Saturday, 4 May 2013

Celtic are SPL Champions for 2013: and a walk down London Rd

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Today is Sunday, 21 April, and we are at Celtic Park, courtesy of a friend, to see Celtic play Inverness Caledonian Thistle. If Celtic take a point they will be crowned SPL champions.

Heading down Holywell St to ground

Note the Forge shopping centre over there - last time I was in there was a booth selling human hair extensions

Celtic Park in view


Flag seller

Ticket seller

Match programme seller

We will be in the south stand

Jesus The Ultimate Hero

Hanging with Jimmy Johnstone

Fan in middle, Celtic founder Brother Walfrid in distance on left, Jimmy in middle, Jock Stein on right

Christ on stripey hat, Paradise below

In south stand

For what it's like at Firhill, see 
Sunshine on Firhill: Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0

Exit the Celtic Way

Personalise your seat

The club mascot: Hoopy the Huddle Hound. A title so cosy it is actually vaguely threatening

Take your partners, gentlemen

Polish Bhoys

Fans from Kirkcaldy and Oban

Fans from Edinburgh

Carluke Shamrock on right - they were at the George Square protest the other week. See  
A George Square protest by Celtic fans; and a walk in Argyle St to St Enoch Square 

Fans from Montrose

All the way from Govan

Folding the cloth

The Green Brigade over there. . .

. . . Celtic's 'Ultras'. 

Teams emerging

The banner celebrates Celtic as a mind-expanding drug

Shaking hands

The famous Celtic huddle

Game under way - Celtic attacking goal on our right

Inverness attacking

Celtic attacking - noise is remarkable

An empty goal

Ball flies over

Back and forth 

No one home again

Keeper handling pressure well

Half time - nil each

Great green frame

Half time lottery draw

The sprays come on

A Celtic lottery cheque

Sun hitting the spray 

Like the ghost of a butterfly

Back on pitch

A banner appears attacking Alex Salmond  and the SNP government  for its legislation on fan behaviour at football matches. Missed the start of the banner's progression from the Green Brigade end. You can see it in full here. 

It depicts Salmond sitting in a chair flicking a bone at a cop and the text reads  

NIk Nak Paddy Whack
Give the cops a bone

SNP send cops to your home

For more on the bill see 

A George Square protest by Celtic fans; and a walk in Argyle St to St Enoch Square 

When the banner reaced this point, it seems (see Kerrydale link above) there was an attempt by stewards to stop the banner's progress into the south stand where we are, or maybe even take the banner - it travelled back

Alex Massie on the Bill -

Ooops - we miss a Celtic goal watching the banner

Celtic fans rejoice - great atmosphere

Banner on its way back. The stewards would be very foolish to try to take it now

Inverness try to hit back

He is a great goalie is Fraser Forster - been in England squad, performed brilliantly here against  Barcelona, whom Celtic of course beat and beat well

Ooops up other end Celtic score again

Yep, net bulging!

Fans erupt

Stewards come out to glare at us

Samaras coming on - gets big cheer

Well held sir

Hooper scores! Not Huddle Hoopy of course, but Hooper, another great Englishman playing for Celtic - a wicked wee flick here and the Inverness keeper is beaten.

Celtic defending

I know the feeling

Samaras having a wee rest while a colleague massages his head

Up he  comes, suitably refreshed

The fans turn for a huddle - one of the box wallahs behind us looks for a hug

Blurry I know,  but I was getting  a man hug at that moment

Another goal - Samaras this time

Inverness get a consolation goal right at the death. Final score 4-1 and Celtic are champs. For  the BBC match report see 

BBC gives attendance as 55,000. 

The SFA have banned Neil Lennon from appearing until 15 mins after the match end. The stadium announcer gives us a countdown

Lap of honour for Celtic players

Neil Lennon has emerged to thunderous cheers 

Saluting the Green Brigade I think at this point

Waving the flag

Come here, you

Samaras gets a big hug

A sea of flags

Neil Lennon joins the players

That's Mjallby I think

Out we go

Hi Neil!

Death burgers

We're going to follow the crowd down London Road. For other walks to and from Celtic Park see 
Welcome to Glasgow 4: Rutherglen to Gallowgate, Part 1
Welcome to Glasgow 4: Rutherglen to Gallowgate, Part 2 

Boden St - the style police are not conspicuous

Interesting looking building on the right there

Church House Youth Club. See

We'll rejoin the fans

The big London Rd Police station coming up on right

If you know your history

Wee look off to our left - interesting building

Approaching Bridgeton Cross; railway station on left

The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland,   Olympia House. No tricolours here

Olympia St

Lady (I think Polish) asking directions

She is looking for the Gallowgate; the policewoman explains it runs parallel to London Rd

The remarkable Bridgeton Umbrella. See 
Bridgeton Cross
Welcome to Glasgow: the Dalmarnock Rd

Note fan with scarf on right

The Witch is Dead - referencing Thatcher of course

We are about to pass a section of Rangers pubs

There were tenements here when we last passed. Demolished because of a fire

Note bit of red white and blue on arch above door

Bridgeton Express

Police wagon outside Crimson Star

Celtic car

Police wagon outside Crimson Star has pulled off - not gone far one supposes

The Calton Bar

The magnificent Templeton's Carpet factory off to our left

The  old railway wall now demolished.          
For more on Templeton and Glasgow Green, see

Glasgow Green: the 2010 Scottish Junior Run

People's Palace down there

Back on the road

Coming up to the Barras

For more on the shifting sands of Barrowland see 
Schipka Pass down, and a walk through Barrowland

Party Times

The Foggy Dew. Most of the pubs here are Celtic pubs

Adult fun. One of the most depressing sights in Glasgow

Old public toilet

Calton Books and Body Cult; socialism and steroids

This radical bookshop is aimed at Celtic fans. Rangers fans are presumably regarded as beyond saving

Oldfashioned sweeties in new packaging. Just like much of Scottish politics

The red shop used to be the radical bookshop

Great Polish shop - love their rye loaves

London way

Celtic car

When Ever You're Out

Glasgow Cross coming up

For Glasgow Cross, see  
Glasgow Cross and Argyle St

National Buteyko Campaign. Had to google this, it's  breathing technique

'One British relic gone, time to  get rid of another'. I too wish to get rid of Trident, but this poster belongs to a process in which evil is located south of the border - in England and Britain and the UK. In the real Scotland, perhaps  the most prominent businessman of  our day - Sir Tom Hunter - describes himself as a 'son of Thatcher'.  Scotland is complex: for some of the Celtic supporters we have been with, Salmond is as wicked as Thatcher - indeed worse, part of the old anti-Catholic Scotland. A caricature true, but so is this poster.  We need to grow up

Wee Willie Winkie

Rose & Grants

Argyle St beckons

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Reviews of Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know


'I love it - I'm giving this copy to a friend and buying another for myself' - Darren Adam, Presenter, Radio Forth, 17 November 2008

‘It’s a great wee book’ – Stephen Jardine, introducing Edwin Moore on Scottish Television’s Five-Thirty Show

'A fantastic book' - Scott Wilson , talk 107 Breakfast Show host

'A great read' - Dougie Jackson, Drivetime host, Smooth Radio 105.2


'Despite its apparently humorous format, this is a serious and extensive dictionary on all things Scottish; from Jean Redpath to Lorne sausage, from Flodden to the Corries. Is particularly good on history and minutiae. There's a useful chapter on famous Scottish legal cases and another on literature. Excellent' - Royal Scottish Legion, Feb 2009

'This is the ultimate Scottish reference book' - Waterstones Christmas catalogue, 2008

'This is a fascinating look at the history of Scotland: its languages, politics and great achievements, from its origins in the ancient landmass of Laurentia 400 million years ago, to devolution and Billy Connolly. Edwin Moore has collected a thousand important facts about this beautiful country, covering Scottish history and culture, correcting misconceptions, and examining the mysteries of haggis and bagpipes with insight, warmth and impressive attention to detail' - The Good Book Guide, November 2008

'This is a recipe for revealing how horribly ill informed you are about your country. Although, if you are skillful, you can nod sagely as you read some new fact and mutter 'Ah, yes!' as if recalling the information from your excellent schooling. Where else will you find a real recipe for making haggis from scratch side by side with a potted biography of David Hume; a section of the Declaration of Arbroath and the curiously touching fact that Lulu was only 15 when she had a hit with 'Shout'? The whole thing is of course, silly - but oh so addictive.' - Matthew Perren, i-on Glasgow, December 2008

'. . . well crafted and witty' - Bill Howatson, Aberdeen Press and Journal, 18 October 2008

‘While most of Edwin’s entries are entertaining and scholarly – he writes like a Scottish Bill Bryson – it is when he takes an interest in the backwaters of history, the details lost down the back of the sofa, that he is at his best’ – Jack McKeown, The Courier, 27 October 2008

'History, it is said, is written by the victors. Trivia, meanwhile, is written by the guys with the smeared spectacles and the breathable rainwear. The first discipline is linear and causal; to quote from Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, history is “just one f****** thing after another”. Things look different, though, when viewed through the prism of trivia. The past is reduced to one big coleslaw of fascinating facts that in their randomness tell a more mixed-up tale entirely.
The first approach leads to big, frowning books by the likes of Tom Devine and Michael Fry. The latter results in small, cheerful books such as Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin Moore’s valiant attempt to navigate the more trivial contours of enlightenment and clearances, crown and parliament, dirt and deity.
Moore proceeds from a sincere and controversial first principle: Scotland is really a rather pleasant and interesting place. . .As a work of popular scholarship, though, it’s in a different league to the Scottish novelty titles that get stocked next to the bookstore tills as potential impulse purchases, those little handbooks of parliamo Caledonia and regional braggadocio, such as Weegies vs Edinbuggers.' - Allan Brown The Sunday Times, 21 September 2008

'In his book, Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin celebrates all that sets us Scots as a race apart - our language, law, flora, food, and of course, our people. From our poets, architects and inventors, to our artists, entertainers and fighters. But he doesn't shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of our history. . .' - Robert Wight, Sunday Post, 14 September 2008

‘We think we know all about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Union of the Crowms. However, according to Edwin Moore, author of , Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, we’re still in the dark about many aspects of our history and culture. . . The Big Issue looks at 20 of the most astonishing examples of secret Scotland.’ – The Big Issue, 18-24 September 2008

'What's the connection between Homer Simpson and Larbert, and why are generations of lawyers grateful to a Paisley snail? Need to know more? Author Edwin Moore has gathered 1000 facts like these about Scotland in a quirky new book. Brian Swanson selects a few favourites. . .' - Scottish Daily Express, 13 September 2008

'The palm for Christmas-stocking books seems to have passed recently to popular science, with best selling titles every year such as Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? This year there has been a gallant attempt at a historical fight back. Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know(Atlantic Books, £12.99) asks (and answers) such post-turkey questions as ‘How many kings of Scotland died in their beds?’, ‘Who on earth decided that the Declaration of Arbroath was the cornerstone of modern democracy?’ or ‘Why is iron brew spelled Irn-Bru?’ Mark Mazower,History Today; The Best of History in 2008, December 2008

'A real treat for the serendipitous Scotophile' - Reginald Hill

FROM THE INTERWEB (on the new paperback edition)
Book of the Month, May 2010
'Whether it's Scottish lochs or Enlightenment philosophers, the facts of the devolution referendums or the mysteries of Irn-Bru, myths will be debunked and truths revealed in this light-hearted but rigorous overview of Scottish history and culture.'

Also available for download on Amazon's e-book store is my 100 Brief Encounters (only £3.06!)

Here are some reviews of the print edition (published by  Chambers in 2007) -

Edwin Moore's quirky collection of a hundred encounters between (mostly) important historical figures is a gem of a book. Where else could you get concise enlightening accounts of Henry VIII wrestling with Francis I, Geronimo surrendering to General Miles, Ernest Hemingway presenting Fidle Castro with a fishing trophy or (as seen on the books cover) a baby faced Bill Clinton shaking hands with John F Kennedy. A marvelous 'little window on human history. ' - Dominic Kennerk, Waterstone's Product Planning and Promotions Co-ordinator (From the Waterstone's 'We Recommend' list for 2008)

Witty, light and packed with information -- The Sunday Herald

In 1936, in the wake of winning a clutch of gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, the great athlete Jesse Owens was snubbed by an imperious leader, on racial grounds. Popular belief would have it that the leader was Hitler, who is said to have stormed off, furious to see a black man beating European athletes. In fact the man in question was President Roosevelt, who worried that paying attention to Owens' triumphs might be a vote loser. Although Owens and the German Chancellor never talked, Owens claimed that Hitler greeted him with an enthusiastic wave. Such near-misses, shakings of hands and ships-in-the-night meetings are the subject of Brief Encounters – Meetings between mostly remarkable people, a likeable new book by Edwin Moore (Chambers £7.99). Flicking through the index, you will find some expected encounters (Dante stares at Beatrice, Corday stabs Marat, The Beatles strum along to a Charlie Rich record round at Elvis's house), and the book's intriguing and memorable cover shows a baby-faced Bill Clinton manfully gripping the hand of JFK. But Moore has navigated past some of the more obvious collisions, collusions and confrontations of history (there is no Dr Livingstone, I presume) and much of the book's pleasure derives from lesser known incidents.

Inevitably, some of the accounts of earlier meetings are somewhat sketchy but Moore offers some piquant speculation, laced with humour (the book is tagged Reference / Humour, rather than History and this feels right, but the book, though wry and opinionated, never stoops to wackiness). I was intrigued to discover that, though Attila the Hun did die on his wedding night, it was not in drunken and lecherous debauchery, as his enemies maintained, but supposedly because he was generally a simple and clean-living man who had a few too many which brought on a particularly bad nosebleed.

Moore's book is full of such tales – it would be wrong of me to steal the tastiest morsels of his research and pepper this article with them, but look out for a subsidiary reason for the Gunpowder Plot (too many dour and powerful Scots in Parliament); a great meeting of great beards, as Castro wins the Hemingway prize for sea-fishing; Dali bringing a skeptical Freud round to the art of the surrealists; Buffalo Bill's wife claiming an aged Queen Victoria had propositioned him; Oscar Wilde getting a kiss from Walt Whitman, while Walter Scott was more taken with Burns's charismatic eyes. This is an enjoyable and vigorous rattle through some fascinating and believable yarns. My only quibble is that it's a little on the short side – let's have Volume 2 please Chambers! - Roddy Lumsden, www.Books from 

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