Day: 18 September 2021

As Celtic hero Henrik Larsson turns 50 Craig Burley recalls how Wim Jansen turned Swede’s career around

Henrik Larsson, arguably the best foreigner ever to play in Scotland, will be 50 tomorrow but the Swedish striker will be forever young in the hearts and minds of the Celtic supporters fortunate enough to witness him in action. While he spent the peak years of his career at Parkhead, his enduring excellence was such …

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Bryan Easson gives Scotland a second chance to put things right against Spain

BRYAN EASSON has kept faith in the side which came up well short against Italy in the opening match of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign on Monday, having made only one enforced change to the starting fifteen ahead of this evening’s do-or-die clash against Spain at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.  Sarah Bonar has …

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Ryder Cup: Europeans bank on team spirit to overcome USA favourites

Remember back in 2014 when the USA set up an instantly mockable Task Force in the wake of yet another Ryder Cup defeat? Calling on just about everything from past players, past captains, past Presidents, songs from the Old West and the ghost of John Wayne, this new, all-embracing approach was going to transform US …

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Glasgow Warriors scrum coach Alasdair Dickinson looking forward to challenge from new teams

AS a self-professed scrum bore, Alasdair Dickinson says he is licking his lips in anticipation of Glasgow Warriors kicking off their United Rugby Championship season next Friday night with a trip to Belfast to take on a powerful Ulster outfit, followed by back-to-back home games against the Sharks and the Lions – two of the …

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New-look Hamish Watson eager to pass on lessons learned from Lions tour

THE mullet may be gone but the rest of him is back. Hamish Watson started  pre-season training with Edinburgh last week after a break following the Lions tour, and now the Scotland forward is looking ahead eagerly to the start of the United Rugby Championship. Watson sat out yesterday’s friendly against Benetton and will need …

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Arrests after ‘racist and sectarian singing’ during Orange walks in Glasgow

Police have made several arrests after “racist and sectarian singing” took place during Orange walks which shut streets across Glasgow and led to condemnation of anti-Catholic bigotry. Thousands of people took part in processions which shut down city centre roads and prompted counter-protests. Up to 800 police officers were deployed to manage the event, which …

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A highly readable hatchet job: Iain Macwhirter reviews Churchill’s Shadow by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Bodley Head, £25 Review by Iain Macwhirter Great men don’t make history, said Friedrich Hegel, history makes great men. Never has that been more true than in the case of Winston Churchill. He was an outsider, a failure, a drinker who was casually racist. An imperialist who thought the English-speaking peoples were destined to civilise …

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Film view with Damon Smith

Life’s a drag, in the best possible sense, in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, a defiantly feel-fabulous film version of the award-winning coming-of-age musical written by Tom MacRae with music courtesy of Dan Gillespie Sells from The Feeling. Theatre director Jonathan Butterell makes his feature film debut with a faithful stage-to-screen adaptation, expanding the rousing song …

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Author Denzil Meyrick shares the charms of Southend on the Kintyre peninsula

The village of Southend is, as the name suggests, located at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, on Scotland’s west coast. Not far at all from the Mull made famous by Paul McCartney. It was also one of the potential sites for Boris’s doomed bridge. Southend is the closest settlement on the UK mainland …

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Gardening with Dave Allan: Could we start to grow chillies in our changing climate?

If you already grow peppers, you might want to try something a bit hotter and chillies fit the bill. Climate change is making our Scottish summers a bit drier and warmer and this suits chillies down to the ground. I haven’t been scurrying around keeping my chillies well hydrated, like tomatoes and cucumbers. So how …

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