AS the hysteria over the alleged bias of the SFA rumbles on, a Celtic fan sends us the fixture list confirmed by the SFA following the league split.
It is Rangers v Celtic, Rangers v Arbroath, Rangers v Albion Rovers, Rangers v Dumbarton, Celtic v Real Madrid, Celtic v Manchester United and Celtic v Barcelona.
Take it away
ELECTION news, and Clydebank reader Gordon Anderson has found a group of people more unpopular than politicians. While pressing a door entry system at a Maryhill close to deliver SNP election leaflets, a suspicious voice came on the intercom demanding: “Who is it?” When Gordon explained, the voice replied: “Oh, that’s alright. As long it’s not takeaway menus.”
WE asked a Glasgow businessman who regularly checks his Twitter account what the fascination was, and he told us: “It’s a bit like when you are bored at home and you open the fridge to see if there is anything interesting. There isn’t, but it still doesn’t stop you checking again 20 minutes later.”
SCHOOL cruises continued. Neil McNicol was on the SS Uganda sailing to the Med in 1973. He tells us: “A morning ashore in Casablanca saw our young Scots cruisers spending freely in the bazaars, to the delight of the local traders. But in the afternoon, frantic trading was this time initiated by locals who had discovered they had been dealing mainly in Scottish banknotes. They were desperate to change them for English ones, much to the delight of our ‘weans’ who were selling back one English for three Scottish.”
Ring of truth
MHAIRI Pearson was on the 44 bus in Glasgow when she heard a teenage girl tell her mum: “I wish I had bigger boobs.” Her mother gave the advice: “Eat doughnuts. It worked for me.”
AND Davie Lindsay in Peebles was on the Uganda the following year with Paisley Grammar School sailing on the North Sea. “It was a rough crossing,” says Davie. “I have a strong stomach, and I was virtually the only one wishing breakfast, everyone else being confined to quarters with seasickness. I asked the cook for six fried eggs, made my way back to the cabin, and asked loudly who wanted breakfast. There was a considerable scramble as five teenagers tried to get to the very small toilet at the same time. I really enjoyed those eggs.”
TIME to end our Garden Festival tales with reader Ian Clark reminding us of the time of the festival closing, and the city looking forward to the next big thing, the European City of Culture. On the wall of the now disused garden festival site, someone had spray-painted “F... the Garden Festival. I’m off to the theatre.”
NOT quite the Garden Festival, but David Speedie in New York recalls being on the Glasgow Subway when it was packed with fans off to a Rangers game at Ibrox. At West Street a solitary woman with weans and shopping pushed her way on. Says David: “She looks around, and says, ‘Is there a match on today?’ ‘Naw, missus, there’s a flooer show at Bellahouston Park’.”
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