From Coolio to Celtic and Celebrity Big Brother – Life’s Rich Tapestries

I had a very interesting Friday night. It was spent in the company of between 40 and 50 Catholic Parishioners from the Cumbernauld area of West Central Scotland. Originally I was invited, via Facebook, to speak at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Charitable Men’s Breakfast Club. It was to be a morning meeting with a chat and breakfast. However the club is celebrating its 4th year of existence so they decided to organise an evening meeting instead and invite other parishioners not available in mornings. Tony was the guy who contacted me and he gave me free rein to speak […]

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‘The Most Dangerous Man in Britain’ – One of Scotland’s Finest Sons

It would be politically criminal of me to write a column on this day and not dedicate it to one of Scotland’s finest sons. On this day of 30th November in 1923 the man daubed ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ by the British secret intelligence services, but the ‘fighting dominie’ by the ordinary people, died of pneumonia aged only 44. His name was John MacLean. He left behind a devoted wife Agnes and two daughters, Jean aged 12 and Nan aged 10. What frustrates me most at this time of year is the lack of knowledge across Glasgow, never […]

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Thatcher was forced to resign 28 years ago this month – Celebrate the Anti-Poll Tax Warriors Who Melted The Iron Lady

It would be improper and disrespectful to let November pass without mention of the likes of Betty Curry from Cambuslang, Mary McQuaid from Birkenshaw and Betty McEachin from Govan. Those women and millions like them across Scotland, England and Wales deserve special attention around 22nd November every year. For that was the day in 1990 that the most brutal and heartless Prime Minister in Britain since the 2nd World War was forced to resign. Margaret Thatcher used to be called The ‘Iron Lady’ but after doing battle with anti-poll tax organisers like the two Bettys and Mary she was melted […]

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How many of you have an inspirational teacher story?

How many of you have an inspirational teacher story? I predict almost everyone has at least one memory of something a teacher said to you which shaped your life positively. It stands to reason. Throughout our early formative years Nursery teachers try and teach us essential cognitive skills. From 5 to 12 we have Primary School teachers who are entrusted with the vital tasks of teaching us to write, to count, to read and to work with others and behave appropriately. Children at the age of 5 tend to be wee empty vessels introduced to a new world of classrooms, […]

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We Must Never Allow Legitimate Criticism of the State of Israel to be defined as Anti-Semitic

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me”. The haunting, wise and instructive quotation above from German Pastor Martin Niemoller https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/martin-niemoeller-first-they-came-for-the-socialists has been very much on my mind recently. Pastor Niemoller knew exactly […]

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