Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Shocking gun find dug up in my garden – and an old advert found too

I don’t (daren’t) write about guns any more – in Scotland, anything that might attract attention to an interest in guns is likely to end with the ‘gift’ of a mandatory 5 year jail sentence.

While the criminal classes can freely wander around with a gun stuffed down their trousers, beware if you are an old granny that finds her deceased partners rusty old wartime service revolver or similar lying forgotten somewhere in their house. Mention it, or let it be found for some other reason, and her feet will generally not touch the ground as she is rushed into the nearest prison, followed by a media shaming campaign to get her released.

Don’t believe me?

Try looking the scenario up online.

I thought I was going to have to order a false passport and identity last year, and make a run for it abroad, after I dug up some gun parts in back garden. Worse still, it was a machine gun, which would really upset some people…

Plastic BB gun

Plastic BB gun

It’s taken a while to positively identify this, but I was looking through some old advert collections and… there was the same gun, complete!

There was no info about the ad, so I have to guess it (and the toy) date from the 1960s, but may have been produced for some years, and originate in the 1950s.

Sad to say, this was the ONLY part I found, but it cleaned up well, considering it must have been buried there for almost 50 years.

Still, it was a nice change to find something identifiable – usually all I get is tiny fragments not worth bothering about.

Here’s the advert:

Plastic BB gun old advert

Plastic BB gun old advert


19/02/2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

St Peter’s Seminary featured in BBC’s ‘In Pictures’

I’ll never know why it never occurred to me to make the small diversion that would have let me visit St Peter’s at least once in the past (decades). I truly regret that sin of omission today, when I could have gone there for a look and collected some pics when was somewhat more unknown than it has become today.

It’s not as if I  didn’t know it was there, and must have passed the relevant side road dozens of times most years (totalling hundreds ofopportunities) as we regularly visited Helensburgh for a fish supper, and a relaxing evening just watching the Clyde roll past from the car park.

While the building was an undeniable failure on many levels, much of that was out of the hands of the architects of  the day, and I (for one) would even forgive them the mistakes the made in structure, as regards our wonderful Scottish climate. 5 decades later it’s easy to be smug and point fingers at structure and design choices that were at best naïve, but we lived by different criteria in those days.

20/20 hindsight is only for those who want to feel smug, and get a warm glow from belittling those they should be glad to learn from.

Also, we have little right to do that anyway, given the condition of that eyesore of a skip we allowed to dumped in Holyrood.

St Peter’s still looks better than that thing, even after 50 years of dereliction, and some might say is just about as weatherproof too.

The BBC article is great as it used material not previously seen in most online articles, looks at both the past and present of the site, and considers its future.

If I had one criticism, it would have to be that the title of their offering has absolutely NO reference to St Peter’s in it, and I only decided to open it after thinking the thumbnail was familiar, but I could not place it, so wanted to see if I was right.

Via Life after death? Resurrecting a modern ruin

In lieu of any pics of my own, I’m glad to be able to use this one.

Notably, it show the view FROM the altar as opposed the much more usual one OF the (smashed) altar within the main building.

St Peter's Main Building Interior

St Peter’s Main Building Interior

19/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment


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