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The Name Game

I’ve just been reading about someone with an unusual name in Greenock.

Surely there’s not really a child called Versace McLatchie?


The Umpire Strikes Back

I very rarely watch fitba on the TV but yesterday went to my pall Stevie’s house (he has Sky Sports) to watch the much hyped in advance Old Firm game. Most of the pre match hype had been concerning the suggestion from a “source” inside Celtic Park that there was a vendetta against Celtic by referees. Perhaps the ordering off of Celtic’s Scott Brown could lend some credence to that argument. However Brown breenged with his head towards Rangers Kyle Lafferty. Lafferty, who is surely one of the worst players ever to pull on a Rangers shirt ( A complete disgrace on and off the park) responded in the way he has done before in such situations – by falling to the ground in a completely unconvincing crumpling movement. The ref missed Lafferty’s part in the drama and he stayed on the park. The ref, as if to balance things out, also missed two penalty claims by the home side within a second of each other.

The radio phone ins went into meltdown after the game which saw Rangers win 1-0 with a last gasp goal. To their credit several Celtic fans agreed with manager Tony Mowbray’s pre match assertion that claims of refereeing bias were nonsense. However several were in denial that Celtic simply weren’t good enough to win the game and blamed conspiratorial forces of working against them.

Sir Donald Bradman, arguably the finest cricketer of the twentieth century was once asked about umpires thus:

“Sir Donald, in your experience, are complaints about umpiring usually made by the losing team?”



“Yes. In my experience, complaints about umpiring are always made by the losing team.”


My friend Russell tells me about yet another way to spend time on the internet. Blipfoto is a daily photo journal. The idea is that you upload a photo on the days that you can. The photo should be taken THAT DAY. It then builds into a photographic diary. Totally useless of course but right up my street. I’m there as bigrab and I’ve called my journal the ben lomond free gallery.

Here are the first two photos I uploaded.

Glencairn House High Street Dumbarton

Tropical Fish

BJ Priestly?

My correspondent for all things quirky, John O’Hare, sends me this.