It’s been a week since events saw a total of nine fatalities and more than thirty injured result from the crash of a helicopter on the roof of a Glasgow pub – the dead included all three on board the helicopter.
While there has been praise for those involved, it’s sad to note that one individual has been fined for comments made online after the event (and others may be pending), and one media commentator apologised after making a joke which referred to the crash.
I didn’t know about this visit until later that day, as I had decided to take a trip in to see the site for myself. While I’ve not been there for a while, the area used be one I visited frequently. As an aside, ever since the advent of practical radio-controlled model helicopters (I don’t mean the toys we’ve seen arrive in past few years, or quadrotor drones), I’ve never lost interest in them, as the models follow the full-size so closely in design and operation.
The area was notably quiet, almost silent, which was eerie, since it usually very busy with traffic and people hurrying about their business. Temporarily, all streets are cordoned off to traffic, and few people were walking along them, although only the street running past the Clutha was closed to pedestrians.
I collected a few pics to mark the event, but in reality, with the police cordon around the Clutha, and the fact that this was an event that took place on a roof, there wasn’t really that much for someone without access to see. The only notable feature was a temporary structure place over the hole in the roof.
Notably, the area that had once been the car park for the RNVR Carrick had been set aside for those who wished to leave a floral tribute.
It’s been a little odd for past couple of days/night, as the sky over the east end of Glasgow has become rather quiet and empty.
Today, Sunday, the full effects of the past day’s events are coming to light as the victims are named:
You’ll find much more coverage online, as this became a major incident, with prime coverage around the world. I actually first learned of it while watching Russia Today, when it flashed up on the screen shortly after the event, and this morning, the story was injected in a stream of ‘Old Time Radio’ which I often listen to online, and that’s not even current content, being radio plays from as far back as the 1920s.
The site of this incident is a place I have stood at on many occasions, but never at that time of night.
Just as I started writing, I heard the sound of a helicopter approaching, and went for a look. Not one I recall seeing before, it appeared to be completely white, but moving away meant its details could not be seen. However, its passing and served to highlight the absence of the police helicopter.
It’s often only when something you have become used to disappears that you tend to notice it, and the sight and sound of the police helicopter was pretty much constant over the east end. I was used to it, sometimes quite close, but never close enough for a good pic. It was always moving away by the time I collected a suitable camera and lens.
At night, my wanderings to the shops also meant seeing its lights in the air, as the round trip means a walk of up 2 hours, during which it was often a regular sight.
Seen a few weeks ago, passing over the east end:
I thought I had mentioned my sad old apple tree in here previously, but it seems I only got as far as a post in the Forum a few years ago.
Seems this was way back in 2007, when I mentioned how good the crop was, because circumstance prior to that had meant I just had to leave them on the ground to rot, as I couldn’t collect them. This was the pic that went with the post:
Those apples were as good to eat as they looked, and while we used to stew them, this was abandoned in favour of just eating them as they came. No idea what they are, but we get loads of Braeburn in the shops around here, and they are much the same.
As per my usual luck, soon after deciding the apples were good, they seem to have been struck by something referred to as ‘Star Disease’, or by other similar names. It’s a pretty accurate name, as it refers to a star-shaped feature that appears on the apple, and causes it to split open as the star grows. Eventually this affected nearly every apple that appeared on the tree, and I just gave up and dumped the lot in the bin, spoiled by this disease.
I’ve done this for a few years now, and when I collected the first fruit to drop this year, was ready to do the same. The pic below shows what I was finding:
Here’s one in close-up:
Mmmm… appetising (NOT!)
After this appeared, I started dumping them as they fell to the ground. I don’t like to leave them lying – the local squirrel population decided to eat them, but as this population comprised the grey invader rather than our own native red, I didn’t want to be providing them with free food just to be picked up.
I also noticed that quite a few of this year’s apples were unmarked, and started collecting them, eventually collection some 200 or s0 (although I was collecting poor examples I would normally have ditched as they were either small, or looked unlikely to ripen.)
So far, they’ve turned out to be pretty good, with one small problem not noted in the past. While I have been able to keep them stored well into December and even January, about half of them have already started to spoil rapidly, and are having to be dumped. They’re obvious, as they lose their gloss and go soft, and can be seen to be blackened on the inside if split, as can be seen in the bucket-load below:
Of the 200 collected, it looks as if half of that number will have to be dumped as they are rotting quickly.
That means I will have thrown away 700 of 800 – and that figure ignores dozens of immature examples that fell off at the start of the season.
I hope commercial growers are harvesting more than a measly 12% or so of their tree’s fruit.
Akin in some ways to a post I made entitled LOG this was another chance find, which was actually found only a few metres away from that very log.
I just saw this out of the corner of my eye, next to the kerb, as I was walking along the road, but I couldn’t get the brief image out of my head, and ended up walking almost half-a-mile back to the spot, just to see if the piece of litter I had thought looked like a fish had indeed looked like that, or if I had just imagined it.
Probably worth the walk, as the chance crumpling and folding of this piece of paper had indeed formed a surprisingly good rendition of a fish, complete with eye!
Although the media has been happy to refer to the thugs involved in this incident as ‘bikers’, I prefer not to reinforce the misnomer, as the story is really about thugs who happened to be on bikes when they decided to victimise a family that was unfortunate enough to be on the piece of road they had decided was ‘theirs’. It was a gang of thugs out to cause (and were causing) trouble, and they just happened to be on bikes.
I’ve been following this from the moment it hit the news, and been wondering what would happen as the story developed and became ever more involved.
I won’t try to summarise this. There have been many items published regarding the circumstances and they can be referred to for background, some are given in the quote below.
What is more relevant today is the announcement that accused are going to court on charges, and that there does not seem to be any cover-up regarding some of those who were present on the day.
There’s an interesting point raised on liability, where one of the thugs (who claims to have been paralysed, and has hired a famous lawyer to sue the driver who was beaten up) has his ultimate position summed up as being a joke. Well, not really, because this is far from funny, but the anchor avoid comment, while a lawyer explains that the person he should be suing is not the driver, but the person who instigated this attack, as his actions are the ones that led to his injuries and condition (assuming this supposed victim is not actually feigning his injuries for the purpose of a massive lawsuit.)
Charges have now been issued after last month’s attack on a New York City Range Rover driver. Eleven bikers have been hit with 14 counts for their involvement in the attack, including an undercover cop.
The charges include assault, criminal mischief, and rioting. The 32-year old undercover police officer was one of the people on the scene, and he faces charges of first degree assault, rioting, and coercion charges.
He faces 25 years in prison if convicted.1
Looks like I have reverted to my old habit of giving Poppyscotland Home Page and Remembrance a late reminder – I think I’ll stop worrying about it.
However, and as usual, other things arose unexpectedly about a week a ago, and diverted my attention.
I’m crossing my fingers this year, as I have not been able to look at many news feeds recently, so hope that the usual stories seen in the past few years, telling of the sort of scum that steal collection boxes and money for the appeal, have actually not appeared, and not just been missed.
However, that does not mean that all is well, as we have seen a very bad year for thefts of metal from memorial and similar.
Sadly, while England has enacted new laws recently to make anonymous metal trading more difficult, Scotland is lagging behind, and has delayed moving on this, although we actually reported in last year’s article that “The Scottish Government proposed changes to the rules for scrap metal trading, removing the option of cash-in-hand payments in casual transactions“. Other than noting the deferral of this proposed deterrent, we have not noted any more positive actions against this growing theft.
Last year, we ended this with: Perhaps there will be something different to mention in a year’s time.
I’ll try something more imaginative his year…
Perhaps there will be something different to mention in a year’s time.
It’s rather hard for me to grasp the concept of the Burrell Collection having been in place for 30 years. I won’t even try and guesstimate how long I think it’s been around, but if I had been asked, I would have been well short of the real answer (until I had looked up the relevant date.)
It’s on the ‘wrong’ side’ of Glasgow for me. Although I’ve looked at the public transport option, it seems to involve so many changes that I never considered it realistic as I’d have been knackered (all hot and bothered and thoroughly fed by the time I got there – and still had the return trip to look forward to) by the time I got there.
While I could not even try to count the number of times I’ve fallen through the doors of Kelvingrove, I’m afraid my visits to the Burrell would probably need the fingers of only one hand, and not all of them.
I confess that the charge for the car park put me off, as the collection itself has not admission charge. And the problem was not the amount charged, but that there seemed to be nothing in return. On the few occasions I did visit, the car park was unstaffed (ticket machines took my money), and the high point of each visit was seeing the police attend as the locals seemed to see the cars as their own ‘Smash & Carry’ takeaways, which must have ruined the day for those who were targeted to have their windows smashed. At least I knew well enough to empty mine, and leave nothing on show, not even the car radio (removable).
I haven’t been there for some years now, so don’t know if the car park is still the same.
But the car park is not the collection, and that is still something to celebrate.
The Burrell is said to attract in excess of 200,000 visitors per annum. A good number, but I can’t think a more accessible location would see more feet through the door – but on the other hand, the building and its location were given specific conditions as part of Burrell’s bequest of his collection to the Glasgow, so I can only make that a personal observation and thought.
The building (which was A listed not too long ago) is due to close for some 4 years come 2016, in order to allow refurbishment to take place. The new works will ultimately allow an increase in the number of items which can be displayed.
it is hoped that items from the collection will be allowed to go on a World Tour while the building is closed, however there is some controversy associated with this proposal. Understandably, at the time of the original bequest, one of the conditions laid down by Burrell was that items would not be loaned, as he feared they would be damaged in transit. Clearly, transport has come a long way since then, and such items are now routinely moved without harm, so permission is being sought at Parliamentary level in order to modify the terms. The hope being that by circulating items from the collection, it will become better known throughout the World, leading to even more visitors to the collection proper.
They certainly have the space (and more after the refurb) as the building had appeared almost deserted on the occasions I did visit.
Stage 1 arrival at Chatham on Thursday, September 25, 2013.
First video I found of the event:
And pics to go with it:
Since Channel 5 and ‘Monster Moves’ appear to have shown no interest in a fairly unique and large-scale move – how many other clipper hulls are likely to be move from Scotland to Australia this century? – I was pleased to come across this video which shares a look at events on the day.
If you’re not familiar with the long story behind this day:
Jackie Baillie MSP has proposed a motion in the Scottish Parliament to recognise John Logie Baird’s contribution to the television industry.
The motion read:
That the Parliament commemorates the 125th birthday of John Logie Baird; notes that the television inventor was born in Helensburgh on 14 August 1888 and considers that his legacy is truly global; acknowledges that the Helensburgh Heroes Project has purchased John Logie Baird artefacts to add to its Heroes Centre collection and has the backing and support of John Logie Baird’s family to promote his achievements in the town; recognises John Logie Baird’s contribution to the television industry, and remembers his lasting achievement.
The motion was supported by a cross-party group of MSPs — Jim Hume, Dennis Robertson, Nigel Don, Clare Adamson, Jayne Baxter, Angus MacDonald, Jackson Carlaw, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Annabelle Ewing, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Sandra White, David Torrance.
Motions, Questions and Answers Search – Parliamentary Business : Scottish Parliament – Motion S4M-07617: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/09/2013.
Also noted on Parliament recognises Baird
Which mentions that the inventor’s son, Professor Malcolm Baird, is honorary president and active member of the Helensburgh Heritage Trust, and that the Trust has a permanent exhibit of Baird equipment and memorabilia in the Heritage Centre at Helensburgh Library.