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  1. 42 points
  2. He wasn't found until Sortmeout started this thread. Some would say that makes him a hero.
    27 points
  3. I mean this has clearly been done to death, blown out of proportion and positions entrenched along petty tribal lines but why on earth - in 2021 - should Ayr United be expected to sell and post physical tickets to customers of Partick Thistle in the first place? I'm sure our staff and volunteers have enough to do for Ayr United. Your game, your tickets, your money. Relying on somebody else's good will to sell to fans is embarrassing. You can't turn this on us.
    26 points
  4. Hello all, Imagine anyone that's on social media over the last few weeks will have seen this, but it seemed worth flagging to the P&B audience who aren't there. FC United is a social movement of people from all across Scotland, who are united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide. Enjoy this picture of Shaughan McGuigan saying "Hello!" to his place in the team. Part of this is a series of interviews with faces you'll recognise from Scottish football; Colin & Callum Hendry, Clare Shine & Laura Montgomery, and Paul McNeill & Aaron Connolly, sharing their experiences and difficulties with their own mental health, and their experience of suicide, there are clips on twitter, but the full videos can be watched here; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAPdmAnjbjKs1pA6w3FAKA They've also made the shirt from this campaign available for pre-order here; https://www.thefootballnation.co.uk/fc-united-shirt/ With all proceeds going to fund campaigns around this. It's something that you can hopefully take something from, either through the interviews, or the resources at unitedtopreventsuicide.org.uk, but it's worth at least a moment of your time.
    24 points
  5. Listen, the Rangers support should be thankful for us today. Gave them the chance to see a proper right back in action for the first time in a while.
    24 points
  6. Scot Gov’s absolute contempt for Scottish businesses has been evident throughout the pandemic. At every turn Scot Gov has made Scottish businesses bear the economic cost of their dogmatic fixation with enforcing significantly tighter (yet often completely arbitrary, contradictory and ineffective) restrictions (often unsubstantiated by anything resembling actual science, and too frequently unresponsive to the data cited as their justification) than the ‘reckless Tories’, just to ensure that no- one could possibly doubt that Nicola and the SNP ‘care more’ than Boris and Westminster. Scotland might have the highest Covid infection rates in the U.K., suggesting that our tougher restrictions have been largely ineffective, and the extra damage to our economy largely self-inflicted, but at least we’re the most conspicuously virtue-signalling Covid cesspit of Europe. Now that furlough is ending, and our southern counterparts have seemingly accepted that Covid is transitioning from pandemic to endemic status, Scot Gov’s continuing fixation with differentiating ourselves from England by rolling on needlessly tighter restrictions (e.g. Covid passports, which will punitively burden the already beleaguered nightclub, live music and events sectors, still struggling to recover after almost 18 months of closure; and now the Scottish travel sector, which has been at breaking point for ages, with barely a hint of the relaxation of restrictions that other sectors have enjoyed, seems set to be burdened with the continuance of onerous testing requirements for the fully vaccinated that are about to be jettisoned down south) is seemingly no longer the government’s financial responsibility. It won’t be the Scottish government that picks up the tab for the ongoing restrictions on business - it will be Scottish businesses, as our direct equivalents down south prosper by comparison. Not that Scot Gov ever really did pick up the tab for their draconian restrictions: three of my businesses - a nightclub, an events production company and a concert promotions company - remained closed throughout the bulk of the last 18 months due to government restrictions, but the last two picked up a paltry 20k each in total in government grants (excluding furlough), despite seeing their entire turnover decimated and substantial six figure annual contributions to the Exchequer wiped out. Even at the height of the pandemic and the restrictions, Scot Gov only subsidised a fraction of business losses and a selective number of businesses, often through competitive and hugely oversubscribed funds, allocating limited amounts of cash (often on ‘merit’ - which tended to mean the same snouts monopolising the same troughs, allocated by the same funding bodies, or prioritising support to firms that were most in danger of becoming insolvent, which might on the face of it seem reasonable, but is an essentially speculative method of supporting the economy - gambling on the businesses that are most likely to fail, while denying funding to prudently run businesses that were deemed able to carry the traumatic cost of the government’s restrictions entirely from their own painstakingly accumulated reserves). Scot Gov has since day one of the pandemic been fixated with levelling down - penalising and demoralising successful businesses and entrepreneurs; artificially propping up barely solvent and fly by night businesses and rewarding the usual suspects (with all the potential for fraud and rigging the system that entails). Scot has never, at any stage, shown the remotest interest in fairly and transparently distributing on an equitable basis the funds it has been allocated from Westminster for Covid business support (let alone dip into the Barnett Formula allocation / Independence campaign treasure trove). Hospitality businesses will never forget how strategic framework funding (the raison d’etre of which was to compensate businesses that were closed or otherwise adversely affected by government restrictions) was withdrawn well before punitive restrictions on businesses were lifted. Indeed strategic framework support was withdrawn from nightclubs long before they were even allowed to reopen, an utterly scandalous policy that has been compounded by the mandating of Covid passports for the sector. And now that furlough is ending, with all other funding channels long closed off, Scottish businesses are expected to pick up the tab for enforcing onerous vaccine passport entrance requirements when Scot Gov, in typically incompetent style, has barely introduced a functioning QR code system for the fully vaccinated, let alone an effective app. Business owners are tearing what’s left of their hair out in frustration. As usual there is absolutely no clarity to in terms of how this system will operate, or how we’re expected to enforce it. Scot Gov seems to think that business owners will suddenly get on board with enforcing a regulatory regime (that even the government don’t understand) which, if properly enforced, will drastically reduce their footfall and profit margins, all without any financial support or compensation whatsoever. Cloud fucking Cuckoo Land.. I’ve been active in the business community for over 30 years, and have extensive contacts and colleagues in many sectors of Scotland’s traumatised economy (including hairdressing, which you so blithely dismiss - my wife is a salon director, in a company that is about to lose a second outlet due to the financial effects of Covid). And it’s not just hairdressers, gym owners and nail salon operators that I know - we have a good friend in the travel industry who has been trying to keep her business afloat during uniquely challenging times, with little or no assistance from the Scottish government, and has recently had to give up the lease on her Edinburgh shop. I know many people throughout the hospitality, live music, events, arts and culture sectors (some of them are even quite bright - though clearly not Jason Leitch and Linda Bauld level intellects obviously) and the general feeling is that the Scottish government has failed them. These sectors have been scapegoated, penalised, punished, marginalised, under-funded and undermined by a Scottish government that is now viewed as not just laughably incompetent, not just ‘not business-friendly’, but as a clear and present danger to Scottish business. Alienating and undermining huge sectors of the Scottish business community seems to me to be a huge gamble on the part of the Scottish government. The Scottish economy is on life support, and the businesses and people that drive it and generate tax revenues are demoralised and angry. Given that Scotland’s economy is already hamstrung by a higher level of welfare dependency than most comparable European countries, I’d have thought stimulating and energising our moribund economy would be at the forefront of the Scottish government’s priorities as we emerge from the pandemic, but apparently not. It’ll be fascinating to see how the the SNP can cobble together a convincing economic case for independence from the remnants of our shattered economy…
    22 points
  7. I wouldn't be bringing up time spent "dead" if I was Rangers.
    21 points
  8. 19 points
  9. Can confirm that 'Grace Kelly' by Mika was still UK Number 1 when Celtic last beat us at Almondvale.
    18 points
  10. That's my wife to a tee. Unbelievably wearing. This morning was an example. Yesterday my stepdaughter asked me to leave her son off at Meadowbank today at 8.50 (he's doing practice for his transfer exam - 11+ in old money). "Leave him at the front door and make sure he doesn't leave his pencil case in the car." Off we head this morning (they were staying with us as my stepdaughter had had major dental work done yesterday and was in a great deal of pain and half zonked out on medication). Before we leave my wife tells him "Phone granda when you get out and he'll come and pick you up." I leave him off, complete with pencil case and watched him go in the front door. He wasn't sure when he finished but it didn't matter as he was to ring. He didn't know whether he needed a mask or not, and I forgot to give him one when he got out of the car. Arrived home to 20 questions. "Did you go in with him?" No, I was to leave him at the door. "Did you give him a mask?" "No he didn't think he needed one." "Oh, they won't let him in. He won't know where to go, he's never been there before." "Was he not there last week?" "You know they're here every Saturday." (Not last Saturday they weren't - totally ignored.) "When do you pick him up?" "He's to ring." "No, no, no, that's no use he'll be hanging around for 15 minutes waiting on you arriving." "O.K., I'll be there for 10, it won't last less than an hour." 9.45 on the dot "You need to be away, it'll take you 15 minutes getting there." It only takes 5 minutes when it's something I need to do, but it's always 15 minutes when it's anything to do with her. Off I went, got parked, just after 10 the phone rang "Granda, I'm finished." "I'm in the car park." Down he came, into the car. I asked him had he been there before - last week. Did he need a mask - no. Did he know where he was going - No, I asked at the desk. Next year he'll be at the secondary school, they're going to have to unwrap the cotton wool. He's going to be getting a bus, he'll have to cross the main road to get it, he'll have to know where to find his bus to get home, he'll be changing classrooms every 45/60 minutes he'll have to remember to take his schoolbag with him. He's going to have to get a bit of responsibility, he's quite capable, after all he knew to ask at the reception desk where he was supposed to go this morning, he's not 5 years old anymore. When I was 11 I was getting two buses to Pittodrie with my pals and going to football matches unaccompanied by an adult, not to mention other things, TLDR: Women, eh?
    18 points
  11. Have Celtic officially changed their name?
    17 points
  12. I can't speak for anybody else, but the only reason I dislike these marches is because some of the participants might be working-class. Struggling to think of any other reasons why I, or others, might find them a bit distasteful.
    17 points
  13. There was a group of around 50 Dundee fans who tried to get into Tannadice on Sunday with flares They were the same flares they were wearing when they last won a major trophy
    16 points
  14. Another manager going on about possession when they fail to stop the Murderball Juggernaut is it?
    16 points
  15. Always thoroughly enjoy this Derby, usually loads of goals, plenty of tackles and bloody entertaining. Usually I'm not too bothered about who wins but in view of Dundee Utd having the worst poster on the entire site, yes that's you old man danger I'm hoping for a massive Dundee win. Good luck.
    16 points
  16. Imagine if it was Nicola Sturgeon making her debut for Rangers, and instead of a flare it was a paedophile and she kicked it into the English supporters ? Oh boy, this place would be going mental.
    15 points
  17. Any excuse to share the greatest own goal ever by the DKB Gus McPherson
    15 points
  18. Must be a sore one to take if you’re Mackenzie Lemon. Brilliant away at Airdrie, MOTM. Then humped on to the bench then out of the squad completely.
    15 points
  19. That'll be me a Granda then. Wee boy. Mum and baby doing well.
    15 points
  20. Frightening to think what we'd have done to Falkirk with Chucky MacLean available. Anyway that was an excellent away performance. Came with a gameplan that highlighted Falkirk's weaknesses (e/g if they still had Declan McManus they'd have won 4-0, but they don't, so they won't hurt us much despite having all the ball) and be clinical when the chances come our way. I thought our defence and goalkeeper were superb. And I'm very confident in saying that Callum Wilson is a far, far better football player than Billy Gilmour.
    15 points
  21. It's not independent academic expertise though, because almost all academics are in fact experts only in a very narrowly defined field. Jason Leitch is no more qualified to talk about the spread of an airborne virus as an expert than Sir Tom Devine (second best academic of modern Scottish history) is to talk about the events of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A fact that Leitch's roll call of spectacularly wrong calls in the spring of 2020 demonstrated. The best that you can realistically expect is that academics will be capable of effectively processing evidence and best practice from other fields, but not all of them are actually capable of doing so. And they are not uniquely qualified to do that job. The onus is on them to set out the case with evidence in the public domain; not least when their policy massively diverges from the EU with a much larger cohort of galaxy-brained public health academics.
    15 points
  22. Unfortunately the events of 2012 have shown them they are untouchable. When they died the other clubs, official organisations, media and government panicked then colluded to concoct the lie they didn't die as apparently the Scottish game and society can't function without them. The worst that could happen to them, happened, and remarkably the new lot have come out of it even stronger than the deceased. Hand that kind of advantage to a bunch of vile, arrogant supremacists and this is what you get. It's just going to get worse too as they up their 'we'll teach you to mess with us' revenge tactics for the perceived injustices that never actually happened.
    15 points
  23. The doctors told me I'm infertile, but being infertile doesn't mean you can't have children, that's just a hoax propagated by stupid doctors. I have 2 beautiful kids. The trick is for your partner to feel incredibly relaxed, helps them ovulate. My wife went on two business trips with her boss Steve. She came back so relaxed, like a different person almost. Glowing. Bang, 9 months later I was a proud father. You'll be fine.
    15 points
  24. Honest to God, go and get so, so, so, so, so, so, so far to f**k with this repetitive nonsense. Mutinous support with little patience? If only that were the case.
    14 points
  25. No youre absolutely right, ive never heard an incel say that a women should die based on a physical attribute, that absolutely does not even happen. MY MELDREW IS NOT AN INCEL. HE MAY BE A LIAR, A PIG, AN IDIOT, AN INCEL-BUT HE IS NOT A PORN STAR.
    14 points
  26. I'm still curious about this Parks/Rangers contract. It was signed in May 2021, apparently, and Rangers still haven't shown a copy to the court yet. The cinch/Rangers negotiations were occurring up to early June, and Rangers have yet to give a copy to the court except with severe redactions. For some bizarre reason, Rangers signed some sort of advertising exclusivity deal with Parks (though not one that involves actually advertising Parks of Hamilton) while still talking to cinch about renaming Ibrox! If the dates are right, either Rangers managed to skillfully concoct a very precise contract with Parks that would have allowed cinch to name the stadium, but not to have their name on the SPFL logo on the shirt badge, or Rangers were negotiating with cinch in bad faith. The SPFL's lawyer thinks this contract is as fishy as I do. “We do have considerable doubt about the way in which this document has been produced and redacted and we would invite your lordship to direct the petitioners to disclose the full contract to your lordship in a sealed envelope in order that the purported redactions can be examined and the issue of commercial sensitivity determined as it is a matter under the court.” (my emphasis). The most obvious explanation to me is that Douglas Park got miffed at cinch for getting some relatively cheap advertising deal after failing to score $billions for renaming Ibrox, and had Rangers retroactively falsify and backdate a very weird, nonstandard contract to spoil the cinch/SPFL deal, because nothing else makes any kind of obvious sense. Of course that would mean that Rangers are engaged in fraudulent activity leading to tortious interference and all sorts of stuff of that ilk, so I'm sure that can't be the case. Anyone got a more reasonable hypothesis?
    14 points
  27. Trolling or not, DPB is a disgusting bigot with a penchant for racism and transphobia, who openly admits he and his equally disgusting (or made up) wife actually "hate" seeing women on TV. A pair of absolute fucking roasters.
    14 points
  28. Its great news for me as I can go and visit my son for the first time in two years.
    14 points
  29. 14 points
  30. Maybe our chairman can commission an independent review into why we are so fucking shite?
    14 points
  31. The final league tables are brought to you by Madonna - Like A Virgin PFIZER PREMIERSHIP 3 is the magic number, yes that's how many he got wrong @WhiteRoseKillie wins his 46th title. @Tynierose looking for a pumpin in his bridesmaid dress again, 22nd time. @Salvo Montalbano & @Helpma are in the Europa Cup @peasy23 & @Bully Wee Villa are in the Mugs Cup Sunset at @Leeds Saint lights out @The_Kincardine and a blackout at @Eednud The all go down. @Duszek is in the playoff. Look out your driver. WANNABE CHAMPIONSHIP From start to finish @Geaky leads the way to his 9th second tier title. @The Hologram 21 points in the middle were enough he goes up. One more to go up, but who? @Arabdownunder & @The DA will get two bites of the cherry. @Ronaldo Jeremy goes off early @Culter Away leaves early @ArmadaleKillie nowhere to be seen. The all hit the beach. @NJ2 is in the playoff. Look out your putter. LAST CHANCE SALOON SHOOTOUT Kissing the cup for the very first time @scottsdad is in the history books of P&B quizzin with his 1st Diddy title. (Welcome to the winners club). @Spring Onion can be proud @Cardinal Richelieu sneaks in the tradesmen entrance. Playoff time for @JustOneCornetto & @mathematics @Jacksgranda, can give himself a handaround once he is back from marchin. Spoony. Playoff soon!
    14 points
  32. 10 for Friday. @SlipperyPi will go RotW for you. Trinidad and Tobago please in honour of the God like Russell Latapy.
    13 points
  33. They really are taking the piss if they are bringing out a 3rd strip. It's bad enough we're having to throw away money on shit football they now want to fleece us out of another 30 or 40 quid when our kids start asking for this. 7th in league one with a CEO, dof and 3 fecking strips. What a feckin riddy.
    13 points
  34. St Johnstone fans chant abuse and throw a flare, a Dundee player kicks it back into the crowd. Rangers fans: We're the real victims here.
    13 points
  35. Griffiths will be trying to figure out how he can text that record.
    13 points
  36. 13 points
  37. What a brilliant, brilliant photo and brings back so many magic memories. How we could be doing with these ‘greats’ today.
    13 points
  38. The Orange marchers in Glasgow. They are c***s, and they are on the road.
    13 points
  39. Seven years on from the independence referendum, and it turns out that we're not Better Together after all. Who'd have thought it? Have your views on independence changed since 2014? I voted Yes in 2014, and nothing since then has made me think that I was wrong to do so. If anything, events since then have only reinforced my belief that Scotland should be an independent country.
    12 points
  40. I miss updates like this. Now THAT deserves a social media award.
    12 points
  41. A lot of people are making out like this is the Arsenal job. Championship managers last three years if they're any good. Likewise with quality: managers have good and bad spells at different times and different clubs. Wasn't that long ago that Dick Campbell and Yogi's respective stocks were significantly lower. On the subject of stability: it only took two windows and the loss of a couple of players to get McCall to jump ship, and he was Mr Long Term through and through. Nothing in this game is eternal. You take what you can get. The club is developing off the pitch. It somehow managed not to throw a spanner in the works by getting relegated last season. If in a year's time the club is still in this division, and there's matchday bar and better facilities, then that's progress. If people are still talking about swapping managers when Duffy's come in, changed the playing style like people wanted, started playing O'Connor like people wanted, and won all his games, then I don't know what it is that people want. You'd think Hughes had been born in Burns Cottage the way people seem to think he's destined to get the job.
    12 points
  42. What a picture this is. Look at what that goal meant to him.
    12 points
  43. It's 3rd rate childish politics. She can do a u turn in 72 hours saying no choice due to England's decision and if anything does go wrong can then point a finger of blame at them. It's pathetic and has again damaged our travel industry but hey as long as they look like they care more who gives a f**k about people's businesses etc. They need to grow up.
    12 points
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