Same job, different uniform.

Friday, July 13, 2007

"We'll just set aboot ye!"

Saturday before last a baggage handler and Scotsman named John Smeaton was standing in front of Glasgow Airport smoking a cigarette when he saw a Jeep burst into flames not far from him. The driver, on fire, miraculously appeared from within and was soon being pursued by a police officer. The officer caught up with the assailant, an al Qaeda operative, who then began to pummel the lawman.

As the bizarre scene unfolded before him, Smeaton, by his own admission, tried to sort it out in his head. When he did, he took action, kicking the al Qaeda member and unwittingly turning himself into a hero for the times. Smeaton’s message to terrorists, according to the July 7/8 Wall Street Journal article highlighting him was, “You come to Glasgow; we don’t stand for it. We’ll just set aboot ye.”

Smeaton already has a spot on Wikipedia, not to mention at least one website - - set up in his honor within days of his heroics and asking everyone who enters to buy him a pint.

Also circulating on the Internet is this Robert Burns-esque ode:

Twas doon by the inch o’Abbots
Oor Johnny walked one day
When he saw a sicht that troubled him
Far more than he could say . . .
Now that’s not richt wur Johnny cried
And sallied tae the fray
A left hook and a heid butt
Required tae sae the day
Now listen up Bin Laden
Yir sort’s nae wanted here
For imported English radicals
Us Scoatsman huv nae fear

Some are calling Smeaton Glasgow’s Jack Bauer. I say, raise a glass to him and gis uh a wee swalley!

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Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Now THIS is a post! Nice one, JEB!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blogger girlfriday said...

I've been meaning to comment on this since the day you posted it.

Is Glasgow the last bastian of the spirit that compelled a tiny island to pour blood, sweat and tears to overcome tyranny?

I don't know. I'd be worried Glaswegians would be sober and sound enough if the day came. I hope it doesn't come.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blogger girlfriday said...

I just read some of his entry on Wikipedia. The guy's got spirit.

In his News of the World interview, he said:
"If any more extremists are still wanting to rise up and start trouble, know this: We’ll rise right back up against you. New York, Madrid, London, Paisley … we’re all in this together and make no mistake, none of us will hold back from putting the boot in."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Blogger JEB said...

God Bless Him - I'm not so sure how many Americans would have the stomach sometimes . . .

Thursday, July 19, 2007


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