THE SOBER SEARCH FOR POSITIVES AFTER THE NUMBING DISAPPOINTMENT OF SEVILLE

by Colin Campbell SOBERLY searching for positives not long after a numbingly disappointing conclusion to the Europa League final, where to begin? Well, first and foremost we’re not going to break down in tears. And personally I do very much like Germans. Back in 1966 when England played West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley, the first football match I vividly remember, the … Continue reading THE SOBER SEARCH FOR POSITIVES AFTER THE NUMBING DISAPPOINTMENT OF SEVILLE

The smart money’s on RANGERS: City pubs will be packed, and night of joyous celebration lies ahead if Ibrox club win their first European trophy in 50 years

by Colin Campbell NOT everyone will be fascinated, nay, entranced by the prospect of tonight’s Rangers match in Seville. Some will say, “what Rangers match?”, as I would in diverse circumstances if I was in conversation with a fervent fan of English cricket. Others, supporters of rival clubs, will feign unawareness, although they will still watch the game avidly. And some supporters of Caley Thistle … Continue reading The smart money’s on RANGERS: City pubs will be packed, and night of joyous celebration lies ahead if Ibrox club win their first European trophy in 50 years

Footballer comes out as gay. Media goes into raptures, fans couldn’t care less

by Colin Campbell AN English league footballer announced he’s gay and yesterday it was deemed to merit three separate stories on the Guardian website. If he’d announced he was transgender they’d have probably devoted the entire sports section to it. By contrast the historic Rangers match was written up and signed off in one article. Such are the sporting priorities in sections of the media … Continue reading Footballer comes out as gay. Media goes into raptures, fans couldn’t care less

Mauritius, California, and crowded airports: a welcome alternative to the doom mongers’ view of ‘broken Britain’

by Colin Campbell I SAID here recently that outside the media hype aimed at keeping pretty rubbish papers alive, no one is talking in ordinary life about referendums and independence. Nothing is happening, nothing has changed, and for the vast majority of people it’s a dead issue, for the time being at any rate. However I bumped into an INV reader and an old friend … Continue reading Mauritius, California, and crowded airports: a welcome alternative to the doom mongers’ view of ‘broken Britain’

Sturgeon joins holiday exodus for a selfie spree in the United States

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon is joining the mass post covid holiday exodus, when she jets off to the USA.  It’s likely she’ll have a very pleasant and relaxing time. Of course there will be protests about this. But as First Minister of Scotland, she’s probably entitled to indulge herself in a freebie trip now and again. We know the script in advance. First and … Continue reading Sturgeon joins holiday exodus for a selfie spree in the United States

Chance of a close up Vue of a very special occasion

by Colin Campbell THE Vue Cinema in Inverness will be screening the Rangers Europa League final on Wednesday night. The last time I checked there were still spare seats. I have plans for watching this very big occasion. But I don’t particularly fancy potentially watching it in a darkened cinema squeezed in alongside some frenzied character loaded to the gunwales with beer and stuffing popcorn … Continue reading Chance of a close up Vue of a very special occasion

REMOVE ENDLESS AND DESPERATE MEDIA HYPE AND THIS ISSUE WOULD BE HALF DEAD IN THE WATER

by Colin Campbell THE Herald website went somewhat overboard yesterday and at one point displayed more than a dozen articles relating directly or indirectly to independence. Normally they manage to restrain themselves to around 10. There’s a reason for this of course. Articles which are about independence and which are based on conjecture and speculation without a hard fact to be found anywhere usually attract … Continue reading REMOVE ENDLESS AND DESPERATE MEDIA HYPE AND THIS ISSUE WOULD BE HALF DEAD IN THE WATER

Emotions run riot in the countdown to Seville

by Colin Campbell I SPEND quite a lot of time at the moment on a website brimming with a range of human emotions – temptation, anxiety, anguish, triumph and apprehension. Yes, these days the premier Rangers fan site, “Follow Follow” is the place to be. Temptation at the prospect of shelling out in excess of £2,000 for a ticket for next Wednesday’s Europa League final … Continue reading Emotions run riot in the countdown to Seville

The snouts in the trough brigade will never quit Westminster

by Colin Campbell AFTER an election in which the SNP gained the support of 18 per cent of those eligible to vote, Westminster opposition to another referendum is not only “untenable” and “unsustainable”. If the UK Government continues to block it happening in 2023, “woe betide them”. Ross MP and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford came up with this novel new way of spreading fear … Continue reading The snouts in the trough brigade will never quit Westminster

New councillors face the imminent threat of systematic hypnosis

by Colin Campbell A NEW bunch of councillors will take up office and get down to work in the next few days. There are some new faces for Inverness and the surrounding area, no doubt brimming with optimism, positivity and practical good ideas. That’s as it should be and I hope they manage to make an impact. But there’s no doubt they’re up against it. … Continue reading New councillors face the imminent threat of systematic hypnosis