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CROSSANS ~ Hellraisers of Castlemilk

Ch.6 - The Hellraisers

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Pt. III - Preface
Ch.1 - Dublin
Ch.2 - Rose
Ch.3 - James
Ch.4 - Sons of the Gael
Ch.5 - Glasgow
Hellions' Crucible
Ch.6 - The Hellraisers
The Tale
Sláinte
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The Hellraisers

 

 

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FJDK

 

In violent times,
You shouldn't

have to sell

your soul.

 

 

 
     

 

 

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They gave you life
And in return you gave them hell!
As cold as ice ~
I hope we live to tell the tale.


And when you've taken down

your guard ~
If I could change your mind,
I'd really love to break your heart!

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They really ought

to know,
Those one track minds
That took you for a

working boy -

 

Kiss them goodbye!

 

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Britain’s only General Strike shook the British ruling class out of their thrones and reflected how collective working class action can change society...

 

The 1926 General Strike was the climax of increasing class struggle in Britain since World War 1. During the war, the miners, dockers and railway workers formed the Triple Alliance which united almost 1 ½ million workers…

 

Black Friday, was one of the worst riots on the streets of Glasgow, which took place on Friday, January 31, 1919.  The  dispute revolved around a campaign for shorter working hours, backed by widespread strike action.

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Clashes between police and protesters broke out, and led to the Government sending soldiers to

the city to prevent any further gatherings due

to their fear of a left-wing workers revolution, described as a "Bolshevist uprising".

 

 

 

 

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After the riot, English troops, an estimated 10,000, and tanks were sent into the city to control unrest and extinguish any revolution that should break out…

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FJKJF

 

 

FJKJF

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Whenever they’s a fight

so hungry people can eat,

I’ll be there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whenever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy,

I’ll be there . . . .

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I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready.

An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build—

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why, I’ll be there.

 

The Grapes of Wrath

 John Steinbeck

 

   

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General Strike, 1926

 

Over the years a struggle had been developing between; on the one hand a growing militant working class and on the other the employers and the state. The strike was initiated to defend the living conditions of the miners.

 

There was now a realization by the mass of the workers that joint action by the whole trade union movement was needed to defend the wages and conditions of the working class…

 

 

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Any concessions won directly were made in an attempt to halt rising working class militancy…

 

 

 

 

   

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Know this … a man got to do what he got to do.

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

 

 

 

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Mention Glasgow and various stereotypes jump to mind, shipbuilding, dreadful slums, random violence, razor gangs, and hard drinking (Although I never touch the stuff, if you

ever need a good “Hit Man” just buy a bottle of Jack Daniels

and give me a call!).

 

What else is written about the city usually refers to captains

of industry, architects, inventors, and medical men of note.

 

 

Scratch the surface, and you find another Glasgow

with a long tradition, the real Glasgow,

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 “Radical Glasgow

 

Glasgow can boast of a long tradition of radical movements growing from the ranks of ordinary people.

 

  

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People struggling not only to improve their own conditions, but that of all working class people….

  

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Common Sense  

 

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 for the

 

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Common Man.

 

 

 

 

 

     

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What force or guile could not subdue,

Thro’ many warlike ages,

Is wrought now by a coward few,

For hireling traitor’s wages.

The English stell we could disdain,

Secure in valours station;

But English gold has been our bane-

Sic a parcel of rogues in a nation.

 

Robert Burns

 

 
     

   

 

“A thousand horse, the wild and free,

like waves that follow o’er the sea,

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Came thickly thundering on…”

 

Lord Byron

 

   

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The Crossans

 

 

 

 

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Call of the Wild

Jack London

 

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Fierce with our Hellraising, Yet fiercer with our Love.

For always, forever, together  ~

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Until Hell calls our names.

 

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