By Brian Hall
Wednesday 15 Feb 2012 19:43:00
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I suppose by now that we are all used to the world turning upside down. Even in Toon, we somehow find ourselves right next door to the Champions League place, despite the odd calamity here or there.  We are certainly becoming accustomed to almost every institution in the UK, from ridiculous behaviour of banks to rising unemployment figures causing grief. We dont even find it strange anymore that riots take place in Greece, tent cities grow rapidly in the USA, or the Murdoch Empire  falls further into the shite. BUT.


I cannot speak for anyone here, except myself, but even I was shocked, find it very strange to say the least, that there is talk of one Institution facing administration. Glasgow Rangers Football Club. I should stress, from the outset, that they are not exactly my favourite outfit on this planet. I have encountered some of their more nasty followers, and they do not take prisoners, particularly if they see any signs that you may be of Catholic origin.


 However, on a rare occasion, I find myself feeling really sorry for the fans of the Orange side of Glasgae and far beyond. Those genuine Gers supporters simply do not deserve to find themselves, through no fault of their own, worrying about the future of such a key part of their culture. I only hope there is a way out for them. Genuinely. And , by the way, what are the Green side of the Glasgae and far beyond ganna dae without them? Never thought I would find myself in a Save the Blue Noses Campaign! Strange.


Talking of odd events, one is certainly about to happen to me. I am giving up smoking tomorrow. Having tried a couple of times over the decades, this generally results in an immediate loss of temper, and friends too. Given I have very few friends left, my cessation from the weed could be a bad move, rather than a good one. Still, my anti-smoking kit does have little stars and a chart like an old-fashioned footy league fixture list, so at least I can spend time on that, ticking and marking results off, as my remaining friends lose patience with my inevitable bad mood and no longer contact me. Watch this space. After a week, Brian No Mates.


Finally, in this strange world, I am gannin to a night of poetry, jazz, and some very odd acts, tonight. Supporting a mate, like – in theory. Not normally my scene.




Strange times, eh? I even hear that some deluded people in the town of Sunderland think they will win the FA Cup. Now that is really beyond belief. That is surely unimaginable, a fantasy, and strange is too mild a description for that.                            tarah


Valentine's Day yesterday. Nee card. Strange.

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