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  1. I noticed the other day, in the Wikipedia entry for Chewin the Fat, that "All of the crewmembers speak in thick Fife dialects." It just says it with no explanation. Maybe they were from on the Tay side of Fife? On another front, I was watching a few back episodes of Chewin' the Fat recently, and for the first time really noticed how versatile and effective an actor is Ford "Jack" Tiernan. He plays everything from a Christmas elf to Big Man to ned to golf club snob to jane austen-era alehouse drinker to decorator. Sometimes it looks as if other actors are just playing those roles, whereas he looks as if he is them. Ironically he plays a character who can't act, while around him others just go through the motions...
  2. BBC Documentary about Argentina 1978

    It's not the only one of course - Kazakhstan is in UEFA (and of course Russia extends further east than Asia or Australia). And in terms of new lows, there were/are always those smaller countries that are potential bananaskins - Moldova, Faroes - and Gibraltar who can get to score against us for the first time, and we still await the likes of Andorra, Montenegro, Kosovo...?
  3. McLeish today

  4. McLeish today

    Who knows? Is Jeremy Corbyn fecked? Is Donald Trump's Campaign a Spoof? But there could be a case for a new thread about McLeish now he's in the job while the other one is about Next Scotland Manager and people are still argung over that and maybe who should be the next Scotland manager...?.
  5. McLeish today

    I heard something on the radio. It gave the impression people on the street (or whoever they found) were OK about it but hinted at social media being more negative - though that's the nature of it.
  6. Next Scotland Manager ?

    Billy McNeill? Jock Wallace?
  7. Next Scotland Manager ?

    Underwhelmed but prepared to get on with it. There's no sense that more 'progressive' managers were tempted/ in the frame, or that we could demand just whoever we liked, and no certainty that if we appointed a 'progressive' manager they'd be given a chance to do it their way. Scotland's situation (and international football) goes deeper than the appointment of one manager. Put another way, it's harsh to berate McLeish, even if we agree the SFA messed up. Not particularly a fan of trying to revive the 'good old days' of 2007, but at least McLeish knows the ropes, knows the fans expectations, and the constraints and limits of international football, and of Scotland, and so maybe just have to make the best of that.
  8. Map illustrating equidistance https://naebd.neocities.org/ Map that shows Scottish marine boundaries - note this extends way to the north of the Faroes which is a it like the Carnoustie effect https://philsteinberg.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/mapping-scotlands-waters/ "By subordinating the 1987 line to the 1999 line and producing a map that proclaims Scotland’s waters as they would (likely) be recognised under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea should Scotland become an independent state, the Scottish Government places Scottish territory firmly within the grammar of the community of states that interact according to the norms of international law. In the process, it uses this map (which in fact has few functional linkages with the document that it illustrates) to validate Scotland as a legitimate, sovereign state."
  9. There definitely seems like something fishy about the secrecy of this but I am pretty sure this is not the whole story. From what I recall (I could try to find a link later) the current boundary is more like a normal maritime boundary, that keeps a relative distance between two neighbouring countries. If you look at the whole North Sea, and what happens with other countries, the boundary looks reasonable. On the contrary the pre-1999 due east boundary would look odd in an international context, for the reason, I think, that it was never intended to be an international boundary, it was just an administrative convenience because it didn't matter. Although it may seem odd that the sea off Carnoustie is "English sea", by the time you get to the English bit, that sort is very probably as near to England as it is to Scotland. Probably something similar happens but in the opposite direction, at the Solway maritime boundary - you could be looking west from Cumbria coast and see Scottish waters in the distance. This kind of thing happens all the time - if you look west from Cornwall you will eventually get to Irish waters even though you may have thought Ireland is away to the north. It still begs the question about why it was done, and why the secrecy. I'm not sure it was directly about "England's oil" or weakening the case for independence, as such (though no doubt convenient for those against independence). It's possible that it was a sort of historical correction, of what was a previous anomaly, which would become increasingly problematic to fix if independence ever got closer. Maybe they thought a debate about international boundaries in the event of independence would be an unwelcome distraction at a sensitive time around devolution. So I wouldn't feel too outraged. If in doubt, I'd check what is the SNP / Scottish Government position is. As far as I know they were and are happy with the maritime boundary, and was not an issue in 2014, because presumably they'd know that it follows the international norm and having a proper international maritime boundary is a price worth paying for being a properly independent country.
  10. Are 'the saved' a special category of TAMBer for statistical purposes?
  11. SSC Renewals

    How many away points for a submarine to Argentina?
  12. BBC Documentary about Argentina 1978

    Yes absolutely. But specifically I remember the phrase "eyebrows were raised" as in, even the descriptions in the press are etched in the memory. Probably, it was the first time I had heard of him. And Hartford, and the other "Anglos".
  13. Open venues at risk of disappearing, says Climate Coalition report http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/42936199
  14. BBC Documentary about Argentina 1978

    What's interesting about some of these memories is how ingrained they must be - people are remembering, after nearly 40 years, details of who didn't make the squad or who went but didn't play etc. - I'd probably struggle to remember the equivalent got the last squad. And the coverage too. I seem to remember "eyebrows were raised" at Andy Gray's inclusion. Asa Hartford was defined as a "midfield dynamo" though I see from google that he's been called that plenty of times...
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