Growing up in the East End of Glasgow within ten minutes of paradise always felt like a beautiful thing - at times tough and gritty but always honest and humble. Places like the Calton, Barrowfield or the Gallowgate are proud and industrious working class communities that, despite continuous attempts at soulless gentrification which inevitably leads … Continue reading The Green and White of Govan
‘Weave Truth With Trust’ is the message which is depicted on the banner of the striking workers who belonged to the iconic ‘Calton Weavers’. A banner which has been captured in all of its tragic beauty by Scottish artist Ken Currie in a painting which now takes pride of place in the Glasgow’s Peoples Palace, … Continue reading Calton Weavers: Scotland’s First Working Class Warriors
The mushroom cloud of last week's AEK humbling is, although warranted at the time, thankfully over. Definitely our Hiroshima moment of the season thus far but, like all great teams, it's the manner in which the team picks itself up and strides forward which is the most important aspect of the entire episode. What I … Continue reading Is Celtic dodging the gross elitism of the Champions League all that bad?
Like many members of the Celtic family I am also in favour of any worthwhile community cause which aims to end social and economic inequality, particularly if it is done so via a formidable grassroots approach. In this sense, I, like hundreds of thousands of others from within the Celtic family, can easily claim to … Continue reading Born of Poverty: More Than a Club
The Palestinian historian Edward Said (1935 – 2003), considered to be one of the 20th Century’s greatest thinkers, wrote in 2001 that the real tragedy of history is that so much of it is lost to time and is forgotten about, or, worse still, that it is mis-remembered in such a way that people of … Continue reading An Gorta Mor – An Honest Remembering