• June 2019
    M T W T F S S
    « Sep    
  • 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!

    • 1,364,267 hits since January 2008
  • Top Rated

  • Advertisements

A Long Song Indeed

A friend dropped by the other day and was reflecting on his first gig – Jethro Tull at the Apollo Glasgow nearly 40 years ago (!)

It reminded me of the following clip of Ian Anderson I’d seen recently.


Apologies if I’ve posted this one before….



I can’t believe the way that Malky MacKay has been treated at Cardiff City. The man who got the Welsh side into the top league for the first time in 51 years was given his thank you bonus today – i.e. the sack.

I’m sure former Celt MacKay will lick his wounds and will find another top job in football before long.

He has been the victim, it would seem, of unrealistic expectations from the club’s owner.

On checking out Cardiff City’s history I found that they are the only non English side ever to win the FA Cup (in 1927). The scorer of Cardiff’s winning goal that day against Arsenal was Hughie Ferguson, a Scot. He later transferred to Dundee for £500 but failed to live up to the Dens Park side’s supporters’ expectations.

After a training session at Dens in 1930, Ferguson gassed himself having been dropped from the first team.

The fitba’ can be a hard game – and that’s not a new thing.

To prove that there ain’t no Sanity Clause

Here’s William Tapley, AKA the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse with a wee song for you:

He’s the Co-Prophet of the End Times you know…..

Of course at the end we’re reminded “Remember you can donate to my ministry by hitting the Paypal (shurely Papal? ed) button……”

Political Taxi

Stuck behind this taxi at Anniesland Cross tonight….


Kim Jong Un v Christmas

Things I never thought I’d see…..

It’s amazing how life changes. I attended my first Dumbarton game in 1970.

Below is the teamsheet from today’s game, and indeed glorious victory, over Hamilton Academical.

teamsheetLooking from a 1970, or even a 1990 perspective, who’da thunk that this fixture would have

1) Been played at the ‘Bet Butler Stadium’?

2) Featured a player whose name encompasses the Bible, 60s rockers The Grateful Dead and….incontinence pants? (Jesus Garcia Tena)

3) Featured a player with the Christian name ‘Ziggy’?

4) Featured a player wearing number 99? (He looked a bit flaky to me) whose name encompasses a Russian Leader, The comedy character Swiss Tony and a Dundee newspaper (Mickael Antoine Curier)


I was talking with some friends today and we were remarking on how much we liked the annual ‘Christmas Gnome Mart’ in Private Eye. It’s a spoof newspaper mail order page of cutting edge products.

For instance this year’s Gnome Mart features this:

frack and this:

methAnd yet, only yesterday I was alerted to thisthis by our correspondent Stu Who?


Where does humour end and real life begin?