Celtic Diary Monday December 9: Ten Out Of Ten

The first trophy of the season found its way back home last night as Celtic stood firm against a plucky performance from new club “rangers ” to win by the slenderest of margins.

The solitary goal in the game came from an inch perfect cross to the foot of Cris Jullien who simply placed the ball beyond Alan MacGregor, who had had little to do during the game and when he did have to do something, he found he couldn’t.

It finished 1-0 , and there was a kind of justice in how the game went.

One guy would certainly have had a smile on his face if he had seen it.

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During the cheating years, Burns put together a side that played football the way it should be played, and countless matches against Rangers, as they were called then, ended with Laudrup or Lovenkrands snatching a winner that secured titles and cups.

There were also claims that Jullien was offside yesterday, a claim that also reminded us of another cup final..

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As far as I’m concerned, justice was seen to be done yesterday.

Although there are some who say that Jullien wasn’t offside… an arm played him on..

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I’d like to think that he was, and anyway, it doesn’t matter, the history books will record it as a 1-0 win to Celtic, and a tenth successive domestic trophy, a unique achievement in world football.

Fraser Forster earned his coin yesterday with a performance not seen since the famous win over Barcelona, although to be fair, morelos and co. are not exactly Messi and his mates.

Morelos even missed a penalty when he was asked by his terrified captain Tavernier to take the spot kick after he was nudged over by Jeremie Frimpong, who was having the game of his life out on the right flank.

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Frimpong was sent off for having denied a goalscoring opportunity, which was nonsense as it was Morelos and therefore never going to be a goalscoring opportunity.

Morelos had predictably dived and fouled his way through the game, even running his foot onto the ankle of chris Jullien when he thought no one was looking.

For Jullien to score the winner, and Morelos to miss a penalty, well, perhaps the gods of justice were indeed looking down on Hampden yesterday.

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Morelos Cup Final Stats: 1 Game 90 Minutes 14 fouls 0 cards 1 penalty 0 Goals 2 Hairstyles. 
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Still, it’s christmas, and it was good to see the Celtic support wishing the opposition fans seasons greetings..
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Speaking of greeting…their players took it badly..
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As did their fans..
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And their manager…well, clearly he’d been too close to the Celtic dressing room and appeared to join in with one of the tunes blasting out…
“On the evidence of today, our day will come, our day will come.” 
It is not known whether he then said “ooh ahh ..up the rah. “
Poor “rangers “, even the advertising hoardings seemed to be taking the piss…
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Last word has to go to the manager, who now joins Billy McNeill as the only men to have won all three domestic trophies as player and manager.

There are many ways to win a game of football, and obviously over the past eight to 10 weeks, we’ve been playing some scintillating, brilliant and breathtaking football,” 

“On Sunday we had to roll up our sleeves and dig in because we weren’t there, but you have to accept that and be resolute. They’ve dug it, they’ve won again and that trophy’s back in the cabinet and we march on.

“It’s massive for the team, a huge psychological lift for the team. We’ll have a good week. We’ve obviously got the Cluj game, but a few of them will get a rest and, psychologically, it’s a massive shot in the arm for them, under the circumstances.

“Our motivation will be – that’s the first trophy of the season in the cabinet and the focus now for the next few months is on the league.”  

 

Back in July, if you had said by mid December we’d have the league cup won, the europa League group won and be a couple of points clear in the quest for nine in a row, you’d have taken it.

If we knew then that Frimpong, Forster, Jullien and Elyanoussi would improve the team in the way they have, you’d have been delighted.

And if we’d known that a revitialised Scott Brown would still be wnding them up and standing up to be counted when it matters, we’d have been over the moon.

 

It could still be a great season, it’s just that even when we have an off day there’s enough in the tank to see us over the line.

 

You can buy players, but you can’t buy heart.

 

 

Yesterday, we had this image to peruse..

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Whitearra

Caption : “F##k’s sake Sean, where did you the kegs. Everybody’s staring at us.” 

Today…

 

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Actually, the last word isn’t with the manager…it’s from  Mikael Lustig… on Instagram..

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Cartvale88

Has Gollum not apologised to the Stevie G yet, this is so unfair, the Lanarkshire branch will have to speak to him.

The bias and spewing of vitriol from our so called intelligent media, the BBC at the forefront shows their bias. Probably our best victory ever as it fooled the demented zombies, how they bleed.

Fredo is a Nasty individual, continuously niggling and the tackle on Julien a shocker, but nothing said, only Celtic at fault for not allowing the mighty Sevco to win.

Ohhh my days.
Happy Hoopy Monday fellow Tims
Sure it’s just a grand old team
God Bless the Celtic

Monti

I just can’t get enough!

Gerry

The Frimpong interview is possibly my favourite ever!
Sutton winding up Rae is always enjoyable as well; “I’m impartial Darryl, but the good guys won”

Legend07

Congrats on a massive win probably the worst football performance we’ve seen from the team since watching BR’s teams in Europe. What’s happening with LG seriously we’re struggling for strikers and we’re messing about with probably the best finisher at the club what the f*ck is going on. To be fair to Morgan he did try his best and put a shift in but he’s obviously not a striker. The question must be asked how long is going to take for people to wake up to James Forrest another invisible performance yesterday. He can get carried when we’re winning and… Read more »

The Cha

Oh dear.

Forrest played his part, providing an out ball when we were under pressure and good link up with Frimpong.

Also no primadonna stuff when he was substituted, exactly what the team needs.

Griffith’s hasn’t been a thing for 5 seasons.

Legend07

There was no primadonna stuff cause he was glad to get out of it! Out ball?? What are you talking about he was non existent I think you where in the Cha yesterday. Same as last week at Dingwall/ Easter road/ Pittodrie when he’s not in the mood we’re a man short

bgbhoy

so that’s 3 games out of 30 odd so far this season he hasn’t performed?

Legend07

3 games?? I could give you a lot more the most recent til Sunday was hamilton last Wednesday. Tell you what bgb tell me the last game Forrest really tore a team and had 2 good half’s and not cameo roles. Next game do yourself a favour watch him constantly. He plays the safe ball hardly takes his man on the outside hardly ever makes a move to really show for it ( in comparison watch Johnston making space to receive passes in behind) the guy on his game is a player but it’s nowhere near often enough. You can… Read more »

bgbhoy

hes on 14 goals before the halfway stage, you want to remove that from the team?

TicToc

Legend 07, I’ve seen for many a year and still see that ‘wee Jamesy’ makes us either a man short or does something commendable. We were men short AGAIN yesterday, but Forrest was only one of them. Anyway, there’s a fuckin’ love affair on here from Monti, Andy and his wean (who knows “wee Jamesie”). Fukkit, just let me say this: Legend07 is correct and provably so. The ‘others’ treat Jamesie as if he was a wee wean. Tell me this: just how many tangible offers have we had for “wee Jamesie” and if none (which is accurate) why so?… Read more »

Monti

Leg end,
Quite an apt moniker sir.

The Cha

or Legned, take you’re pick.

Legend07

Cunti the man who’s views only count!

Monti

Aye & don’t you forget it ya orange cunt, now fuck off!

bgbhoy

oh dear

Legend07

Oh dear?

Monti

Leg end,
James didn’t play well yesterday, you seem to think that he must turn in a Messiesque performance every time he takes to the field.
Our players are only human, sometimes they’ll be great, other times average or off form, so what?
This group of players have delivered three trebles & 10 consecutive trophies, with James being heavily involved in all of that, so as we say in Fife….shut yer pus!

Whitearra

Caption : “Canny get any worse? Ye think no. I’ve left the car roof doon…”

Puggy67

I’m pleased for young Frimpong it’s asking a lot (too much IMHO) to throw the lad in to that game from the get go and if it had gone badly after his sending off the psychological effects could have been severe.
However he has something many of his mates down south will never have and the chance of 3 more (beer’s not worn off). Well done Lenny the team done us proud and on an off day showed the mentality of winners.

Mike

Ooh, it feels like Christmas has come early.

Adeste Fedeles,
Laeti triumphantes.

Oh come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.

BroxburnBhoy

Caption: please somebody from England giz a job!

BroxburnBhoy

I see the bold Gerrard has demanded VAR in Scotland. I agree let’s have VAR and see how many penalties they get after that. Steven be careful what you ask for you’ll lose the only advantage you have – the MIBs!

henkesdreadlocks

You really should know better BB. It would be used to their advantage more so. Who do you think would be overseeing it?

henkesdreadlocks

It’s nearly always blatant. It would be used in their favour by the corrupt cabal that run the game here.

henkesdreadlocks

Really. Do you not think they’ll use their own interpretation of it to suit. It’s going to be the brethren in a room with funny handshakes, trousers rolled up and shagging goats whilst singling the billy boys. It will simply be used as a tool to keep the undead relevant.

tex

Slippy showed his true class telling his team to get up the tunnel after they received their medals,and not applauding the winners as they received theirs.Then when we put the ball out so Julien could get attention not giving us the ball from the throw in,the man and his team are all classless.

Uralius

Caption:
Gerard: “And I think to meeself, even the pitch is green and white.”

Puggy67

Caption: Oh, I can’t hide ‘neath the things
That the racist UB bring.
Their tifo like my gameplan’s in the bin.
But bananas turn to pies
And I can’t believe my eyes.
Morelos – 50 million and he mings.

Cheer up, Stevie G
oh my rancid team.
But I’ve still got my list for Santa
And a wee speech from the Queen.

Devoy45

Good stuff Charlie Saiz. What do you think of this idea? Until we get adequate striking support for Eddy (or if Griff and Bayo get fit and prove their worth) why not a 4-3-3, with Rogic providing at least some height and movement? We also need to stop asking attacking fullbacks to also be non-stop defenders. They get knackered. Here goes: Forster Elhamed or Bauer/Ajer/Jullien/Boli Frimpong/Brown/McGregor Forrest/Rogic/Christie That way Frimpong and McGregor could go forward and still be backed up. It would also mean, when attacking our fullbacks could overlap. I think this would work better than trying to replace… Read more »

Monti

Shved/Morgan?
Aye ok then Mr Bassett

Monti

Griffiths is finished at Celtic, sellhim in January!

Thanks for everything Leigh but it’s over son.

bgbhoy

I don’t know why anyone would be surprised Charlie you have been told several times.. and trying to use a heavy pitch as an excuse? that is clutching, it didn’t prevent proper pro’s like eddy making an appearance and changing the game for us

we need to get rid of dead wood like Griffiths for someone who can be relied upon

The Cha

I’m not quite at the goodbye stage although its been 5 seasons since he’s made a significant contribution.

No sensible person expected him to start yesterday even if it had been a clear dry day and with Eddy on the bench, he wasn’t getting that option either.

Hopefully he can play a bigger part before the end of the year but my breath remains unheld.

Once again it highlights we need a top class replacement for when Eddy is unavailable and Griffiths and Bayo simply don’t cut it other than backups for low key outings.

TicToc

Aye, BG, ye wirnae too keen on NFL either, eh? Where are you coming from now?
Yer da’s got a clue, you huvnae.

The Cha

He rated him to be not good enough to be on the bench yesterday.

I agree with Lennon’s rating.

The Cha

He rated him to be not good enough to be on the bench yesterday. Fact.

Does that make it easier for you to comprehend?

Gerry

Caption:
If that useless cunt doesn’t stop crying like a little bitch I’m gonna knock him out!

Pensionerbhoy

Ralph, Advent is probably not the appropriate time to release all the pent up badness that regurgitates around one’s mind and emotions, particularly on days when east versus south. Instead, we are encouraged to use this period for repentance and forgiveness but I have not just struggled but, in truth, have no inclination to respond to the call. My feelings this morning, after the nerves and irregular heartbeats settled overnight (no double entendres, please. It is a medical condition), were of vengeance and justice. For a relatively long lifetime, I have seen the reverse of Sunday played out season on… Read more »

CarllJungleBhoy

I’m still somewhere over the moon >20 hours afterwards ..
#OhMyDays

Rebus67

I am still on a high from yesterday! Before the game, I feared the worst and would not watch it live. Everything pointed in favour of a Sevco advantage: the state of the pitch; the selected ref, who is both hopeless and biased; their motivation to win their first trophy; the absence of fit Edouard, Elyanoussi and Elhamed; Forrest’s form and Morgan out of position. Then there were the tactics involved(or were there any tactics other than do your very best!)……long punts up the middle to a small, isolated winger playing in the middle. This was Lenny’s finest game, second… Read more »

henkesdreadlocks

Just to let you know, my seat was directly opposite the BT Sport commentary area and I had the opportunity to ask Alex Rae when he would be paying the money he owes to HMRC. Needless to say, a kid on look of horror came across his annoying visage. Many hoots of laughter from fellow fans followed as he hurriedly made his way to the hun side of the platform. As our Bhoys headed back onto the pitch with the trophy, Rae and fat Sally perched themselves on the Celtic side of the platform, again some mild ribbing took place… Read more »

No ” may well” about it. Get it done. It does my shit in to have to watch all these tax cheats being feted and bankrolled by the print and on Tv media. We are ultimately paying for the privilegge of listening to these biased tax cheats.Every time you by a paper, take out a subscription with a broadcaster, we are subsidising people who do not have our best interests at heart. Either as a Club or as Individuals they despise us and wish us harm. If they transgress in public with witnesses get their collars felt. Make sure that… Read more »

Mike

Yesterday was painful to watch, a game played in atrocious conditions, refereed by someone who’s reputation goes before him. His self of himself is also painful to watch. All over Europe he is berated for his shockingly bad performances, how he is allowed to officiate is beyond me, but then again its the SFA. that employs him and his ilk. Like it or not it was the unbelievable skill of “the wall” that saved us time after time. Saved us from the pain of a defeat that would have spoiled our Christmas and beyond. So my own thoughts are this,… Read more »

bgbhoy

that was a typical performance we came to expect from a lennon team in a final… soon as I saw morgan up top my heart sank, Sinclair for me with his strength a far better option.. bizarre

we got away with one but I suppose it doesn’t matter how we win in finals

leaving for cluj tomorrow and it really is a reserve side were sending

The Cha

Enjoy, really nice place but I doubt you’ll have the 30 degrees we had in the summer!

Mike

Enjoy and that is how it should be, after the teams brilliant Europa performances. If there is any spare blood, bring me some back from Transylvania, as the Doc says that I am slightly anaemic.

BJF

Morelos committed 6 bookable offences yesterday, two would have had him sent off. Thank goodness for our Wullie, if Morelos has been sent off they might have done better, the guy is a liability against us. Worrying we only stepped up after a Frimpong was sent off. No repetition at the end of the month. I can’t see us being able to afford keeping the Wall, still 9 Leagues will do nicely. I wondered about Griffiths not being even in the bench, I hope he is not playing for fitness to go in January. Interesting challenges for us with Hibs… Read more »

BJF

It’s funny how watching on tv changes things. I came away from Hamden yesterday thinking Frimpong and Hayes, along with a Morgan, Forrest and to a lesser extent Calmac had made little impression on new Rangers. TV allowed me to see it in a clearer way and Hayes and Frimpong did much better than I initially thought. The media are living playing the “ Rangers” sympathy card. Yes Sevco had more possession, more chances and were first to every ball much more often and of course our goal was offside but thing is the best team is the one that’s… Read more »

The Cha

Interestingly, the BBC report gave possession as 50-50.

That’s not the way it seemed and, I wonder, what it was when we went down to 10.

You would think they would have had far more but perhaps not.

I noticed that too. I watched the game back a second time and even in the first half we had the ball more than I had realized (watching live on CTV) but never really put anything together. Too many players not up to snuff.

Funkyy

Especially if Thursday’s Young Boys do a repeat of Sunday’s young Bhoys…the huns’ chins will be on the floor and Motherwell can make them suffer some more.

As it should be bgbhoy the bhoys deserve a real rest before the madness of December fixture list.
Enjoy your trip.

Bgbhoy

Fair play mate. You’ve called it since the summer I just find it hard to forget that’s all.

charlie
henkesdreadlocks

Caption……..

Tiocfaidh ár lá.

henkesdreadlocks

………. the end is nigh.

The Cha

Caption “Shat it again, boss”

Caption: Why does it always rain on me.

TicToc

So, did Lawwell give the team talk yesterday?
And were 3 mhen too proud to listen?
It nearly fuckin’ worked, keeping Sevco and relevant alive in the same sentence.
There was Forster, Frimpong, Ajer, proud to wear the green, Forster, Frimpong, Ajer the best ye’ve ever seen…….., the rest were Lawwell’s side-kicks, an’ am no’ really mean, but if Lawwell survives another term, a ‘batin’ ah’ll gi’e him.
Get Lawwell tae fuck, and his brother fleas alang wi’ him.
Ya bastard, yer caird’s marked.

Auldheid

Noted 🙂

TicToc

Occasionally, just occasionally a song is written and performed with near perfection…..this is one of those rare “occasions”.
Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohk3DP5fMCg

Caption: At least Lourdes will be happy.

Devoy45

At Cluj:
Gordon
Bauer/Ajer/Jullien/Taylor
Ntcham/Bitton
Morgan/Rogic/Sinclair
Griffiths
Save the rest of the bhoys for some tough domestic matches coming up: home to Hibs, away to Hearts.

Puggy67

I’ll give you Hibs but Hearts are gash.

I wouldnt send Jullien or Ajer over either Devoy.
Give some young under 21s the chance to see what it’s all about.

Jimmyb, we are really short of centrebacks. Only Jull, Ajer and Bitton available. There are no reserves registered not even Hendry!!

Mike

Where is Sumonovic. For the record I would give Ajer and Julian a rest also, even if it means playing Bitton with a midfielder as a centre back. We have nothing to gain but something Tolouse (gettit) a fit squad player to injury. Being that Clugi have a physical approach.

Mike

Gordon (confirmed).

Baur- Bitton- Hayes- Taylor.

Ntcham. Rogic.

Morgan.

Sinclair. Griff. Eloynousi.

Mike

All over the EPL the supporters cry “what happened to my club, we’ve lost it, its all been taken over by the money men”. Why go then its often asked, “well I go to sit beside my pals, I like a wee drink before and after the game, mostly berating players on stupendous wages and doing SFA. for the team, every club has them. At Arsenal its Ozil, who gets paid so much but they cannot afford to get rid, but who brings nothing to the team and everyone knows it. So an awful lot of supporters are disaffected. For… Read more »

R.St.Parsley

Caption:
Stupid Sevco go ballistic: “Collum was atrocious!”

Puggy67

Big FF did well but let’s not go overboard, he should have caught the penalty, sniff.

Well having settled down and sobered up from Sunday I watched the game again Phew we were shite. I hate being negative about Celtic and rarely post my negative thoughts but Sunday was terrible in so many ways and leaves me with more questions about Lennys selections. Ellanoussi even fit I still have my doubts about him he is no where near Sinclair or indeed Griff in my opinion. That was a huge call by Lenny and one he got massively wrong the other was playing Lewis Morgan. If Sinclair cant get in ahead of them both then something very… Read more »

bgbhoy

well said

Hate being negative m8 but that performance has spooked me. I thought we were and should be so much better than them. I hope you enjoy your trip. Up the Celts.

bgbhoy

cheers lad

Totally agree JB

BJF

We were poor but they couldn’t beat us, if we had someone else sent off we would have given them a tanking,…….. well maybe not!
I am in the camp of resting Ajer and Julien, Bitton can play centre and maybe blood a young player, I would like to see Griffiths, Sinclair, Rogic and Ntcham get game time.
I really like Elyanoussi but he wasn’t ready on Sunday so maybe him too and of course Gordon keep him sharp.

R.St.Parsley

Caption1:
Tears for souvenirs are all you’ve left me
Memories of a cup we didn’t get
Let’s all try to forget
Those tears of regret
That come from years of Hunnishness.

Caption2:
We are the diddy men
Dodgy Davie’s diddy men
We are the diddy men
Again our bottle crashed
We’re the diddy men
Who need your cash.

Caption1:
Tears for souvenirs are all you’ve left me
Memories of a cup we didn’t get
Let’s all try to forget
Those tears of regret
That come from years of Hunnishness.

Caption2:
We are the diddy men
Dodgy Davie’s diddy men
We are the diddy men
Again our bottle crashed
We’re the diddy men
Who need your cash.

Puggy67

“The trouble with Freud is that he never played the Glasgow Empire on a Saturday night after Rangers and Celtic had both lost.” Ken Dodd

PeteCon

Caption: They said, “You’ll do it easily. They haven’t got Edouard.. And if it’s tight we’ll cripple them A pen and a red card. They’re missing both their full backs And their goalie’s an imposter. The team sheet says it’s Frimpong, Hayes and in the goals is Forster” Griff’s not even on the bench. Is Lenny playing the c***? He knows we’re slow as treacle but he’s gone with none up front! We’ve got the rain, we’ve got the ref El buffalo’s on fire Kent’s worth 7 millionth and Alfredo’s even higher, Or so the fat controller said but when… Read more »

The Cha

From fishal site:

Former Celt, Ian Young passes away

I never saw him play but according to the article he could have been a Lisbon Lion but for bad luck with injuries.

RIP.

The Cha

“Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,
There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been,
Jimmy Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,
And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.

Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,
Celtic, Celtic on to victory”

Mike

Think I watched Ian wearing the hoops in the 60s, but I did watch the Hoops from the 1961 Scottish Cup final, when Jimmy McGrory managed the team, that team did include some future Lisbon Lions and of course big Jock managed the Pars. So RIP. Ian Young. A song for Squinty: Haste you back, we loved you dearly, Come you back and we’ll share a beer, All your days, you were on the borrow, Leaving Parks to feel the fear. Haste you back, dear old Squinty, You went the same way as dear old Minty, Never paying back, what… Read more »

The Cha

I thought you would have, Mike.

I’m not sure about 61 but he played in 65 Cup Final, 65-66 League Cup Final and start of the 9 In A Row before injuries curtailed his involvement.

Accoring to Celtic Star, in the League Cup Final in 65, he went through Willie ‘Junkie” Johnston in 1st min to set the tome that we would no longer be bullied by the Ibrox ‘Iron Men’.

Mike

Some wonderful players Cha, paid a pittance, playing on sandy pitch’s, thunderbolt shots through rain and mud, such special memories for young bhoy’s. Tommy Gemmell, Bobby Murdoch my two favourite players and of course the skill, talent and sheer bravery of Jinky. The “hard man” ten thirty, Cesar, magical players. God we were so very lucky to have watched them play. Too many to mention, but firmly embedded in your memory so that you can bring them out and savour.

Stevie G,I knew i shouldn,t have worn this effin badge

During the War of Independence, Cork was one of the main centres of resistance to British rule. In one of the worst atrocities committed during the War of Independence, British forces deliberately set fire to several blocks of buildings along the east and south sides of Saint Patrick’s Street during Saturday and Sunday 11/12 December 1920. Five acres of the city was torched, 300 homes destroyed as well as 40 businesses, leading to the loss of 2,000 jobs. The City Hall and the Carnegie Library were also completely destroyed by fire. A look back at those events, Lest we forget!… Read more »

Puggy67

Caption: Ach well ah could be dat bird Swinson.

TicToc

Oh, fucking hell.
Oh, fakkin’ hell.
Oh, fekkin’ hell.
The illiteraty has conspired (in England) to give us that absolute prick johnson and his etonian pals a mandate to ‘govern’.
Hmmm, dirty tricks, a la Cummings orchestrating?
Naw, unacceptable………
In every one’s life, one reaches a crossroads; accept or fight…..
I see an opportunity here…..a double-entendre, one may say, to re-align the political spectrum and to remove the Lawwell/Johnson scum en interminum.

portpower

Sir[sic]Rod,the cuntox.

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