Glasgow Dress Code

[Picture of pub access notice in Glasgow]WE ARE GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE A LOT OF FUN THINGS BY COMMENTS AND E-MAIL.

Some are virals and round-robbin items, but others are (or seem to be) genuine originals.  This photograph taken of a public house notice in Glasgow has the appearance of being authentic.

Thanks to Robbie for this.  We reckon it will make Glaswegians smile, but still, things are getting worse when we have to resort to public admissions of bigotry and foolishness.

For those out there in the internet world who wouldn’t know what this means, allow me an explanation: pubs in Glasgow are known as “Rangers Pubs” or “Celtic Pubs”; these are places where football fans congregate after matches to drown their sorrows or celebrate their victories. There are several football teams in Glasgow, but the biggest two are Celtic and Glasgow Rangers.

Other pubs distance themselves from football and the associated bigotry and religious sectarianism, to avoid drunken violent incidents and perhaps try to cater for families.  These pubs put up notices stating the policy of refusing access to people wearing “football colours” — meaning scarves, football tops, flags and the like.  The word “Fud” is a local slang term for vagina, but it means “fool”.  Now you know!

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Bigotry Still Rife

HERALD NEWSPAPER - Hostility to CatholicsTHE MAIN HEADLINE IN A MAJOR SCOTTISH BROADSHEET NEWSPAPER CAUGHT MY ATTENTION.

“Hostility to Catholics is
‘deep, wide and vicious'”

Things are not getting better on the bigotry front here in Scotland, and that is a real shame. What can be done about this?  All we do is read articles in newspapers about how bad things are or how things are getting worse. Articles such as these:

Let us not forget one of our own, high-hitting posts, IHF (I Hate Football), Getting Worse, 2 February 2008.

Some people still blame the segregated schools, but that is a red herring (see How To Manage Racism, Sectarianism and Sexism, RT1, Monday, 19 February 2007), because it seems that keeping religions and cultures apart is the best way, and that forced integration is making things worse.

Maybe the way forward is to celebrate differences and similarities, emphasise rather than hide, be proud of whatever it is you are, and keep away from “the other side” for as much as is humanly possible. It seems to work for the GAY and Lesbian community, or at least it is working better than it is for the rest of us in terms of sexism, racism, and sectarianism.



The Price of Sectarian Wine

THIS IS NOT JUST WINE, THIS IS SECTARIAN WI[Picture of wine display at M&S]NE FROM MARKS AND SPENCER.

I noticed the prominent display of wine near the check-outs on Sauchiehall Street’s M&S.  Named “Vin de Pays du Gers”, this tipple would appeal to the Gers fans, and is competitively priced to compete with the more usual swally, Buckfast.

Things are, however, getting worse when M&S decide to price this wine at £16.90 for ten.

General Bigotry

[Picture of Newspaper hoarding]BIGOTRY AND SECTARIANISM ARE EVERYWHERE STILL IN GLASGOW; IT’S JUST EVERYDAY BACKGROUND NOISE.

The newspaper board states:

“GERS PUT
GUARD ON
NOVO AFTER
NET BIGOTS’ THREAT”

Rangers, Celtic, Christian vs Christian. How sad indeed.  Things are getting worse when the bigotry can use new technology to scare a family.

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