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50 Years Ago

AnElephantCant forget all the heartache
And the tears from those long ago days
When our team headed over the border
Overburdened with false hopes and praise

They travelled from all over Scotland
From Inverness Dalkeith and Busby
On hearing the score one wee fella cried
I thought it was next week for the rugby!

Once again we believed we could beat them
Once again it was pearls before swine
Our brave laddies soon rattled in 3 goals
Alas the Sassenach battered in nine

We used to be no’ bad at the fitba’
There was one thing that we learnt too slowly
If you want to compete with the big guys
Then it’s better to play with a goalie

But we are a remarkable nation
We do not react well to oppression
So our stunning response to this setback
Was to beat them three times in succession

Aye we had some great players in those days
The Lawman Slim Jim and St John
But even though it is 50 years later
We remember April 15th 1961


Keeping Abreast of Events

Having already mentioned Ken Fitlike’s blog, look at this fascinating information I found there!!

Hacks and Hacking

Here is a list of quotes from Newscorp representatives about allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World.

What are we to make about the final statement, which appears to contradict most of the others?

Rebekah Brooks (then Wade), News International chief executive, 10 July 2009

“It [the Guardian] is rushing out high volumes of coverage and repeating allegations by such sources as unnamed Met officers implying that ‘thousands’ of individuals were the object of illegal phone hacking, an assertion that is roundly contradicted by the Met assistant commissioner’s [John Yates’s] statement yesterday.”

“The Guardian coverage, we believe, has substantially and likely deliberately misled the British public.”

Andy Coulson to the culture media and sport select committee, 21 July 2009

“I have never condoned the use of phone hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place.”

Former News International chairman Les Hinton, giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee, September 2009

“There was never any evidence delivered to me suggesting that the conduct of Clive Goodman spread beyond him. The News of the World is populated overwhelmingly by decent hard-working people. If anyone were found conducting themselves in the way that Clive Goodman did, there is no question there would be instant dismissal.”

News of the World spokesperson, reacting to a New York Times investigation into phone hacking at the paper, September 2010

“The News of the World repeatedly asked the New York Times to provide evidence to support their allegations and they were unable to do so. Indeed, the story they published contained no new credible evidence and relied heavily on anonymous sources, contrary to the paper’s own editorial guidelines.

“In so doing, they have undermined their own reputation and confirmed our suspicion their story was motivated by commercial rivalry. We reject absolutely any suggestion there was a widespread culture of wrongdoing at the News of the World.”

Rupert Murdoch addressing News Corporation’s annual general meeting, 15 October 2010

“We have very, very strict rules. There was one incident more than five years ago … the person who bought the bugged conversation was immediately fired. If anything was to come to light, and we have challenged those people who have made allegations to provide evidence … we would take immediate action.”

Rupert Murdoch, delivering the inaugural Baroness Thatcher lecture, 21 October 2010

“Often I have cause to celebrate editorial endeavour. Occasionally, I have had cause for regret. Let me be clear. We will vigorously pursue the truth – and we will not tolerate wrongdoing.”

Andy Coulson at the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial, 9 December 2010

“I don’t accept there was a culture of phone hacking at the News of the World. All I can tell you is that, as far as my reporters are concerned, the instructions were very clear: they were to work within the law and within the PCC code. It’s in their handbooks.”

David Cameron on Andy Coulson’s resignation, January 2011

“[He is] being punished twice for the same offence. This is all about the past. It has gone on and on and I can understand why he feels the pressure of that. I choose to judge him by the work he has done for me, for the government and for the country.”

Andy Coulson after resigning as Downing Street’s director of communications, 21 January 2011

“Unfortunately continued coverage of events connected to my old job at the News of the World has made it difficult for me to give the 110% needed in this role. I stand by what I’ve said about those events but when the spokesman needs a spokesman it’s time to move on.”

Press Complaints Commission chairman Baroness Peta Buscombe on the commission’s investigation into phone-hacking which found “no evidence” of widespread wrongdoing, February 2011

“There are a lot of new allegations and a lot of revelations … It sounds now as if we weren’t fully informed.”

News International statement, 8 April 2011

“Following an extensive internal investigation and disclosures through civil legal cases, News International has decided to approach some civil litigants with an unreserved apology and an admission of liability in cases meeting specific criteria. We have also asked our lawyers to establish a compensation scheme with a view to dealing with justifiable claims fairly and efficiently.”

Thanks, The Guardian

Mist Again

Out for only my second canoe trip on Loch Lomond this year today. It was warm and mainly misty and the mist didn’t really lift.

It was my first voyage in Richie’s Sevylor Colorado which he bought a few months ago.

I got a few photos of which these were the best:

Inchmoan and Inchfad with Conic Hill in the background. Or is it a Roscharch blob?

'The Geggles' Inchmoan this morning.

The breakfast view.

Dumbarton 5 Peterhead 2

A great advert for summer football at the Rock yesterday. Only problem with better weather is that the lawnmowers, fence paint, golf clubs and bools come out and attendance drops.

Sons were well worthy of the win, if perhaps the score flattered them slightly.

My correspondent and Bluetoon pal Ken Fitlike made the journey despite Peterhead’s current plight and also the fact that his beloved Dons were at home.

We had a pretty good pre-match lunch and enjoyed the game and the banter even if it must have been a very long journey home for Ken on the Peterhead team bus.

Good result for the Sons who at least cannot now finish bottom.

For the match report click here.

Over a Barrel

I can remember my dad, in the late sixties, expressing concern when petrol hit ‘five bob’ (25p) a gallon. Bearing in mind that 1 Imperial gallon = 4.54609188 litres, I wonder what my old man, long departed, would have thought of my fuel bill in Glasgow yesterday morning?

I know of course that it is just a few short steps from death when you start obsessing about the price of things when you were young compared to the present day, but I have bought cars for less than this amount!

The trip was to pick up goods for my shop. One small shop in the scheme of things, but the cost of transporting goods is rocketing.

The only upside is that people may decide not to drive long distances for shopping and stay more local.

If you’re still wondering what 25p a gallon equates to as a litre price, it’s 5.5p

As an inflation rate that’s roughly 2500% in just over forty years.

Taxi For Gray (2)

Just as well it wasn’t this cab that turned up to rescue the Labour leader the other day!

(Spotted on my travels yesterday)