One of the reactions moved me so much that I have decided to post it here.
"The Asterisk years".
As an Author and writer Paul Larkin commands a powerful grasp of the written word, he displays that power in ink, type, story-line and symbol. The Asterisk years are indeed all about those symbols and yet more.
I decided to stumble blindly down the path of 'stardom' in connection with the Asterisk as will be revealed below, with a take on an upcoming work I have not yet had the pleasure to embrace, but as with previous works, am convinced, disappointment will not be on display. And so...
For the Scottish football fan the importance of the Asterisk for one who writes on the subject cannot be downplayed, it, the Asterisk *, is one of those little things with huge implications, none more so than in the current footballing and business climate.
It has many meanings for such a small symbol * all of which are at play in the Rangers Sevco play.
Let me explain just a little...
The asterisk (*; Late Latin: asteriscus, from the Greek: ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, translates as "little star") and we all know the lengths some went to to achieve that status, none more explanatory than the tree topping accolade of knighthood.
The Knighthood, Sir Thingmybob.
The title stands out from among the crowd of little people, it's quite simply the cream of corporate and managerial crop. A champion of chairmanship, a cherry on the cake.
It's a title worth attaining and retaining, apparently in the face of any risk.
So far that title in footballing terms, has indeed shown it's worth as one becomes Godlike, untouchable and beyond reproach, the little star is above us all.
In the World of business it's simply, the business!.
In English, the asterisk is usually six- or eight-pointed when handwritten.
It can be used to censor swear words and vulgar or objectionable text, one cannot but help feel it must feel right at home in the offices at Ibrox park for example, where over the years many an objectionable description has been foisted onto opposition supports only then to be denied in print by the media friend.
I know because I have bore witness to if not been the victim of such, as I am sure, have all of you.
It is also used used on the internet to correct one's spelling, in which case it appears before or after the correct word, but you won't see much of that in 140 characters and in my opinion, never from the sevconian hand for that would take a skill we do not readily associate with our previous rivals.
The asterisk is derived from the need of the printers of family trees in 'feudal times' for a symbol to indicate date of birth.
Isn't that a strange Irony indeed, when one associates the Asterisk with print and then old Rangers football club, who are locked in a present day battle over their true identity.
They battle with the persons or opposition who reside in the real World and believe in the date of birth as a landmark, not a forgetful or uncomfortable mistake easily ignored.
The original asterisk shape was seven-armed, each arm like a teardrop shooting from the center and let me tell you there have been many tears shed from both factions of the footballing divide, Celtic fans and most every other of opposition with tears of joy, sadly for the Sevconian not so enjoyable a pain. They is what they is you see, in denial.
In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.
'Oh the footballing Irony as denoted by the Asterisk, continues unabated.'
You see they say they are the same club in repetition, yet multiply from one company to the next, they indeed required a Wildcard handed down from the footballing hierarchy in an attempt to convince us not so convinced, that they are in fact the same, the Asterisk indeed gives us pointers to a different realism.
Rangers are dead and the Wild card was created for another entity entirely, we know it and so do they !.
The asterisk can be used to call out a footnote, especially when there is only one on the page. Less commonly, multiple asterisks are used to denote different footnotes on a page (i.e., *, **, ***).
Who knows for a fact but the guess is many a shredded document may have displayed such symbols, as re-written sentences where stockpiled again and again for use at the proper time, the appropriate moment.
Alas we can never truly know, but our guess is as good as it gets going by previous history.
Typically, the asterisk is positioned after a word or phrase and preceding its accompanying footnote.
Three spaced asterisks centered on a page may represent a jump to a different scene, thought, or section, which again is as close to the bone as it gets with the club with the confused identity.
A different scene and thought?.
Wow, the leap from one to the other is undoubted.
A group of three asterisks arranged in a triangular formation ⁂ is called an asterism.
(Isn't that asterism symbol unfortunately, a somewhat recognisable sign when one equates the Asterisk in conjunction with the footballing troubles of The Rangers / Sevco.)
One or more asterisks may be used to strike out portions of a word to avoid offending by using the full form of a profanity (f**k), to preserve anonymity (Craig W***), or to avoid profanation of a holy name, as many on the banks of the clyde might be internally and externally screaming on a minute by minute basis as bad news upon bad news piles up with each layer of true identity being exposed.
Holy s**t, oh my f*****g G*d !.
'Indeed, Yer a different club and company pal'.
A double asterisk indicates a form that would be expected according to rule, but is not actually found. I cannot resist the temptation of guiding you to the SFA manual as an example of what not to expect, said manual does seem rather devoid of any such rules wouldn't you say.
Since a word marked with an asterisk could mean either "unattested" or "impossible", it is important in some contexts to distinguish these meanings.
The word 'impossible' bears most relevance when aligned with the Sevco-gate fiasco, a quick scan through any writings on Sevco by themselves or indeed media should show no sign of any such asterisk.
'They still think it's possible you see'.
There are many links to the Asterisk over the years and the 'Asterisk years' define what has past, what is present and what the future may hold.
In liturgical music, an asterisk is often used to denote a deliberate pause and that is exactly what this journey to the top of football from the bowels is, for new Sevco.
It's a deliberate pause forced on them as an end by the supporters, but deliberated into a pause by the governing bodies.
It will though be, to no avail.
These little Stars or * sparkling Asterisks are on show at a different venue in a different arena on a different stage, Celtic park is lit up with them.
Many creative forces are using these little stars * to bring you the truth.
There are millions of uses for the Asterisk and millions pertaining to old Rangers and new Sevco, but I am sure when you read the book "The Asterisk Years" the most important for us, will undoubtedly appear.
This book "The Asterisk years" is a part of that process, it's helping to spell it out.
Thank you Mr Larkin.
No, thank you Lorenzo.
No, thank you Lorenzo.