Merry Christmas to All!

Hi everyone!

I wish every one of my readers the very best of the Christmas season when it starts tomorrow.

Enjoy yourself, but remember, all things in moderation (that’s especially for you Alex!)

It is a pleasure and a privilege to see so many people reading the blog, and I am delighted to see so many contributing too, with comments and posts.

I will be blogging over the holidays and have various things half-written or planned, which might end up as posts. Some, or indeed all, of them might be of no interest to my readers – but they are of interest to me as the writer, so they will be here.

These include:-

  • Some thoughts on the American Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms and the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Second Amendment
  • The Protest for Justice campaign by Scottish solicitors against the most recent Legal Aid changes
  • The “Not Proven” Verdict, Corroboration, Double Jeopardy and other Attacks on the Scottish Criminal Justice System
  • Lord McAlpine’s Twitter Litigation – Could It Happen in Scotland?
  • A Recent Corporate Insolvency Where Lord Hodge Criticised the Insolvency Practitioner (and no – it is NOT Duff & Phelps)
  • Some More Thoughts on Free Speech
  • Jerry Rice and Dan Marino (My favourite American Football players)
  • the New York Yankees (My favourite baseball team)

and maybe there is a possibility that I might find something to comment on from an Ibrox direction too! (Of course, as a PLC CEO, Mr Green requires to exercise restraint in public statements to avoid accusations of releasing market sensitive info inappropriately – though that is an error into which I am sure he would never fall).

So I will leave this post with a picture of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem


and with the words of my favourite Christmas Carols

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And through all His wondrous childhood
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

For he is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.


Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte, Regem Angelorum;


Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
gestant puellae viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum; (refrain)

Cantet nunc io chorus Angelorum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Ergo qui natus, die hodierna,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria.
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum;

En grege relicto, Humiles ad cunas,
vocati pastores approperant.
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus;

Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum,
velatum sub carne videbimus.
Deum infantem, pannis involutum;

Pro nobis egenum et foeno cubantem,
piis foveamus amplexibus.
Sic nos anamtem quis non redamaret?

Stella duce, Magi, Christum adorantes,
aurum, thus, et myrrham dant munera.
Jesu infanti corda praebeamus;

Posted by Paul McConville



Filed under Blogging, Uncategorized

57 responses to “Merry Christmas to All!

  1. Merry Christmas Paul to you and yours and to all readers and posters, have a happy, safe and memorable time, God bless

  2. Macduff

    merry Xmas Paul, thanks for a thoroughly entertaining year. Merry Xmas to all readers, Sevco included!

  3. Joe

    Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year to all. And a big thank you to all the people who took the time to post and the people who wrote comments enjoyed reading your stuff all year.

  4. Mark Murphy

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the mere writing of a piece of Latin counts as anti-Rangers invective these days.
    So…Nollaig Shona Dhuit. They can’t complain about tha…what?…oh…

  5. josephmcgrath112001809

    A Happy Christmas to one and all.

  6. allanf

    Thanks for some great reads throughout the year !! Merry Christmas to you and all the bampots !! HH !!!

  7. Greg72

    And a very Happy Christmas to you, too, Paul. I’m looking forward to reading your many further thoughts on many further matters!

    I agree about your favourite Carols. At school (and that wasn’t yesterday!) we used to sing Adeste Fideles in Latin, although I only recognise (and remember) the first four verses – the ones in the C of S Hymnary – perhaps that might suggest we were at different schools? 🙂

    Moving from the celestial to the mundane (literally!), I shall be interested to see your thoughts on the insolvency case you refer to. I had a few thoughts of my own when I read the Report! However, I think you may agree that not only the Insolvency Practitioner came in for criticism, but that Lord Hodge made some comments about the Law Agents involved also!

  8. Merry Christmas to all.

    Since Mark has said Merry Christmas in Irish already i will do the bit for German readers, “Froehliche Weihnachten” .

    All the very best to all for the year ahead

  9. Wilbur the K

    May you have a truly happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
    Your output has been extraordinary in its quantity and attention to detail and you certainly give the reader confidence that your take on legal matters is soundly based, and having 2 feet in the Hail Hail camp never seems to have affected your objectivity, although some of your writings do betray tongue in cheek and a certain relish about the lately deceased (oops nearly said diseased there) residents of castle grey skull. Keep it up.

  10. Stafford Reynolds

    Best wishes to you Paul and many thanks for keeping all of us informed threoughout the past momentus twelve months – incredible stuff really!

    I expect 2013 to be interesting but in the meantime Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and yours.



  11. Budweiser

    Re above; Gun laws in the USA, more deaths today- firefighters ffs. when will it end-merry xmas.

  12. Blackswan 1012

    A happy and peaceful Christmas celebration Paul. Excellent blog, enjoyed reading the debate. Best wishes to all followers. Cheers from Ghana

  13. A Merry Christmas to you and yours Paul. And thanks very much for your efforts this year and looking forward to your proposed posts. One thing is sure, your posts make me wiser, since they always make realise how little I do know, my thanks for that.

  14. Coyler

    A happy and peaceful Christmas Paul and to all who might wish to read of a life well lived may I suggest you google the Irish Times and Irish Independent to read up on the truly great Paudi O’Se who died last week at the too early age of 57. Now there was a life well lived!!

  15. I have said it before, but it bears repeating – Merry Christmas to all.

  16. CuillinDreams

    Nollaig Chridheil to Paul and all who read and comment on this fantastic blog. I hope in the coming year we will find more that bring us together than set us apart; lasting world peace and an end to suffering and that Dundee avoid relegation. (Yes I know I am being overly optimistic with the last one)
    Merry Christmas.

  17. 100bjd

    Good stuff Paul…………………..but not in Chico’s class!!!!

    I thought this was a parody…..but ahem…..naw OFFICIAL RANGERS TV

    • Jabba s now the mouth piece he words completely……..look forward to more in 2013

    • John Burns

      “I doubt there’s another club in the world where the supporters could take everything thrown at them and yet stand so tall and proud.”

      Green’s words above – everything thrown at them has come from inside their own club – all self-inflicted.

      I now know who Green reminds me of – none other than his namesake Hughie (or Spewie as he was known) – both so sincere and in Charlie’s case, opportunity certainly knocked when he ‘got into bed’ with D&P.

      Merry Christmas Paul and all to all who read you – I have enjoyed and learned all year!

    • Den

      That’s just not fair.

      A lot of peope would have wanted to parody that: but it’s beyond parody.

  18. Happy Christmas Paul & thanks for all your words!

  19. Dhougal


  20. Marching on Together

    In Stornoway for Christmas, where for many years they had a joint Rangers & Celtic Supporters’ Club. A lesson for us all?

    Nollaig Chridheil to all readers.

  21. Vega

    Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. It has been a pleasure.

    Paul, congratulations on the best blog of 2012.

  22. A Happy and Holy Christmas to all. Thanks to Paul and all posters for this entertaining and informative blog. I look forward to 2013 and wish all contributers a Happy New Year.

  23. parmahamster

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Paul, and good tidings to all who have posted here. Yea, even unto Alex. Best wishes for 2013 to all.

  24. Jamie

    Merry Xmas Paul and the same to all the contributors from whatever side of the fence you sit on…..still pisssed at those bloody Mayans though….I never bought any presents till the last minute..i’ll be doing more wrapping than dr dre tonight

    • Marching on Together

      Rangers supporting Mayans believe that the world did not in fact end on Dec 21 and that we are all still living the same life, albeit with a new calendar. Celtic supporting Mayans believe that the world did in fact end on Dec 21 and that all the other Mayans are deluded as they are now clearly living a new life in a new world with no actual connection to what went before.


  25. cmh64

    Cheers Paul and everybody else who has contributed here and kept the debates flowing.
    From Norway: Ha en riktig god jul!
    Merry Christmas !

  26. portpower

    Merry Xmas & happy newyear to everyone.
    I`ve more nuts, bolts & washers to add to the jar.
    Be Good ?

  27. redetin

    Happy Christmas, Paul.

  28. We shall be having a full house, not everyone agrees with father’s Dawkin’s outlook on life, so in the spirit of the festival season a good time and long life to all, even those who see me as some sort of Philistine, see I just can’t keep away from biblical reference… lol…merry Xmas to one and all..

  29. Joseph

    Thanks for all the hard work Paul. Wouldn’t have missed it for anything. Wishing you and yours a very peaceful Christmas.

  30. carl31

    Have yourselves a merry little Christmas … :0)

  31. John C

    Merry Christmas to all, may good health and good fortune fill 2013 for you.

  32. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
    Will also be polishing off a blog over Christmas – ‘Rangers and Climate Change – the connection’. I may even get around to sharing it. Nopr not quite drunk …. yet! ….or nutz …..hmm ……LOL
    Merry Christmas

  33. PhilG

    Merry Christmas to all RLT bloggers, but most importantly to Celtic, Paul, and Rangers, (in alphabetical order). Never has so much been written, by so many, about so few, (two famous football teams). The story will run forever, unless there is the hand of God to score the winning goal. The winning goal will almost certainly not be scored on the football pitch.

  34. Gortnamona

    Well its now Christmas Day, so best wishes to one and all. Goodnight

  35. Mike

    To one and all (especially those I’ve been a little tetchy at!) best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a great New Year

  36. MMS

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year we have survived a lot {even the end of time – predictions!!}, best of hope, wishes, love, family, friendship and peace in 2013.

  37. mcfc

    Merry Christmas Paul and a Very interesting New Year !


    ps moderation is over rated

  38. mick

    merry christmas and a happy new year to every1 hope every1 is enjoying the festive fun

    • Gortnamona

      Happy Christmas Mick

      Lying back on couch watching a program on PSB called from Jesus to Christ based on the the four gospels (a history of early christianity). Very well put together with a variety of historians giving their interpretations.

    • JohnBhoy

      Merry Xmas mick. Listening to Redemption Song with my new Marley headphones. Doesn’t get much better than this.

  39. JohnBhoy

    Merry Xmas! Santa came through with my spidey outfit, Gola fitba boots, Oor Wullie Annual and Navy Frogman Action Man. Merry Xmas to all my big pals…

    alex, ecojon, cam, Violet, Maggie, Andy (one and two), Marching on Together, wee mick, big Mick, michaelk1888, Macduff, Joe, Mark Murphy, josephmcgrath112001808, allanf, Greg72, garryjbmacinnes, Wilbur the k, Jamie, Budweiser, Stafford Reynolds, Blackswan 1012, hawkeyethegnu, Coyler, Cuillindreams, 100bjd, John Burns, Jimmy Bones, Dhougal, Vega, stephenbhoy, JimBhoy, Parmahamster, Jamie, cmh64, portpower, redetin, Joseph, Carl31, John C, newtz, PhilG, Gortnamona, MMS, mcfc, Derek, allyjambo, Jon, lord mac, Arb urns, Dave S, Balmer, jockybhoy, Raymilland, willy wonka, Hector_1888, dan, Steven brennan, wottpi, gary brown, Carlito, sena, martin c, MrNice, Andrew Woods, iain, gogogo, martybhoy, Den, moctical, Grant King, Ruckcroft7, Frank Galvin, Tyke Bhoy, ABBAJ, maths teacher, Micheal, COYBIG, Ian4300, Adeste Fideles, Merciatic, Clarkeng, rabthecab, willmacufree, charliedon, QSK, youtubeyou, Martin, Banger Mcgraw, p groom, Robertg, bill, Rocky, Alec McAulay, Bhody, AntoniousF, Spuds, Stephen Thom, 67Steph, waterygrave21, Dublin Mick, GhavGrim, Ash, Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan, Bill Fraser, Warren Buffet, Dano, widowtwankie, Allfanstogether, thenamesGerard, Doc, luoanlai, Grant, carson, paulsatim, nickmcguiness, Proud Scot, tamtic, riddrie, GWG, Jason, jimlarkinm larkin, GK, k, Jim, Ernie, PaddyK, Upmyloft, Auldheid, overtimexxy45, Robert, buffythecat, Adam, lawheid, goneinthemorning, bfb, Richboy, raycharlez, Al ross, Littlerabbits, George Murray, Jono, Itim1967, ExiledBairninFurryBootsCity, Ally McMoist, Stephen, bill, Sandro, iain lewis, Jean, The Hidden Fortress, posmill, jinks, George, Northernlight, barcabuster, weegie, Grant, Project Walliams, Althetim, Carl Le Fong, Ernesider, Jim Fraser, Felpan, jimmy white, duplesis, AyrshireScot, Rangers Forever, duncan mc phail, john… and of course, Uncle Paul.

  40. allyjambo

    Merry Xmas Paul, to you and all your family. Merry Xmas, too, to all the posters who have help make Paul’s blog so entertaining as well as so informative. May I offer my one piece of Latin, remaining from my youth, and the motto of the club I played for that supplied RFC with more than one ex-player often mentioned on here, I think it fitting as we seem, so often, to be banging our heads against so many brick walls, in our efforts to see truth and justice prevail in the game that means so much to us all. Habe Virtutem (have courage).
    My apologies if my Latin is not quite right, my youth was, after all, such a long time ago 😉

  41. Pat Gritton

    What a great year you have given us all. I feel that I nearly know you although we have never met. Thank you for your wisdom , it more than balances the propaganda from elsewhere . Have a Happy Christmas and please continue in 2013 ,Paul . Slainthe!

  42. Maggie

    @Paul et al
    A Happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone,
    and here’s to more blogging fun in the New Year.

  43. Richboy

    Thanks for an enlightening and interesting year Paul. Your biggest gift to me personally was getting me away from some of the hate filled blogs to which I had become addicted. I no longer read any of them as I know I can get the full story, carefully explained, on this blog.

    I wish you and your family all the best. I also wish a Happy Christmas and New Year to all posters (even the odd nasty ones) especially eco for his excellent guest posts and Mick for his endless humor.

  44. cam

    Merry Xmas all,has anybody checked on pensionerbhoy?,,,we gotta look after the oldies at this time of year.
    If you’re out there auld yin say hello.
    After a good rest i’ll be Ready to inflict more mind numbing,toe curling insanity upon you bhoys and ghirls,,,all in good taste of course!

  45. Gortnamona


    ” After a good rest i’ll be Ready to inflict more mind numbing,toe curling inanity upon you bhoys and ghirls,,,all in good taste of course!”

  46. mick

    goodmorning every1 hope the festive period is going well theres a new project up and running aimed at the removal of the crooks in suits at the sfa via tsfm new post by Auldheid (a top respected commentor throw out the year of trouble ) a would hope all the commentors copy and paste it every were and join in with ideas and soulutions also you can donate to tsfm via the pay pal link

    2013 the year the hows your father and there but not on merit ended in scottish football with your help what school did you go to will never be said at hampden agian
    kind regards mick

    • cam

      Right mick thats the Xmas spirit oot the windae!

      First time i’ve had a proper look at that site and suprise,suprise its dominated by the same greetin face, paranoid, hate-Rangers filled loon balls that get their knickers in a fankle, in here.
      You need to try to get it into your napper mick that the Gers and their fans ARE Scottish fitba!
      Its what we say and do that carries the day,everything else is just a side show.
      The Bhoys have had their wee moment in the sun,their 5 minute exercise break in the prison yard,,,now its back to cold porridge.
      The Gers, under the greatest personality to hit out game in years, are coming back to rule the roost.
      We are the only show in town,the rising force in the country and the powerhouse on which the rest depend.
      Sky know this and will act accordingly.
      Now you go back to wondering how they fit the gifts inside Xmas crackers and leave the thinking to the big boys!

  47. Bill Fraser

    On the subject of songs in Latin, I attended Dunfermline High and our anthem was “Gaudeamus Igitur”. We sang this regularly but, unfortunately, nobody thought about teaching us the words so for the 6 years I was there I had to sing “Gaudeamus Igitur meu leu leu leu leu-e leu.” I’ve just googled and finally found the words, though a bit late as I’m now 60 years old.

    Best wishes to all


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