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Who Knew?

That such a company existed in Kilmarnock? (According to Google Maps)

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Thanks Glade Rover

Sions of the Rock

This photo of Sion FC’s stadium in Switzerland looks familiar for some reason….

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What’s in a Name?

Just spent a couple of days in a rather wealthy corner of the south east of England – ie Esher in Surrey.

Surely this coffee shop name is ironic?

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And this is one of the many Estate Agents in the suburb (no tittering at the back!)

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Not a Spoof!

But a genuine short documentary about Glasgow ‘Bouncers’ in days gone by. I remember one friend who couldn’t get tickets for the Rolling Stones at the old Apollo, getting dressed up in a black suit, white shirt and dickie bow tie. He then secured entry to the venue by monitoring the queue as he walked by and stood and watched the concert for free.

How many?

Surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?

A fish……

How many anarchists does it take to change a light bulb?

None. The light bulb should be smashed.

How many blues fans does it take to change a light bulb?

None. They all prefer the original light bulb.

Speculation?

I see that George Soros, the man who broke the Bank of England in 1992 has been all over the press this week. He’s been promoting his book ‘The Tragedy of the European Union’.

In synopsis:

“There are many nations that go through long periods of stagnation, but they survive.
“Japan has just had 25 years of it and is desperately trying to get out of exactly the situation that Europe is moving into.
“But the European Union is not a nation. It is just an association of sovereign states, a very incomplete association, and it may not survive.
“This euro crisis has converted what was meant to be a voluntary association of equal sovereign states that sacrificed part of their sovereignty for a common benefit into a relationship between debtors and creditors.
“The debtors can’t pay their debts and are dependent on their creditors’ mercy, and that creates a two-class system. It’s not voluntary and it’s not equal.”

He also opines that it would be ‘impossible’ for post independent Scotland to share Sterling and that a new independent currency would provide speculators with ‘a field day’. He foresees an independent state as being up a creek in currency terms and presumably being unable to locate a paddle.

Of course it is just another scare story…….

Isn’t it?

Tony Benn R.I.P.

Nice tribute in the Guardian from Michael White, which charts Benn’s course from titled right of centre moderniser to left wing radical. The quote ‘I was the Peter Mandelson of the 1959 election’ highlights that Benn took the opposite journey in political stance through life from most, including Mandelson.

Never afraid to pitch himself in support of unfashionable or unpopular causes. His opposition to the modus operandi of the EU was based on his view that Brussels was not only undemocratic but also anti-democracy

‘(Benn) was almost the last of a disappearing species’ says the Guardian obituary and that’s hard to disagree with.

He said of the following interview ‘I think Ali G did me a huge amount of good with the young. He came to this house and completely took me in and I argued with him when he said “bitches only get pregnant in order to get benefit” and “people only go on strike to chill out”. And I said: “Don’t be ridiculous”. You see, a lot of the people he interviewed were frightened of him.’

Hard to disagree with that, but it was very funny as well.

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