Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

The ‘Must Have’ accessory for every iPhone (maybe other online toys with cameras too)

Surprisingly, Apple doesn’t seem to have stopped the manufacture and sale of a little accessory that can stop iPhone addicts from being spied on by their phones.

I don’t have the world’s greatest memory, but I seem to recall the company was logging all sorts of stuff back in the early days… until they were found out and told so stop, or make clear what they were grabbing without having asked permission first.

Even Steve Jobs is reported to be on record as ‘Taping over his camera’.

OK, that’s Apple kicked, now we can get serious.

I really was surprised to find this little gem online, and able to be fitted to any intrusive device with a camera fitted behind a flat face, so phones, tablets, and laptops look as they can be beaten into submission with this sliding camera lens cover.

The back is self-adhesive, hence the need for a flat mounting surface.

No more need for a bit of gummy tape, just slide the lens cover over for privacy.

(Keep it for the microphone hole!)

You DO know hackers can turn on cameras remotely, after disabling the activity lights so you don’t know it’s on, don’t you?

Sneaky Sneak Preventer

Sneaky Sneak Preventer

02/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian, Surveillance | , , , | Leave a comment

Ingram Street Corinthian and statues plus window embellishemnts

One of the slightly irritating things about the Corinthian building at 191 Ingram Street is that while it may be possible to quite a good look at it thanks to its location looking into South Frederick Street, it’s still not that easy to a view that doesn’t suffer some sort of perspective distortion. Plus, if it’s busy, then buses often obscure the view, while wandering pedestrians and tourists are forever walking in front of the camera – or the building.

I managed to get a half decent view a while ago, while the façade was not further decorated with giant chandeliers or other distractions.

I’ve even resisted the temptation to apply much by way of correction to the view.

The reason I wanted a half-decent unaltered view was really to catch the fine collection of statues that adorns one of the upper storeys.

This decoration of the Corinthian, actually the former Union Bank of Scotland, is dated variously from 1841-3, 1853-4, and 1876-9, with credit to sculptor J Mossmanm, and architects J Salmon, and I and J Burnet.

I found that out while finding out there was (on my searches at least) little detail provided online as to the subject of the statues, but you can see what they are.

More interesting to me was the detail I noted about the windows between the statues, not so noticeable from the ground, but becoming more obvious when the image is zoomed.

Ingram Street Corinthian

Ingram Street Corinthian

You can’t zoom the image above (well, you can, but there’s no real point given how I process them).

The panorama style view of the statues can be zoomed (just click to open a larger version) to see a little more detail, and read the place names above the windows.

Corinthinan Statues

Union Bank of Scotland Statues and place names above windows

I did look up a few historic references describing the building, but none of them gave any detail about the statues.

More disappointingly, none of them even mentioned the place names featured above the windows.

I can only make a guess, and suggest they give the names of cities and towns where the Union Bank of Scotland had branches – but again, I couldn’t quickly or easily find a listing of the bank’s branches. I did find out that by 1857 the Union Bank had 97 branches, more than any other bank in Scotland, plus a London office opened in 1878.

I suppose that means the short list of eight places probably list the first branches the bank opened on its way to that total of 97.


I knew there was a later pic of the outdoor chandeliers hiding away somewhere.

The Christmas Corinthian

The Christmas Corinthian

02/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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