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  1. Larry Holmes was past his best but I don't think he was 'done'. Holmes fought 24 times after the Tyson fight and no one else KOed him. Not Holyfield, not McCall, not Mercer, not Nielsen. Overall Holmes had 75 professional fights and the Tyson fight was the only one he lost that wasn't a decision. I happen to think Tyson is over rated as a fighter but the Holmes win shouldn't be dismissed. It was Tyson's greatest achievement in the ring, he never fought and beat any else on the same level as Holmes, even if it wasn't prime Holmes.
  2. One of my first memories is my mum taking me into town to see Santa at a department store. We came up from the old St Enochs subway and there was St Enochs Hotel and station.
  3. I'd agree to a certain extent. I suppose just off the top of my head I'd say 'Siddhartha' is less 'hopeful' if that's how you want to phrase it. You live, you die, nothing matters, deal with it. All you can do is come to terms with your own insignificance and death is the real essence of who we are. In 'Narcissus and Goldmund' there is a more hopeful conclusion in that Goldmund finds some kind of meaning from life through art and the act of creating. So I'd say there is some kind of development in terms of outlook. However all the Hesse novels I've read have been of a similar tone.
  4. Don't know much about rocket design but I'd have probably put a backup parachute on there.
  5. Been cutting back on internet and trying to read more books. I was a bit burned out though so I've had two weeks off. 1. 'American Dream' Norman Mailer. My first Mailer book, his writing was very consistent to his character. His archaic masculinity is why is probably wouldn't go down very well these days and it's very of it's time but it's also, funnily enough, the reason for reading it today. It's his brawny style that's interesting rather than the story. 3/5 2. 'Notes from Underground/The Double' Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes from Underground is prime Dostoevsky, all proto existential agony and so forth. The Double is an earlier tale with Dostoevsky trying to find his feet as a writer, it's very reminiscent of E. T. A. Hoffman, who is one of my favourite authors, and to an extent Gogol, but the fact that it's more like other people than Dostoevsky should alert you to the fact it's not his best work. Still kind of weird and freaky but other people did this sort of stuff better. 3.5/5 overall, 4 for Notes, 3 for The Double. 3. 'The Unwomanly Face of War' Svetlana Alexievich. This is an odd one. I've read her work going backwards chronologically and while this is an outstanding book by any criteria I think she is a better writer now than she was then. You can definitely see a greater maturity as a writer in, say, 'Boys in Zinc' for instance. That said this is one of those rare books that probably every one should read at some point. It's that important. 5/5. 4. 'The Sea Wolf' Jack London. The villainous sea captain Wolf Larsen is up there in the lists of great literary characters but there a few unsatisfying plot details and overall the book drops off when the narrator falls in love. 3/5 5. 'War with the Newts'. Karel Capek. Another novel that started off great and then sort of faded away. The first third of the novel is excellent comic novel with a political edge but the second part is ill conceived and poorly laid out. By the third part it had lost its comic tone and become a middling sci-fi novel. 3/5. 6. 'Siddartha' Herman Hesse. The best known work by one of my favourite novelists. It's not his best though (that would be 'Narcissus and Goldmund imo) but for any semi intelligent person who has ever thought about their own existence or what life means there will be something here for you. 5/5. 7. 'Lolita' Vladimir Nabokov. One of the most controversial novels ever and has probably become more controversial as time as gone on. Part of that controversy is down to the fact that there is a general awareness of what the novel is about without most people actually having read it. The topic had led me to avoid it for a long time but on reading it I was surprised as to how I interpreted it. I was led to believe it was a justification of a certain type of behaviour, with a charming narrator lulling you into accepting something that should be unacceptable. However I did not read it in such a way at all. To me it was about the destruction of lives through lust. Overall it's a pretty sad and tragic novel. I have a couple of problems with Nabokov's writing style but when it's good it's good. 4/5 8. 'Daisy Miller' Henry James. I had read this before but needed a short book I could read in a day during a journey. This is another book that I kind of disagree with the most common interpretation of. As always with James 'new America' and 'old Europe' are contrast but in my opinion although it is set in the American emigre community in Rome this is a book that is much more about America than Europe. 4/5 9. 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning' Laurie Lee. This is one of those books that makes you kind of sad that you weren't as adventurous when you had the chance to be. Laurie Lee leaves his English country village to travel across Spain, on the brink of Civil War, with nothing more than a violin and a blanket to sleep under. I mean, why didn't I do that something like that! Part travelogue with an undertone of Socialist idealism, this is both an inspiring paen to youthful adventure and the heart breaking description of a country falling apart. 5/5 10. 'Stoner' John Williams. The great thing about this novel is it's complete ordinariness. Stoner could be anyone, just an ordinary guy, from an ordinary background, living an ordinary life with a love affair here, a work dispute there, a handful of friends, a wife he quickly falls out of love with, and a child he loses his connection with as she grows up. It's the definition of banality. Yet the way Williams describes the story of Stoner as he passes through the various stages of his life is simply amazing. It shouldn't be this good because nothing really happens and yet it is absolutely fantastic. It can't not touch you in some way. 5/5 11. 'Conversations with Stalin' Milovan Djilas. Djilas, a Yugoslavian Communist member and partisan describes his various encounters with the Soviet Union and in particular Iosef Stalin. Historically interesting if you curious about such things. He wasn't a fan of Joe Steel so the theme is the disconnection between ideology and reality. Very relevant to politics today. 3/5 Next up is 'Hunger' by Knut Hamsun. Will start tomorrow. Happy reading!
  6. Just out of interest how many people voted for me? I've hardly posted in 2019, I'd be surprised if it was more than 100 times and apart from slagging Rangers I've not done much that's anything other than entirely benign - mostly book reviews and dog pictures. If it's just the usual handful of suspects then I will find it hard to suppress a smile. What a tragically risible bunch they are! 😄 I mean I couldn't actually tell you their names but they are instantly recognizable by their lumpen demeanor and hilariously long lasting animosity, which is, of course, the signifier of the complete no mark. Merry Christmas P&B! 🎅
  7. I love The Beatles but this version is better.
  8. Was up at the Barras for the first time in about 10 years and there was a guy selling new-ish indie type LPs for £6. All still in there plastic wrap. You'd probably pay three times as much in shops. I had everything that I would have wanted but might be of interest to others.
  9. There's plenty good 2nd hand equipment out there. You'll get a good 2nd hand amp for half the price of low end new hi fi. I actually changed out my relatively new Marantz amp for an 25 year old Denon.
  10. My life so far. "Oh no! I'm going to Primary School" "Oh no! I'm going to High School" "Oh no! I'm leaving School" "Oh no! I'm 18" "Oh no! I''m 21" "Oh no! I'm coming up on 30" "Oh no! I'm 30" "Oh no! I'm coming up on 40" "Oh no! I'm 40" "Oh no! I'm coming up on 50"
  11. How many years do you have left on your sentence? Believe me I'd love to be in prison right now but sadly that isn't the case. I was down in London recently and the sink in the hotel bathroom was so small you could barely spit your toothpaste into it. The sink in the office toilets is about the same size. Absolutely screams "Oh we ticked off something we had to do without giving a f**k about anyone that has to use them".
  12. A long time ago I used to live in Moulescoomb. When you told people in Brighton where you were from they reacted in complete horror, in their eyes it was akin to the South Bronx, but since I'm from a former mining village in Lanarkshire it was probably a step up from where I originated from. There certainly didn't seem to be the same level of casual violence, rampant alcoholism and drug abuse that I was used to back home. In fact it's grimness was more that it was completely fucking boring and nothing happened. If only something as exciting as having a Buckie bottle lobbed at your head by a group of youths or a screaming man in a shell suit pull a hammer on you had actually occurred down there. At least that's a form of life, a kind of an excitement that lends a little energy to life.
  13. Had an unbelievable shite week. The kind of week where the whole direction of your life is changed. Then on Sunday morning I woke up to this.
  14. Certainly two of the knife wounds in Caesar were from Erick Black and John Hewitt. 😄
  15. Perhaps not the official history but I think it was Brian Glanville who wrote that the genesis of the Champions League was when Real Madrid were drawn against Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the 1987/88 European Cup. Real Madrid were already furious that they had been drawn in the first round against Italian champions Napoli and then had to face Porto in the 2nd round. This while eventual winners PSV faced the likes of Rapid Vienna and Bordeaux. So when Real were drawn against Bayern officials from both clubs outraged that the two top clubs had been drawn against each other started to collaborate with the intention of getting rid of the unseeded knock out system. So I guess why I'm saying all this is Aberdeen and Dundee Utd in a way are responsible for how things turned out. They tweaked the noses of the big clubs and were then excluded as a result.
  16. They certainly don't make commentators like they used to but we live in a visual world now and the written or spoken word doesn't matter as much. Outside of the legendary big names David Begg was great. Currently one's you barely pay attention to so I don't get why they'd get any sort of extreme reaction out of anyone.
  17. Prices - Football in this country is overpriced, especially in the way that away supporters get fleeced but looking at it from a 'value for money' point of in comparison to other leagues is too simplistic and reducing ticket prices is going to put clubs that struggle money wise currently into even further bother and will inevitably lead to an even lower standard than is already present . You have to look at it more like this, Scottish football is a niche product and if you want a niche product you have to pay more for it. I'm not interested in going down to Newcastle and watching a match for the same price I can watch us at Tynecastle. Therefore I have to put my hand deeper into my pocket. I'd LOVE for it to be cheaper but I really don't think it's possible. I'm probably prepared to pay £30 for a match. That's roughly in line with other live entertainment but I did recently refuse to go to Hearts because of the ticket price and I don't think that prices going over £30 is really feasible for clubs either, in fact ticket prices have generally stayed around the same price for a while now. So longer term with inflation factored in, I think the price of football is going to come down anyway. Leagues - The set up now is in my opinion the best possible one we can have. Does that mean it's good? No, but that's the situation. At the end of the day Celtic are going to win (or possibly Rangers) almost all the time whatever the set up and that's proved by just looking down the list of winners. There has never been a format in the 100+ year history of Scottish football where the OF didn't dominate. The reason Dundee Utd and Aberdeen briefly challenged the OF in the early and mid eighties were more to do with socio-economic conditions and a couple of world class managers rather than league format. Right now, we have top six and Europe to aim at, play offs and relegation at the bottom end. That keeps most teams season as interesting as its going to be. Personally I'd like there to be two automatic relegation spots because I think it's important to freshen the league up every year. When only one team goes down there is too much sameness. The 16 team league has its merits but again, Rangers and Celtic will still win it, there will be more teams with nothing to play for and the 2nd tier of Scottish football will basically have to go semi-pro/part-time and that in the long term is simply going to destroy long established professional clubs who get relegated. Relegation is bad enough currently, but to get relegated into a 'seaside league' is going to end clubs. Economics - Obviously Celtic and Rangers dwarf everyone else in terms of income but wealth distribution runs two ways. Would Motherwell fans be happy if David Turnbull's transfer fee was split between 42 league clubs in the interest of 'fairness'? Probably not. The economics of the game is tricky as often our supporters tend to look up as victims of unfairness without looking down. The truth is our club was at the forefront of the creation of the SPL, the single worst decision in the history of Scottish football, which cut out most of Scottish football and has led to the standard of the game is country to go into free fall. We were there saying yes, nodding our head and fucking the game in Scotland over because we felt we'd benefit. We also rolled over on Project Brave as soon as we got included. Basically we as a club as shown the same selfish self interest as anyone else. Again in terms of comparing Scottish football to the NFL I just think that's way off. Ultimately the competitiveness of the NFL is down to things like the draft system, something that is incompatible with Scottish football, and the fact that two clubs don't generate 70% of the income.
  18. Not pckng Gallagher agan and then compoundng t by pckng Devln agan has fred the top of my skull off n angr! And yes my keyboard snt workng properly but 've ordered a new one OK!!!
  19. I'm very much in the "Celtic get pumped in the Champions League, Rangers win f**k all ever" school.
  20. Nothing tells you how bad Scottish football is more concisely than the amount of time Craig Levein has spent employed in it as a manager, most of the time at some of our bigger clubs. The fact that he even got to be national team coach just puts the tin lid on it. An absolutely embarrassment to every one connected to Scottish football. He is howlingly bad.
  21. Should have bet on Alloa win with Trouten to score! Week 6 - @ 7.16 - Aberdeen; Dundee: Raith; Edinburgh City.
  22. Thistle has been atrocious but that was a good goal.
  23. I was trying to think who Partick reminded me of and then I realised it was Scotland. Utter shitebags.
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