I am having a break until Sat Feb 22nd. In the meantime, I put a gun to Graham's head and he came up with this, See you all later.
Seize the Opportunity
In life there are opportunities that come our way. Opportunities to earn more money. Opportunities for love. Opportunities for happiness. And opportunities to stake your claim, to right the wrongs, to state the real and absolute truth. These opportunities are sometimes limited when you’re up against the biggest of presences. Paul Larkin doesn't care. Paul Larkin is creating the opportunity to correct the record for the world to see, who've been fooled by a complicit, biased and incompetent domestic media. And he’s doing it with a panache that will leave no doubt and all are welcome to join him if we are willing and able.
Paul Larkin’s Asterisk Years project has spanned several different mediums from the written word, to audio and now to film. Each time the awareness of the full scale of David Murray’s cheating expands outward. When we think of successful documentaries that have gone from book to film and have opened the eyes of many to injustice, we can’t help but think of Michael Moore as the sterling example. Whether it be the evils of gun violence in “Bowling for Columbine”, the injustice present in the American healthcare system in “Sicko” or the lies and agenda involved with the Iraq war in “Fahrenheit 9/11”, Moore found a way to educate a huge number of people about what really goes on in the dark arts who hadn't been otherwise aware. That’s what Paul Larkin is doing with the Asterisk Years.
Currently, there is an impression from some in the worldwide football community, that Celtic are somehow now something of a villain in Scottish football. Running away with the league each year, only as a result of Rangers unfortunate death. There seems to be a lack of understanding as to how the Celtic support could possibly take such glee from this current state. Is it any wonder considering the mainstream media go out of their way with every chance, to gloss over the reasons why Rangers are dead?
Is there ever any mention of how Rangers tried desperately and failed to kill off Celtic over two decades? Of course there isn't.
That’s the message that hasn't gotten out. That’s the message that Paul Larkin is delivering. And when the world sees it, no longer will the narrative be that Celtic won by default and is profiting now because Rangers ran out of luck. The world will become aware of the chapter in Celtic’s history that we are currently witnessing and living through. This is the period where we celebrate our survival. We celebrate our refusal to vanish into the night in March of 1994. We celebrate our refusal to sit at the back of the bus because they've had access to more money than us or had the favoritism of the so called footballing authorities.
In spite of all that we had to face these past two decades, WE STILL WON! We have a grip on our domestic league because we are survivors and that is truly what must be celebrated now and communicated to the world. From charitable roots to ascending to become the greatest team the world had ever seen, to innovating the way football is played, to refusing to be put down by our most bitter rival, to surviving and prospering during a new day for the club and the country. The magical story of Celtic continues on.
The opportunity to support what Paul is doing is there for us all. The project is as expensive as it is audacious. Paul Larkin only knows one way of doing this and that’s the right way. The amount of money and resources that is required to make this happen is mind boggling. This project demands more than a handheld camera and a windscreen, as if it’s the Blair Witch project. There are professional cameras required and film, loads of film. Microphones, staging equipment, editing software, consultants who have major film experience; it’s all incredibly costly but every pound and pence put into it will be worthwhile when the film is released and the pride in our hearts swell into the stratosphere.
Personally, I can’t wait for the completion of the project because I know it’s going to be something amazing that the world will take note of. It’ll open people’s eyes, change people’s minds and set the record straight in an entertaining, informative and emotional manner. It’s something that I know I’m going to feel immense pride in having donated to, and played a part in, once it’s out. It’s a film that will stand the test of time and be something to show the kids and grandkids and say, I helped make that happen. We can all help make it happen.
If you seize one opportunity this year, where you know you’ll be glad you did once it comes to fruition, this is it. The now cult-classic film “Swingers” had a budget of $200,000 and is now one of the most quotable movies of the last 20 years. They had to move heaven and earth to find funding to make that movie happen. Now, anyone who was propositioned beforehand will kick themselves for not getting involved in that film while they had the chance. That was a movie about a dopey sod who was going through a bad breakup. The Asterisk Years is about the football club we all so dearly love and how our resilience made sure justice was done in the end. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.
To learn more and to make a contribution to the Asterisk Years project, and stake your claim to creating a historical record that will stand forever, visit www.theasteriskyears.com. There are several different levels where you can contribute based on what you’re comfortable with. But like Paul Larkin says, “don’t spend money you don’t have. David Murray did that and we all know how that ended up.”
Hail Hail and Keep the Faith!