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  1. You don’t require any legal authorisation to lead a funeral. Absolutely anyone can act as a celebrant at one. Even you. She also does weddings. She did one for a couple of female friends of mine about five years ago. Again a lovely service in a barn with hay bales as pews.
  2. The SPFL should just cut out the middle man and operate their own channel, showing games at every level. Live broadcasting could be outsourced to keep costs low. Subscriptions from Scottish fans alone would make it a viable option and advertising revenues could be shared by the clubs rather than syphoned off by Sky to help pay for their overpriced English premiership deal. It’s not in Sky’s interests to talk up the Scottish game and that’s why the coverage is so downbeat. It gives them the upper hand at contract negative time. Most clubs already generate some media content, but would most likely have to up their game. But a 15-30 minute slot for each club, a couple of times a week shouldn’t be beyond their capabilities. Re-runs of “classic matches” and Scotland games could also be broadcast by a new Scottish football channel.
  3. She did the service at my mum’s funeral. She was very good. I didn’t know she worked for the tourist board.
  4. Isn’t this just clever marketing to promote their “no one likes us, we don’t care/ if you’re not with us, you’re against us” brand image, to ra peepul? There’s literally no down side for them in this. Douglas Park will see a boost in sales of bright Orange focus ST mobility cars and Cinch will be boycotted. If the SPFL punish them, it proves they have it in for them, the wagons circle tighter and the horde spend more money on rangers tat to demonstrate their defiance. If the SPFL don’t punish them it’s because they’re too big to punish - no surrender to the SPFL etc.
  5. This would be a perfectly valid opinion to hold if we weren’t scoring and didn’t take the initiative in games. However we scored more than the majority of the teams in the league (including some top six sides) and took the lead and went on to drop points far too often. We were sunk last season because we leaked too many goals. Watching our strikers was like watching someone trying to bail out a boat using a bucket with no bottom on it. It didn’t matter how much they did, it was never going to be enough. TW has prioritised patching up the hull so far less water comes in. Now our strikers have a fighting chance of winning us games. And we will have a new striker. I have no doubt about it. They’ll score more than Lafferty did too.
  6. Interesting stat from the Motherwell v Hibs game. Only Kilmarnock and Ross County dropped more points from a winning position than Motherwell, last season. Must be those pesky strikers heaping pressure on the defence again.
  7. Where were their objections when Ladbrokes sponsored the league and they had 32 Red on their shirts then? Smaller deal, competing betting companies. The only difference now is it’s in competition with one of the directors companies. Looks like he’s putting his personal interests before that of the club.
  8. So St Mirren’s stats weren’t skewed by McGraths 10 goals? Hamilton’s weren’t Skewed by Callaghan scoring 9? Cole’s 11 for Motherwell didn’t skew their goals for column? Only Lafferty’s 8 for us had that effect? Points thrown away from a winning position by the defence against St Mirren, St Johnstone, Ross county, Livi. St Johnstone failed to score in considerably more games than us and had a great season. 54 goals conceded (iirc only Hamilton and Ross county were worse) and we're blaming the strikers for our problems. Ps I missed Livi also scored one more than us. I apologise. So that makes us 5th highest scorers.
  9. We scored 43 league goals last season. Only Rangers (92), Celtic (78) and Hibs (48) scored more. Claiming our defence crumbled because we couldn’t score is utterly bizarre. It’s more accurate to say our forwards were under pressure to score as our defence and keeper(s) were s**t.
  10. Some people just don’t want to accept they backed the wrong decision when it comes to AA.
  11. We’ll finish 1st. 8-10 points in front of 2nd place. I believe TW has been very careful to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to set pieces. I expect it to be a very productive weapon in our armoury when we’re playing for real. I also think the return to three subs works in our favour. We will dominate possession in most games - defending takes a lot of energy and teams will struggle to press to the same extent when they can only make three substitutions.
  12. For anyone in any doubt that a solid defensive structure is key to success, have a look at our goal for and against columns for the last three seasons and then compare them against our rivals. You don’t concede and you’re guaranteed at least a point. Score two and you may still come away with nothing.
  13. Is this a “heads gone” or putting a stupid journalist in his place type interview?
  14. Absolutely this coupled with drug use being treated as criminal offence than a health issue. Long term drug use can cause significant damage to the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, but drug users are less likely to seek help for these problems as it highlights their “criminal” behaviour. Because they’ve not sought medical help for these issues, they become a bigger risk of suffering an overdose or from heart failure. Take a quick look at a breakdown of the demographics on drug deaths and there’s a significant spike in the age groups impacted most by these issues.
  15. Possibly something like MDMB-CHMICA, more commonly known as Spice or “The zombie drug” in the tabloids. If you go on YouTube you’ll find plenty of videos of people on it. A cheap and effective way to escape your reality. I agree that a joint up approach to substance misuse is required. Not going to happen when Westminster is lobbied by and makes huge amounts from some of the substance which cause the most harm. There’s also the problem that the SNP have proposed it so they can’t agree with it.
  16. Ah, you’ve taken his words literally. It’s an easy mistake to make. When he says house, he means team. The foundation is the defence and keeper. It’s a very easy mistake to make. You strike me as the kind of fan that thinks he’d struggle to walk on water, on a wet windy night at Arbroath or struggle to feed a full house against Ayr with two fishes and five loaves, too.
  17. Yup. In the 31/32 season. I suppose in a way he’s comparable with Claudio Ranieri- took an unfashionable club from nowhere to champions in a very short period. Lost a couple of key players in the summer and then was betrayed by one of his stars the next season, when results weren’t great. Lost his job shortly after. Neither he or the club has done much since.
  18. I’m reminded of this quote from one of the earliest superstar coaches - “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Jesus - Nazareth FC 0031/32 Season
  19. I look at that and think the defences and keepers must be s**t. Who are the keepers?
  20. https://www.crew.scot/drug/etizolam/ This should answer your question https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/drug-related-deaths/20/drug-related-deaths-20-additional-analyses.pdf This should give some context to the scale of the issue.
  21. To coin a phrase once popular amongst Labourites, “things can only get better”. They certainly cant be much worse than this insular, blood & soil nationalistic, path Boris and his buddies are taking the country down. You’ll notice not a word of critique from Mr Better Together on any of that though. It’s probably just another example of where he’s reluctant to compare Scotland with other areas of the U.K. or maybe it’s just as likely to provoke a rant on the myth of Scottish exceptionalism. And while “frustrated” may be a diplomatic way to phrase things, bitter is probably more accurate. Trawling anti-independence blogs looking for a “new stick” to beat the SNP with, is neither objective or productive. Nobody is listening to him. I don’t think many people even still bother reading them. We just assume the punchline is #SNPBAD. He needs to get over the loss of Scotland. It was only the first of the Red heartlands to recognise “Labour isn’t working”, there have been many others since. And it’s because people have woken up to the fact that they’re only the party of opposition in name. The reality is that they’ve much more in common with the Tories than they do with traditional Labour. Even with every lever of power at their disposal, they did nothing to eradicate the economic disparity in this country. Dewar, McLeish, McConnell all had the ear of a Labour prime minister and as you pointed out didn’t achieve any more than the SNP have. As I have mentioned before poverty, despair and hopelessness are the root cause of drug addiction. @Killiepiesalso highlights it is a transgenerational trauma handed down from father to son, mother to daughter. This is what happens when you take away steady well paid jobs in mining, steel, manufacturing, rationalise whisky production etc and replace them with minimum wage jobs in call centres and zero hour contracts in the service industry. New town planning, the gentrification of some inner city areas while leaving others languishing in squalor, also gives people a visual daily reminder that this country is divided into the haves and have nots, winners and losers. In this situation hope may not be the panacea, but it’s a starting point. I don’t know about you but I’d rather look to a bright future on the horizon than down a well of despair.
  22. You should also ask why in this instance he wants to compare us to other areas of the U.K., but in the many areas we outperform the U.K., he’s only interested in what happens here? Seems he’s less concerned with the fate of these poor addicts and more concerned with having a stick to beat the Scottish government with. This is reflected in his inability to give solutions to the problem. Either that or deep down he knows the solutions require Westminster’s consent.
  23. Tucked away at the bottom of the National Records Scotland piece on these new figures is this even more shameful fact - “At the beginning of the century, the rate of drug-related deaths in Scotland’s most deprived areas was 10 times that of our least deprived areas. By 2020 this gap had increased to 18 times as high.” Poverty, despair and hopelessness are the main drivers of drug addiction. For anyone who hasn’t read Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey, get it and read it. It will open your eyes to why this issue is so much bigger than our resident British Nationalist wants you to believe. And why it can’t be addressed by tinkering.