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Saints 7 Sinners 0

Last night at the Cooperative Insurance cup tie with St Mirren was one of those times that as a football fan, one questions what one is actually doing there. Fair enough, between the SPL and the SFL third division there is and should be a gap in terms of quality, fitness and skill. However last night was men against boys and if the wee team don’t get the basics right then any faint hope of a shock or indeed of a respectable result flies out of the proverbial window.

Dumbarton inexplicably for such an occasion, had two experienced campaigners, Craig Brittain and Fergus Tiernan on the bench. Sons really don’t have an alternative for Brittain’s position and if the wee man was fit then that decision was baffling. Tiernan, although his form has been patchy, has fairly recent SPL experience. Instead Sons went for guys who have had recent experience in the junior leagues and farted about during the game with different systems although it was quite impossible to detect any one which was going to work.

Fair play to St Mirren, they went about their job in a professional manner and although it took them 18 minutes to score, from the minute that first goal went in they were never going to suffer any worry about winning the game.

There really is no need to give a blow by blow account of the goals other than to say the Dumbarton defence was real comic cuts. To be fair though keeper Dave McEwan may have kept it to single figures with a few great saves.

Sons boss Jim Chapman gave the following quote to the BBC

“It sounds morbid but I enjoyed watching Saints play. Unfortunately, it was against my team.

“Their movement and application was brilliant and we got ripped to bits.

“We are all gutted and the players are hurting but if we can learn from that then we can do all right at our level.”

Lets hope they have learned and they put it to some use starting this Saturday.

Team Gordon Brown?

Alex Salmond one feels must pinch himself on an hourly basis. He must think he is living an a dream with the catalogue of errors that the Labour government come up with to further the nationalist cause. Gordon Brown’s latest wheeze for a GB Olympic football team is only the latest in a long line of doomed suggestions to try to revive the spirit of dear old Blighty. Now it is fair to say that team GB did very well at the Olympics and that’s great. HOWEVER traditionally football is a sport governed by the four separate UK football associations. Even in the days in the 1920′s and 30′s when it was common for letters to Scotland from England to be addressed ‘North Britain’ (there are still North British hotels and the like) Scotland had its own identity in world soccer.

Now, when Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland have their own parliaments (another Labour og – setting up the infrastructure for separation) we have this suggestion from Brown. One feels that this is some kind of last ditch attempt by him to imbue some unionist spirit into all of us. Maybe its an attempt at a legacy? If so it won’t work. Meanwhile in Holyrood Edinburgh a portly party leader laughs, barely able to contain his glee.

One wonders what the potential Labour candidate in the forthcoming Glenrothes (adjoining GB’s constituency) rout
by election must think of it all.

Thank You Friends!

We had a great time at our 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday night. I’d like to thank everyone for their contribution, especially those who came along and did a turn on stage. A special mention goes to the witty David ‘Kit’ Carson for his opening remarks, Kenny Cairns MBE for his brilliant Jazz moothie playing, and Patrick Rolink for his cutting wit and repartee- ‘I went to Poland recently – there’s naebody there!’. Also big thank you to the band Used Blues for their great set and apologies to them for things running late meaning that they didn’t get on stage till an hour later than planned.

Caterer Robert Sloan at Dumbarton FC didn’t disappoint with a fantastic spread.

Perhaps though the best thing about the whole night was that our guests and other friends who were unable to come raised a magnificent sum for Epilepsy Action. Once the gift aid supplement has been factored in the total is more than £1500! Thank you!

The staff at Epilepsy Action UK are just brilliant. They provide help and information for sufferers and their families via their helplines and produce an excellent publication which keeps people updated on latest developments on the condition. This kind of service needs funds to keep it going and we are delighted that our celebration has contributed in a significant way to this.

Quarter of a Century!

There probably won’t be prolific posting here for a couple of days. That’s because tonight Sue (Mrs Bigrab) and I celebrate our Silver Wedding. It is a milestone that few couples reach these days and one we felt that should be marked and celebrated. We’re in for a great night as we have two great speakers and some superb musicians lined up to perform.

We have specifically requested no presents but instead have been fund raising for Epilepsy Action UK. Even though the party isn’t until this evening the total sits at a very healthy £705, which with the supplement by gift aid tops things up to over £850. We set a target of £1000 when we first set up our justgiving page and with pledges from friends and family made in advance of this evening, we are certain to exceed the target by some way.

I know several of the contributors read this blog. Sue and I would like to thank you all for your wonderful generosity and we really hope you have a great time and enjoy yourselves tonight.

Chess Boxing!

It’s one of those ‘has the world gone completely mad?’ moments. I heard an article about this on the radio while I was on holiday and I had intended to do a piece on it before now. Did you read the heading wrong? no you didn’t. This sport is a combination of the twin skills of chess and boxing. It has the snappy combined title of Chess Boxing

Silence Your Rooster!

Insomnia is a curse and one which hits me from time to time. This morning I woke up about 4:30 and that was it – no more sleep. In surfing around for a cure I found This Site for an American product called Ambien CR which is a sleeping tablet. Their advertising tag line is ‘Silence Your Rooster!’ If you go to the link above there’s a game you can play called ‘ruffle some feathers’ which involves throwing pillows at the rooster. There’s also a link entitled ‘watch the clips’ which lets you see their fiendishly clever 15 second advertising clips. They’re also on youtube but embedding is disabled.

What’s the Answer?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend’s 10 year old son was the subject of an attempted abduction not far from his home. Fortunately the youngster had the presence of mind to refuse the offer of a lift and run like hell. The man who attempted the abduction was a registered sex offender living in the community.

I’ve just read in the news that Gary Glitter is back in Thailand after Viet Nam and Hong Kong denied him entry. Thailand have told him he can’t stay either. It looks as if he’s going to end up back in the UK sooner rather than later.

I have a fairly liberal view about crime and punishment. However what is to be done about people who sexually abuse children? the crime has an extremely high rate of re-offending and as the case above illustrates, the offenders cannot be supervised properly in the community.

The safety of children should in my view be a much, much higher priority than the ‘human rights’ of characters like Gary Glitter.

Could chemical castration be the answer?

Jokes Wanted!

This Saturday night, Mrs Bigrab and I celebrate our silver wedding with a party. Really looking forward to meeting so many good friends under the one roof and hearing from the talented amongst them in both music and patter. The thing is that I’ll be required to make a short speech and although I’m not nervous at such a thought,  and I’m well used to speaking to crowds through a mic having played in bands and dj’d over the years, I’m rubbish at speechwriting and spontaneous humour. So if anyone has some good jokes they can pass on, especially if they are marriage related then I’d be very grateful.

The Secret Millionaire

Nick Leslau is a self made property tycoon worth £200m (His company owns Alton Towers). He was the subject of tonight’s Channel 4 programme ‘Secret Millionaire’. These two elements would normally have me reaching for the off button. Indeed the opening scenes where Leslau was swanning about his Mayfair mansion with two wee white dogs and showing us his swimming pool, cinema, housekeeper etc. was setting the scene for one of my rants. Instead as the programme progressed and Nick travelled to Possil in Glasgow. He posed as someone getting experience in social work and the cameras were explained to participants as the making of a documentary on his progress.

As it turned out Leslau came over as a very good humoured and sympathetic character who was obviously deeply touched by the environment and conditions he encountered. He helped out at a Riding for Disabled Group and a Disability Forum Centre as well as meeting people who had suffered personal tragedy. He seemed to find the whole experience very moving and inspiring.

Of course the punchline of the whole thing was for Nick Leslau to hand over substantial sums of money to some of those he’d met. The Disabled Riding Centre copped for over £100,000, the Centre got over £200,000. A man struck blind in adulthood was given £10,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind and a season ticket for Ibrox (I’m sure there’s a joke there somewhere).

I found the programme quite uplifting. I think I must be getting sentimental in my old age.

The Daily Record had an article about the programme in advance. It’s HERE

Scotland Goes Pop! (5b and 6b)

For Richard (see comments on Scotland Goes Pop 6).
Here we have footage of Jimmy McCullough with Thunderclap Newman, Stone the Crows and a newspaper cutting (at the end) about him being in the band Blue. Wiki may indeed have some duff info Richard but not on this occasion it would seem.

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