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Still no blue from blue lights at Shawfield

Following on from ‘What happened to my colour?‘ I keep poking at this to find an answer.

I grabbed some more pics when I was passing the same place, but this time later and darker.

Another wide shot of the lights in question, although taken with a slightly longer exposure, didn’t really pick up on the blue tips on the lampposts, although they still appear a fairly vivid blue to the naked eye.

This time, a glance to the side showed the recently completed police HQ nearby, topped with a nice blue/white illuminated sign.

A few shots were taken of this, but even though it is further away, the blue background to the white lettering is rendered with similar colouring to that seen by the eye.

So it’s not just a simple case of no sensitivity to blue – which was never thought to be the reason since we’ve never had a problem with blue Christmas lights, even recent tiny blue LEDs photographed from significant distances.

Investigation continues.

Shawfield Blue Light Oddness

Shawfield Blue Light Oddness

Compared to…

Shawfield View Dalmarnock Police Admin HQ Blue

Shawfield View Dalmarnock Police Admin HQ Blue


Dec 11, 2017 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

UK response to snow

And here we see a gritter in the wild, assuming its normal position the moment it sees some snow or ice:



Not my pic (obviously), but I was amused to see someone get really hot under the collar when it was noted that we generally don’t handle cold weather, snow, ice, and transport very well in this country, and seem to respond in a fashion similar to startled rabbits caught in headlight beams, as if we had never seen snow on our roads before.

I suggest this is not the local authorities’ fault, the usually have the resources in place, but is down to the public, more ready to mock the response than muck in and help.

Thanks to the web, I’ve followed a number of Russian bloggers, and we live at similar latitudes to them (so similar weather), but they seem to be able to publish pics and videos of people dealing with the problem, getting on with things, and not having a laugh.

On the other hand, maybe I just liked that pic!

Dec 11, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Sad case of the disintegrating spork

Another disappointing product, (and it was the EXPENSIVE one).

Earlier this year I found myself out on a long walk and got lucky with bargain snack off a supermarket clearance shelf but…

Found it hard to eat yogurt with my fingers (no real problem if you know how to make a temporary spoon out of paper though).

I used to carry various tools, but travel light now (and you might want to read up on the latest crazy knife law, just about anything will get you arrested and fined – unless you are a criminal who doesn’t care).

I picked up a Summit brand spork in Tesco, for £1.50 with a little toy carabiner included. It’s the red one in the pic below.

Also pictured is a pair of similar sporks I picked up later in Asda – this time, two for £1.

Spot the difference?

I’ve used all three for soup for a while now, so each has had the same use.

The expensive one, the Summit item from Tesco, lost the tip of a fork tooth (no idea where it went).

Then a whole tooth fell off all by itself a few days later.

Then I noticed the fork section was shrinking, or closing in on itself – originally it had looked like other two, now it’s almost a spoon!

Take a closer look at the red fork part – the whole thing is disintegrating and breaking up. It doesn’t even need a close-up.

That’s not fit for a food grade product. It’s not worth a complaint, and I wouldn’t eat off the spoon end after seeing the other end fall apart. Off to the bin for you Mr Summit spork.

By way of contrast, the Asda items (50 p each as opposed to £1.75) still look the same as the day I bought them.

I think the pic tells the story better than any more waffling or  moaning from me.



Dec 11, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cambuslang Christmas lights

Cambuslang got its Christmas lights switched on too.

Cambuslang Christmas Lights

Cambuslang Christmas Lights

And a Christmas tree of course.

Dare I point to another member of the “Hook ’em and Drop ’em” school of Christmas tree light decoration?

The practice of simply hooking the light strings to the top of the tree is almost universal now, rather than the more decorative and attractive method of wrapping the strings around the tree.

Cambuslang Christmas Tree

Cambuslang Christmas Tree

That’s three for three so far (Glasgow and Rutherglen match), leaving Baillieston’s vote to be collected when I next get there.

I can’t think of any others that still have real trees (that I get to), and while I will be dropping in on some shopping centres, most of those have no trees, or they’re stylised versions with the lights built-in, so don’t count.

Dec 11, 2017 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment


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