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  1. A Hogmanay Old Firm derby. Were Police Scotland no invited to the fixtures meeting? Absolutely mental decision.
  2. The blow up doll is absolutely disgusting. That some are actually trying to play it down sums up the whole mentality around Rangers and Celtic. There will be kids in that stadium for f*ck sake. I dont need context to know that that is absolutely unacceptable, and that's before I even consider what it's supposed to mean. Between this and the bogs, underlines why I'd love to see back of them both.
  3. Very poor so far. At least 5 players not performing.
  4. Can see Europe struggling in this one... and there will be no comeback like 4 years ago.
  5. Agreed. When I pick up a paper, I tend to read it for the news - just the facts. I'd be happy if papers dropped columnists altogether. Far too often opinion pieces are being passed off as "news". Too easy to pick up the phone to Alex Massie or David Torrance and ask them to write another version of the same articles they've been writing for the last 5 years.
  6. The majority arent celebrating from what I can see. There's a difference between having little sympathy for many in journalism and celebrating it's demise. Im most definitely one of the former. Nothing better than reading a good paper and used to always buy a daily and then always a Sunday paper. But social media has brought out the worst in some journalists and/or exposed them for the idiots that many of them are. In no other industry would employees of a company be allowed to go on social media and openly troll, taunt and abuse their potential customer base. I've never ever understood why any journalist would behave like many of them do on Twitter - even in situations where their target probably got what they deserved, it demonstrates a total lack of professionalism. They wouldn't behave the way they do in a public street or in a pub, because they'd look like total morons so why they think it's entirely acceptable on Twitter is beyond me. The end result is the vast majority of people realise that journalists are total bellends and have distanced themselves from the titles they work for. Journalists revel in their braying pack and "Nobody likes us we dont care" mentality, completely failing to realise that people will opt not to buy their work because of their behaviour. My opinion and respect for almost every paper, including the Herald and Sunday Herald, has been diluted in some way because of the behaviour of their journalists on social media. IMO, it's perfectly possible for journalists to do their job well without trolling randoms online or making a fool out of useful idiots. Having watched most of them do it is at least partly responsible for me not bothering my a**e to buy their papers. You wouldn't see their behaviour from any other industry in the world and they don't seem to have worked out why.
  7. Agree about Westwood and Kaymer. Id be taking Knox over McDowell every day of the week, although might come down to personalities and who Clarke thinks needs a partner and how well Knox/McDowell would gel with potential partners/team mates. Being honest, Ive never been keen on McDowell and from what Ive seen, Knox seems quite closed so not sure how well he'd slot right in. Tough call for Clarke. I'd opt for Knox on basis of form alone.
  8. Sure it changes depending on which category you are in, but I was under impression you were only expected to buffer or better less than 50% of the time - and within that, beating your buffer (and getting cut), was only around 20% of the rounds you play. Most of the time, you were taking 0.1. Handicaps are definitely intended to be stretch goals you beat on a good day. Otherwise, we'd all be getting cut regularly. As it happens, most are taking 0.1, maybe enjoying the buffer zone, but every so often basking in the glory of cut. If you are being cut regularly, you are either on wrong handicap or in period of improvement.
  9. The only thing they managed to do was have a huge advantage, conspire to throw that advantage away and hang on by their finger nails. It's not really something I would be bragging about and as others have said, he's just putting a spin on it after the fact. An absolute cluster#### of a campaign and what would be far more interesting would be to have had someone follow up right after him with a presentation on how their campaign really went - material straight out of the Project Fear book would be ideal. That said, it's a bit naive to criticism them for what is pretty standard social media management in modern politics. Anyone who doesn't think Yes Scotland employed banks of social media users, or that the SNP don't currently do exactly the same is way behind the curve. It's how politics is done these days. Sure, question the quality of what they share/tweet, but it's the front line in getting a message out there quickly even if it's to raise doubts about claim and counter claim. Brass neck going out and cashing in on that campaign though. If I somehow found myself in that position and having to see it through, I'd be thankful it was over and hope I didn't have to speak about it again.
  10. From what I can see, the Supreme Court largely supported the aims of the Act but sent it back for further work. The hyperbole since though is absolutely pathetic. The spew-inducing irony of the Tories jumping in all guns blazing because of issues with the ECHR - something their party wants to remove us from - is a new level of hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness. Closely followed by the Press and Journal quoting wildly out of context. Very disappointing to see Scunnered reaching new levels of desperation as well - in danger of becoming a Red-Alan with his hatred of the SNP.
  11. It's like the onset of the apocalypse at Edinburgh Park right now - eerily dark with regular flashes of lightning and claps of thunder.
  12. What the f*** is wrong with the world?! Who's going to own own up to playing the latest craze? Looks like utter garbage to me.
  13. Ran the Half DRAM this morning in around 1h38. For an overall downhill course, found it more difficult than I remember. First two miles tough uphill and the A92 at 9-11 miles can go f*** itself - torture. In general though, a decent run. A bit different to most halfs.
  14. I agree it's a tragedy it is now on Sky Sports but BBC coverage was long overdue an overhaul and lacked investment. Sky's coverage has been first class in my opinion and adverts been kept short and sharp. Sticks in my craw that it's not on the BBC though - should be one of "crown jewels" IMO. An absolute sin - would be interested to know the amount of money that's drained into superficial pish like Strictly and The Voice, etc at expense of sporting events like The Open.
  15. Yep. I've said similar before - why go to lengths and complexity to bring down an airliner when equally horrific terrorist acts could easily occur in any public space where people congregate. Today's radicals are clearly realising this. What makes it more terrifying is the number of wannabe extremists who will now see this and realise they dont need guns and bombs to become a martyr.