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Member Since 07 Oct 2003
Offline Last Active Sep 23 2015 01:21 PM

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In Topic: Davis Cup Semi Finals

22 September 2015 - 11:26 AM

I'll repeat, nobody is right and nobody is wrong in the whether to support Team GB in the Davis Cup or Olympics. The simple fact is GB is a country and the country of our passports. Like it or lump it.............personally I hate it but acknowledge that it exists and means I choose to support Scots in Davis Cup and Olympics even though they are competing under a GB banner. That's due to Politics.


Others choose to support the other team. Fine. Your choice. Not my choice but as long as you're comfortable with it.


Some Scottish Celtic fans choose to ignore the fact they are from Scotland and support Ireland for some sort of religious or distant family connection or for something to do with their club team being started by Irish or something. Whatever, freaks of nature to support another country before your own and I wonder if those supporting Australia at the weekend might want to consider the comparison there.


Another complication in my mixed up mind is that I don't think I'd support Team GB with any real conviction if it were all English players in the team. Similarly I don't know if I'd have gone to the Final if it was in Manchester or Birmingham as it would have been more English and British than the weekend just passed. Analyse that all day if you want, I just don't think I'd have bothered.


At the weekend I clapped and sang and stamped my feet to Scotland the Brave and Loch Lomond. I ignored GSTQ (as did almost everyone, including the masses of English). I chose to wear 100% Scotland gear as did many others. Some wore 100% Union Jacks and some wore half and half. All fine since we live in Scotland which is unfortunately part of GB. Like it or lump it. 


The debate is a long standing one in many situations and will keep going until we are independent. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. Make no mistake though, nobody is more Scottish or patriotic than me even though I stood beside English and Welsh and Northern Irish and cheered two Scots win a tennis match.

In Topic: Davis Cup Semi Finals

20 September 2015 - 07:17 AM

Yes, an ex-army colleage correctly lambasted me once for slagging off England, GB, etc...................

In Topic: Davis Cup Semi Finals

20 September 2015 - 06:43 AM

We should also throw another piece of stupidity into the mix........................Scottish football fans will be close to the Davis Cup venue today wearing Irish tops as they go to watch their club team and they'll no doubt sneer across the road at those with Scotland and thse with Brittish regalia on......................yes, Scotland is an illogical mess.

In Topic: Davis Cup Semi Finals

20 September 2015 - 06:33 AM

Everyone is right and everyone is wrong in this debate.................not logical to hate the GB concept (me) but support Team GB due to Scots competing. Same with Chris Hoy winning all the golds under a GB banner.


Similarly, not logical to support Australian team over thw guys from Dunblane. Not logical at all.


We are having this debate because we didn't vote for Independence and until that day comes, we are all right and we are all wrong.


Apart from all that..................an amazing sporting event. Simply outstanding tennis and drama and I'm back for more today - with my totally Scotland regalia and refusing to take the free Union Jacks off the guys handing them out.

In Topic: Davis Cup Semi Finals

19 September 2015 - 07:04 AM

Make no mistake, there is not a person in this world more patriotic about Scotland than me and I was there and will be today and tomorrow fist pumping for GB. That's right GB. I feel almost zero emotion for GB but I was there. Scotland flag and t-shirt. Today my old Rugby top sponsored by MURRAY on the front - smart eh?


Unfortunately until we vote for Independence we are captured within Team GB in Olympics and Tennis, etc. That's life and nobody will stop me supporting a couple of Dumblane boys or Inverness lassies or Edinburgh individuals who are competing for medals or such.


I also supported Team Europe in the Ryder Cup...................did you and if so please explain the difference!


If these words make you uneasy this might help...........GSTQ was a disaster. They had to turn the CD up for effect when about 1% sang. Those who had Union Jacks on for the day maybe thought about it for 5 secs but I barely sw anyone even mime the words. Brilliant. When it came to the crunch..................then two bursts of Loch Lomond had mass participation a la Hampden half-time.