Friday, July 21, 2017

'Anyone but Celtic' the DVD-Out August 1st



http://www.ls86productions.com/anyone-but-celtic/

Click on the link above and you can pre-order it (UK and Ireland only)

Rest of the world can find a stream on the same page.

There is also an updated book on sale from August 1st which contains a brand new chapter after a meeting with the primary source.

The DVD has 30 minutes of extras on it.

Every sale helps us do independent projects like this.

Thank you
Paul

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pipe up Peter

When the draw for the game against Linfield was made, I scanned the usual airlines and looked for a deal. Pretty soon I realised that we were a while away from getting a confirmed date and I just don't have the dough to go for a week or anything like. When Linfield were our confirmed opponents, it became obvious quickly that it was going to be on Friday the 14th. I went on Easyjet and saw a flight to Belfast for £28.99 over, £34.99 back on the Saturday afternoon. Then it dawned on me, we are playing Lyon on the Saturday afternoon. So I hesitated and in that time, it was announced we would not be taking/getting an allocation for Betty Windsor Park.

Hmm.

I know some folk have an image of the stadium and the area surrounding and probably saw good reasoning in this but most of that reasoning doesn't apply. One day I was in Belfast, this was probably four years ago, after a night in Larne. My mate who looks after me in the north, Gary, always takes me wherever I want to go and we decided to go to west Belfast. We did all the usual things, a pint in The Rock, various murals and even had a chat with the Mayor of the time. After visiting a guy in the RVH, we got back in the car and I nodded off for 10 minutes or so. When I woke up, all around me I saw union flags, red, white and blue kerbs and even a U.V.F. mural in the distance. Gary was just parking the car up and I looked at him like any Fenian bastard would having just pulled up into a bastion of Loyalism (Boucher Road to be precise) Now anyone who knows Gary, knows he wears Celtic gear almost everywhere he goes. So there he was, breezing out the car, Celtic tracksuit top on, not a care in the world. And guess what? No one batted an eyelid. This shocked me at the time but Belfast has changed a lot since I started going there in the 90's. Then, you stuck pretty much to places like Ballymurphy, Turf Lodge and Andy Town (sic).  Not that I am suggesting everything is fine now, it never will be as long as the British occupy the six counties, but I saw a lot of comparisons with the time Ireland played at Windsor to qualify for the 1994 World Cup back in late 1993 and, quite frankly, they were ludicrous. When Ireland played there, there was a war on. I can't be any more concise.

It is 2017 now and Ireland is a very different place from 1993. Of course, the sectarian hate-fest provided by the Orange Order still rains over the six counties but then look at the ongoing situation in Palestine and I don't remember anyone saying we shouldn't play there last summer. All this centred on Celtic pre-match. There were suspicions that the club made the choice to not take tickets and this was backed up Linfield and the PSNI (Hold on, I'm getting there) Now, I've never had any dealings with Linfield but there hasn't been a police service in the north of Ireland that has been a bastion of truth and so I'll take anything they say with a pinch of salt. My own sources at Celtic are adamant that the only way they were getting tickets for that away leg was if the tie was switched to Celtic Park first. Brendan Rodgers did not want that. Over-cautious? Think back to a year ago...

There were a couple of operations meetings at Windsor Park that had Celtic officials bewildered. Quite simply, Linfield said one thing and then did another. This is what led to the announcement at Noon on the day of the game that there would be Celtic section for existing ticket holders. Like you, that majorly pissed me off. I could have been there. You could have been there.

Cut to the game itself and as we strolled around the park, bigots threw batteries and bottles. For some reason, the referee deemed that a bookable offence for Leigh Griffiths. You will always get a bonkers/corrupt Ref but are we really going to just accept the one match ban?

The home tie was played last night although you'd barely know it given the coverage since. A banner went up. Some folk didn't like it, others loved it and Celtic put out a statement about it. I won't moralise about it, I would not listen to me if I was an angry young man just as I didn't listen to folk like me when I was an angry young man. I did know though that as soon as it went up, UEFA and Celtic would go ballistic.

I think we all did.

Just as all on Twitter threatened to collectively lose their minds, there was some comic relief although it was about as funny as the actual show. "Celtic Travel" (one guy in an office basically) released a price for a day trip to Trondheim. £489. When I saw it, I felt like a Doctor Who fan who hates women.

Then as encore, Celtic announced we would be charged £25 for the Rosenborg game. This after we watched the bulk of the academy side against Lyon? Come on, eh?

The overriding thing in all of this is, where are our leaders? The SLO appears to be answering for most of the club right now as everyone else seems to have lost their tongue. Nameless statements won't fly these days and neither will the complete lack of communication with a support who are getting restless about the increasing lack of transparency at Celtic.

Peter, it's time to talk to your public.






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Peeling the Orange


The photo above, I think, pretty much sums up the attitude we face every day from a lot of people in Scotland and the north of Ireland. It's been that way in the 43 years I have been alive and never really changed. After the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, there was talk of a peace dividend that all involved would reap the benefit of.

It never reached Scotland.

This pre-bonfire erection isn't in Scotland (Thank God says Iris Robinson) but you can see the references to Celtic. You all have experienced the attitude that slithers out of that photo and very rarely does anyone outside our own community give a monkey's toss.

The SNP have been in power in Scotland for 10 years now. Yet still orange feet march on our streets with impunity, spreading their hate like butter on warm bread. In a climate of dodgy deals with the DUP and well-known bigots like Richard Cook facilitating campaign funds to them to fund a Brexit campaign, there seems to be a reluctance to tackling this hatred head on.

You could draw a line from West Lothian to Belfast and pretty much take in the home of every bigot in Scotland and Ireland. I've experienced most of them over the last 25 years or so. Even last month I was walking into a cafe with one of my sons and a couple were sitting having a meal outside. As we walked past them, the woman said "Haw Larkin, do you want me to sing The Sash for you?"

The fact that Scott Sinclair is facing this kind of thing on an almost daily basis is not surprising. Especially when you consider the pathetic punishments handed out to the perpetrators of this hate. Quite frankly, you can't even think about an independent Scotland when you have thousands of Orange men and women marching every year and spreading these attitudes that they learn from events like July 12th in the north of Ireland.

That photo at the top of this blog should act as a reminder as to why we have to fight this with everything we have. We are not second-class citizens and we demand equality always.

Otherwise what? We just accept that we can be treated like this? We just accept our place in society as victims?

Fuck that.

These people are awash with bigotry and hatred and they should be exposed always. When the DUP did that dodgy deal with the Tories, the UK MSM woke up to the fact that they were anti-gay and anti-abortion. Nowhere was it said that their whole reason for being was their unadulterated hatred of Catholics.

And as long as all of this goes unchallenged?

You'll always see banners like the above.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Eyes on the prize. 14 to be exact.

The verdict on the Rangers FC (IL) EBT scheme was welcome. Among the melee, let us remember that it was just a part of the financial doping that took place in the entirety of David Murray's regime between 1988-2011.

The one blot of the whole investigation was that it was only focused on 10 years or 14 trophies. It should have taken in the entire Murray era or, at the very least, since 1995 when Paul Gascoigne was the first EBT recipient at Ibrox.

I've seen a few people rush to pat themselves on the back in the last 24 hours. I don't get that (Well, I do really) because the fight just begins now. See, for those of us who actually attended football matches in that era, we were cheated. That's not just Celtic supporters, that is everyone who attended a football match in that era. It's that fact that riles me when I think of the complete apathy from every club in Scotland, outside of Celtic Park. I fear they have calculated this one and thought they don't want to upset the Sevco hordes and risk that blue pound.

This is almost certainly the reason why Scottish "journalists" have flapped around this issue, Jim Spence aside, they see that blue pound disappearing and a pitch fork carrying mob replacing it. Journalism in Scotland is not fit for purpose and it should be treated accordingly.

Celtic always said they would push for a new inquiry into this the minute the courts were done with it and the statement yesterday was very welcome. There still is though a suspicion out there among a lot of fans that Celtic will do as little as they can get away with. This is NOT what has been said behind closed doors but I both share and understand fans scepticism. There is no hiding place for Peter Lawwell on this one.

As fans, we must unite. When I say fans, I'm talking to all you who buy the season tickets, buy the shirts, buy the match day tickets, subscribe to Celtic TV, turn up all hours in your club to watch the games, all of you who support the club, you are due a refund from the game. 

Anyone reading this will know that I call the Murray era The Asterisk Years.

I could use a lot more expletives there.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pre-order the stream of Anyone but Celtic for just £3.87

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/anyonebutceltic2

That link there will take you to the stream of Anyone but Celtic on Vimeo where you can pre-order it.


The updated book (above) I just finished today. It has a new chapter in it that comes from a sit down I had with the primary source of the book last week. They essentially talked about the last two years or where the book left off.

The DVD is being polished just now and will be out the first week in August as well.

You can pre-order the updated book and DVD here http://www.ls86productions.com/anyone-but-celtic/

This essentially draws a line under the project.

Someone asked me on Twitter what these projects have actually achieved? That is not for me to answer, that is for the public.

The gratifying thing about ABC was telling Celtic supporters they were not paranoid enough and having the evidence to back that up.

Onwards to, er, Armageddon.

Friday, June 2, 2017

ABC comes to an end...well the tour anyway.


So we suspend crowd-funding on Armageddon today. This is the link if you want to invest before tonight's deadline www.ls86productions.com/armageddon 

So the 'Anyone but Celtic' tour comes to an end in Las Vegas on Thursday. I had no idea how much this tour would take over my life since the premiere last November.  I was out every Friday and Saturday night from November to May with the occasional Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday thrown in for good measure. My health suffered in this period, I put on a bit weight and my sleeping pattern was all over the place and still really hasn't recovered. In that respect adrenaline helps a lot when actually at gigs. Sometimes I'd be so exhausted that I would have to make a huge effort just to get out of bed to go to a gig.

Yet it's all worth it.

The point of the tour is to get the information out there. The film does a lot of that, the book even more and I hope to fill in any blanks along the way. Of course, it's not always like that. For example, I had my director prep on possible tech questions yet to this day no one has ever asked one. Also, I've had some really funny questions along the way (From "Should I get my Ronny Deila tattoo removed" to "Why don't folk rate Didier Agathe")

The best part of the tour is the people you meet. People seem demonised everywhere now but my experience has been brilliant. I've met more characters than Marvel have, received so much love and warmth and kindness too that it can overwhelm you.

I am also immensely proud of this.


The above can't be done unless you have a lot of people pulling in the same direction. I don't claim credit for it, the credit goes to each and every person who made it happen, further imprinting the Celtic ethos around the world.

This will be my last tour of this kind any time soon. Armageddon is my total focus now and that will see a premiere, book, dvd and stream all released on March 2nd 2018 (Details of the premiere will be released on June 23rd)

In the meantime, I want to say thanks to everyone who has supported me and the tour. I am no one special. I am just a Gadgie who loves Celtic who won't lie down if I see us being cheated.

Enjoy your summer and I'll hopefully see you in Vegas.

Hail Hail
Paul

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Journalism History X

It has been a strange few weeks for those of us who keep half an eye on what goes on within the Scottish mainstream media. First you had Keith Jackson win sports writer of the year for the sixth year in a row. This is the man who brought you "Pressley for Hearts",  "Mackay for Leipzig" and told us all Sevco players were battered in the Scottish Cup Final. They tell us bloggers that we don't get held to the same standards as they do but you know and I know that if I had churned out such pish, so regularly then I would be the one getting battered.

From you.

Then we had the unwelcome return of Daryl Broadfoot to the airwaves on (where else?) Sportsound with the Kenny MacIntyre Glee Club.

The most bizarre news came though with the arrival of a site for "Old Firm Fans". Now, aside from the fact that those not hard of thinking know the "Old Firm" died with Rangers in 2012, there is no such thing as an "Old Firm Fan". Never has been and now there is no opportunity for there ever to be. Which makes news of this new "Scope" platform all the more bizarre. Set up by Graham Ruthven and Stefan Bienkowski, both of whom seem to have all-of-a-sudden developed an enthusiasm for Scottish football, it is the worst kind of media. Ruthven describes himself as a Stirling fan whilst Bienkowski calls himself a "lapsed Celtic fan" so it begs the question, why bother setting this up?

It is a subscription service so the obvious answer is money but what can they provide that folk would pay for? They won't get exclusive access to anything and any time I saw either at a press conference they weren't even asking questions never mind breaking news lines or encouraging interviewees to open up. Yet they are calling their future content "Premium".

Even looking at their online output just now, one seemed totally focused on German football and the other talks of moving to America,

Both like denying Rangers died as well. So perhaps it is yet another attempt to make Sevco relevant.

There is quality fan media all over the place and I know all the Celtic sites and pods that have been on the go for years. They provide top quality content and do not charge a penny.  They do it out of love. They aren't trying to exploit anyone and, most importantly, they live in the real world.

That should be enough scope for you to completely swerve this Newco,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Anyone but Celtic in Las Vegas-How to buy tickets

http://www.nafcsc.com/ticket-sales

If you click on the link above, it will take you to the page that you can buy tickets for the screening which is one Thursday June 8th at 4pm in the main hall of The Westgate Hotel. Tickets are $10 each.

Afterwards there will be a Q&A with John Fallon and I.

As this is the last screening of the tour, I hope to see as many of you there as possible so we can go out in style.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Armageddon reaches £6000

After a month of crowd-funding, we have reached £6000 which is over a third of our target of £15,000. This is fantastic and I can't thank you all enough. It's the part of the job I like least as it opens you up to knockers and begrudgers but our belief in what we are doing always counteracts that. That really riles some folk too. It's not unique to us but it is unique to our type of people (working-class) in that any time you have something to say, whether it be in a book, podcast, film or whatever, you will always get someone who thinks you don't even have the right to speak never mind give your point of view. That's why we ask for you to join us and make one big, collective voice.

The Asterisk Years told you things 3 and 4 years ago that were revealed in court this week.

Anyone but Celtic exposed the Freemasons in the Lanarkshire Referees Association and SFA.

Armageddon will blow away the "Same Club" myth.

But only with your help.

www.ls86productions.com/armageddon 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scottish Football: An unreal reality

This last week has been a tough one for me, there have been some highs but a few lows too with a little time to take stock. Sitting back and looking at the big picture is often the last thing folk do but often the most important. I wish everyone in Scottish football would do that now and again.

On Saturday, whilst in the Highlands, I learned of Hibs return to the top flight. A club who were badly mismanaged by Rod Petrie, though did stick to the rules, were out the top league far too long and will be a welcome addition. The thing I need to point out here is that whilst we all know they were guided by Neil Lennon, the question is: Why? This is a guy who guided Celtic to three league Championships in a row, a Scottish Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League. So why were Hibs, a Championship club then, the only club in Scotland that were interested in employing him?

Then came Sunday and THAT refereeing decision. As more people have seen and read Anyone but Celtic I have became a bit of "go to" guy regarding referee decisions. Aside from those people who loathe themselves more than anything it seems, folk were going absolutely ballistic and rightly so. I even had folk tell me that Don Robertson is a Celtic fan (Kenny Clark claimed to be too) but all that misses the big picture which is he and his linesman both agreed that a dive, the whole ground seen instantly, was a penalty. This added to the upsurge of ABC decisions as Celtic remain unbeaten and surge towards a treble. Why do we keep putting up with this?

Then tonight we find out that EBT McCann is the new Dundee manager. Where do you begin with that one? We know there is a desperation among some to keep employing EBT recipients (I wonder why...) but this takes it to a whole new level.

I've heard and read folk say it keeps him off our screens and this is a good thing. Who will his wee mate Tanner joust with now though? Tanner was actually on my train home on Sunday (although he sat in first class). As we both got off at Haymarket I knew already that he had tried to justify the Ross County "penalty" on TV so I asked him "How can you try to justify that Ross County 'penalty'?" He looked at me a bit startled and said "Ach, big picture, it doesn't matter does it?"

Sure David, sure.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TAY2:Armageddon-Where we are

https://vimeo.com/211522912

Ok so above is a video of what types of investment you can make.

Below is where you can make them

www.ls86productions.com/armageddon 

In the two weeks since we launched the project, we have raised £5500. To be over a third of the way there is phenomenal. Crowd-funding always leaves you open to abuse, and there has been plenty, but we are totally comfortable with what we do, how we do it and the fact that we always pay a budget forward to various charities.

The pre-production process is well under way and this week I will be contacting several people to see if they will participate in the book and film. We have also booked facilities in Glasgow on three different dates for interviews so hopefully that will suit all involved.

In terms of the abuse, it is obvious a lot of people don't want this story told but I guarantee you now, we will destroy the same club myth, we will shine a light on those who are abused for telling the truth and we will show you why Celtic have supporters like no other.

Please support us if you can

www.ls86productions.com/armageddon 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How you can support TAY2-Armageddon

Yep, it's me again looking for your help. You'll probably know by now that the stuff I do is very niche. It's liked and loved by some Celtic supporters and hated by almost everyone else in Scotland save for a few switched on folk.

The media ignore what I do in public but in private they ask a lot about it. Kinda shows where we are in Scotland in terms of journalism.

This means I need to go down a crowd-funding route. This means I ask someone like you to join a bunch of other like-minded folk to invest the film so that we can make it. That's it in a nutshell.

Our target is £15,000. A huge amount of money I know but peanuts in the film game. Of that £15,000, I am investing £1000 and I am also taking no fee for writing and producing the film.

For that £15,000 we can get a top director/editor, graphic artist, cinematographer and photographer. (and that is them taking a huge drop in wages)

What I want to do is create a piece of work that does three things:

1) Proves beyond any doubt that the team that play at Ibrox is a new club

2) Humanise and highlight the people who are dehumanised and threatened because they stick up for Celtic

3) Show why Celtic supporters are the best in the world.

I can do these things in a book of the same name but want to leave something on screen that people can point at and say "See!"

I say leave because this will be the last project I do of this nature (short of something seismic happening) but it is all dependent on whether you support me and the team or not.

So I reach out to you now and ask for your help to make this happen

Please go here and invest in us, invest in this film and help get the story out there, the story a lot of Scotland doesn't want told.

www.ls86productions.com/armageddon 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hiding behind the Rodgers mask

So tickets for the Hydro are sold out then. That doesn't surprise in all honesty. Celtic were aiming at a certain demographic and had them well prepped for today. I said on HomeBhoys on Tuesday that I was completely underwhelmed by the whole event. In all honesty I have been completely underwhelmed by the whole 50th anniversary celebrations where I've seen nothing that wasn't about monetising it. I know there is a bus parade planned for May 28th but that is treble dependent.

I'd have loved to have seen the club put on exhibitions and talks at the park all season. Instead we were offered the chance to pay to see Jim Craig. There is a raft of Lisbon related stuff out there in the hands of serious Celtic collectors (Some of which I have been privileged to see) and I know thousands of fans would love it. (It would even drive them to the park and give them the CHOICE of buying stuff)

I appreciate the fact the club will monetise some stuff and I would like to buy good, quality stuff around the time but I feel we have missed a massive trick this season in not taking the opportunity to really imprint Lisbon in the minds of our younger fans.

The Hydro event is not my cup of tea. I'm a fan of Madchester and Hip-Hop so the musical side of it was never going appeal to a guy like me. I'd hazard an educated guess that it won't to most of the Celtic away support either and therein lies the problem. Communication and knowing your base. I know you are shouting now saying "But it's sold out!" and that's because, as I already said, there is a demographic in the Celtic support that will lap it up and they have but don't tell me this is an event that appeals to all.

There did seem to be a seismic change in thinking this time last year in terms of communicating with the support. A resolution was even passed at the AGM to enshrine forums into the fabric of the club. A little background now, I attended forums from late 2014 until they abruptly stopped with very little achieved. They weren't really forums either, they were Q&A's that occasionally got heated. Some people I spoke to spoke of their intention of changing club policy on certain things. I always chuckled inside at that notion. In all my years of dealing with Celtic, going to meetings and forums, the vast majority of it has been people making points, Celtic nodding their heads and then absolutely nothing happening.

A quick recent example: I knew the Brian Wilson story was coming a few weeks ago. I relayed this to Celtic. Nothing happened. I mentioned this to an employee on the day it broke and was told "You always bring us bad news"

Similarly, I did raise concerns re the Hydro that a certain part of the support was not being represented within the talent on show that night. I was given good reasons for the acts and I really do appreciate it's not easy pulling a line up together but maybe if that had been communicated to the support early, they could have helped?

A lot of things have gone right at Celtic this season and Brendan Rodgers has been responsible for most of them. This cannot mean however that communications go back to the dark ages just because we are winning every week again.

It also should not mean that with the two biggest games of the season coming up, folk who go week in, week out are struggling for tickets. After all, we were told back in October that the ticket system was changing , right? What happened to that then? I know there was resistance to change but has it now been quietly swept under the carpet?

Celtic do get a lot of things right, this is not just a grumpy old man piece, the Celtic Foundation continues to be a beacon of hope, the tributes and support for Tommy Gemmell and Billy McNeill were outstanding and Celtic TV is getting better and better (something I can testify to recently) Brendan's Invincibles continue to please also.

They just need to make sure that the people who stick by the club in the bad times, aren't forgotten in the good.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A tale of two former politicians



It was with great sadness this morning that I received the news of Martin McGuinness passing. I remember reading in a book in the early 90's that "No person was a greater threat to the British state" than Martin McGuinness. All the while he was paving the way for a peace process that could not have worked without his input. A lot of that included things that stuck in the throat of Republicans, none more so than meeting Elizabeth Windsor, but I always got the feeling that Sinn Fein were taking their lead from the A.N.C. handbook. I met him once. January 2000 at the Vol. Tom Williams re-burial in Belfast. What struck me more than most about him was how tall he was (I guess standing next to Gerry Adams for so long would make anyone look small) He put up with numerous threats over the years to keep the process going but always remained calm. The most remarkable feature of his life had to be his friendship with Ian Paisley. This led to one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen in Irish politics, Ian Paisley Jr thanking him for his contribution to Ireland and his friendship to his father. With that statement, I saw a dawn of light on the road to peace and eventual reunification and Martin McGuinness played an enormous role in that.




It was with utter dismay this morning that I read Brian Wilson label half of Scotland bigots. Accusing Nationalists of trying to "sectarianise Scottish politics"  The nonsensical rhetoric, spawned out of his hatred of the SNP, should be the end of his association with Celtic. I've watched Brian polarise on twitter for the last few years and cringed at the insults he has given out to fellow Celtic supporters. The fact that this man takes £25,000 a year out of Celtic both mystifies and angers me. I was appalled to hear that he would be chairing the latest Celtic forum and made my feelings known to Celtic which fell on deaf ears. I'm not a Scottish Nationalist nor am I a SNP voter. In fact my politics are very similar to Brian's before he sold his soul to New Labour. I've no personal grudge to bear and care only about Celtic and the supporters in this thing and both are being cheated by this man. When a man brands half the country bigots, he should not be welcome at Celtic.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Down Under 2.0



I was leaving on the 8.10am flight to Abu Dhabi on Valentine's Day from Edinburgh. Disappointing lots of women obviously (When they realised I wasn't leaving for good), the flight to middle east was fairly uneventful. I had a two hour turnaround and made for the Duty Free with the intention of buying cheap booze and cheap fags to spread around my genial hosts. "Can I see your boarding card please Sir?" I was asked as I looked like I was stocked up for a council house party. "I'm sorry, you are only permitted to enter Australia with 500ml of alcohol and 50 cigarettes"  I'd find out why later.

A few folk have asked me what the flight to Australia is like and the brutal honesty is, it is boring as fuck. Especially as Etihad were tighter than a dead heat when it came to bevvy dispersal. I get bored watching films on those tiny screens on planes and never find the setting convivial to book reading either. On arrival, due to having a visa, I breezed through immigration and was met by two friendly faces at Sydney Airport, Jim Reilly and Ron Dorran, the latter would be putting me up. Jim drove and seemed set to take us to the shores of Botany Bay before Ronnie put him right on directions. We stopped at a boozer near Ron's and I discovered the full extent of the Duty Free scam, it was $11 a pint and $30 for a packet of fags.

(I'll pause for a minute there as I know a few regular readers will need to sit down after reading those numbers)


Ronnie, and his lovely wife Cath, have a great place in Sydney in an area known as "The Spot" and I settled in right away ("There's the pub, the cafe, the bookies and the cinema"). Ron and Cath were incredible hosts. Whether it was lovely meals, incredible stories or even just a comfy bed, I loved my time there. My mind started freeing up, stresses were disappearing and I was very relaxed. That was all down to Ron and Cath.

I also got to spend a lot of time with the bold Jim Reilly, the man who can tell six stories at once using voice skills that a ventriloquist would marvel at.

The screening itself was great. Good crowd and a lot of laughs.

I had initially meant to have been in Brisbane for a gig after Sydney but about three weeks before I was to leave, they got in touch with the tour organiser in Australia to say they were out. The flip side was this gave me time to head up the country and stay with Steff and Sharon Gilmartin for a four days. What a riot. We were sitting up drinking one night and Steff says to me "What time will you be up tomorrow?" I retorted "Eh, 9 or 10 maybe?" he says "Ah we would have taken you to Tits on Toast at half 6" I waited for the punchline but none came. He was serious. We had a good laugh about this notion that topless waitresses served you scrambled eggs on toast and I went to bed around 2am.

I was awoken with my name being repeated over and over again and realised it was Steff calling me telling me my breakfast was ready. I ambled upstairs and was met with the bold yin standing, holding toast, stark bollock naked.


From there it was off to Melbourne and to stay with Australia's most hated man, Sean Fitzgerald. That's not true of course but if you ever have some spare time, just mention Sean's name on Facebook and his fan club are sure to appear.

What a week in Melbourne, looked after by he and his lovely wife, Maeve, amidst the backdrop of a stressful time for them both, I can't be more thankful to them. Sean has been a friend for many years and just chilling over one or twenty four beers with him is always good.


The screening was in St Kilda, as beautiful a setting as you'll find, and was great. It was a big, lively crowd and a great time was had by all.


From Melbourne it was on to Perth and met at the airport, in blistering heat, by club President Andy Gordon. Andy is one of those guys you meet that drives a club forward. Normally clubs are lucky to have one guy like that but Perth actually has loads, male and female. From Cathie taking the money at the door to Davy providing the fun and frolics, you can't go wrong in Perth. You also have hardcore Tims like Paddy McConie who keep you laughing day and night.

Then you meet guys like Stuart Campbell and the strong Celtic heart makes you feel at home.



Perth was a real chill for me. It allowed me to write and take stock of a few things. The tour was absolutely flying and I had had a brilliant time in Australia. I was feeling a lot more comfortable in my own skin and the support I am getting is now incredible.



Australia is a huge beating Celtic heart.

This was summed up after I left Perth, had an eight hour layover in Sydney and Jim Kinlan travelled two hours on the train to come in and keep me company for a few hours.

Things like that are what matter in life and the more you experience them, the more you love life.

I experienced loads of them in Australia.

HH
Paul

PS The guy I am with in the picture at the top is Paul Kane, a gentleman and brother of the late Martin "Kano" Kane.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Armageddon-New film by Paul Larkin




Ok, so we are doing this differently this time. Firstly, there will be no tour. Instead this will premiere and be released on March 2nd, 2018. The book will also be released on that day. So when you come to the premiere, you will be able to get the DVD on the night. You'll also be able to download it the second the premiere finishes. 

The story is twofold, the conformation that Sevco are a Newco and the stories from the people who have a target on their backs for standing up for Celtic and telling the truth about Scottish football in the last five years. This will be the last film from me of this nature (unless something seismic happens) and it has to be done properly because we want something that every supporter can point at and say "There is the proof"

I need top people in every aspect of this and that's why we have to aim for a bigger budget, in this case £15,000. For that I get people with a wealth of experience who have worked with Hollywood stars and been on big budget films that premiered in Cannes. Even then, they are still taking a big pay cut to do this and my appreciation for that is limitless.

A few words about budgets for films.

You’ve got your low budget (under £2 million), your micro budget (under £150k) – this is a minute budget!  And a budget this small generally means that you’re entering the chaos world of self-distribution.  

When our director, Jah, worked on 15 Minutes that shook the World’ and Red and Blues, he managed to get the film into HMV at Christmas as well as Amazon and play.com , but effectively it was self distributed – He had to take boxes of DVDs to HMV and other retailers – He had to fulfil the Amazon and play.com orders (which made him well known in the local post office – no-one wanted to get stuck behind him with 3 bin bags full ready to be posted) – then there was the warehousing to sort out and pay for (a pallet of 6,000 DVDs were robbed from a lorry parked up in Aintree) - it was a ball ache.  But it was phenomenally successful. 

Once we get our budget (and I am going to be dedicating my life to do that) our aim after the premiere is to get it into film festivals. Most of them (if not all) want a film that has not received distribution so that suits us. 

Funding sounds easy, yes?  Not a chance.  There’s many a film that I’ve been involved with that has been stuck in development hell for want of a budget.  In fact, the whole film industry is filled with tales of woe about great projects that couldn’t get off the ground for lack of funding.  In the UK, if you approach an official funding organisation, you’d better be good at filling in forms, because there’s a mountain of them.  And then you’ve got to explain why you want to make the film in 100 words!  Jah had a meeting about a Dixie Dean film he was trying to get funded – that he is still trying to get funded! This is the story of the greatest goal scorer in the history of the English game – 60 goals in one season including a hat-trick in the final match against Arsenal – the first sportsman with a waxwork in Madame Tussaud’s, famed throughout Europe and known in America as the English Babe Ruth.  Jah was told it was too niche.  Five years later, he's still shaking my head with that one – too niche?  

The Walk On film that Jah produced had strong initial funding, but then, when we were trying to make the final push for the film’s completion and release, the funds dried up.  He still needed to pay for all of the rights – the songs, the photographs, the archive footage.  We ran a Kickstarter, and got national – even international – coverage.  From Singapore to the States, from the Daily Telegraph to the Metro, to the Liverpool Echo – Jah was even on LFCTV with Dean Saunders and Jan Molby - and as you can all appreciate, that’s the big time.  And there were a lot of people prepared to back the film. But as we approached the deadline, it looked like we were going to miss the target and the stress levels were through the roof…and then Jah got a phone call from BT.  ‘What are you doing with that film?  We’d be interested in buying that…’ and the rest is history. 

So film funding is often on a knife edge, right down to the wire – you’ve got to make sure everyone gets paid, all your rights are paid for and costs covered, and in order to do that, more often than not, you’ve got to appeal to people to stick their hands in their pockets and help you out because the major organisations would rather not take the risk.  But, The Asterisk Years and then Anyone But Celtic showed that it can be done.  Each film has got better, as the budget increased, and we want this one to be the best yet.  You and I both know, it has to be.

So what am I prepared to do? Well, I'm not taking any fee or pay for anything I do with this. It's just too important to me to get this story out. Secondly, I'll start the ball rolling with a £1000 investment. I'm not keen on asking anyone to invest in something I haven't done.

Key Dates:
Investment sought- Right away
Crowdfunding starts: March 31st
Social Media campaign starts: June 15th
Funding deadline-November 30th
Premiere-March 2nd 2018
DVD/Download release-March 2nd 2018
Book release-March 2nd 2018


Finally, the reason for this project is simple: There are two things I am sick of right now. The first is the ludicrous notion that Rangers weren't liquidated in 2012. It's the grossest lie ever told to Scottish football public. Secondly, I am sick of Celtic supporters being targeted for who they are and what they say. I go through this on a daily basis and I see many others that are the same. Except I have platforms to fight back and some others don't. So I am not prepared to sit back and watch them suffer in silence and fear.

I doubt you will either.

HH
Paul

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The 10 in a row elephant in the room

Tonight is a funny game. I've not seen any of the real build up that you normally associate with a Celtic V Aberdeen game and that worries me a bit. Aberdeen have ended unbeaten records at Celtic Park(and Pittodrie) before in midweek games and our injury situation doesn't help. That said, I still find it remarkable we are still talking about being unbeaten in February. It sort of drip feeds into the big picture: Our domination and can anyone stop us?

Dave King was supposed to do that wasn't he? I remember him talking about 20m, 30m, 50m, his children's inheritance and all that. Cut to today and things aren't really going to plan. Current CE Stewart Robertson has little or no clue what is going on as he is constantly undermined by John Gilligan and his Club 18-30 colleagues. Often he will get phone calls from other people in Scottish football asking him to explain another Ibrox statement and Stewart won't have a clue what the person is talking about. He does know, however, they made a monumental mistake claiming Celtic fans damaged Ibrox and he knows the consequences of that are still to come.

With Sevco's train coming fully off the rails, you just wonder what else certain aspects of Scottish football will try to come up with to stop us getting 10. A clue was given by ex St Mirren owner Stewart Gilmour, one of the most anti-Celtic men in the country, when he launched a personal attack on Peter Lawwell. As the tabloids splashed all over themselves with headlines like "LAWWELL RUNS SCOTTISH FOOTBALL" the devil, as usual, was in the detail. Stewart tried to defend his former club voting against league reconstruction whilst failing to divulge the reason that he gave in the room on the day "It's a Celtic proposal, so we are against it"

Sportsound is the platform for these views to be aired constantly with host Kenny Macintyre asking his hero, Barry Ferguson, on a weekly basis about 10 in a row. Kenny does this to keep the narrative live in the hope that someone, somewhere will come up with the masterplan to stop us,

In that vein, don't be surprised in the near future if you hear a proposal that runs along Heneken Cup terms. Because believe me, there are silly wee men in Scotland currently devising plans like this and others in the hope of an SPFL break up sooner rather than later.

Me? I'm more worried about Aberdeen tonight.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

No such thing as 'Fake News'


"There's no such thing as chicks with dicks, just dudes with tits!!!" is probably the line in a movie (Ted 2) I laughed at most in 2016. Sometimes you just need to hear something said bluntly to be like "Of course!!!" and, thankfully, I didn't need any personal experience to zing that one into my mind.

It is not difficult to pinpoint the time the Scottish MSM jumped the shark, it happened pretty much the day Sevco kicked their first ball at Glebe Park, Brechin in 2012. Since then, a web of lies has been spun better than a Pringle jumper in the borders of Scotland circa 1815. Leaving aside the usual trumpeters of Jackson, Jack and Williams, even some relatively sane journalists have bought in (or been bought off) to the ludicrous notion of the "same club" This has taken them to a level that is usually reserved for the Willie Frazer's of this world yet they actually demand to be taken seriously by the populous. This in turn has led to the likes of Barry Ferguson and Kris Boyd being elevated to the point where we are told their opinion matters. We are asked to respect two people whom throughout their lives have shown little, if any, respect for others. Barry Ferguson now is a regular Monday night feature on BBC's Sportsound. The official line is that it "provides continuity for the listener". The reality is it provides a platform for Barry to talk about ABC (Anyone but Clyde). Then there is Kris Boyd, a man who has found the perfect medium in Instagram to share his thoughts (For any huns reading, that's because he doesn't have to write). Kris was given a platform, again by BBC's Sportsound, to attack the incoming Hearts manager, Ian Cathro. This set a narrative of poison around Cathro who, as far as I can see, was guilty of nothing more than learning his occupation.

Dec 31st was a watershed in Scottish football. Celtic's win at Ibrox sent alarm bells ringing in the ears of everyone who banks on that blue pound. There had to be a change of narrative and there had to be money into Ibrox quicker than a Scott Sinclair dribble. So the ludicrous Red Bull Leipzig friendly was talked up like the World Cup final right up to the point of the fourth Red Bull goal. Then, Scotland awoke to the knowledge that it had a new saviour of the game in the form of the six million pound man Barrie MacKay. Well, that's a relief eh? I personally have been sitting around all of January praying that we would be saved and if anyone can do it, then Barrie must be that guy, eh? It was noticeable that this £6m bid, immediately dismissed as nonsense by Red Bull Leipzig, is still being talked about in the MSM as if it is real. Kind of like how they still talk about Bigfoot in Canada.

All this is done for one reason, the appeasement of the Sevco hordes.

We still live in a country where the MSM are simply the mouthpiece of certain people and there is even a phrase now been concocted "Fake News". Except it's not. They are lies. Nothing less. Lies with the agenda of  propping up the four year old club whilst attacking your senses.

And by the way, there are plenty dudes with tits in Scotland, you'll normally see them whispering in their ear.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Shut em down

Ibrox was a good day. Even against the tribute act that now play there, you want to put them in their place all the same. It did happen, right? Cause, like me, you could be forgiven in thinking it was all a dream. The media shutdown since has been amusing if not surprising. Sportsound didn't bother to release their post-game podcast and the evening show has conveniently shut down just now. You could argue, with no top flight football, that was inevitable but surely this was a golden opportunity to focus on the rest of Scottish football or do Barry Ferguson and Kris Boyd have no views on that?

I caught a bit of Sportscene on Saturday and, whilst confirming the game actually took place, there was a collective agreement that Sevco should have had the game won after 30 minutes. The thing is, they did, it's just that a game of football lasts 90 minutes or 95 if Sevco are losing.

This is all deflection of course.

Similar to the kind of guff being spouted by the press regarding Sevco's potential loan signings (The new Messi and Pirlo) whilst Celtic tie up an outstanding prospect from Africa for £3m and the first articles you see touted are about him leaving before he has even signed for us.

Yet we are told constantly that there is no agenda.

My own take is that a realisation has finally hit the Sevco propagandists that Celtic's domination of the Scottish game shows no sign of ending. In fact, it feels like we are only at the beginning. This was conversed beautifully by Stuart McCall who said Sevco "needed to sign Messi and Ronaldo to stop Celtic winning 10 in a row" That's the real Messi, not the new one mind.

In the meantime, Celtic go from strength to strength. Huge assets are on the club payroll whilst Virgil Van Dijk is soon to be responsible for a rather large cheque coming our way. More importantly, on the pitch we are blooming. The difference Brendan Rodgers has made to the likes of Armstrong, Forrest and Rogic is incredible and playing the Celtic Way is now back with a bang.

Not that you'd know it from the media in Scotland, of course.