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Psy

That Psy never thought of Watermelon Style

It was off to Scotland last week for some filming in one of my favourite UK cities – Glasgow. I used to be quite scared of Glasgow, as I was once beaten up there back in my Goth days. Nowadays there are new laws protecting Goths from harassment, and I could take my persecutors to court and win damages that I could use to buy loads of cider, black paint, and books by Rimbaud. I assume that Goths could always have taken people to court for beating them up, but it would just be that the Goth element would not be an issue whereas now … it is. God bless Dave Cameron and all who sail in him.

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Injury forces Glasgow Warriors centre Graeme Morrison to retire

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Scotland could become 'another Cyprus' if it becomes independent

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien

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Joe Ansbro pictured at the 2011 World Cup

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