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Ken Fitlike as a proud Dons fan and granddad summed up the feelings of Aberdeen fans before Saturday’s cup semi final with this optimistic shot:

However by full time reality had kicked in:


My throwaway post Harmonica Madness continues to bring people together.

In the post’s comments I mentioned Ken Howell, a fantastic harmonica player I knew. Ken’s grandson Liam left a comment in 2010 and recently Ken’s nephew Steve also left a comment asking Liam to get in touch.

I was able to pass on Liam’s email address to Steve and this morning in my mailbox I received the following email:

Hi Robert,

Just to let you know that Liam has made contact with me which is great!

I want to thank you so much for putting me in touch with family I never knew I had and the interesting information about my Uncle.

Take care and good luck for the future!

Kind regards


Sometimes it is good to be a silly old blogger.

Happy Birthday Queen’s Park

AnElephantCant do poetic justice
To Glasgow’s Queen’s Park in the spring
The pond has tadpoles
And from the flagpole
We see flowers and hear the birds sing
 The park celebrates its sesquicentenary
This year with a host of events
A much loved space
This dear green place
Deserves to get millions of presents
When it opened Abe Lincoln was president
Alice in Wonderland was being penned
Which just goes to show
It was a long time ago
The US Civil War was still far from its end
There are fewer dragons and mammoths in the trees now
Because my young leader will quite soon be seven
But laser beams and stun guns
Means we can still have fun
In the dens in the bushes in our heaven
Our sticks which once shot sabre-dino-dragons
Are re-commissioned with extraordinary functions
They have magical power
Making super baddies cower
While we blitz them without the slightest compunction

We play tennis and putting each Monday
Joints and bones are starting to creak
He climbs swings and larks
Around the play park
While this old dude feels like an antique

There are areas which are wild and unspoilt
Where we run free without any plan
We jump over logs
Sing Teddy Bear and Hound Dog
Yep my best friend is a cool Elvis fan
When I am puffed out we go to the rose gardens
Which commemorates some of Scotland’s great poets
While I try to relax
He plans more attacks
And we are off again before you know it
At the end of the day we get ice cream
That’s our reward for being good as gold
With a tub or a cone
We meander back home
Through Queen’s Park which is 150 years old

News from DPRK – A proper gander

Yes indeed with North Korea much in the news recently I thought I’d take a look at their own take on what happened with what the western lackey media called a “nuclear missile test”.

One is relieved to find that it wasn’t a missile at all but a satellite as the super, soaraway DPRK news site reports:

One imagines that appropriate disciplinary action will be administered to whoever is found to blame for this unfortunate episode. This will be something along the lines of castration with a blunt Stanley knife.

However it is good to hear that Kim Jong Un has been elected as first secretary of the Workers Party of Korea. That must have been a tough call for the electorate (aka Kim Jong Un). I’m sure we can look forward to some interesting exchanges with the leader of the opposition……….

And in a week which saw firework displays and other events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, it was good to see that the North Koreans hadn’t forgotten him or Kim Jong Il:

And although only a few lines could be found to explain away the missile satellite incident, several pages have been dedicated to floral baskets. They feature regularly and it would seem to answer the question “Just what do you buy an Asian dictator?”