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Hearts and Minds

Today Hearts announced that they were standing by player Craig Thomson who had been found guilty of ‘lewd and libidinous behaviour’ in relation to internet contact with under age girls. This found Thomson on the sex offenders register. The club statement can be found here Just how tough it will be for Thomson to continue his career will become clear soon.

However, that wasn’t the most remarkable thing to appear on the Hearts website today. Scott at Love and Garbage brings my attention to this quite incredible statement from the Tynecastle club:

It is reproduced here for information only and obviously there is no endorsement of the Hearts Board’s views from this blog.



Peter Falk R.I.P.

Columbo actor Peter Falk has died. He was 83.

Peter Falk. Photo from the Telegraph (Link to obituary below)

In the 70’s, I loved all the American detective shows, whether they were private dicks like The Rockford Files and Cannon, or Police ones like Kojak, Starsky and Hutch or Ironside.

But by a long way, Columbo was my favourite and Peter Falk was just fantastic in the part. You as the viewer knew that Lieutenant  Columbo’s seemingly stupid and irrelevant questions, delivered in an inane, innocent and child like fashion was in fact very serious cross examination of a suspect which you knew would come back to haunt them.

Actually much of the script writing was a bit thin.

“Now will you please stop wasting my time Lieutenant! – Good day to you!”

“Certainly sir, I’m sorry………………………….but there’s just one more thing”

Often Falk/Columbo wouldn’t appear in the first 15 or twenty minutes of the show as some unlikely plot would unfold, and his entrance would often be inappropriate or shambolic. Other officers would mistake him for someone who had wandered in off the street.

He always got his man, or woman and would brilliantly refer to the earlier “Just one more thing” as he nailed them and had them arrested.

Peter Falk WAS Columbo

There is an excellent obituary of Peter Falk in the Telegraph which includes other details of his acting career and biog.

I’ll Just Have the Mi-Steak

(Another observation from C&A who seems to be making it his mission in life to keep youse chuckling)

I don’t suppose the owner of the local eaterie who issued the menu below will mind the extra publicity for his establishment.

There are some rather novel dishes on offer:

Ommlettes (mmmm!)

Corn Beef (genetic engineering?)

Chop Pork (or is that pork chop?)

Barecue Chicken (at least they’ve plucked its tail before serving)

Butterd Roll Tea or Coffee (Ideal for dunking)

Baked Potaoes (I say potaho)

Caiun chicken (You’ve heard of bring your own wine – here you roll your own J!)

Panini,s  (Beware of the chili dressing, it could put you in a comma -Free football sticker with every purchase)

And one is to advice staff of any food allergies “Proir” to ordering  (but only if one is Oirish)