Monday, 29 August 2005

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Celtic | Fulham fail in late bid for Balde

Balde had a reasonable game against Dunfermline and if he played at this level for the rest of the season it would be worthwhile keeping him. We have to remember that Dunfermline are one of the three worst teams in the league but the Celtic performance was better.

Zurawski looked like a player but Nakamura again wasn't in the game much. But there was a legion of 3 Japanese supporters in the stands so his money spinning attributes are starting to pay off. Good to see we are ahead of Rangers who I think have to make some more buys if they are to have a chance of winning the league. I think they won't be half the team they are without Prso. I am hoping for a Prso injury.

Monday, 22 August 2005

What's 88% Buddhist and visits the Edinburgh festival?


According to Belief-o-matic I'm 28% Catholic, 44% Quaker, 88% Buddhist and 100% Secular Humanist.

Maria and I went to the Edinburgh Festival yesterday and saw a couple of shows: Screw Machine and Apocolypso Now. I enjoyed Screw Machine but was a little disappointed with Apocolypso Now. It was not bad but not as funny as I'd hoped although there was a great sketch about Bob Dylan whoring around corporate America.

Sunday, 21 August 2005

I was watching the news during the week as saw this bloke talking about derived grades. I had never heard of this before. I recognised the bloke but couldn't believe that it was Spike Milligan from university days. He looked a bit different but his voice was the same. And he was quite articulate. It looks like he has got a point. The two schools in Fife with the most derived grades are Balwearie and Madras College - both serving affluent areas. I never thought I would find myself being impressed by Spike.

Saturday, 20 August 2005

Rangers - 3 Celtic - 1

I didn’t see today’s game but by all accounts it was a pretty straight-forward victory for Rangers.
It tells its own story that I was a little relieved to be told that Rangers were only winning 2-0 with 10 minutes to go. I feared worse before the game. This Celtic team are there for the taking against a decent team. Fortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a decent team in the SPL.

The new signings aren’t working. Not one could be called a success. The two “big name” signings (I hadn’t heard of either of them) – Nakamura and Zurawski – look a bit light-weight. I really hope that Nakamura is more than a part-time showman.

I like listening to Strachan since he talks sense and it’s too early to judge him. But so far, so bad.

Friday, 19 August 2005

Lust of Bust

It made me laugh [NSFW]. But I got caught every time.    

Thursday, 18 August 2005

Happy Couple Awaits Pregnancy Test Results

A pretty funny video from WhitestKids (video OK but some links on page may be NSFW). More videos here (all SFW). It's a mixed bag but I liked Saturday.

Thursday, 11 August 2005

Evolution and education

Today's Herald has a piece on the growing popularity of intelligent design within education. A recent Gallup poll found that almost half of Americans believe that God created humans pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago (which is consistent with the Bible).

President Bush thinks that intelligent design should be given equal prominence in the curriculum as evolution. On Tuesday, Kansas Board of Education passed a vote to do exactly that. But a powerful lobby argue that the Spagetti Monster created the universe.

This podcast asks if evolution is compatible with religion. Darwin didn't think so. He buried his Origin of Species for 10 years believing that it would destroy faith in God.

Wednesday, 10 August 2005

Great Scottish Run 2005

I'm running in this year's Great Scottish Run on behalf of Cancer Research. All donations/sponsorships gratefully received.

Monday, 8 August 2005


Some interesting stuff between Philip Adams and the Australian Atheist Society.

Thursday, 4 August 2005

Wednesday, 3 August 2005

Not convinced

Last night was a big improvement over recent performances. But I'm not convinced we've turned any corners. The optimism (short memories?) of some Celtic fans amaze me. They're now talking about winning the treble. The fact is, we needed six goals and got four. I've got a niggling feeling that Artmedia were never that worried.

Strachan's problems are the same today as they were yesterday: the squad is a mix of jaded experienced players, hot-and-cold young players, and unproven new players.

I really hope that Strachan turns out to be a good coach. But, the fact remains, he's made a dreadful start.