoofed one!

  22. bournesouprecipe on

    voguepunter

     

     

    There was a spammer posting under my hacked moniker first thing on Monday morning.

     

     

    Apologies if he was tetchy, and forgot you were an irascible vogue rogue.

     

     

    Ross Rogers on Main St, (ask for Chris) should get me back on the will in jig time.

     

     

    *grovels and sweats buckets*

  23. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    Played golf at Routenburn in Largs for a few years in the 90’s, which is the course that Sam T grew up on. His family home was within about 50 yards fom the club house. i met him once and chatted briefly with him, an absolute gem of a guy, never knew he was a fellow Celt or I might not have been so star struck and chatted longer. The one thing i found out about him was he was in the biggest class in the history of schooling……. every person that i played in a meddle with was in his class!!!

     

     

    PC67

  24. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on

    Marvin Andrews: “But with the support that Rangers have, the love, and togetherness and unity that they show whenever I go back to Ibrox, they always have hope even when the odds seem stacked against them.”

     

     

     

     

    Kids, stay off heroin.

  25. bournesouprecipe says:

     

    24 January, 2012 at 14:25

     

     

    Yippee,we are pallsy wallsy again.

     

     

    What does irascible mean?

  26. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I’ll now have nightmares of the syncopated strummers of the CQN Mandolin Orchestra getting their mucky paws on ‘the Battle of Evermore’.

     

     

    ‘ The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath

     

    The drums will shake the castle wall, the Ringwraiths ride in black (ride on)’

     

     

    Good grief.

  27. The Battered Bunnet on

    Robert T

     

     

    You’re welcome re the Basque country. Wonderful part of the world, both sides of the border.

     

     

    On the Uke, this one is tuned GCEA, but I use a lower pitch G to get the banjo drum bouncing. Most ukes tune the G an octave higher which gives it its unusual tone.

     

     

    Still a woeful player though, but I can’t help smiling when playing it.

     

     

    ArthurSmithCSC

  28. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    DBBIA – sorry can’t do the 11th, already on a night oot after the game that day.

     

    Could I get a wee music point for knowing that good ole Sandy Denny sang backing on the Battle of Evermore

     

     

    Gandalfcsc

  29. Shame, I was really looking forward to showing my appreciation at their contribution to destroying rangers this season…

     

     

    Translated:

     

    The MFF fans who had planned to travel to Glasgow on March 6 to see the MFF’s friendly match against Celtic have to think about. The match is closed to spectators.

     

    According mff.se has Malmo FF explained to the Scottish club that there is considerable interest in the match. But as the match for some reason can not be played at Celtic Park has been decided that it should be played on the Celtics Fitness instead.

     

     

    That means closed gates.

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