The heading says it all really, but when did that stop me repeating myself? 🙂
Thank you to everyone who, in the comments or on Twitter, was kind enough to take the time to offer congratulations on yesterday’s McConville celebration.
It is hugely appreciated by me and my wonderful wife too (who, I should make clear, is not a regular reader of the blog, being occupied with many far more important things). Val was astonished to see how many people, almost none of whom we have met in real life, offered us their good wishes. I think it is fair to say that there were almost tears shed!
For all of the bad press which sometimes comes to the blogosphere and Twitter for cyber-bullying and trolling, I think your reactions to my anniversary post show, in a small but important way, how positively it can bring together people from all round the world to form a community the like of which could never have existed before the online Age.
It is also appreciated that, despite the strong and contrary views often expressed here, there were very few interventions which did not fit the occasion (and for the sake of the “free speech” brigade, there were none blocked by me).
People united by a common interest in a subject, even where their views of it are very different, can converse (with varying degrees of civility) and generally share information, knowledge, humour and experiences, all for the greater good.
So, once again, thank you for the kind words and messages. It helped make our 20th Wedding Anniversary a day to remember indeed.
(Programming note – just in case anyone thinks that the blog has veered from its mission of “bayoneting a wounded club and its fans” © Niall, a topper of a post by ecojon should be along soon and I have a list of about 25 separate topics to write about, although only about 23 of them relate to Rangers (only joking … it’s only 22 🙂 ) – so we can get back to our normal friendly banter and textual jousting on the posts to come!)
Posted by Paul McConville