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Mutual Support.

 

In the absence of Scottish football, PQ remain strict adherents to the Hollicom line. The narrative is set during midweek, Michael Stewart demands an explanation. The PQ lemmings rush to the edge, desperate to be seen chorusing support. In many ways, it's a relief because the increasing alternative is another broadcast chapter on the fascinating life of DrStu'. Last week, we had DrStu' and his son, Jack on our screens articulating the difficulties of living with autism during Lockdown. Further, DrStu' distributes a bit of patronage, German born photographer, Caro Weiss had taken photos of the family at the Dennistoun pile, and the PQ TV cameras took the hint the very next day and we had a two minute piece on BBC Scotland on the provision of the service.

 

DrStu's collaged life is important, mostly to DrStu'. He walks his son to school, then there's the fund raising for the school, It's an unique school, there's the mutual support of puff pieces from the likes of Journo, Catriona Stewart. An oft' repeated mantra from DrStu' over the decades is, "I am not alone in saying this", thus when something is decreed as special, it becomes necessary for Catriona to pen an article. The canvas is wide, across the National, the Herald, and the Evening Times, we are told the school is a quiet artistic haven in a sea of turmoil. It must be, we await the documentary?

 

DrStu' and Gregor Cox( a nom de plume used on the comments sections of the three newspapers named above for 18 months - aka Catriona Stewart) have consistently consigned Rangers supporters to the sidelines, "baying, beeling, and raging". Of course, having Rangers supporting friends is a necessary tool. DrStu' can say often, "ah don't get it, what do they want"? DrStu's Rangers supporting friends(let's take a minute here to appreciate DrStu's tolerance) all agree with him. Always, they reinforce DrStu's opinion. Remember, back in the day, DrStu' would regularly introduce a guest, a Janitor from Largs, Chris Connor - the H-u-n with a Heart? Chris has been long disappeared, probably disagreed with DrStu'? Imagine the imaginary?

 

We should applaud DrStu's patronage of Caro Weiss, it's a pity he could not extend his welcoming comments to Ianis Hagi, a 21 year old Romanian. Michael Stewart had demanded and DrStu' obliged, "ahm hearing reports of this week of Rangers signing Hagi for £5 million, given the current state of Scottish football, every aspect of that deal is wrong". A young, exciting talent is arriving and it's bad, bad, bad. I am positive DrStu's Rangers supporting friends agree? Further, it highlights a continuing Warren Cummings mindset, young Romanians provide a service as worthy as Scots with an Anglo accent.

 

As one of those beeling and raging on the sidelines, I am going to ask DrStu' for a minor indulgement? We were teased with Cosgrove telling of his lunch at Gamba with SPFL Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster. Sharing those unctuous hand dived scallops on a bed of Stornoway black pudding and Ayrshire pancetta with the £388,000 per annum automaton must have had an accompanying glass of Burgundy, Albarino, or old vine Chenin Blanc? If Hollicom allow it, we should be told? Some would argue that any repast with Neil, would be too hard to swallow. However, the mutual support will arrive, legitimising your actions, it always does.

 

Sportsound on Saturday.

 

They did a 15 minute piece on Barcelona'72, Wullie Johnston and Colin Stein were on the telephone as Big Dick played a straight bat. It was turgid. A Scottish club heads off to play a final in totalitarian Fascist Spain, against the KGB sponsored team, Moscow Dynamo, and nothing. The assembled cast of Pat Boner, Michael Stewart, Billy Dodds, Brian McLauchlin, ....etc did not ask a single question. Alfie Conn, a better player than they say? The unique situation, Rangers in the middle of two totalitarian regimes, thirty years prior had been combatants in the Spanish Civil War? Willy Mathieson, could he kick doors at Halloween? 

 

Next up was a similar piece on Sellik in Seville with Jackie McNamara. Real engagement, several questions, all warm and fuzzy.

 

Oh, and Michael Stewart banged on about Hearts relegation and the injustice of the situation. He was not demanding an explanation, that was reserved for Rangers proposed signing of Ianis Hagi. I suspect DrStu' will have to inform Michael of the Hollicom line, Hearts are no longer considered a model club. Like Rangers in Barca', there were no takers. Mutual support is only awarded to strict adherents.

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The BBC Scotland mob will be wetting themselves later this is the 25th of May no doubt we will be getting the lions story later, 😡

 

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Misleading by Omission.

 

This time last week, we were informed Ross County's Chair, Roy MacGregor, in his capacity as SPFL Board member; was meeting with Scottish Government Minister for Sport, Joe Fitzpatrick. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the readiness of Scottish football(and other sports) to restart. Joe Fitzpatrick laid out the various Government hurdles that must be overcome. Pretty innocuous stuff, then we find out a non SPFL Board member, Peter Lawwell is to accompany MacGregor to the conference. It's reminiscent of then SPL Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster being accompanied by Peter Lawwell on his trip to London to meet SKY TV officials in the immediate wake of Rangers being confined to Scottish football's lowest tier in 2012. After a photo of Neil and Peter sitting together on a shuttle flight being posted on social media, we found out Peter was a member of the SPL TV Rights Committee.

 

We have never found out the other members of said Committee, we do not know if it ever met again, and no minutes of the Committee meetings have ever surfaced. Similarly, there was no report of Roy and Peters attendance, no report of contributions made. It appears a D Notice has been slapped on the pair's involvement because both print and broadcast media have deliberately refused to report, or ask any questions. The epitome of this fact was Saturday's BBC Radio Scotland's Saturday football coverage.

 

The most petty and ill informed Off the Ball went out it's way to ignore it, and anything to do with football really. DrStu' wanted to talk about home schooling his son, Jack. After DrStu's family life and interests(mostly himself), the main filler during lockdown has been the 45 minute appearance of Professor Jason Leitch. The former Dentist is Scotland's National Clinical Director. DrStu' asks a few macro-political questions and sometimes Jason bites. Dominic Cummings, comparisons of competence between Westminster and Holyrood, and fawning over the First Minister's performance dominate. Tam asks submitted listeners' questions, none of them are about Care Home deaths or our pretty tired Health Minister being confused over casualty figures. 

 

In Jason Leitch's first line on Saturday, he gave a resume of his week past; including he had attended the Joe Fitzpatrick conference on getting sport in Scotland up and running. Two Journalists that have defended their live interview with Craig Whyte several weeks past, due to public interest. obsessed over the machinations of Jim Traynor, and constantly demanded transparency; ignored Leitch's revelation. Our(the listeners) opportunity to find out the why, what, and where of Peter's involvement was deliberately ignored and fudged over. The Establishment Duo mislead by omission.

 

Another example of DrStu's array of convenient notional friends occurred, a question reference social distancing being ignored and stating the over crowding on Portobello beach photographs were the proof. Jason did not answer, DrStu' confirmed his photographer friends confirming all pictures were taken using wide angle lenses. Those folks crowding the sands were made to look closer than they actually were. Jason awarded the Scots public a ten out of ten for behavioural compliance. 

 

Yesterday, Peter publicly thanked Neil Doncaster for his application and securing a Sky deal for Scottish football ie the liability of ending the season early has been pushed on to every Scottish football supporter who wants to see live televised games being broadcast from behind closed doors. Peter awards BBC Scotland ten out of ten for behavioural compliance.

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Currently on Twitter, there is a two minute twenty seconds video, it is a film of Glasgow city centre. Early morning Saturday, the sun is shinning and the streets are largely deserted. It begins in Glassford Street, moves to Buchanan Street, then shows Ingram Street, next up is two men in high visiblity vests carrying an extended ladder through the temporary car park situated between Candleriggs and Albion Street. The headline is shared : Slaves Made Glasgow and Black Lives Matter. Prominently, in the bottom left hand corner, there resides a familiar logo. It is the white skull on a green and white hooped background, the Green Brigade are making a statement.

 

The ladder is rested against the Ramshorn Kirk, a brave Bhoy ascends with a substitute street sign, and Ingram Street becomes Harriet Tubman Street. This scene is repeated across the city centre, Dunlop Street is transformed into Joseph Knight Street, and Wilson Street has two new identities. Firstly, Fred Hampton Street, then Rosa Park Street. Cochrane Street is renamed for Sheku Bayou. Finally, Buchanan Street is now George Floyd Street. We see a dozen different characters doing the work, all filming is from behind and any inopportune angles are covered by pixelation. It's about two hours graft? As if Scottish Justice Minister, Humza Yousaf is going to demand their prosecution?

 

Remember, the Green Brigade were responsible for hanging two live size sex dolls from the roof of the North Stand at the Chambre of Secrets? Hands tied behind their backs, nooses around their necks, one with a Rangers scarf, the other replete in an orange collarette, strange fruit hanging, twisting in the breeze for over a hour. Below was a banner stating - 'they hung out the flag of war' and two dozen KAH(Kill all Hu-ns) proclaimed flags fluttered alongside. Nine members of the Green Brigade were arrested and charged. The week before appearing in court, all evidence had been deliberately lost from the Procurator Fiscal's office. There is a Glasgow based organisation that would Call It Out, but they didn't. Where's the justice?

 

Still, we can rely on BBC Scotland to report accurately and objectively, can't we? Below is their report that appeared for two hours on Ceefax and possibly remains on their website :

 

Campaigners rename streets linked to the slave trade.

 

Anti-racism campaigners have renamed streets in Glasgow city centre that have links to the slave trade.

In several streets, signs with a black background and white font have appeared alongside the originals.

Activists replaced the names of tobacco merchants and slave trade owners in favour of black campaigners, slaves, and those who died in police custody.

More than 11,500 people have previously signed an online petition to rename streets linked to slave owners..

 

Now, we know Michael Stewart agrees with the political ambitions of the Green Brigade, because he quite deliberately told us so. The above report is extraordinary; the Green Brigade foot soldiers have been erased, actually re-labelled as something much more noble. They are Anti-racism campaigners and Activists. Why can't BBC Scotland just call it as it is? The logo is prominently displayed throughout the video and it ends with - 'Until the Last Rebel'.

 

AGAIN - DELIBERATELY MISLEADING BY OMISSION.

 

 

 

 

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Probably the foregoing  post should be in the Lounge but here obviously because of the PQ and green brigade connections so I would like to point out that there is a possibility that many of these "objectors/protestors/anti racist believers etc." are descendants of these persons of the past.

It would be interesting to find out if they would then react in the same way.

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Hollicom Productions - where dreams come true.

 

During the week, I watched the John Barnes - Sellik supporters Twitter spat develop. John decided to articulate a few points on the back of the Black Lives Matter campaign. He pointed out the lack of managerial opportunities for black managers, the exceptionally low numbers of former black players making application to take coaching badges, and the very occasional appointments appear to have no longevity. The Yahoos reacted in ra expected Sellik way. Abuse ensued, the epitome being Frank Gallagher proclaiming Sellik fans are not racist, then calling Barnes, "an establishment choc-ice". I knew the Hollicom emergency phone was ringing.

 

Ever faithful PQ took the call, and John Barnes was the subject of a telephone interview by David Currie. Both David and Big Dick were at pains to get Barnes to state Sellik fans are not racist. The multi capped England international was intent on comparing his managerial record with other Sellik managers, he lasted months whereas others got years. On the third insistence reference perceived racism of TGFITW, John said, "are Celtic fans racist, ask Mark Walters, he'll give you a different answer". Ask Mark Walters? A question not permitted at PQ. DrStu' did the update on 'Only a Game' a couple of years past, bringing the history of Scottish football up to date from 1987-2015. He omitted Mark Walters Rangers debut at Sellik Park, the single worse instance of racism in British sport. DrStu' knows the value of posterity.

 

Even when Big Dick was introducing the interview with Barnes, Tam and DrStu' introduced the book shelves behind Barnes during a Sky interview, a collection of a dozen porn DVDs being clearly visible. It was an obvious mock up that went viral on Sellik fans' social media sites. Why they thought evoking black man with blond women porn helped promote the interview, only they can answer. Belt and braces for Sellik protection at PQ, Hollicom demand it. Paul Elliot was on live after Barnes. Paul did what Paul does, flashed his academic qualifications, flashed his footballing achievements, and flashed his administrative achievements, Chairs the FA's Diversity Committee.

 

As expected, no one picked up on 'ask Mark Walters', a special Hollicom team in hazmat suits were already transporting that comment to a secret vault underneath the Chamber of Secrets. I believe Sellik are currently searching for more storage space? DrStu' and Tam began with a comfort blanket, the best Scottish comedy sketch/Sit-Com. Gerard Kelly playing opposite Ricky Fulton in Scotch and Rye's skit. you know Fulton is the Rangers manager asking new signing Kelly why he did not match his first half scoring exploits(8 goals) in the second half? Kelly replies, "ah hid tae go tae mass". The next two hours, DrStu' and Tam chorused the first catholic to play for Rangers sketch. They did this last year and had to apologise and read out a more acceptable collection of words - "Rangers first high profile catholic signing of the modern era". Anyways, Hollicom preferred it the old way.

 

They started off by DrStu' issuing an apology to philanthropist, James Anderson. Hens teeth, the self important DrStu' admitted he had no right to claim Anderson would donate monies without demands. After the comfort blanket clutching of the first catholic to play for Rangers chorus, we found out something, ie ra Sellik were founded by a charity. Tam said it and asked DrStu' to correct him if he was wrong? DrStu' was applying strict adherence to the Hollicom provided script and said nothing. This was on the back off a girl from the SPFL Trust, Nikki Reid on to publicise their works. I prefer the tome, 'the Glory and the Dream' by Tom Woods and Pat Campbell reference ra Sellik's founding.

 

The first four chapters tell of six immigrant RC families coming together  in St Mary's Halls, mostly Publicans with an intention of forming a football team. They tell of a piece of ground being rented, later bought and two grand stands being constructed. A pitch was laid and a Velodome track surrounded it. An exhibition match was played between Hibs and Renton in front of a capacity crowd. The Committee of six families then signed the better halves of both teams for ra Sellik. Having bought the necessary number of players(some charity), they organised their first game against a Rangers xi(the Swifts). Ra Sellik won 5-2 and the scorer of their first goal was Neil McCallum.

 

Given, all the first Sellik line-ups were entirely RC, it's a bit awkward and inconvenient to find Neil McCallum had already been a signed Rangers player. If alternate history is your thing, Hollicom revisionism is best imparted on BBC Radio Scotland.

 

PS I wonder if Tam Cowan's recent strident warblings are a result of him now working for Peter Martin's PLZ Soccer? Tam is no longer the Daily Record's/the Sun's Restaurant critic, and the school fees have to be paid. It cannot be easy listening to Peter Martin, Tam McManus, Hugh MacDonald, ...... et al? Next, they won't be telling you that ra Sellik(founded by a charity) paid Jimmy McGrory a pound less than his team mates because he refused a transfer to Arsenal. You best check with Hollicom Tam.

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Neil becomes Auto-da-fe.

 

Hollicom have allowed BBC Shortbread half-a-dozen lines to report Neil Doncaster's £388,000 per annum salary is to be significantly augmented by being appointed to UEFA's main disciplinary committee. The firm hand of Neil will waver over the big map of Control, Ethics, and Discipline. We are not told the firm fist of Peter will be stuck up Neil's ar-se from the off, but are informed, "Doncaster will be excused from cases involving Scottish clubs".

 

Of course, Neil will only be excused after imparting his wishes(what Peter tells him) and another Gamba lunch with Stuart Cosgrove. Starting with a warm salad of chorizo and smoked mackrel, chased with a buttery Burgundy; ra Sellik's 21 sanctions in three and a half years will be ignored. Isle of Gigha Hallibut demands a refreshing Albarino, DrStu' and Neil must be sustained whilst discussing closing Ibrox. Discussion of Hu-ns and typical orange wankers stimulates a pallet cleanser, full throated consummation of Peter's cheese ensues. 

 

Hollicom's six lines on BBC Scotland doesn't tell you ten per cent of it!

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1 hour ago, 26th of foot said:

Neil becomes Auto-da-fe.

Suppose the poor b*****d needs this in case he is deposed from his SPFL post.😬

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