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Of Rangers, England, Independence and the Union Flag – Guest Post by Bill

Rangers are once again rattling sabres over the matter of their moving to England. Now they have jurists and pseudo-jurists (how is Giovanni’s court case going, by the way) claiming that the English FA, Premier League and Football League are guilty of discrimination under European law by restricting trade due to nationality and that the European courts will find in their favour, forcing English football to accept the club into their midst. Quite how they work this out is anyone’s guess, though I may, myself, head off to Strasbourg, just down the road from where I am presently living, and claim that the refusal of the Paris Bourse to accept my one-man boat-repair company onto the CAC 40 listing is limiting my ability to trade. Continue reading

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Olympic Truce…..A Wee Break From Scotland’s Wars – by Bill Fraser

It was a tradition in Greek antiquity that warring between states should be put aside for the duration of the Olympic Games, an event held every four years to celebrate athletes who excelled in warrior skills. When the games were resurrected by Baron de Coubertin in 1896 they were not considered important enough to warrant such truce between belligerent nations and this resulted not only in the cancellation of the games in 1916, 1940 and 1944 but war-based political events led to the horrendous Munich massacre and the boycotts of 1980 and 84 (yes, they really did happen because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan).

The Baron de Coubertin, architect of the modern Olympics, and winner of the Gold Medal for finest moustache at the Games of 1896, 1900 and 1904

So what, you are all asking yourselves, has all this got to do with Scotland and what is all this about Scottish warfare? Continue reading

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