• February 2012
    M T W T F S S
    « Jan   Mar »
  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 285 other followers

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Reviewers’ Comments

    "Great read every day. Makes me smile as Rab muses about music and his irreverent views on the EU. Tune in, you won't be disappointed."

    "Excellent 'Blog' which can be controversial at times, while maintaining it's humour. Keep it up Big Rab!"

    "Updated every day with doses of good humour, political satire, a running commentary on the progress of author's home football team and his life."

    "Pure brilliant, so it is - I never miss it, though God knows, I've tried."

    "An inspiration to start my own blog"

    "For dipping into it's better than pakora sauce"

    "Anyone who doesn't like the EU and has a soft spot for Albion Rovers can't be all bad"

    "Facile and False"

    "Populist,puerile and prosaic"

    "Utter pish! Keep it up, I love it!"

    "People may also find the Ben Lomond Free Press blog illuminating, interesting and/or amusing. It’s not mentalist as such but familiar themes emerge. I particularly like accounts of encounters with strange elementals (of course! ELEmentals!) from elfin safety. And the fact that the blog is run by someone who plays in a blues band called Harmonica Lewinsky."

  • Hit Me!

    • 1,326,073 hits since January 2008
  • Top Rated

  • Advertisements

Sheridan – New Shock!


Buffalo Bill and the Wild West (of Scotland)

This rather splendid statue is in Dennistoun in the East End of Glasgow. It is of Western hero William Cody aka “Buffalo Bill”. Cody came to Glasgow with his wild west show in 1891/1892 and the visits remain in Glasgow’s folklore enough for the above commemoration to have been made a few years ago.

In fact Cody’s manager, in town for the shows, kicked off a friendly match at Celtic Park on New Year’s Day 1892 between the home team and Dumbarton.

A transcription of the old newspaper article is here. The result (0-8) remains Celtic’s record defeat.

Apparently Buffalo Bill’s shows proved so popular in Glasgow that they attracted the biggest crowds for the shows outside the USA.

Here is a clip of the pre-show parade in 1902 although I’m not sure of the location here.

There is a book by Tom F Cunningham which chronicles the visits.

There is an article here about how one artefact from the show donated to the city by Buffalo Bill, a Sioux “ghost shirt” was returned to its rightful owners in 1998.

The Lakota Ghost Shirt

Thanks again Jim J

Shedding a knighthood

I always thought he was “Fred the Shred”.


Aye and what about a caption competition?

So, sad man that I am I googled ‘Fred the Shed’ and it took me to a site called……wait for it……Readers’ Sheds!

And this is indeed Fred the Shed.

Fred bare

Yes, poor old Fred Goodwin – or Badyin as he became affectionately known.



Stripped of his soubriquet, de-knighted and down and out on thirteen grand a week.

About three years ago I wrote this wee crochety jingle for him (thanks to the Kinks for the tune!)

Dedicated Follower of Money

I’ll bet Lord Archole of Weston Super Mare is relieved that unlike Freddie and Robert Mugabe, he didn’t do anything to bring the honours system into disrepute.

I saw this quote on the BBC:

IoD director general Simon Walker told the BBC he did not approve of the decision, given Mr Goodwin had not been convicted of crime.

“To do it because… you don’t approve of someone, you think they have done things that are wrong but actually there is no criminality… is inappropriate and politicises the whole honours system,” he said.

Ooh! it looks like it has to be its first outing of 2012!