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Donald the Delusional now claims the ASA is in league with Alex Salmond

Mad golfer

Mad billionaire Donald Trump has now accused the ASA (Advertising Standard Authority) – the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all media – of banning one of his adverts “to protect Alex Salmond”.

Trump said: “The ASA is only trying to protect Alex Salmond for the disgraceful decision to release terrorist, al-Megrahi – the Lockerbie bomber freed for humanitarian reasons. He killed 270 people and was supposed to live one week but lived two years. This is the same mind that is destroying Scotland with industrial wind turbines.”

The ASA refuted the tycoon’s allegation. A spokeswoman said: “The ASA banned Trump International Golf Club Scotland’s ad because it made misleading claims about the impact of wind farms on Scottish tourism and contained a misleading image of wind turbines that couldn’t be proven to be representative of a proposed wind farm in Scotland.”

The advert, which featured a picture of a wind farm in California, stated: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!

“This is the same mind that backed the release of terrorist al-Megrahi, “for humane reasons” — after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Take action. write, demonstrate and protest [against] Alex Salmond.”

Mr Trump has already been criticised by a father who lost his daughter in the Lockerbie disaster.

Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the bombing in December 1988, said the tragedy had “no place in a confrontation between an entrepreneur who is interested in making money in Scotland and the government”.

Speaking in December he said: “We all know what Trump’s interest is and this is obviously to further his entrepreneurial practice.

“Donald Trump’s attempt to blacken the name of the Scottish Government and convince people the Highlands will turn into one vast wind park has very little to do with Lockerbie. Other than the government has refused a proper investigation into the issues.

“The discussion and investigation [about Lockerbie] has no place in a confrontation between an entrepreneur who is interested in making money in Scotland and the government who failed to investigate the infinitely more important questions over why people were killed in 1988.”

Via Donald Trump claims advertising watchdog is ‘protecting’ Alex Salmond | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

It’s a pity Trump and his entourage, his golf courses, and his hotels can’t be run out of the country, or bulldozed into the North Sea, as he is beginning to make a smell, and it would be a pity of that smell got so bad that people were put off Scotland as a tourist destination, lest they become tainted by the deluded ravings of this madman.



26/04/2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Garthamlock, water towers, and the weather

I had forgotten about collecting the pics below, of the water towers located in Garthamlock, and part of Glasgow’s water supply system.

I’d often looked at them from the distance, and wondered just where they were, then found myself not to far from them recently, and decided to walk along after spotting the tops peeping over the roof of the building I was actually visiting.

Rotten weather

The weather connection arises from the fact that these pics were taken weeks ago, on March 1 (which means it could almost have been the end of February!), when the weather was dry and sunny, and the days were almost warm, if a little crisp, with blue and near cloudless skies. I was able to go out and walk for miles almost every day back then, and do so in comfort.

Compare and contrast to the past few weeks, when I have not even felt like going outdoors, far less for a walk of between 2 and 5 hours.

At the moment, being outside for that long  would probably mean being soaked through (which happens anyway, when I go to the shops), as it has been raining regularly for the past few weeks, and most days here currently come with a gusting wind strong enough to blow you about the pavement, makes sure you can’t use an umbrella (if you want to keep it, or not have it broken), or keep a jacket hood up without holding it down.

While that are some really nice days in between this wet and wind, it’s still remarkable how miserable the weather has been throughout April, while the end of February and start of March was particularly fine, if not warm. The days were not actually that cold, but the nights always fell below freezing, and although there was less wind than we have at the moment, when it did come, it was cold – it came from the west, and having started in Siberia it just got colder as it travelled across Russia before arriving in Scotland. I kid you not, even a small breeze froze your face as the effect of wind chill factor became a reality.

Water towers

I certainly couldn’t have taken pics like those seen below if I tried today. Today, it is raining, the skies are grey and cloudy, and the wind would not make the exposed hill these water tanks sit atop be a place to be if one has the choice.

Note the stylish cell phone masts added to the towers, definitely not original.

I know some people hate concrete, but I think these towers look superb.

You can also see some small black enclosures mounted on ground posts. These carry the lights which shine on the surface of the towers at night, and produce a steadily varying coloured light show at night. Unfortunately, I live too far away from the towers for much chance of wandering along in the dark and catching some close-up pics of the show, so you’ll just have to hut around the web for those.

While I was able to work around the lampposts and keep them out of the picture, the same could not be said for one very irritating small tree, which insisted on staying in shot. Eventually I gave up trying to avoid, or fetching a chain saw, and decided to feature it by placing it right on the centreline of the smaller tower. At least it was not in leaf, so not obscuring most of the view.

Garthamlock water tower 1

Garthamlock water tower 2

Garthamlock water tower 3

Garthamlock water tower 4

Garthamlock water tower 5

26/04/2013 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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