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  1. Farage at it, lining the pockets of his pals: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/26/nigel-farage-remain-won-brexit-bloomberg?CMP=share_btn_link
  2. Off to Copenhagen with the family in three weeks for a fortnight's holiday. Really looking forward to it - we went to Stockholm and Helsinki the two previous years as we like the Nordic countries, especially in summer. By a process of elimination it looks like it'll be Oslo next year...
  3. It does make sense. The powers that are held by Brussels are part of the price of being in the EU, which is what the SNP wants for Scotland and also the Scottish electorate voted for. The Tory government is now dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will and on top of that is grabbing the powers which under the devolution settlement rest with Scotland. It's really not difficult...
  4. Am a bit late in responding but, yes, I went. 3rd time seeing them and I thought they were superb. They put on a great show and went down a storm with the crowd. They all seemed to be buzzing but I noticed that Ronnie does way more guitar work than Keith - he’s entitled to take it easy now though. Would definitely go again if they decide to head out on the road one more time.
  5. "The status quo has been overtaken by events because unless powers now with the European Union are repatriated from Brussels to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the regions, Whitewall will have perpetrated one of the biggest power grabs by further centralising power.’ Gordon ‘Saviour of the Union’ Brown last year https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gordon-brown-speech-third-option-scotland-brexit-nicola-sturgeon-independence-referendum-a7636431.html%3famp
  6. The SNP walkout after Ian Blackford’s suspension was the right thing to do - there’s no way the power grab issue would have led every news programme if they hadn’t and the issue of the lack of parliamentary consent to the EU withdrawal bill would have been ignored. The place is a fecking cesspit with its public school atmosphere and its idiotic traditions - the gloves are off now and hopefully people will remember why this happened.
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    BBC Documentary about Argentina 1978

    Thought it was excellent - hit exactly the right tone. Loved the bit where we got through against the Netherlands, made it to the final and won it - genuine goosebumps for those few seconds 🤤 Down to Earth with a bump after though...
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    Neale Cooper

    I was so shocked and saddened to learn about this. Neale and the other young players who came through into the Aberdeen first team in the early 80s were all local lads and Dons supporters. They understood what it meant to the fans because they felt the same way. Despite all they achieved they kept their feet on the ground and always had time for the fans - I’ve met quite a few of them at supporters’ functions over the years and have been amazed at just how willing they were to mix with the fans and swap stories of the glory days. Neale seemed to be something of a focal point for the other players at these events and came across as a genuinely happy, fun loving and decent guy. What a player he was too. RIP Tattie.
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    Camping

    We used to have chemical toilets for the summer camps (9 days long) which were basically a galvanised steel bucket with a seat which was filled with a blue liquid - I'm shuddering now just thinking about them. There was a massive incentive to wait until we had a trip into a town or village rather than 'take the plunge'. The only thing worse than using them was emptying them... On the topic of washing, after a while (especially on the week long camps) everyone and everything smelled of smoke from the campfires which I think limited the extent to which you'd notice any other smell.
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    Camping

    I had a very similar story to yours Ally Bongo - was in the Cubs and Scouts from 1975 through to 1982. We used to have a few 6 man canvas tents made by Blacks of Greenock with thick wooden tent poles and proper guy ropes. Two poles joined together for each end of the tent and three joined to form the central spar - was quite a skill to put them up but it was something we got good at after a few goes over the years. The groundsheets were green tarpaulin style and you had to make sure the sacking at the edges of the tent was tucked underneath the groundsheet to keep the water out - get it wrong once and you learn quickly. They would get aired every day by rolling up the sides but somehow would always have the same smell. We never seemed to camp anywhere with even the most basic facilities (other than when we went on weekend camps to Templars park) - was always in a field without any running water or toilets, so showers and the like were a non-starter. I also seem to recall that one time we took to burning dried up cow pats on the fire rather than wood Happy days, but no desire to relive my youth...
  11. What time does Glen Michael's cartoon cavalcade start?
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    Play offs

    Granted, there are now a few people who can say that Livi have always been their local team, given the time that’s passed since the move. Anyone who lived there but didn’t follow a team until the move is for the watching though.
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    Play offs

    Same here (as regards travel time to Dingwall anyway) but I’ve always been suspicious of Livi fans. If they were Meadowbank Thistle fans originally then they’ve shat on the team that they say they originally supported. It’s one thing to move a short distance to a new stadium but it’s another thing altogether to move miles out of town and change the club’s name. If they weren’t Meadowbank fans however then they’ve presumably either not been interested in football at all until the club moved to Livingston or used to follow another team - basically they’re at it. I’ve never met anyone who claims to support them...
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    Play offs

    Was really hoping Utd made it back into the Premiership - away games at Tannadice are always a great atmosphere. I can’t be arsed with Livi, with their pishy support, half arsed stadium, that idiot drummer they used to have and their dodgy finances. Hope they get pumped in the final matches.
  15. I’d say hard as nails but genuinely a fair player. His size and upper body strength was phenomenal - this was in the days when players tended to be more waif-like than they are now, so he stood out. It’s telling that Fergie stood by him when he got sent off in the 1978-79 League Cup Final v Rangers for a controversial alleged off the ball incident with Derek Johnstone - Aberdeen went on to lose the final and I suspect that if Fergie had thought for a minute that Rougvie had been guilty of what he was sent off for he’d have been shown the door. He had some amount of bottle - he used to warm up right in front of the Jungle when Aberdeen played matches v Celtic at Celtic Park and lapped up the abuse from the crowd. Funnily enough it was Strachan rather than Rougvie who was attacked by a pitch invader at Celtic Park - not sure why
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