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Flying Wean!

Last summer, photographer Rachel Hulin thought it would be fun to make her baby fly. So she looked to her son Henry to see what he could do. As she told Time, “I wanted the flights to feel genuine. These are places we are really in everyday, it’s not a cut-and-paste job on random interiors and landscapes.”

If you’re worried about Henry’s safety, you’ll be relieved to find out that he’s not in any real danger. “I never throw him, and I never move him into a place in the frame that he wasn’t in to begin with,” Hulin said. “I like Henry to fly the way he feels like it, I never pose him in a specific way. Sometimes he’s graceful and sometimes he’s a little hunchback. I think telling you more would ruin it.”

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Rachel Hulin’s website is here


New York Lonliness



Six wins and a draw in the last seven games.

A hard fought win against East Fife last night left the second division league table looking like this:

And just for fun, here is the current form table showing the last six results:


The Loan Rangers

Aye so Craigy Whyte came out of the lift yesterday and owned up to the funny smell surrounding him.

He did indeed use a mortgage taken out on three years future season ticket sales to fund Rangers debt being cancelled at Lloyds Banking Group.

Quite how on earth he thought he was going to keep this a secret, heaven knows.

Anyway, amidst all this brouhaha, everyone from football chairmen to leading politicians and public figures have been coming out of the woodwork. If I may paraphrase their remarks they are along the lines of “Rangers must survive for the good of the Scottish game/TV money/Celtic/Scotland standing in Europe etc. etc.”

Well I wonder.

What is it we are trying to preserve here? The financial good of Scottish football?


Isn’t nearly every club at every level in Scotland in debt?

How is the TV money dished out? Don’t Rantic and Celgers get most of it anyway?

How long will it be, if Rangers are saved as an institution important to the fabric and culture of Scottish society, before they and their partners in crime start making noises about leaving the SPL again?

Imagine the Scottish game without these crakens.

OK, so there would be no Sky money. However there would be an SPL where at the start of any given season, there would be a genuine competition for the championship, with perhaps half the league teams in with a genuine chance of winning? What effect would this have on attendances at those clubs?

As it is, the presence of  the Old Firm has strangled competition in the game for over a quarter of a century. It turns out that one half of this cosy arrangement has won the league during that time by reckless borrowing and fraud, even though they had vastly bigger resources than the competition anyway.

The proposal recently was for the top league to return to ten teams just to suit the Sky TV deal (i.e. maintain the four times annual Punch and Judy show).

In reality most supporters want a bigger league.

The McLeish report last year conveniently ignored  the biggest problem in Scottish football and that is lack of genuine competition.

I don’t see how saving Rangers is going to address this problem at all.

Rangers administrators and HMRC should be left to conclude a deal on their own, factoring in any interest from investors.

There should be no special treatment or government interference in this process.

The Old Firm

You can’t live with them and you can’t survive without them?

I’m not sure you know.