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  1. Sean McLaughlan and Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath. Came from Irish football. They done well. Fleetwood Town are located in Lancashire in England.
  2. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-some-regional-areas-set-to-re-enter-lockdown-after-191-new-coronavirus-cases-20200707-p559tk.html Number plate recognition on the borders of Melbourne to prevent travel into regional Victoria. Imagine the complete meltdown if that happened on the Scottish border.
  3. Yeah. Spoke to my mate last night. He said they should be fine as they effectively have no debt. However, he has already financed and is in the process of financing several other major universities, so he said they'll get through it. The story about 13 universities going bust, is effectively them trying to get more government money to tide them over, without having to rely too much on aforementioned support from the banks. He's a guy who leads negotiations and signs off on the deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds, to finance universities and local authorities, so he knows what he's talking about. Compared to local authorities, most universities are in relatively good health! https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/renfrewshires-pandemic-bill-soars-55-22307831 Renfrewshire council are estimating that they have a £55 million bill due to the pandemic and I'd imagine that there are other local authorities that are in far worse states.
  4. Great article by Bill Leckie. He’s (Craig Gordon) also bang on when he expresses his dismay that Scottish football hasn’t been able to sort itself out despite its problems not meaning a toss compared to what’s going on in the wider world. Without wishing to pick an argument with one of the game’s good guys, though, I have to say that, if he’s searching for a reason why it’s all gone so pear-shaped, it’s right under his nose; right there in his boyhood club’s boardroom. Hearts are the ones who finished bottom of the table despite spending top-three money on players. Hearts are the ones who panicked and demanded those players take pay cuts before the government even had the chance to introduce the furlough scheme. Hearts backed the wrong horse in the vote on ending the season early, then again on the vote calling for an independent probe into how that decision was reached. A reconstruction plan that would have saved their bacon fell on its backside, even though their own sugar-mummy Ann Budge chaired the committee who came up with it. They dragged United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers into their legal fight to have the final tables declared void, a situation that has left Raith fearing they’ll be unable to risk a six-figure legal bill and will simply be crossing their fingers that the decision goes their way. As if this wasn’t heavy-handed enough, Budge then nicked Robbie Neilson from Tannadice as her new manager — a hefty investment which, along with the deal to bring Gordon in from Celtic, is an almighty boot in the stones for every employee forced into a drop in wages when Budge pleaded poverty. I know Jambos fans will be sick of reading this, maybe even as sick as I am of writing it, but it has to be put on record that, despite dominating the headlines for pretty much all of these 115 locked-down days, their club have produced not one positive, winning idea. Good God, even when the hugely-generous James Anderson offered a donation of millions to make sure no clubs went down the pan, all Budge had to do was introduce him to Neil Doncaster and let them shake hands, but even then she managed to turn it into a fight. Like Rangers chairman Douglas Park before her, she’s read the room wrong time and again. She’s been fighting shadows, punching smoke. Plus, when she and her lawyers were throwing their weight around by plunging the plans of the three lower league winners into disarray, why didn’t they have the courage to claim that Celtic shouldn’t have been named Premiership champions? After all, if they’re actually saying relegation shouldn’t have counted, how can the title stand? Sorry, but there are more holes in Budge’s defence than . . . well, there were in her back four all last season, which really is saying something. And, for the umpteenth time, let me also say without fear of contradiction that, if they’d come off the bottom by winning at Paisley in the last, pivotal match before the shutters came down, we’d never have heard a peep from them. So, sure, there will be bad blood whatever happens now. But it’s Hearts who spilled it. Sure, it’ll forever be a crying shame that they, Partick Thistle and Stranraer were condemned to the drop when they still had enough games left to save themselves. But there are also countless businesses who might never open their doors again, tens of thousands of workers sweating over when they’ll earn a crust again. All Hearts were asked to do was suck up some rank bad luck and agree to kick a ball around in a different division come August — a division they’d be odds-on favourites to win. Whatever happens next in this sorry, sordid saga, the fact that they preferred to cause chaos for everyone else around them will stain those famous maroon shirts for a long time to come." https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/5777365/craig-gordon-hearts-relegation-row-bill-leckie
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    Paisley Pubs

    Had seen the letter sent out to some licensed premises from the licensing board. By all accounts they'd have warned them beforehand. They were lucky they weren't ordered to close. Seems like the councils have been asked to relax planning controls, so that pubs can maximise the use of public spaces.
  6. UWS has been broke for a wee while, this could be the final nail. The last I heard it was in better health relatively, compared to St.Andrew's and Edinburgh. I'll let you know after I've spoken to my mate.
  7. Telford oversaw the whole canal project. He wasn't only involved in the River Cart aqueduct construction. http://www.hiddenglasgow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9896 Some excellent pictures present and past of the canal. I've been walking past the Coats basin for the past few weeks and it's got a lot of aquatic birds living there. I think I saw some carp there too.
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53280965 A lot of universities in financial trouble. Main problem is over reliance on foreign students. St.Andrew's really struggling at present, as is Edinburgh. Glasgow is stronger financially, so not quite as badly affected. https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/student-advice/where-to-study/international-students-at-uk-universities The likes of UWS aren't going to be affected nearly as badly, as most of their students are "home grown".
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    Paisley Pubs

    Telfords https://www.facebook.com/telfordspaisley/ The New Normal We can’t wait to welcome you back on Monday. But we all need to play the game. We’ve put some house rules in place so that as many of you as possible can get a little dose of Telfords alfresco, whilst keeping our customers and staff as safe as we can. We are taking bookings for our beer garden, min 2 people and maximum 6 people, with 2 hour time slots per booking. We will be keeping a few tables free each day for walk-ins too Call us on 0141 848 1362 or email us at [email protected] (please don’t DM just call or email so we can manage it fairly..) >Open 12-10 daily >Food served 12-3/5-8pm >2m social distancing >Please wait to be seated >Table service only >Card payments only See you Monday? @ Telfords Paisley
  10. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18562149.support-scottish-independence-surges-new-poll-snp-look-set-landslide-victory-holyrood-elections/
  11. FTOF

    Paisley Pubs

    Walked past it half an hour ago and it was still looked as if hee haw had been done. Announcement on their facebook page on the 26th June, which effectively says, "watch this space".
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    Paisley Pubs

    Telfords (formerly Canal St Station) definitely opening. Walked past it this afternoon and it was a hive of activity. Lots of wooden pallets fashioned into seating, in addition to the usual beer garden furniture.
  13. Indeed. Both them and Agent P, seem to be total arseholes.
  14. That will be the reality of the situation. There's not a chance that anyone will stick to social distancing on the road to pishedness. I was watching the BBC this morning and they were in a pub that plays music and they've been told to keep the music low, as shouting spreads the virus more than when you're speaking. Again, the reality is, music or not, the more people drink, generally the louder they get. You can just imagine someone with a few swallies in them being asked to "keep the noise down". Fortunately our resident foot stamping non-conformist won't be in the pub, otherwise things might get a bit "tasty".
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