ONE of the scientists behind the creation of Dolly the Sheep said last night he was surprised by the lack of "compassion" among critics of stem-cell research into treatment for motor neurone disease.
I HAVE a sore heart, a heavy heart. If only it was because of the pacemaker I had fitted this week. Jimmy Johnstone was my dearest friend for 40 years; a man whom I loved and loved to laugh with throughout my whole adult life. My memories of him will be as the little jack-in-the-box chatterbox, cracking the one liners, hee-hawing uncontrollably as he would say: "I've got another one for you, wee man." Not as victim, however brave, of the motor neurone disease that confined him to a chair.
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IN DEATH, as in life, Jimmy Johnstone never walked alone. On the green field of play he was surrounded by his Lisbon Lion team-mates; when ill-health, in the form of motor neurone disease, stole his dexterity he was supported by doctors and friends.
IT SEEMS to be the destiny of talented, loveable footballers to treat their careers like the footballs that once seemed glued to their toes. They simply refuse to surrender them.
THE Lisbon Lions, who famously became the first group of British players to win the European Cup, stood shoulder to shoulder once again today at the funeral of their legendary team-mate Jimmy Johnstone.
JIMMY Johnstone was a "wee genius", a bishop will tell mourners at today's funeral of the Celtic legend.
CELTIC legends and supporters will join together today to bid farewell to Jimmy Johnstone, the former Parkhead and Scotland winger who died on Monday, aged 61, after a long battle with motor neurone disease.
THE funeral cortege of Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone will bring the heart of Glasgow's East End to a standstill for two hours tomorrow.
CELTIC'S players will all wear the mark of their club's magnificent No 7 at this Sunday's CIS Insurance Cup final in a poignant tribute to Jimmy Johnstone.
DESPITE preparing for an occasion he has already called one of the greatest in his career, Dunfermline manager Jim Leishman yesterday took time out to pay tribute to old playing foe Jimmy Johnstone.
CELTIC first-team coach Tommy Burns believes the late Jimmy Johnstone enjoyed the same iconic status as George Best.
LAST week, at the family home in Uddingston, Jimmy Johnstone received bad news. For the past four years the man voted Celtic's greatest-ever player, a Lisbon Lion who in 1967 was part of the first British side to hold aloft the European Cup, had faced a challenge greater and more exhausting than cracking any defence he faced on the football fields of Scotland and Europe.
THE news of the death of Jimmy Johnstone will have been received with sadness in most football households. Jimmy was one of those players who, even if he was playing for a team that you absolutely detested, got a certain amount of your respect for a number of factors.
IT WAS only fitting that Billy McNeill should lead the tributes which arrived in a deluge for Jimmy Johnstone yesterday and little surprise that the former Celtic captain should deliver as eloquent a eulogy as anyone to the great winger.
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