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Ivo den Bieman

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  1. I'm also attending this as a neutral, with a pal whoi has some tickets. Pal is a Par so we'll be sure to be SEETHING come 3 o'clock.
  2. To be fair if you are dismissing a whole social demographic or group as "scum" then the problem is more likely to be with you. I agree that the idea that Scotland is more "equal" than down south is a comforting lie we tell about ourselves. There's always the same clauqes running things at local level; the wee fat mayor with his gold chain, the local Chief Super with his newly minted epaulettes, "entrepreneurs" with local business connections (Probus clubs, Rotary clubs et al), the minister, self-appointed "community leaders" never out the local paper, etc etc. All linked together by funny handshakes, nods and winks, all with a thoroughoing contempt for the 18% of the electorate that vote for them once every four years. That's a type of snobbery / set of social relations that's survived de-industrialisation in small town Scotland. When I was growing up in the seventies it tended to be areas such as Bearsden, Newton Mearns, Giffnock, Morningside, et al, where you'd like to find the old fashioned pre-internet snobbery; quiet Tories, kirk-goers, privately educating children, plus hissing-soft voiced disapproval of people "not like them", and a determination to stay separate from them. On the class inequality contempt thing, of course. It's the natural outcome of forty-fifty years of social inequality getting worse and worse under successively more deranged right wing governments, plus being encouraged to think, quite wrongly, that class doesn't matter anymore. Social class may no longer be as easy to determine, but it is more pernicious and walls between the classes higher than they've ever been in my lifetime. That things are slightly better for the poorest north of the border than they are for the same group down south is hardly a cause for huge celebration.
  3. Ross started at Alloa when they were in League 1 so no doubt he can handle himself at this level. Probably would have been there for a while but for a very nasty injury in a game against Brechin City.
  4. I predict a turgid, attrititonal 0-0 draw between two square footed teams. Chances at a premium. NHS Tayside buses in some insomnia patients from across the region whose co-ordinated relieved snoring drowns out the discontent from both sets of fans. Both managers to make pompous statements afterwards using terms like "process", "narrative" and "identity" which reveals them to have the sort of grasp on reality more normally associated with a jailed ex-dictator in solitary confinement. Willie Miller to sound fairly disappointed on Sportsound.
  5. Montrose had the longest running temporsary grandstand in history, which was from a Highland Games some time c. 1926. It lasted until demolished to make way for the new stand in the mid 1990s. Cliftonhill's main stand has been around since 1920.
  6. Victoria Park was really neglected and run down the last time I was there. It's great to see the improvements that have been made- looks very decent, now.
  7. ....And Nadine Dorries is now UK Culture Se Secretary of State for the Culture Wars.
  8. Lads Petrie's not coming. He wants to stay part-time. Every single time his name is mentioned when a full time club empties a manager, every single time he doesn't move. It suits him at Montrose which is clearly a far smaller club than Dunfermline but, dare I say it, much better run. Although he's not got Montrose up yet his situation at Links Park is not 100% dissimilar to Dick Campbell's at Arbroath. In the same way Levein has committed to a project as a football consultant with a very good personal friend (Kevin Mackie) and he won't be walking for the Dunfermline job two months into it. He has a nice gig trying to re-build Brechin which also enables him to keep his hand in with Sportsound. I think Dunfermline need something imaginative and new when the Arnold Clark salesman finally gets his jotters- which can't be too far away with results as they are. Which probably means you'll appoint Jimmy Bone.
  9. It's genuinely one of the worst pieces of public sculpture I've ever seen. I have also seen the Ronaldo statue in Madeira, which looks like it was made by Rodin in comparison to this cartoonish lump. Embarrassing.
  10. “There’s no easy games in international football anymore”…. against the side ranked 178. Ok, we won, but….embarrassing
  11. Only San Marino, Liechtenstein, Andorra and maybe Gibraltar are weaker than Moldova in Europe presently. Their league is a corrupt shambles and doesn't produce any players. Those that do go on to have good careers abroad do so in spite of, rather than because of, any football training at home. Most playing abroad play in diddy leagues- the Turkish second tier, serie C, and so on. The previous manager left because results were dross but also because he was trying & failing to implement some basic standards- i.e. that people aspiring to play international football should at least be fit enough (many weren't when he called up his first squad). Their better players are all the wrong side of 30. Their most dangerous striker, Nicolaescu, is I think suspended (he was sent off against Israel.) Yes, it's the type of game Scotland make a meal of. But if we fail to win this comfortably then we're not qualifying anyway. 3-0 with two late goals to calm the nerves.
  12. Yes, he mentioned that Cherie wanted to see the dessert menu, and you obliged
  13. Gretna were a really tough wee side in the 90s whose annual participation in the English FA Cup required a letter of permission from the SFA. They were a mixture of Unibond league Geordies and Carlisle players put out to pasture from memory. A unique little club utterly ruined by the Mileson fantasy (in retrospect the move to the SPFL was ill advised.) I can remember them *almost* embarrassing Bolton at the old Burnden Park..lost 2-3. There's also these highlights of a home draw with Rochdale in 91/92 (Dale won the replay 3-1 at Spotland).
  14. A Major- General outlines latest developments whilst a bored Boris looks around the room and wonders when he can go home. Press conference statement : flubble wubble difficult yurr Rest of the World (assuming they even notice): Partridge shrug
  15. wee Max is a quality player. Really relishes the rough stuff too for such a slight player. Can really see a pass and has a great free kick, too. I think going to Brechin is ideal for his development. Think with a bit more experience he will grow into a very good player in time for St. Johnstone.
  16. Does Peter Grant only ever appear now in that club blazer and tie? Looks like an Arnold Clark salesman trying to persuade you to change up to a Sandero Stepway instead of a Sandero. Bizarre, bizarre choice for the Pars.
  17. you're actually trying to defend this behaviour?
  18. Arguing the toss over whether we should have more Western "liberal interventionism" to solve the Taliban problem is like asking whether we should elect Chartists to eradicate the deficit. Whatever moderate credibility "we" may have had there evaporated in the exhaust fumes of fleeing, shamefaced consular staff who turned their backs on colleagues and friends with nary a word. The various Afghan factions , Chinese & Russians will decide what happens there now. I'd imagine being friendly with the Taliban and blocking any UN security council action- ha ha- in return for first dibs on mineral extraction and safe passage for Chinese goods westward. That's the harvest of "Operation Enduring Freedom". It's not a reflection at all on the sincere efforts of soldiers and support staff who genuinely went in there with an aspiration to do their best, some of whom posted on this thread. It's a lead weight around the necks of the politicians responsible for the tens of thousands of deaths. Of course they'll die peacefully in their beds and no one will hold them to account.
  19. The *abundant* mineral resources of Afghanistan are precisely why the Chinese & the Russians are positioning themselves as they are…
  20. I'd also recommend this very rich and insightful piece; yesterday's scenes and those that will come out of Afghanistan in the weeks ahead are the visual backdrop to the decisive end of the post-1991 order and liberal technocracy https://tinkzorg.wordpress.com/2021/08/16/farewell-to-bourgeois-kings/
  21. A lot of education on this twitter thread here. The level of commentary on this in the media (just as happened in the wars of Yugoslav succession in the 1990s) is staggeringly poor / misinformed.
  22. Thanks for that Ray. Sunday's show was beyond abysmal. In that sense whoever said "be careful what you wish for" in relation to Stuart & Tam no longer being around was probably right. Once they decide to jack it the whole slot needs re-invented. Was Amy Irons not on here once furiously defending her Dad from pelters from the Stenny fans?
  23. I'll be in Edinburgh on Friday so may pop along to this game- never been to Ainslie Park (dubious pleasure or otherwise). Stenny were rank last time I saw them but it's BSC Gl a totally different team now settling in. Meanwhile Gary Naysmith's clownshoe "revolution" at City has more in common with Wolfie Smith than VI Lenin so far, and I can see him being put up against a wall if things don't turn for the better soon. Still expect Stenny to be on the play off fringes at the end of the season. City I think will be nowhere near the drop despite the present teething troubles.
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