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  1. Was pleasantly surprised by a very even and entertaining game last night, in atrocious conditions. Two well-matched teams on the night, though difficult to predict how either would get on against a good SPL team. On the night the difference was Shankland, which highlights the glaring deficiency in Caley Thistle ever since Billy McKay left over 5 years ago. We just don't have a predatory striker, and you just can't see where the goals are going to come from. Finding one - preferably two - has to be a priority.
  2. Innocent question - I'm not in Scotland and I don't know the answer, so don't have a go at me for asking. 🙂 But what does PFA Scotland do? Assuming that Keatings is a member, shouldn't they be offering advice and assistance? Or perhaps Keatings should be asking them for assistance.
  3. If money was not a problem and the club's standing with the SFA was not at stake, then I am sure that there would be an interesting legal case about an anonymous disciplinary panel denying a professional the opportunity to practise his profession, especially in a national final. I don't see how it would be permitted under current good practice for employment, or even law. In fact, there could even be a human rights case there. It won't happen, though. Too much for ICT to lose, moneywise and in terms of relations with the SFA. The SFA would fight it with everything that they have, which is more than ICT has, sadly, because if they lost, then it would be open season on them - it would be anarchy.
  4. He was only a few yards away, level with the players. If he didn't see contact then his guide dog should have barked.
  5. It's shame the Oscars have just been, because if that's acting, Keatings would have walked it 🙂
  6. Yes, I think it is. I have looked at it again and I am not convinced that it was a deliberate foul. It was a very clumsy challenge, yes. Contact was outside the box, and maybe the fact that Keatings tumbled inside the box was what swayed the referee and the three SFA stooges. Correct decision would have been a free kick outside the box, and a booking for the Rangers player. Having said that, I consequently think that the Rangers player should not say anything. Whether his management should, that's another question. But of course they won't. As someone has said, win the cup, get Keatings to pick it up - and make sure that there is a medal for him!
  7. I never recognise any of these pictures But five minutes following the railway line on Streetmap and checking a couple of photographs suggests that it's looking north-east from West Helmsdale?
  8. It didn't look like that on TV, but I suppose that there were quite a few Sevco supporters. I noted that some of them had come from as far away as Aviemore. And you deserve a lot more than a free Caramel Wafer!
  9. I thought so too. Thought that the red card was a bit harsh - and then I saw who he was showing it to Haven't gone back to look at it again, but I'm sure that at the disallowed goal, the linesman never flagged for offside, and ran all the way to the goal line with his flag down. Then next time the TV showed him, he was level with the edge of the box and flagging frantically, after the referee had blown.
  10. Citadel did well down there for quite a number of years. Where are those fans now? Quitters!
  11. The only thing that's been consistent about us for the last season or three is that it's impossible to predict which ICT team will turn up.
  12. So why didn't you pick on me when I suggested it on the previous page?
  13. So why not do the announcements in a language that the tourists will understand? Or Polish or Romanian - possibly more local speakers of these languages than of Gaelic. I might even suggest a good case for Italian, although a waiter in Little Italy last year told me that the Italian community in Sneck had all but disintegrated.
  14. Mrs S and I were both pretty depressed yesterday, as the reality of it actually happening sank in. No celebrations that we were aware of here in St Albans, which voted 63-37 to remain. Scotland, NI, and most of the wealthiest cities and urban areas in England all pulled out against their will. Was going to suggest that this thread could be closed down now. But maybe its name should be changed to "Scotland In or Out"
  15. The dining-room became a café, and my mother was a regular for a while when I was small. Slightly related, I see from the Courier that my former dentist Ker Robertson, whose premises were also upstairs in Academy Street and must have been next door to Burnett's, has died at the age of 95. I think that all the metal and porcelain that he stuck in my teeth has been replaced, but you never know...
  16. Yup. My father caused a commotion just after it had turned back, down near Urquhart Castle, and had started heading homewards. The two wakes that the boat had produced before and after the turn were colliding, and the resulting interference pattern looked just like a row of low-lying extrusions - humps??? - above the water. A simple "Look at that!" and a pointing hand caused a stampede
  17. Was reading about the Old High church recently. Apparently it's quite unusual in Scottish churches, but there are folk buried under the floor inside that church. And they reckon that there will be some under Leakey's as well ☠️?
  18. That's sad. I have been in there many times - though not for a long time. My aunt and uncle used to live there, in the half on the left. My uncle, Murd Smith, was engineer at the Craig, and my aunt, Pat, was in secretarial or admin. Both still going strong, in case you knew them, IHE.
  19. Not so! It's just that some of us prefer warmer climes ? Patmos, September 2009.
  20. Well at least Robbo is making changes now, and not waiting until the last few minutes. BBC stats say that shots are 17-6 in favour of Ayr. Though only 3 of that 17 have been on target! And three on yellow cards now. Would be stupid to get sent off and throw it away...
  21. Looks to me as though he's talking about only Celtic and Rangers. And they would never agree to it because of the potential embarassment of being knocked out in an early round. Bournemouth v Hamilton Accies on a cold midweek night wouldn't even cover costs, and that's two Premiership teams. Let's not even think about Crawley Town v Livvie
  22. Betcha Robbo leaves it until 10 minutes from time.
  23. Excellent picture! The idea is that when a boat is going through, only one bridge will be open at any time. In other words, road traffic will always be able to cross the canal. I was told by a former councillor that the ground there is not at all suitable for a tunnel, and a bridge high enough to allow boats with masts to pass would have been wildly expensive. Spent Xmas at the Premier Inn on the left of the picture, and on the first night we realised that there was machinery running continuously, somewhere outside. "But there's no-one round here except deid people!". (I've just been reading a book of Billy Connolly's stories, so I hear his voice all the time now ) Was only when we went out for a walk along the canal that we found that they are constantly pumping water downstream, around the dammed-off area. You can see the pipes to the right of the canal, going through the underpass at the new roundabout, and then back in opposite the new control house.
  24. It certainly would be. Difficult to think of any other line of business - whether entertainment, retail, services, etc - where the customer is given a detailed breakdown of all income and expenditure. The football transfer market can be likened to a game of poker, in which disclosing fees is the equivalent of giving away information about your hand. Especially if, as we do, you have a weak hand.