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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'Paul Ferris' : 10/11/1963.


November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining.




18 Jan Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies

21 Mar Train drives itself

27 Mar Railways to be slashed by a quarter

25 May African states unite against white rule

27 May Kenyatta to be Kenya's first premier

05 Jun Profumo resigns over sex scandal

08 Jun Ward charged over 'immoral earnings'

16 Jun Soviets launch first woman into space

26 Jun Kennedy: 'Ich bin ein Berliner'

27 Jun Warm welcome for JFK in Ireland

26 Jul Thousands killed in Yugoslav earthquake

08 Aug Train robbers make off with millions

28 Aug King's dream for racial harmony

22 Nov Kennedy shot dead in Dallas

23 Nov Johnson takes over as US president

24 Nov Kennedy 'assassin' murdered

25 Nov John F Kennedy is laid to rest

29 Nov Canadian air disaster kills 118



1989: The night the Wall came down 9 November.
November 10: Millions of people all over Germany were unified by freedom.

The 28-mile (45 km) barrier dividing Germany's capital was built in 1961 to prevent East Berliners fleeing to the West.


But as Communism in the Soviet Republic and Eastern Europe began to crumble, pressure mounted on the East German authorities to open the Berlin border.


The Wall was finally breached by jubilant Berliners on 9 November 1989, unifying a city that had been divided for over 30 years.



Some of you were in Berlin the night The Wall came down and sent your stories:

I was in Berlin on 9 November 1989. I was a US Army intelligence officer working for Allied Forces.

We heard on the TV that some border points had opened and I left my wife and young daughter to see what was going on at Check Point Charlie.

Arriving at the checkpoint there was a large crowd on the Western side.

Climbing a fence I could see large numbers of people on the Eastern side.

At about that time there was an announcement that East Germans would be allowed to visit the West but would require a stamp which would be issued the following morning.

The feeling in the air was electric, as if some great force had been let loose
Joseph, Portugal
Thinking that the East Germans would obey this order, I went home, also feeling a bit guilty for having left my wife home alone with the baby. The rest is history.

The next morning I was screening scores of East Germans who had come over from the GDR, including soldiers who had deserted.

Over the next few weeks the feeling in the air was electric, as if some great force had been let loose, perhaps the greatest example of positive [collective] human will ever seen, in my mind the opposite of what happened in the summer of 1914 - a real peaceful revolution.

We thought it was going to change the world.
Joseph, Portugal

I was 14 when I first went to Berlin and the wall was still firmly in place.

I was staying with family friends who wanted to show me the beauty of West Berlin but I was intent on seeing "the wall".

I remember pressing my hand against it and marvelling that it was only bricks and mortar but was symbolic of years of terror and intimidation.

Years later I watched that wall being dismantled by East and West Berliners and wept with joy for their liberation and with utter desolation for those who had died so meaninglessly.
Sharsh, UK

I was 13 at that time and didn't realise what was going to happen on the 9th of November.

We lived at the end of Sonnenalle in the west, where a checkpoint was to cross to the east.

The wall was right behind our back garden. We went to bed as usual and got woken up by our mom at some point of the night. The first thing I noticed was loud cheering.

I got up to look out the window and just saw people running past, jumping up and down and crying and laughing.

For weeks after the 9th people would stand by the gates and cheer on every Trabbi (East German car) that came through to the west.

It was an amazing event to have witnessed and I still can't believe this happened right outside of our house. I will never forget that night.
Zarina, UK

I was living in West Berlin when the wall came down, though I had family in the East who I frequently visited.

On that very day I had been over to the East to visit my aunt.

I was picked up for the return journey by a British friend who worked for an embassy in the East but lived in the West.

We joined the normal "diplomatic" traffic jam at Freidrichstrasse border point (Checkpoint Charlie) little realising that within hours things would change for ever.

Everyone scrambled to get to a TV or radio or even down to the checkpoints to see what was happening
David Kreikmeier, UK
In fact I suddenly realised I had forgotten to submit requests for entry visas to the DDR for some friends who were arriving in Berlin that coming weekend - normally you needed to do this at least three days in advance.

My friend suggested I speak with the border officer who usually dealt with the diplomatic traffic as she knew both of us quite well and things were becoming rather chaotic anyway with regard to the usually stringent border regulations.

To my suprise after pondering for a few seconds she simply issued the visas saying, "Why not - the world's going mad anyway."

Flabbergasted at this easy going and untypical attitude I could only say "Thanks, thanks a lot... you've been really helpful." To which she replied "Oh, you can buy me a coffee at the Kranzler .... if I ever get over there" (ie to West Berlin).

This was about 6pm - at least an hour before Schabowski's TV appeareance and casual comments that were to end the border regulations as we had known them for 28 years.

My friend then dropped me off at the Eddinger Cafe on the K'damm where I met up with my parents for dinner.

As we got to the main course a woman was wandering up and down outside shouting: "Die Mauer ist gefallt! Die Mauer ist gefallt!"

Everyone thought she was mad or having a mental breakdown - then suddenly the kitchen staff burst out of the kitchen and started saying the same thing.

Everyone scrambled to get to a TV or radio or even down to the checkpoints to see what was happening.

I can and will always remember though the raw emotion, the crowds, the chaos (and especially the drink that was drunk and the grass that was smoked that night!).

Ironically the social divisions and the psychological "wall in the head" that many of us feel mean that my Eastern relatives (like most Ossies) rarely visit West Berlin anyway.

Even worse, the sense of "solidarity" and "family duty" that used to impel many Wessies to use every opportunity to visit relatives in the East has vanished too.

I know that my family is not the only one that meets each other less frequently now that there is nothing to stop us than when the Wall was up!
David Kreikmeier, UK

I just happened to watch television on the night of 9 November, as I lived and worked for an American Charter Airline in Berlin. As I watched what was being televised, I decided that along with my daughter who happened to be visiting me at the time, we should go there to see what was happening.

When we got there, with the help of other people, we were able to climb up on to the wall and watch Vopos (Volks Polizei) standing about 10 yards apart being engaged in dialog by some intellectuals on the wall.

Suddenly, there was some enormous sound, which turned out to be some construction labourers hammering at the wall with some heavy equipment, which I could not see.

Being afraid at what the reaction might be from the East German army, we decided to get down and return home and watch the proceedings from the television.
Michael Nicholson, USA

I was living in Germany on the day the wall came down and well remember talking to my German neighbour.

With tears streaming down his face he kept saying in English and German: "I never thought I would live to see this."
Malcolm Harrison, Canada

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Have a great day Paul, all the best on your Birthday! Bilko

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Hope you`ve had a great day Paul  


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A big thank you from Paul & all the team


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Why are some police more corrupt than others?, June 26, 2004

Reviewer: Paul J Ferris (GLASGOW,SCOTLAND.) - See all my reviews
Since the early part in this book outlines the police position as being corrupt,bent,call it what you want I believe that not all of them are.However why have STRATHCLYDE POLICE not acted to counter these serious allegations by taking a civil-litigation out on anyone since the book was published? could it be the case that they are not just allegations but are matters of FACT? come on STRATHCLYDE POLICE is your silence so obvious we know you must have something to hide?The public have a right to know,and you have a reputation to defend or have you?


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Cheers TONY as you wont read that on the .co.UK site as its too close to the mark


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All the very best for tomorrow and for all who will be attending the event.


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Cheers A2 im sure everyone`s looking forward to the event


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Yup looking foward to it admin2. see you all there no doubt. Bilko

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Bilko I must have missed you by seconds mate as I was watching the news item you included and for a few seconds more you would have seen me.....OK your a star now......I was the big fella in the suit with a (natural) tan .....honest


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Natural tan A2 NA Only kano has a natural tan


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Aye right ye are Kano


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This is the sort of S***E that you end up with when you archive newspapers:

Article taken from Sunday Mail archives

M&M boss caught on film blurting out what his firm really stands for Frontman admits his company is actually owned by gangsters EXCLUSIVE
RUSSELL FINDLAY. Sunday Mail.  Glasgow (UK):  May 16, 2004
(Copyright Sunday Mail)

Legal Warning: North Glasow Housing Association have pointed out that M&M have not been hired by them since 2002. In addition, Robert Tamburrini denies any current connection with the McGovern family or associates.

A FRONTMAN for gangster-owned security firm M&M has bragged how the name stands for Murder and Mayhem.

The chilling boast, revealing the true face of Scotland's security industry, was caught on camera during secret filming by the BBC.

John Fox, a former Children's Panel member, smirks as he makes the claim which will be screened in Tuesday's edition of Frontline Scotland.

Asked what M&M stands for, Fox says: 'Mad and Madder... Murder and Mayhem.'
The company's initials are meant to represent the names of co-owners convicted murderer Paul McGovern, 30, and George Madden, 43.

M&M were targeted as part of a BBC investigation into Scotland's rogue security firms and their gangland links. Reporter Sam Poling set up a bogus building site in Glasgow and invited M&M and rival firms Frontline and Osiris to tender for the security contract.

Representatives of the three would-be 'respectable' firms were caught on camera admitting who really owns them McGovern, notorious gangster Paul Ferris and Marie Johnston, wife of bent ex-cop Paul.

All three firms' gangland links have been repeatedly exposed by the Sunday Mail but they continue to get work from reputable firms.
Each of the companies are at the centre of Scotland's 'securiwars', where firms are often a front for money laundering, drug dealing, and other organised crime.

They use violence, blackmail and intimidation to win contracts and undercut respectable rivals by not paying tax.

Frontline also caught Madden on camera. Believing he is talking to an out-of-town property developer, he admits that Fox is merely a frontman for him and McGovern.
Fox was previously the licensee for the New Morven bar, in Springburn, Glasgow, where McGovern's drug dealer brother Tony was gunned down in 2001.

The McGovern-owned pub was run by family associate Jim Milligan and ex-Celtic and Scotland star Charlie Nicholas. Madden said: 'M&M, Madden and McGovern. Paul is my partner, John's the director.

On paper, we don't exist, actually. On paper, it's John's company.' Madden also claimed the company was run by 'the good, the bad and the ugly'. Poling, 30, asked him: 'So which is the good, the bad and the ugly?' Madden: 'You've still to meet the ugly Paul.' Poling then asks: 'So you're the bad?' Madden: 'When the need arises.' M&M has landed contracts from the publicly-funded North Glasgow Housing Association.

We revealed in 2000 that boss Robert Tamburrini, whose ex-wife's brother is a McGovern associate, had hired M&M. Two years later the NGHA hired them again to patrol the streets of Springburn. At the time, NGHA chairman David Cowan said: 'To our knowledge, M&M are a legitimate business.' One industry source said: 'This BBC investigation means people like NGHA can no longer pay them a single penny of public money.'

The BBC probe also reveals how the old boss of Guardion security is back in charge of its successor firm, Osiris.

Marie Johnston, 37, is now back as boss after the firm was meant to have been sold.
Ferris was also targeted in the BBC report. He has always claimed he is merely a 'consultant' to Frontline.

But his frontwoman Nancy Jones said: 'It's Paul Ferris that owns Frontline. Have you heard of him?' The revelations will increase pressure on the Scottish Executive to introduce licensing of security firms.

Legitimate companies are up against crooks who use gangland muscle to steal contracts.
Many crooks also charge artificially low prices because they fail to pay the minimum wage and don't pay tax. Last March, then Justice Minister Jim Wallace announced firms would need a licence from the Security Industry Authority. But the SIA has so far failed to issue a single licence. Meanwhile, a dead drug dealer's son has been targeted by rival criminals for stirring up the securi-wars.

JD Security boss Jason Dickson, 27, and his gang are linked to assaults, threats and fire-raising. Police are probing links between Dickson and the torching of a Persimmon Homes site in Hamilton last Sunday. Firebugs destroyed two houses, worth around £300,000 each.
The legitimate firm who provide site security don't know which of their rogue rivals are behind the attack.

Several weeks ago, JD's offices in Hamilton were torched. Many security firm crooks have been reluctant to tackle Dickson as they are desperate to win a licence. Dickson, who once survived a drive-by shooting, is the step-son of late drug dealer Vinnie Dickson.
One underworld source said: 'This boy is called The Pest. He's been running about like a headcase and having a go at everyone.'

In the past few weeks, legitimate Dalziel Security has been targeted by Dickson. Boss Cameron Dalziel, 40, of Motherwell, called in the police. Dickson and three heavies tried to attack Dalziel at his office. Other incidents include an attack on a 58-year-old guard and the attempted abduction of another guard. Dickson also made threats against a building firm boss at a Motherwell site.

As for Russell Findlay......em Fanny and con artist extraordinaire......posing as a journalist he was in on this con and played a leading role with the now convicted sex offender FRANK CARBERRY as their consultant for the BBC?.....surely not Sam Appalling and then they get some sort of DAFTA award for their 'EXPOSE' of security wars.......geeza break hen will ye?....oh and have the decency to hand the award back for working with sex offenders on your sham of a show.


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Enforcer guilty of sex assaults

A MAN who used to be an enforcer for the Arthur Thomson crime clan in Glasgow has been found guilty of a series of sex assaults on youths.

Frank Carberry, 46, a showjumping enthusiast, attacked a 16-year-old

boy on the eve of a Horse of the Year qualifying event at Torrance,


The other two assaults involved a 20-year-old in a hotel in Ross-shire and an 18-year-old in a hotel in Glasgow.

Carberry, 46, of James Morrison Street, Gallowgate, was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

In evidence, Carberry admitted being homosexual but said: "I don't have sex with boys."

Carberry became infamous in 1995 when he was fined £500 at Glasgow Sheriff Court for assaulting a former female lover by throwing a severed horse's ear at her.

In 1998 he was banned from showjumping for three years by the British Show Jumping Association for bringing the sport into disrepute.

This was after he had been fined £300 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for punching a man on the face at the Royal Deeside Show.

A year later he was fined £2000 for a campaign of terror against a couple who were rivals in the security business.

Then, in 2000, he was slashed in the throat while he was in Spain. He claimed the attack was carried out by a rival who wanted him out of the security business.

Sheriff Michael O'Grady, QC, placed Carberry on the Sex Offenders' Register and he will be sentenced next month.



11 December 2005
By Russell Findlay

A SECURITY firm boss on the run from police is facing court action over five gay sex attacks.

Frank Carberry, 46, is accused of a series of sexual assaults on young men between 2000 and this year.

His alleged victims are aged from their late teens to early 20s and the incidents span the west of Scotland, Clackmannanshire and the Highlands.

This week a warrant was issued for Carberry's arrest after he failed to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court to face an assault charge.

The married dad-of-four, who also has a child from an affair, is currently being divorced by wife Ann.

Carberry has claimed to have been an enforcer for the late Glasgow crime boss Arthur Thompson Snr.

But associates say that in reality Carberry, who was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, was simply a thug-for-hire who later drifted into the sex industry




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Monday 30th October 2006

Roddy Lumsden Reviews 'Villains'

Reg McKay is fast becoming the godfather of Scottish true crime books. It helps that he often has in tow Paul Ferris, once a notorious, feared Glasgow gangster. Ferris now seems to be on the straight and narrow, nearly six years after being released from prison for gunrunning (he claims he was only moving a box as a favour for a villain from whom he was picking up counterfeit banknote plates – for 'one last big one', as the criminal cliché has it).

McKay and Ferris's latest volume (following last year's Vendetta which shifted plenty of copies) is called Villains (and wryly tagged 'It takes one to know one'). Though the narration is given in the first person voice of Ferris, McKay's style is unmistakeable, and it makes you curious as to how they collaborate. Villains is a lucky bag of tales of lowlife wretches, bent cops, con merchants and, as Ferris calls them, 'men of honour'. Some stories are offcuts from the Arthur Thompson saga, some are vitriolic accounts of those who have crossed Ferris, others are retellings of violence, derring do and audacious cons, from criminal raconteurs of Ferris's acquaintance.

Paul Ferris is hard to get to grips with – for a start he looks more like an affable football manager than a career hard man – and in The Last Godfather (McKay's book on the Thompson dynasty of Glasgow gangsters), he came over as something of a hero. That Ferris, as a small and bullied teenager, found the courage for revenge seems undisputed, tracking down his tormentors (mostly from the feared Welsh family, sworn enemies of the Thompsons) one by one and leaving one of them with his scalp hanging off. He soon had a reputation. After several years as one of Thompson's lieutenants (alongside Tam Bagan), Ferris was wanted for a high number of serious crimes, many of them carried out against other villains.

Vendetta caused a bit of a stir, not least in accusations of the involvement of various authorities and individuals in the wrongdoings of Paul Bennett, a Liverpool gangster who Ferris evidently thinks has got off lightly for his many crimes. Even Deadly Divisions, a novel written by the McKay / Ferris pairing caused ructions apparently – Ferris claims the police dug up graves in Glasgow's Necropolis cemetery, convinced that a scene in the book must have a basis in truth.

The revelations in Villains are not so shocking and indeed, MI5 are unlikely to be interested in Ferris's outing of Glasgow hard man Jaimba McLean as a secret bingo player. But the yarns are good. The most intriguing sections are those dealing with villainous exploits outside of Scotland – including the latter drugged-up days of Rab Carruthers, a Glasgow street player who later transferred himself, and his power, south to Manchester.

In the early 90s, before his last, lengthy jail sentence, Ferris spent time with him there, and also in London, where he and McLean, after an almighty pub brawl, almost set off a war between the Arif and the Adams families, still two of the most potent criminal families in England. The chapter on the Adams family struck me as the most revealing – with McKay's help, Ferris can come across as a likeable rogue, a campaigner for the 'honest criminal', who plays by the rules of the street, over the ruthless thugs and junkies who care nothing for innocents in the way. But I don't buy his portrayal of the Adamses as a misunderstood bunch who have been demonised by the media.

These days, Ferris is sticking to the business of making legitimate money out of our eternal interest in the illegitimate, with plans for documentaries on villains, including the life of TC Campbell, the former robber who was jailed for the so-called Ice Cream Wars arson murders. There are plans for a film about Ferris, with Robert Carlyle up for the lead (a chapter of the book charts Ferris's dealings with the brother of rock star Jim Kerr, who initiated the film, but is no longer on Ferris's Christmas card list, shall we say). Villains is another success for this writing team and I recommend it to fellow readers who lap up these racy, psychology-free, true crime confessions.

  • Cover scan of Villains
    Villains: It Takes One To Know One Paul Ferris; Reg McKay
    Murder, gunrunning, drug trafficking, kneecapping - Paul Ferris has been accused of many things in his life, some true, some not. What's not in dispute is that he spent 25 years as one of Britain's most feared gangsters. Out of prison and straight for five years, Paul hasn't forgotten the common thugs and big-time players that surrounded him.
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