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25 October 2006
REVENGE IS SWEET
By Lindsay Clydesdale

ARE you the type of person to get even, or turn the other cheek?

If you've been dumped, sacked or insulted, do you shrug and forget it or start plotting ways to strike back?

According to Claire Gillman, getting even is becoming increasingly popular as life gets more stressful.

In her book, Revenge is Sweet, Claire reveals that men are by far the more vengeful sex, except over romantic matters, when it's women who are most likely to exact revenge.

"Lots of us would like to wipe the smile off someone's face," said Claire. "All research shows men are more prone to taking revenge. They also enjoy it more than women.

"Men are far more likely to take revenge in almost every area from work to sport, even driving.

"Women tend to be more devious, peppering men's food with laxatives or dirt and wiping round the toilet bowl with his toothbrush."

Despite the title of her book, Claire believes revenge is never the answer as it ultimately leaves you feeling unhappy you have stooped to your offender's level.

Here are some of her favourite tales from the book.

HIS PRIDE AND JOY

The wife of radio DJ Tim Shaw saw red when he told glamour model Jodie Marsh on air that he would leave his wife and children for her.

His wife Hayley, who was listening to his show, immediately posted an advert for his £25,000 Lotus Esprit Turbo sports car on eBay for 50p.

The car sold within five minutes.

The DJ had upset his wife previously on air by telling her sister he thought ab out her while having sex with his pregnant wife.

Hayley said: "I am sick of him disrespecting this family for the sake of his act.

"The car is his pride and joy but the idiot put my name on the logbook so I just sold it. I didn't care about the money, I just wanted to get him back."

BUZZWORDS

AFTER a long-running neighbour dispute, one of the parties went on holiday for two weeks in the summer. The other neighbour took advantage of their absence to put two pints of maggots through the neighbour's letter box.

The family returned to a Hitchcock-like house of flies.

A LIFETIME OF PENT-UP RESENTMENT

An 80-year- old woman was in front of a judge, charged with shoplifting. He asked her what she had stolen.

"A can of peaches," replied the woman.

"How many peaches were in the can?" asked the judge.

She replied that there were six.

"Then I'll give you six days in jail," said the judge.

Before he had time to speak further, the woman's husband added: "She also stole a tin of peas."

CLEAN PLATE

One chef confessed that after a customer had very rudely asked for his burger "without any bl**dy sauce on it", she licked the sauce off the burger with her tongue and then sent it out.

WAKEY WAKEY

WHEN a Romanian man fell asleep while making love to his mistress, she took it as a huge insult. To teach him a lesson, she put his penis through his wedding ring. The man, who was married with two kids, had to go to hospital to have the wedding ring removed.

SERVER SABOTAGE

A computer technician at Forbes Publishing was angered when his temporary position was terminated so he deliberately brought down five of eight network servers.

All the data in the servers was deleted and none was recoverable.

As a result, Forbes was forced to shut its New York office for two days and sustained losses of more than $100,000.

KISS & SWELL?

In a private school in Ontario, Canada, a caretaker's patience was being sorely tried by a number of 12-year- old girls who would apply lipstick 'kisses' to the mirror in the girls' toilets, leaving dozens of marks.

Every night the caretaker would remove the lip marks and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the headmistress called all the girls to the lavatories to tell them off. She asked the caretaker to show the girls how hard he had to scrub.

The man took out a squeegee, dipped it in the nearest toilet bowl and scrubbed at the mirror.

Et voila, no more lipstick marks.

SEE YOU AND RAISE YOU

Playwright George Bernard Shaw sent Sir Winston Churchill a caustic invitation, reading: "Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend - if you have one."

Churchill replied: "Impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend second - if there is one."

Revenge is Sweet by Claire Gillman, published by Fusion Press, priced £9.99.


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The End of the Wilderness Years: Interview with Thomas "TC" Campbell

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"Guilty…It is more than a mere world. It is a verdict, a verdict in the condemnation of a life and which strikes at the very heart of all that you stand for or have ever stood for. It is a judgement upon you that you are deemed capable of…" Indictment - Trial by Fire, TC Campbell & Reg McKay

Located in the East End of Glasgow, Barlinnie Prison is the last remaining of the city's eight 19th century prisons. Even though the real units and cells are quite old, from the outside the prison looks like a modern building, characterised by monotonous colours, blue and yellow. The main entrance with the reception and its blue doors that open onto the visiting areas and the main prison gate look quite modern. Here visitors, often young women with toddlers, boringly wait before being admitted to the visiting area. Barlinnie, Scotland's biggest jail, was originally designed to hold 1000 male prisoners, though it often holds more than this. It was here in this prison that Thomas "TC" Campbell and Joe Steele were taken after being arrested twenty years ago, and it was here that they started protesting their innocence. The two men were jailed for life in 1984 for murdering six members of the Doyle family, including an 18-month-old baby, in a fire at their flat in Glasgow's Ruchazie housing scheme. The Doyles were victims of a war over lucrative ice cream van runs through Glasgow's housing schemes. The vans, often used by a local gang as a front for drug dealing or to sell stolen goods, could make thousands of pounds a week. Eighteen-years-old Andrew Doyle, nicknamed 'Fat Boy', was thought to be the target since he had resisted attempts to intimidate him and to take over the route he worked his ice-cream van. At the time, Campbell was a notorious criminal well-known to the local police and also a key player in the ice cream vans business.

Scotland was shocked by the murder of this innocent and hard-working family, but Campbell and Steele, often dubbed by the media from then on as "the ice cream killers", always stated they were both innocent: the former went on hunger strike several times while in prison, the latter often escaped from jail, one time he glued himself to the gates of Buckingham Palace in protest.

The Glasgow Two, as they were also called, were released on bail in 1996, when William Love, a police informer who had claimed he had heard the two saying they were responsible for the fire, admitted he lied under oath. After a year and a half though, Campbell and Steele were denied the appeal and returned to jail. The Criminal Cases Review Commission sent the case back to the appeal court in 2001 and, in December of the same year, Campbell and Steele were granted interim liberation.

On 17th March 2004, the appeal court declared they were both free, as their conviction had been quashed and they had been victims of a miscarriage of justice. The court based their final verdict on new evidence brought forward by the findings of a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of East London, Brian Clifford. When Campbell and Steele were arrested, four officers, Detective Inspector William McCafferty, Detective Sergeant Andrew Hyslop, Detective Constable Alexander Geddes and Detective Constable Ian Cargill, wrote an identical statement that claimed Campbell had said: "I only wanted the van windows shot up. The fire at Fat Boy's was only meant to be a frightener which went too far." Campbell always denied he had said this, in the same way as Steele denied he had said "I'm no' the one that lit the match" and "I thought you would have been here before now." Professor Clifford proved with his studies that it is unlikely that four human beings can write down with identical words a sentence they have just heard, hence the officers weren't really able to write four identical statements.

After twenty years, Campbell and Steele, the longest miscarriages of justice in Scotland after Oscar Slater, were finally free. They're no more "the ice cream killers", but the press is still after them, also because Joe Steele recently revealed to a British Sunday paper that he had hated Campbell for years and despised his celebrity gangster image, adding that he believed Campbell knew what had happened the night the Doyle family was killed.

In March 2003, I met TC Campbell in his house in the East End of Glasgow. At the time his statements couldn't have been published because the trial was still on. Campbell was quietly having his lunch in his flat with his wife Karen when I spoke to him. The environment he was in couldn't have been further away from Barlinnie or from all the other jails he had been in: frilly curtains adorned the windows, ceramic knick-knacks the furniture, photographs hung from the walls. While quietly eating, Campbell revealed to me in that occasion that he and Steele were both sceptical and a bit worried about the appeal, yet they were also happy. He also told me he had always been annoyed and angry at the label the media had stuck on him, "the ice cream killer", but he could do nothing rather than wait till the appeal and prove everybody he was innocent. But where did he find the strength to go on throughout those years? "Indignation and outrage gave me strength," Campbell stated, "You feel you've been abused, degraded and violated for all history to view and you know it's not right. You feel you're the only person who knows what's true and the only one to know what's right. When you give up on your own life, the pain and the hardship you endure become irrelevant, because there's something else that it's more important than you and your life and that's justice for all, justice for the children who will come after you, justice for the next generation. In the face of all that, your life becomes meaningless, I felt that my life became unimportant in the face of the ongoing travesty." Campbell talked a lot about justice and I wondered when, according to him, there is justice in our world, "Where there is no equality, there is no justice; where there is no justice there is no peace," he said, "where one party in any dispute retains the right or retains the privilege to control the mechanisms of justice, then you have inequality and you always have oppression. Then justice becomes irrelevant and equality becomes irrelevant."

Justice, though, seems to have been often forgotten in Great Britain, where miscarriages of justice happen quite frequently. "They keep on happening, but they don't adjust the system," Campbell claimed. "Miscarriages of justice aren't publicised because politicians and the media are so keen to say we have the best system in the world, but it's not like that. Now and again miscarriages of justice make the press and go into the public perception, but you'll never see anything coming into the public perception about what happens to the people who have suffered a miscarriage of justice after they get out of jail. Usually they give them a compensation, but you can't compensate people for years of imprisonment, for years of loss of their lives and their families, you can't compensate the victims, the victims have been violated, the victims' families have been violated by the fact that the wrong person has been convicted," he said in an angry tone, continuing: "A miscarriage of justice helps the guilty to go free and to stay free, nothing has ever been done to correct the system to stop something like this from reoccurring again and again. It will always re-occur while there is not equality in the law. I believe that the system of Scottish Justice is one of the best systems in the world but the administration of that is the worst. The Scottish Justice System is one of the best systems in the world IF properly administered, the problem is that it is never properly administered. It is always administered by people who are concerned about their own careers and want to pursue things for their own aims. They tell me the system is getting better, but I don't think it is: justice only seems to be done, but it has got to be done to be seemed to be done."

Campbell tells his story in two books he co-wrote with investigative journalist Reg McKay, Indictment - Trial by Fire and The Wilderness Years - The brutality of the British prison system and one man's search for justice (2001; 2002; both published by Canongate). The books include an insight on Scottish prisons (Campbell was shangai'd from one Scottish prison to the other, from Barlinnie to Shotts to Peterhead), on Glasgow's gangland and on the trial. Campbell told me that writing had a cathartic effect on him: "I didn't understand what 'cathartic effect' meant until after I had written them," he said, shaking his head, "then I realised that my memories had come out of my soul, out of my heart and into my head and for the first time I wasn't living in my memories, I wasn't part of my memories. I was no longer living the pain and that was a cathartic effect, I had transferred the pain from my soul and from my heart into my brain in the writing process. But while writing there were times when I just wanted to scream because I had so much to say. If anybody would ask me a simple question I'd go on for two and a half hours. People didn't realise how much they were triggering by a simple question. There was so much chain reaction memory and there was so much I had to say that I couldn't say it in a letter, I couldn't say it in a verbal, I couldn't say it just by talking to people, I just had to sit down and write it down. I had boxes upon boxes of archive records in jail because I used to keep records and diaries and, at the strangest times, pieces of memories would come to mind and I would just scribble them on pieces of envelopes and things like that and I kept all these things. Each of these things would create a picture in my mind: if I wrote down a note on a piece of envelope, then five, six, ten years later I would find that envelope and it would flash me back to the time that I wrote it and it would flash me back to what I was writing and then I would try to put those visual flashes into words."

Both the books contain transcripts of the trials, transcripts which were very difficult to get: Campbell had to wait for twelve and a half years to obtain them. "Although the law says that for your appeal you're entitled to your transcripts under section this and section that, if you try to get them, you won't manage to," Campbell recounted, "Letter upon letter, petition upon petition, there's no way I could achieve to get any transcript. By the time of my first Appeal Court in 1985 I had nothing. The law says very clearly that I was entitled to these things and then I found that, although it says so, the procedure doesn't entitle you to and if you ask for reasons why you don't get them they tell you that they must be granted by the Lord Chief Justice General. So, in the end too many years passed since I got access to any of the transcripts."

Some of the hardest to read parts of the books are the ones in which Campbell writes about the prisons he was in and the violence of the prison guards. Of Scottish prisons, Campbell says in Indictment - Trial by Fire, "They say that a society can be measured by how it treats its prisoners. By this measure then, Scotland is somewhere in the sub-barbarism bracket," while, in The Wilderness Years, he describes the guards who beat him up as "mutant cockroaches." "It was difficult to write about those things because they take me back to the point in time when they were happening and they flash you back to physical pain, but also to the mental horror you went through because at the time I knew that those people could kill me any time and get away with it," Campbell told me, "I found myself in a vampires' larder and knew that any minute I could have been taken out and be the one who was going to be the next meal. To live in that state of mind every minute of every day, every day of every week, every week of every month and every month of every year, has a terrible profound effect upon your perception of society, because you end up not trusting anybody anymore, the people who are supposed to wake up respect in you, the pillars of society, have effectively become vampires, they have become the most evil thing you could ever possibly imagine, they have become the Chilean dictators who dispose of the rebels by putting them into the beef machines. Your own authorities, the people you're supposed to respect and supposed to look up to and trust, the people who are supposed to bring safety and security to your life, are the very people who are putting you through the mincing machine and they know what they're doing and you're aware that they know they're wrong. That has a profound effect upon your whole perception of life in general and you've got to live with that all the time."

The Wilderness Years also contains a report on Professor Clifford's study. "There are hundreds of people in Scottish prisons arrested on the strength of police verbal," Campbell said, "In Scotland we require corroboration, but if there is no corroboration, the police will use the verbal and say, 'you said that and that'. So what's the point of having corroboration when anybody can add whatever corroboration at any stage along the way? Police verbal was always used as corroboration when required and often the police made things up, but now they've found a way to scientifically refuse that. Professor Clifford's tests and experiments show that no four people could remember those exact words from memory, because human memory doesn't work in that way. I wish they had done that research 20 years ago, so that many people wouldn't have gone to prison. The police are just testing their bounds, how far they can go and how far the administration is letting them go. What they want is to be able to fit people up when they want."

Apart from those two books, TC Campbell wrote a while back the foreword to an edition of Jack London's The Star Rover (1999, Rebel Inc): in the book London describes the horrors of prison life. Campbell assured me nothing has changed in prison from 1915, the time in which The Star Rover was written. "They still put you in a sack," he nodded, "they chain you, handcuff you, lock you up with a padlock and carry you away naked and while you're in the sack they kick the living daylights out of you. You're kept like that till you go to the governor in the morning and if the governor says you've got to stay in the sack, you're going to stay there. Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire is supposed to be a model prison, but even in Shotts 6-8 men dressed in full riot gear - I called them 'Darth Vader's mutant cockroaches' - come to your cell and beat you up. Usually they put a sack on your head so that you can't see, then they control your breath, once you're not struggling anymore and have stopped resisting, they put you in a laundry basket with wheels on, so that you don't know where you're going, and then there's no limit to what can happen to you. As I said before, here in Scotland you have the best justice system in the world and the worst administration, in the same way as you have the best modern prisons with good facilities and then staff it with monkeys or gorillas. People who administer prisons look up to the old system and the only method of promotion within these systems is to show absolute loyalty to the man above you. So if the man above you says 'kick the shit out of a prisoner, and if you don't do it, you're going nowhere and you're not getting promoted', you have to do it. If you are a new prison officer with good intentions and high ideals, once you get into the system you're ground down and become no better and no worse than those who were there before you, because the only way to do the job without being trodden upon, is to do what you're told, everything revolves around obedience. Prison officers tell you all the time to strip, take your clothes off, raise your hands above your head and pirouette, bend over and part your buttocks for inspection. If as a prison officer you refuse to do that to a prisoner, you are degraded and put on report for offence against 'GOD', which is short for 'Good Order and Discipline'. That's the way the prison officer is conditioned and the prisoner is conditioned. It's really fascism, brainwashing fascism for prisoners and prison officers. The people who get out of prison are more likely to assault people in a robbery, because they come out of prison and hate the society and the administration of society. Prison makes them more likely to offend because violence and brutality become the only way to impose will in prison. The whole system is backwards and regressive."

After a while, Campbell finished his lunch and prepared to go out and to get her daughter from school. While he was getting ready, I asked him how were relationships with his family while he was in jail, "There was no relationship at all," he answered, "When I was in Peterhead Prison, I was only allowed one visit a month that lasted only half hour and at that time there was no motorway to Peterhead or Aberdeen. There were only country roads and narrow lanes to get there, so my family had to travel 300 miles by bad roads in terrible weather to see me. By the time they got there, they were so exhausted that all they could do was sit down and rest. They were not fully rested from their first journey, before they were on their way back. I would say that the relationship was torn apart by the whole experience."

Campbell told me in that occasion that, if he had been declared innocent by the appeal court, he would have liked to help people trapped in miscarriage of justice cases, but, before he had to make order in his life and rescue what was left in it. Perhaps, now he and Steele will be able to do it.

For further information about Indictment - Trial by Fire and The Wilderness Years - The brutality of the British prison system and one man's search for justice by TC Campbell & Reg McKay, visit http://www.canongate.net.

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hammers6.im going to make a point to buy these books tommorow.

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I hope it may shed some light on other matters.

 

I also hope that JUSTICE will be done in the end.

 

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28 October 2006
SWOOP DOGG...

RAPPER Snoop Dogg was arrested yesterday by airport police on suspicion of carrying marijuana and a handgun.

The star, real name Calvin Broadus, was apprehended at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

The 35-year-old was taken to Burbank Police Department jail, where he was booked on the gun and drug charges.

Snoop was pulled up during a "vehicle code violation" yesterday in the passenger loading and unloading zone of the airport.

Cops say when they questioned him, the rapper admitted he had a firearm in the car and was found to be in possession of marijuana.

He was released last night on £18,450 bail and is scheduled to appear at Burbank Superior Court in a month's time.

His lawyer, Donald Etra, said: "There was no basis for this arrest.

"We believe once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed."

It is not the first time the Signs hitmaker has been picked up for allegedly carrying a weapon.

Prosecutors in his native Orange County, California, are considering filing charges against him for allegedly having a banned police baton in his hand luggage at John Wayne Airport last month.

It was reported that Snoop had attempted to carry the weapon through a security checkpoint for a flight to New York on September 27 when he was stopped.

The star is already banned from the UK after he and his entourage were arrested following a brawl at Heathrow Airport in April.

The fight broke out after they were excluded from a VIP lounge.

Sources claim the Home Office banned him because of his US criminal record.

In 1993, Snoop was acquitted of the drive-by shooting of Phillip Woldermarian in the US.


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What a name eh? ......although you wont forget it in a hurry .....I also though the intro was quite good and will give it a shifty later on....cheers Frankie!

 

 

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Cast lines up for taste of Ecstasy. 

A SHOPLIFTING scene to open the action, more drugs than a pharmaceuticals factory and a policeman dressed in a tutu. It could only be a film of an Irvine Welsh novel.

Ten years after Trainspotting exploded on to the screen and put Scottish cinema on the map, the finishing touches are being put to an international cast for a £6.5m version of the writer's fourth book Ecstasy.

 

But whereas Trainspotting, which launched actor Ewan McGregor to fame, dealt with huge quantities of heroin, violence, death and doomed relationships, Ecstasy tells the story of a dealer who turns his back on drugs.

And while the title refers to the substance that fuelled the rave scene of the 1990s, the main character, Lloyd, finds true ecstasy when he rejects artificial stimulants and falls in love with Heather, a social worker from Dunfermline.

The movie will be shot in locations across Scotland including Princes Street and Calton Hill in Edinburgh, famous backdrops from Trainspotting, as well as Glasgow and Paisley.

Although the director approached several Trainspotting actors, including McGregor, to appear again, they were all wary of starring in another Welsh-inspired film because of the global success of the original novel.

Sir Sean Connery and Sir Billy Connolly also turned down parts, but another, as yet unnamed, British star is being lined up for the key male role. Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, and Clive Owen have both been linked with the part.

The lead females will be glamorous Canadian actresses Lisa Ray and Erica Durance while Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, stars of the Scottish sitcom Still Game, will play policemen. Welsh himself will have a cameo role.

Director Rob Heydon, whose background is in music videos, is hoping to tap into the energy, style and attitude that made Welsh's debut novel an international cinema hit but insists Ecstasy could be Trainspotting for "grown-ups".

"Lots of reasons attracted me to the project," said Toronto-based Heydon. "They included the potential to tell a great story, to entertain people, to show people reaching ecstasy from various avenues, not just pills.

"I met with Irvine at the Edinburgh Festival. We discussed the story and how I loved the character and the setting and tone, but the story seems like 'people meet up, people party, people recover' - not much plot. The love story had to be restructured."

Welsh was not involved in writing the final screenplay, but he has given the project his blessing. "I've kept it at arm's length due to other commitments," he said. "I'm in Italy and Spain promoting my book."

Ecstasy has older characters and, arguably, a more mature attitude to drugs and life. Like Trainspotting, the new film will use only certain episodes from the book and it will introduce new ones involving gnomes, fairies and the prospect of Kiernan in a tutu.

Despite failing to secure Connery - he was told the legend was now "playing golf full-time" - Heydon has signed up an impressive list of Scottish actors, including Tony Curran, who has attracted rave notices for his performance in Red Road, Billy Boyd, Bill Paterson and Gary Lewis.

Kiernan, best known for playing a pensioner on the sitcom Still Game with Hemphill, said: "We are well chuffed to be part of this group of people.

"Irvine Welsh's reputation precedes him, and Greg and I are both big fans of his writing. When we discovered there was something on the go we were only too pleased to be asked to do it.

"We are the coppers, the filth, the pigs. We're getting to be a double act again and we're well happy about that."

However, he did admit that he had still not read the original book. "I haven't read Ecstasy... nor have I tried it," he quipped.

Heydon worked with several writers to develop the characters of Lloyd and Heather. In a homage to the famous opening sequence in Trainspotting, Lloyd and his friend Nukes will be seen as youths in a shoplifting scene.

In another new scene, Lloyd hallucinates after taking drugs and sees gnomes and fairies, one of which seemingly turns into a policeman. "I don't know if I'm going to be the unfortunate one in the tutu or not," said Kiernan.

That is one detail Heydon is happy to confirm. "Lloyd hallucinates a fairy who turns out to be Ford Kiernan," he said.

There are comparatively few Scottish actresses in the film, however. Heather's best friend, Marie, will be played by another Canadian, Durance, who is Lois Lane on the Superman TV series Smallville. The South African-born Hollyoaks actress Elize du Toit and Londoner Romola Garai have smaller roles.

Trainspotting was a major international hit, grossing more than £12m in British cinemas and $16m in North America, and boosting the careers of McGregor, Robert Carlyle and most of the actors and film-makers involved.

The only other feature film based on Welsh's books is The Acid House, which began as a short and was expanded with the addition of two other stories. It is the only cinema film for which Welsh wrote the script, though his script for Wedding Belles, a drama about four women friends, started shooting in Edinburgh last week for Channel 4.

Lost in translation

IRVINE Welsh's book Trainspotting has sold more than a million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

Most translators opted to keep the original English-language title, one of the few exceptions being the Russians, who thought that the original name would be too baffling and opted for Na Uglye, or On The Corner, instead.

American readers were given a glossary at the back of the US edition to save them struggling with some of the Edinburgh street language.

Internationally, the film version of the book has grossed more than £35m.

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Red Road leads all the way to BAFTAs

A GRITTY thriller set in one of Glasgow's toughest estates that has already walked off with a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival captured five nominations for the Scottish BAFTA awards yesterday.

Red Road is a critics' favourite, though it is up against the feelgood factor of The Flying Scotsman, a film about the cycling champion Graeme Obree, which also claimed five nominations.

 

The dark horse in the contest for best film, however, is True North, a high-seas drama of illegal Chinese immigrants shipped aboard a Scottish trawler. Starring Peter Mullan, Martin Compston and Gary Lewis, it has yet to be seen in Scotland, but won acclaim at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The TV presenter Lorraine Kelly announced the BAFTA nominations yesterday for the best of Scottish film and television across 17 categories.

She said she was delighted to see River City in the running for best drama, after she took a cameo role in the Scottish soap this August. River City has endured a battering at critics' hands and faced speculation that it would be axed, but its first BAFTA nomination underlines a change in its fortunes.

It goes head to head for the coveted award with two crime dramas. Ken Stott has earned universal acclaim for his starring role as Ian Rankin's Rebus. But Low Winter Sun, a two-part drama with Mark Strong as an Edinburgh detective bent on revenge, won glowing reviews and is seen as the favourite.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards will be handed out on 12 November in a revamped ceremony with a £100,000 budget, a BBC broadcast of the highlights and lavish "goody bags" for star guests. It is backed by a major new sponsor, Lloyds TSB Scotland.

From more than 40 documentaries, the three nominees include Happy Birthday Broons, about the newspaper cartoon family. The former Scottish Socialist Party leader, Tommy Sheridan, takes his place. Sex, Lies and Socialism, the BBC Scotland take on his libel trial, is in the running for best news and current affairs programme.

This year's awards include the new Robert McCann award for craft, for those who work backstage or off-screen. It is named after the former Glasgow School of Art student who became Nicole Kidman's personal stylist before his death 18 months ago.

Martin Compston and Tony Curran in Red Road, and Jonny Lee Miller in The Flying Scotsman, were named for best actor.

But in the biggest surprise only two names - Kate Dickie, the star of Red Road, and Laura Fraser, of The Flying Scotsman - are in contention for best film actress. Insiders were startled to discover that the actress Gina McKee, from Greyfriars Bobby, had not made the list.

RED ROAD:

"Winner of the Grand Jury prize at Cannes earlier this year, Red Road is the debut feature from Oscar-winning short-film director Andrea Arnold...

[but] her film often feels like a studious and cold technical exercise rather than a movie determined to hit you on a gut level.

"Jackie, a lonely CCTV operator, spends her evenings silently observing the residents of the Red Road estate. One night she zeroes in on a man indulging in a spot of back-alley sex with a young woman. Initially turned on, to her horror she recognises the man on her monitor as Clyde, an ex-con whose life has horrifically intersected with her own in the past.

"[The film] showcases some excellent performances. Relative newcomer Kate Dickie does sterling work as Jackie, committing fully to the role. Tony Curran, meanwhile, ensures Clyde is more than a one-note monster, with a performance that suggests remorse and regret." - Alistair Harkness, in The Scotsman

FLYING SCOTSMAN:

"Somebody should ban the production of inspirational sports movies that don't leave you feeling inspired. No-one will, of course, which means audiences will forever be served up movies like The Flying Scotsman, Douglas Mackinnon's biopic of Scottish cycling champion Graeme Obree. It's not a bad film; it's just a little staid. Diverting enough while it's on; instantly forgettable when it's over. Jonny Lee Miller does his best to give us a sense of Obree's inner turmoil, but the toothless screenplay doesn't give him nearly enough to work with. Laura Fraser is also saddled with a nothing role as Obree's wife." - Alistair Harkness

TRUE NORTH:

A quartet of Scottish fishermen grapple with the terrible cost of human trafficking in this morally resonant, deeply felt drama. Though determinedly downbeat, the picture benefits from solid acting in the churning North Sea with storm-set sequences of terrifying power; thick Scottish brogues don't hinder the action. Desperate to pull his skipper father (Gary Lewis) out of looming debt, first mate Sean (Martin Compston) follows a lead from happy-go-lucky deckhand Riley (Peter Mullan) and strikes a deal with a shady businessman to smuggle 20 Chinese immigrants in the cargo. - Variety magazine.

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Stephen King's death row flick The Green Mile - starring Tom Hanks - has been voted the most tear-jerking film, beating Ghost and Titanic in a poll by the British Heart Foundation.


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BRITPOP movie star Jude Law admits he was shaken when one of his script plots got a little too close for comfort.

In Breaking and Entering he plays Will, a landscape architect forced to re-evaluate his life when his office gets broken into.

"And then funnily enough, the mother of my kids was burgled while the kids were in the house," says Jude, bleakly.

Thieves are thought to have entered Sadie Frost's house in Primrose Hill while Sadie, 41, was asleep.

She and Jude have three children together - Rafferty, 10, Iris, six, and four-year-old Rudy, as well as Sadie's son, Finlay, 16, from her previous marriage to Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp.

The burglars made off with Sadie's Range Rover, which was parked outside, after taking the keys from the house.

Coincidentally, this happened last week as Jude prepared for the premiere of his latest movie, where his character is subjected to repeated break-ins by a gang who target his office's hi-tech gadgets and gizmos.

Anxious Jude says of the real-life burglary "I was particularly worried because the kids were in the house, and that is a very different type of burglar to one that breaks into empty offices and takes computers at night."

The actor, 33, is still shaken, and obviously tired and bleary from a sleepless night.

He is immaculately dressed, as usual, but he looks baggy-eyed under his tan, and there are long silences where he stares off into space and tries to collect his thoughts.

In the film, his character learns the importance of compassion for an underclass of people who steal to survive.

"One of the themes of this film that is most challenging and heartening is that of forgiveness," agrees Jude, hesitantly.

"I'd like to think I'm big enough to forgive and be part of a positive programme to help someone who is obviously in a situation where they find they have to steal to provide for something - whether it's an addiction or just money...." his voice trails off, then he shrugs and tries to make a joke.

"I'm the wishy-washy Londoner and don't know where I stand on anything."

It's all too close for comfort for the upset star. Filming Breaking and Entering brought Jude back to his home turf of London for the first time in several years.

"The estate where we filmed was just a street over from where I live, so I walked to work," he says.

The event has clearly shaken Jude. In Breaking and Entering he is cast as a kind-hearted cad, who sets up shop in a dodgy part of London and finds himself torn between his relationship with long-time girlfriend (Robin Wright Penn) and the mother of a teenage boy who breaks into his office (Juliette Binoche).

It's the third time Jude has teamed up director Anthony Minghella - the two worked on The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain - and the reason why they seek each other out is simple, according to Jude.

"Every time he's sent me a script to read I've loved it. Our relationship from working together some seven years ago has evolved - in front of the camera and behind it. Every time I've worked with him we've had a great time and done good work," he enthuses.

"After we made Breaking and Entering, we realised that although we'd talked a lot about the themes of the film, we hadn't discussed my character, Will. It was because we didn't need to, so our shorthand way of working together is silence," he says with a laugh.

ANTHONY certainly likes to portray Jude as a ladies' man on screen. In their last two films together he was cast as the lover to Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Breaking and Entering sees Jude taking both Robin Wright Penn and Juliette Binoche to bed, but Jude is keen to stress that in real life he's far from a love rat - despite the fact an affair with a nanny caused a temporary split from his girlfriend Sienna Miller.

He and ex-wife Sadie had their first child together when he was 24, and were an item for more than 10 years. "Maybe when I was in my late adolescence, I might have broken the hearts of a few teenage girls, but I quickly grew out of that phase," he says.

"People forget that I met Sadie when I was just 20 and we only separated three years ago. I wasn't a Casanova accumulating conquests. I never had confidence with women."

The son of teachers who named him after both the Hardy hero and the Beatles song, Jude was brought up in south-east London with his older sister, Natasha.

"I was fortunate enough to have such a very good, very solid upbringing in a very loving home," he recalls.

"It seems that sometimes people are only interested in tragic stories, so I always think it's really boring when I say I was very happy and that my parents are still together."

Jude started acting with the National Youth Music Theatre at the age of 12, and at 17 dropped out of school and landed a role in Families, a TV soap. Within a few years he was on London's West End stage.

Various TV and film parts led to the 1994 joyriding flick Shopping, where he met Sadie. It was love at first sight, and the end of her nine-year marriage to Gary Kemp.

Then Hollywood liked what they saw of him as Gwyneth Paltrow's sexy boyfriend in The Talented Mr Ripley and started bidding for his skills.

However, by 2002, Sadie and Jude found their marriage was unravelling, and divorced in a blizzard of headlines. Jude went on to find love with rising actress Sienna Miller - but around this point his charmed movie career seemed to falter.

Big budget pictures Enemy at the Gates, AI and Cold Mountain all flopped. Then his children's nanny, Daisy Wright, revealed that Jude had cheated on fiancŽ Sienna with her.

Last year seemed to be an all-time low for the talented Mr Law - his biggest role at that point seemed to be that of love cheat.

Earlier this year however, Sienna and Jude reconciled - yet life is still not plain sailing for the handsome star, as the burglary seems to suggest.

Jude had been hoping that Breaking and Entering would mark an upturn in his career.

His next films also sounds promising, with Jude planning to step into Michael Caine's shoes in a remake of the two handed whodunit hit film Sleuth.

It's been 34 years since the original, so Sir Michael is now old enough to star as the senior character, previously played by Laurence Olivier. The new movie will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and follows the story of an ageing author who loses his wife to a young hairdresser and wants to exact revenge.

"I've been involved in this project for several years," says Jude, who has already starred in a Caine remake, as the charming womaniser of Alfie.

However that film also failed to make an impression on audiences.

There's no doubt that the handsome romantic actor has an uphill struggle on his hands right now.

So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised when Jude admits his new hobby is... rock climbing. Daughter Iris is obsessed by it and she and Jude have been going to a community centre near his home in London, where he spends his spare time trying to top his kid's climbing skills.

"You do indoor rock climbing and train on fabricated rock fronts," says Jude.

"My little girl is five, and she climbs up to 110 feet. It's amazing. She's fearless."

Breaking and Entering is out on November 10.

Plot for new film Breaking and Entering almost turned into reality for Brit star Jude - but he's not as forgiving as his character

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Peter Mullan was in the Young Car-D gang...

Peter Mullan was in the Young Car-D gang
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BRIAN PENDREIGH

HIS most controversial cinematic outing outraged the Vatican with its portrayal of sadist nuns. Now Scottish writer-director Peter Mullan is to court controversy again with a film about violent teenage gangs in his home town of Glasgow.

Mullan is currently working on a new screenplay about knife culture in the city where he grew up and still lives, despite offers from Hollywood.

 

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1. Johnny / 1:53am 15 Oct 2006

You could have picked a less smug looking photo of Mr Mullan to go with the text "Peter Mullan was in the Young Car-D gang". I don't know who these people are or were but they sound like they're a bunch of puffs. I hope now he's all grown up and rich he'll think of compensatng anyone he or his boyhood pals hurt.

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2. Scott / 2:54am 15 Oct 2006

Gonnee gees that jayket pal

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3. Paul Voltaire / 5:11am 15 Oct 2006

He might want to be a hard man but Mr Mullan is a Lovie xx

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4. george / 6:13am 15 Oct 2006

Thats fighting where I come from.
Mind you so is "its a nice day today".

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5. Paul, Glasgow / 6:57am 15 Oct 2006

Peter Mullan is going to glamorise knife crime, in Glasgow, when we are trying to get rid of the problem. I have had a knife waved at me by a young, stoned man. Mr Mullan should use a bit of savvy...why doesn't he make a film about his beloved Tommy Sheridan.

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6. Richard / 8:28am 15 Oct 2006

Mullan is still part of a gang, the arts establishment gang that doles him out money to make terrible films.

personally I can't think of anything more wonderful than spending two hours watching a bunch of semi-comprehensible sociopaths kicking lumps out of each other-NOT!

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7. Dugald MacMillan, Livingston / 8:48am 15 Oct 2006

Which public sector body is funding this drivel?

Because no commercial funding body would give him the time of day. Why invest a £1 to get a return of 2p? If that.

Why is Scotland the world leader of promoting self serving left-wing luvvies such as Peter "i'm a working class hero" Mullan, who returns to a west end pad and a glass of chardonnay after a hard days poncing about.

What is the obsession with the dregs of Glasgow society who would carve your face up as soon as look at you? I speak from experience here as having worked with two people who currently reside in HMP Barlinnie for murder.

These people are not victims of society or social conditions their just evil little s*its.

Peter Mullan is worse though for basking in the afterglow of their sick little lives. Get a real job you leftie nonce.

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8. john, livingston / 9:03am 15 Oct 2006

so peter mullan wants to bask in the sickness of this culture why ? money thats why he could not give a s***e for glasgow or its victims .why not the lies and cons of tommy sherridan

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9. Andy fae Leith / 9:05am 15 Oct 2006

Ach, Dugald Dugald! You sound like you've got a bigger chip on your shoulder than McCain's has! At least the film will have at its heart a real knowledge of working class culture - not as it is seen by the likes of a slumming it director like Guy 'diamond geezer' Ritchie. But maybe we should listen to a member of a minority like yourself. After all, Tories are people too!
Kiss kiss!

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10. Andy fae Leith / 9:06am 15 Oct 2006

My God! This hatred of culture must be a Livingston thing!

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11. Dugald MacMillan, Livingston / 9:14am 15 Oct 2006

Hibs casual by any chance Andy?

Able to identify with the neds in your Burberry cap?

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12. Philip / 9:20am 15 Oct 2006

More fag-end 'reality show' garbage? Do we need any more of this kind of thing, in a world already replete with ugly, boring, depressing so-called 'entertainment'?

This guy can stay poor, for me - it's what he deserves for being worthless and unimaginative.

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13. john, livingston / 9:24am 15 Oct 2006

well andy fae leith i just wonder what is the working class culture i have worked all my live and i do not feel i should be classed above or below anyone

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14. john, livingston / 9:26am 15 Oct 2006

sorry dugaid comments like that lower you to his level

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15. GG, Glasgow / 9:50am 15 Oct 2006

Sheridan and Mullan - two peas in the same rotten pod: they spent a few years on the periphery of poverty and despair, before going off tae uni; then spend the rest of their lives living off their warped memories of what might have been.

Two weeks ago I looked after a boy on the way to hospital who had been hit over the back of the head with a samurai sword after leaving a pub, GLAMORISE THAT a******e!!!

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16. Linda / 10:28am 15 Oct 2006

Why is it always the dark side of Glasgow that is protrayed? Most Glasgow people DO NOT identify with those yobs that society wants to pass of as us. We are friendly, intelligent and cultured - potray that.

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17. james, glasgow / 10:32am 15 Oct 2006

Your story states that the gorbals was in mourning when the kkk and fascist supporting bigot billy fullarton died.I think you should maybe do a bit more research so as to get your story correct.Fullarton was the leader of the catholic hating bridgeton billy boys and was detested in the mainly catholic gorbals

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18. Johnny / 11:23am 15 Oct 2006

Andy fae Leith really seems to think that knife weilding gangs are a legitimate expression of working class culture. Andy sounds like the kind of orifice that inhabits the offices of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council, ready to dole out taxpayers' cash to worthless no-hopers who make films that are only watched by people like themselves.

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19. Robert, Kirriemuir / 11:24am 15 Oct 2006

I have not previously heard of this writer but I too (and like hosts of others) am a product of the Glasgow working-classes of the 30s era and typically from a dysfunctional family background.

There were indeed, many idle youths roaming the streets searching for excitement or some victim whom they (as gangs) could easily over power but there was a vast difference between fiction and reality.

Most gang members lived in the 'Walter Mitty' fictional world where stories of bravadoism bolstered their deep-seated feelings of inadequacy spawned by parental rejection and emotional deprivation. They all suffered from the 'Cinderfella' syndrome while in reality, the public threat was terrifying but actual assaults few.

Their world of make-believe was compensatory. In this fictional thought-world they created their own fate.

The danger arises when their fictional-world becomes reality to them. While those crazy-for-recognition severely deprived types were never emotionally tough (a feature that scares them) they were (and are), dangerous in this state of mind where they react rather than respond to stimuli.

In living out their dreams they become caught in the web of gang hysteria where they feel compelled to prove their worth as individuals and in the seemingly safety and cosiness of the group they seek to excel through carelessness and noteriety.

They later become emotionally stunted living in their world of constant peurilism and regretfully, the power of today's television that plays-down to the lowest common denominator of intellectualism, panders to their beliefs. It sends the message to the malajusted telling them what they want to hear which is, it's okay to be like this!

The writer will most likely be confessing to us his part in this perpetual "Cinderfella' story, probably hoping that it will bring about a catharsis in his life.

A sad commentary indeed.

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20. Christopher, Embra / 12:13pm 15 Oct 2006

Is that offers from Hollywood or Holyrood that he's had offers from,rather cutting Eh! we have got to do something positive about knife crime,and my feeling is this is just another mean city type film,perhaps we should show a film of the victims of knife attacks and write a film script around them not the perpetrators...
Mullan yer heids fu o mince...the Glesga kind...

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21. AJ, Fife / 12:18pm 15 Oct 2006

If Mullen's previous work is anything to go by, this project will be a characteristically insightful view of Glasgow's social history in 1974. He isn't scared to tackle issues, that some would rather ignore, and I would anticipate another gritty and thought provoking study.

On a negative side, it'll paint a pretty depressing view of the much maligned Glaswegian underclass. The City Cooncil will be more than a little cheesed off with Mullen..........again!!!!!

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22. Graham / 2:04pm 15 Oct 2006

Another tedious 'working class culture' entry from the Scottish Socialist Art Mafia. Why does Scottish Screen throw money at depressing trash that depicts Sotland as nothing but a drink-and-drug-destroyed wasteland full of white trash neds who stab out at anything that moves? It's just an attempt by people like Mullan to try and maintain their tedious 'working class' street credibility crap. Scottish cinema is the most depressing cinema in the WORLD. And there wasn't a SINGLE Scottish film shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year. With depressing s***e like this getting made, I'm not surprised.

Rock on Peter. Cliche Guevara.

Sigh.

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24. Rod (The Knife) Stewart / 2:12pm 15 Oct 2006

Egon# 23

Maybe yi could be the star in this filum........

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25. james, Toronto / 2:17pm 15 Oct 2006

Linda, I think you are right. I have been to Scotland twice in the past year and visited Glasgow almost a dozen times. There may-well be violence in the city, but what I saw (all 12 times) was a vibrant, world-class city filled with vibrant world-class people.

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26. Egon the blade / 2:24pm 15 Oct 2006

Linda

Wul ye be ma leadin lady?

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27. HIS, Edinburgh / 2:45pm 15 Oct 2006

How about something really shocking. A film about a pleasant, polite, hard working Glasgow family i.e. people more typical than the people these films portray.

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28. martin / 4:09pm 15 Oct 2006

im quite looking forward to seeing.

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29. martin / 4:23pm 15 Oct 2006

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30. PETER / 5:32pm 15 Oct 2006

Will it be set in GLASGOW???

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31. lou / 6:31pm 15 Oct 2006

Glasgow has a hard enough time trying to show that it is not a bad city. This film will only glorify the bad things about Glasgow. There's a lot of good people in Glasgow and it is a shame to make films about the bad ones. Yes, there's thugs,dru ks, etc. in the city but there's also a lot of good, hard working people and they should be the focus, not the hoods. The film about the nuns hit home and it was great that Mullan had the courage to do it---a relative was one of the last unfortunates in that hell hole run by the nuns. However, Glasgow is a different situation.

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32. gordon, perth / 6:34pm 15 Oct 2006

My,My! Peter Mullen has certainly created a stir with this one. Everybody jumping to criticise and speculate on what a terrible portrayal of Glasgow this film will portray. Don't be so hasty when we don't actually know what the central message of the film will be. The Magdelane Sisters was about Ireland, not Scotland, and an important story to tell, however it offended sensibilities. Would all you zealots who criticise Mullen here suggest that the testimony of those women should have been suppressed? I have a word to describe you if you do. Depressing or not, please do not say Mullen's work is without merit and stop categorising his subjects as worthless neds, you only expose your own biggotry and prejudice. Cherish Mullen because there is an absence of dissent in these censorial and anti-democratic times. Power to his elbow however depressed he makes you all feel.

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33. ben, grimsby / 6:43pm 15 Oct 2006

19 Robert - Well put mate.

But hang on, aren't knife wielding moronic thugs a discrimated against minority, who need their side of story telling as well. They're just misunderstood bless them.

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34. Doreen, Glasgow / 6:51pm 15 Oct 2006

Robert I think, after all that, we should wait and see how the film really portrays these gang members. Perhaps Mullen will portray them as the cardboard gangsters they really were and not fall prey to the glamourising of 'those were the days'.

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35. Kate, Spain (ex Glasgow) / 7:02pm 15 Oct 2006

Having read through this rather depressing collection of responses I feel inspired to stick up for Peter Mullan here. Why the need to be so sadly negative about this type of exposure? Perhaps it creates a sense of discomfort in your scottish veins. Of course it is unpleasant to see portrayal after protrayal of the downside of Scotland and Glasgow in particular but then maybe you could get off your own backsides and find a way of portraying the other side of Glasgow which you so desperately want to be associated with?

Rather than knocking Peter Mullan why not be proud of the fact that remains in the city (with you lot!!) and share with the world the reasons why the Glaswegian youth have the violent history they have. If Peter M had taken up the offers from Hollywod then you may understandably "have a go" and it may even be acceptable to call him the puerile names which many of you have. But, it seems to me that he is remaining loyal to a city he loves rather than be a wealthy exiled la di da exploiting his roots while pretending to care but coining in the riches from afar.

I went to Glasgow University at the same time as Peter Mullan, he from the working class and me, not from the working class but a single unsupported young mum with 2 kids. I was also into left wing politics then and passionate about education being available to everyone, not just those who could afford it. Neither Peter nor I felt sorry for ourselves, nor did we feel victims of our respective situations, and clearly we got on with our lives in a productive way.

A very dear friend of mine has just received compensation from the Irish govt after pursuing her claim against them for abuse in a convent home. The film The Magdalene Sisters went a long way to helping her keep up the good fight when everyone thought she should leave well alone. Thank you Peter Mullan from her and many others who had the same experience. And won.

Go for it Peter. Glasgow is a wonderful place and many people have been at the receiving end of the behaviours of the underdog mentality you seek to portray. Evil? - yes. Unacceptable ? - yes. And society´s creation? - yes. Peter is tackling class issues - why is it the people of that class have the hardest time accepting his message?

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36. Kenny, Glasgow / 7:57pm 15 Oct 2006

Johnny I am an ex-member of the Y-Card-D, I knew Peter's brother more than i did him. I am certainly no 'puff'. Anyone i hurt, would have hurt me if the opportunity arose. I know its an old cliche, but i never hurt anyone who wasnt around the gang culture and didnt have it coming. As far as compensating anyone.....gie us a brek man! Kess

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37. jaume patric, Spain / 8:21pm 15 Oct 2006

Reality and Mullan dont get on, do they?

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38. Marilyn, ex Glasgow, now Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy / 8:32pm 15 Oct 2006

Peter Mullan's film The Magdalene Sisters was much appreciated in Italy and I'm sure if he shows Glasgow again (as he brilliantly did in Orphans) it'll go down well abroad. He's one of the most talented and honest men the city has produced so let's give him a bit of support. He can't damage the city's image as the worst example of knife culture any more than TV news programmes did a few months ago when I was back in Scotland. He may well give a more intelligent interpretation of the phenomenon that ITV and BBC put together came up with. Good luck to you, Peter. One of the finest film directors in the UK - if your home town doesn't back you, who will?? (a prophet is without honour etc....)

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39. Esther. Mexico. / 12:48am 16 Oct 2006

I would love to meet Peter Mullan and thank him personally for bringing to light this awful period in Scottish history.
Although the film "The Magdalene Sisters" was set in Ireland, the identical abuse was being perpetuated by the same order right in the Glasgow area.
I know this to be true, because a close relative lived through this horror, and although she was reluctant to discuss the details, I hoped that one day someone would give voice to her story. Thanks Peter.

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40. Douglas, south of Glasgow / 8:13am 16 Oct 2006

Having seen The Magdelene Sisters, and the debate and open discussion it cause afterwards (positive open thinking is a good thing and should be prompted in whatever way possible) I hope that Peter Mullens new film helps to open the same level of dialogue, and throw open this issue to a wide section of the public, and get rid of the 'that if it's not happening in a street near you, why bother' mentality.

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41. scott, Isle of Whithorn / 8:55am 16 Oct 2006

All you Glaswegian apologist hang wringers are just as bad as these cowards in theVatican and wider Catholic Church whoobjected to the true story of Catholic child abuse been shown on film. Get your head out of the sand….Scotland Today paints a bleaker picture of Glasgow than PM ever will. I like Glasgow but last time I was there, to go clubbing at the Arches, I did not feel safe at all. In the city center, at midnight on a Friday night, an air of potential violence hangs in the air like no other city I’ve lived in and I’ve lived in Hackney, Caracas and LA. Peter Mullen, is great and I for one will pay money to see his film.

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42. Stephen, Forres / 10:00am 15 Oct 2006

I was at the same school as Pete Mullan him and Tommy Sheridan and brought up half a mile from Peter.
The young Car-D had a paint tin, using it liberally, and a modicum of imagination. They were a "wanna be" gang and not in the same universe as the gang potrayed in A Clockwork Orange. If they wore bowler hats and false eyelashes it must have been to the school disco.
Pete is trawling for cash for a movie, his comments should be seen in that context

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43. tom / 7:54pm 15 Oct 2006

The knife culture was very real in Glasgow in the 60s and 70s and it's not something for glamorising.

I was from Fife and at St Andrews University and my girl friend at the time was at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama when it was at the corner of St George's Place and Buchanan Street.

I came to visit her in Spring 1973 having already said to a friend at St Andrews who was from Glasgow that I was apprehensive about visiting her in Glasgow. I was assured nothing would happen. I arrived at Queen Street to find that a train had gone through the buffers and on to the platform. Five minutes later in the short lane from Queen Street Station to the RSAMD I was grabbed by a bloke with a knife and told to hand over my belongings. Fortunately I was athletic enough and strong enough ( I was only 21) to wrestle free and run to safety. although I subsequently lived in Glasgow (Shawlands ) for 5 years I never forgot that episode which confirmed in my mind the violence of Glasgow.

Any s*** who wants to galmorise violence and gang culture in Glasgow needs locking up. It ISN'Tfunny

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44. Doreen, Glasgow / 10:30am 16 Oct 2006

I grew up in the east end of Glasgow, surrounded by gangs...The Gringo, The Goucho, The Spurs, The Torch,TYT.....blah blah blah, all neds hanging onto the label of 'hardman'. But Glasgow has a tradition of violence that it is finding difficult to relinquish. There is more violence from individuals now than from the gang fights in the sixties and seventies. Its almost 40 years ago....its history....it wont go away but as I said, if Peter Mullan portrays the gang violence of this era as it was, without glamourising it, he will merely be making a social statement.

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45. Billy, Germany / 11:10am 16 Oct 2006

What next Mullan "A History Of Buckfast ?

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46. Joe / 12:05pm 16 Oct 2006

It's a movie, get a grip. Mullan is one of our best filmakers and I imagine his latest film will be excellent, just like the others.

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47. Joe / 12:07pm 16 Oct 2006

Small Faces was excellent by the way. There's a list of other classic Scottish films on this website, the Scottish Independence Guide:

http://www.scottishindependence.com

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48. gmvc, scotland / 1:26pm 16 Oct 2006

i agree peter's scotland's best film maker, he's going out with robina qureshi the human rights camapginer - saw them both in central station last week - she's hot!!

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49. Kenny / 4:14pm 16 Oct 2006

Who said Mullan was making this movie to glamorise street gangs and knifings?

The movie hasn't yet been made and already we have people criticising it. If you haven't seen it how the hell can you criticise?
Your basing your criticism on nothing more than assumptions....Idiots.

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50. Stewart, Scotland / 9:28pm 16 Oct 2006

I agree with 12, 16, 22, 27, 43 and others.

Scottish film and telly has always been about trying to entertain Scots, mainly in our vernacular, as if maybe we didn’t want the English to enjoy it.

Nowadays it’s even worse, full of eff this and eff that.

Someone mentioned lowest common denominator.

I don’t go to the flicks anymore, and the TV has been ditched. Maybe if everyone who is above the LCD does this, only the LCD types will be watching, and as most of them probably evade the licence, all the TV companies will either go out of business or start making programmes for the majority again.

Some ideas.

Find a new Tom Weir and give him a pair of hiking boots and a camera and point him north.

How about a remake of Oliver! set in Glasgow or Edinburgh?

Consider yersel at hame.

Maybe not.

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51. Doreen, Glasgow / 10:40pm 16 Oct 2006

Dont know what your problem is Stewart, I'm Glaswegian and vernacular is my language, and a huge amount of my fellow Glaswegian's. What's wrong with reality? Mind you cant stand the accents in River City....dont know why strange that.

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52. Robert, Kirriemuir / 12:51am 17 Oct 2006

Having said in my earlier post that I did not know this writer, I did, however, see the film The Magdelene Sisters not knowing that Peter Mullan was its writer. His portrayal of institutional life is uncanily accurate. It has traces of Irvin Geogh's (uncertain of spelling) book, 'Asylums'. He focuses in to, not what is seen to be happening, nor said to be happening, but, what actually is happening. While it was an excellent fictional film it sure did have traces of reality. Having spent a life-time in institutions (not as an inmate) and having risen from the lowest level to CE level those forms of behaviour were all too obvious. Good managers were able to subvert those staff types but sadly there are few competent managers around as doing a good job is not a prerequisite for advancement. As he clearly has the perception to see beyond the surface then I look forward to this next film.

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53. Stewart, Scotland / 12:40pm 17 Oct 2006

Doreen [35] – it just seems to me that Scots make films and TV for Scots, and don’t appreciate there is a worldwide audience. Also, don’t they realise that lots of us can get through the day without swearing or taking drugs? Name one successful Scottish musical or cartoon or comedy crime caper suitable for all the family. Why do they always have to be about drugs, weapons, deprivation and lots of swearing and general numptiness? For a nation that produced so many inventors, our film industry is very unimaginative.

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54. Tracy, NYC / 7:11pm 17 Oct 2006

Peter Mullan is more of a Scot than Sean ( Scunner) Connery could ever be.... I agree with 32,35, 38, 39, 40, 41 and others who understand what a great artist and human being Peter Mullan is. Next to whisky he is our finest export. May he never go near Hollywood.

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55. Hamish, Aberdeen / 10:18am 18 Oct 2006

I think this is a great idea good luck to him sounds like your all turning into a bunch of fascists just like the tories who stereotype 'ned' culture.
Just remember the aberdeen boys were always the hardest !!
I see all you nerds would rather hide the simple fact that poverty does actually exist and people do act in these ways and are angry and violent, perhaps you would like to sweep it all under the carpet and pretend we all live in utopia well we dont and this is reality , WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BURBERRY !!

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56. Ian, Edinburgh / 2:34pm 18 Oct 2006

gmvc (48) - was that the same Robina Qureshi who verbally assaulted Anvar Khan for having to temerity to say that Tommy Trot liked a bit on the side?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/5168...

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The lost play by the Dundonian wordsmith William...

The lost play by the Dundonian wordsmith William McGonagall, which is set to be published next month, has been held up as a prime example of how not to write.

 

McGonagall: A play what he wrote.

Lost manuscript by William McGonagall set to be published next month
  • The play 'Jack o' the Cudgel' described as 'all action and no thought'
  • Many argue for a re-evaluation of cult figure and his aims

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"Seldom has there been a writer of such indefatigable ambition, singularly unmatched by even a smidgen of talent. There's something a bit cruel about the repeated reprinting of McGonagall's work." - DR GERARD CARRUTHERS, GLASGOW UNIVERSITY

Story in full ALREADY hailed as the world's worst poet, William McGonagall is poised to claim the title of the world's worst playwright, thanks to a newly discovered manuscript.

 

The lost play by the Dundonian wordsmith, which is set to be published next month, has been held up as a prime example of how not to write.

Penned in 1886, Jack o' the Cudgel, or The Hero of a Hundred Fights, is believed to be inspired by Shakespeare, although critics say it is a far cry from the Bard's high standards.

Critics who have already savaged the writer's poetic works are now turning their attention to his theatrical manifestations.

Dr Gerard Carruthers, a senior lecturer on Scottish literature at Glasgow University, described the play as "all action and no thought" and "a string of the most predictable clichés".

"Seldom has there been a writer of such indefatigable ambition, singularly unmatched by even a smidgen of talent," he said. "There's something a bit cruel about the repeated reprinting of McGonagall's work."

Chris Hunt, editor of the recently published William McGonagall Collected Poems, said: "McGonagall tried his hand at acting before turning to poetry. He thought he could write a play with a brilliant part for himself.

"I would very much imagine that he saw himself playing the role of Jack, but as usual he didn't get anywhere with it."

It was previously believed the poet's theatrical leanings ended after he trod the boards in the role of Macbeth.

Refusing to die, he was dragged off-stage by the audience. Dundee magistrates later banned him from performing after he caused a riot at a circus.

McGonagall famously walked to Balmoral Castle in a vain effort to persuade Queen Victoria to appoint him poet laureate.

He died penniless in 1902, but since his death the scribe has attracted a cult following, with fans including the late comedian Spike Milligan and members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. JK Rowling even named Harry Potter's teacher Professor McGonagall in his honour.

Marc Lambert, chief executive of the Scottish Book Trust, said despite McGonagall's literary shortcomings, he represented a form of writing still found in contemporary writers.

"He's become a whipping boy for people who want to sneer at that kind of writing, but he wanted to write for the people and be popular," he said.

"To an extent, it's criticising someone for what they're not, and never intended to be. There's no point in comparing him to Shakespeare.

"The plays of Liz Lochead for example, come out of that tradition of writing for a popular audience, and it's important not to devalue it."

THE LYRICAL GENIUS OF WILLIAM McGONAGALL

"Pig-headed giant begone or I'll make you repent/ For my name is Jack and I hail from Kent." (Jack o' the Cudgel)

"Beautiful railway bridge of the Silv'ry Tay/ Alas! I am very sorry to say/ That ninety lives have been taken away/ On the last Sabbath day of 1879/ Which will be remembered for a very long time." (The Tay Bridge Disaster)

"The pleasures of the little birds are all fled/ And with the cold many of them will be found dead/ Because the leaves of the trees are scattered in the blast/ And makes the feathered creatures feel downcast." (An Autumn Reverie)

"Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light/ Thou seemest most charming to my sight/ As I gaze upon thee in the sky so high/ A tear of joy does moisten mine eye." (The Moon)

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1. scottwebb.co.uk / 1:28am 6 Nov 2006

This is main news ?

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2. Rebus, Toronto / 2:50am 6 Nov 2006

Relax, scottwebb.

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3. cameron / 3:16am 6 Nov 2006

seems like the whole world is f....ed
are you kidding me on.

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4. Chav, Musselburgh / 4:49am 6 Nov 2006

Whats a problem with it all? I reckons he writes not that badly atall. What he done was write them poems for all us commoners like. He should have a statue made of him as he's an example of never giving up and striving for your dreams. Even if you is a complete dosser.

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5. Guga, Rockall / 7:45am 6 Nov 2006

Leave the man alone, he gives us all a good laugh - something which, in this day and age, is a valuable commodity.

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6. Duncan / 8:29am 6 Nov 2006

Lets not look on him as the worlds worst ever poet, rather the best ever poet fae Dundee.

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7. Robert / 8:29am 6 Nov 2006

Can't stand all these up-their-backside academics. Personally, I think Shakespeare's absolute garbage.

Most people who claim to like him probably couldn't tell you why.

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8. Linda / 8:36am 6 Nov 2006

I do admire him for trying. He just wrote about everyday life as he saw it. I believe the poor soul ended his days in the vaults in Edinburgh!

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9. John, Dundee / 8:48am 6 Nov 2006

As a few people have said he kept on trying and for that alone he is to be admired. He didn't only have to suffer abusive taunts but rotten fruit and veg and the odd half-brick. Incidentally he wasn't a Dundonian, I think he was born in Edinburgh but he plied his trade for most of his time in Dundee. There was a huge hullaballoo in Dundee about twenty years ago regarding whether a statue should be erected to him at the junction of Perth Road and Hawkhill and the local literary snobs put a stop to it. I think the site still stands empty.

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10. Bram Seer, All of Scotland / 9:06am 6 Nov 2006

First the White Heather club noo William McGonagall what's next the plain loaf and lorne sausage,revisionism is a very dangerous place to go.
If McGonagall was born today he would have been a top ten world rapper,better than M&M. If he wis good enough fur Spike and the Pythons he was good enough fur me... lighten up Folks its Monday....a big whale cam intae Dundee an aw ra folk cam out tae see... magic,pure dead and brilliant..


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