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New Tollcross Road flats

I’ve been waiting for this new build to get to the stage where it becomes recognisable and worth a pic.

The site originally had what I refer to as ‘grey’ tenements running from Tollcross Road into Dunira Street, as opposed to Glasgow’s original style of sandstone tenement.

While the earlier sandstone tenements (c. 1900) were not without their build quality problems (apparently a number were built of ‘toffee’ once some builders of the day decided to cash in the boom – but you can’t tell which from outside thanks the sandstone cladding), those I refer to as ‘grey’ (simply because they are that colour, and I haven’t come across a generic name type for them) seem to suffer many problems, and date from the 1930s, when many were built, even forming entire housing schemes in some places.

Many of those estates, and those ‘grey’ tenements, seem to have lasted for only a few decades, before vanishing completely, and you have to look at old maps to find them. I’ve seen description of these homes from some residents, who claim they were simply never even wind, let alone water, tight from the day they were built.

This was Dunira Street back in 2014 while being demolished – I’m guessing the outer wall is built of concrete blocks, with some textured to look like stone.

Dunira Street Demolition

Dunira Street Demolition

In 2015 it looked like this.

Dunira Street Cleared

Dunira Street Cleared

And by 2018 the replacement finally took shape and became recognisable.

Tollcross Road New Build Flats With Balcony

Tollcross Road New Build Flats With Balcony

No, that’s not a new Lidl (it’s still just off the right).

I love the way the developer has stuck with t he tradition of making the top floor a more ‘exclusive’ penthouse type (so it costs more), but have to wonder about the view from the generously sized balcony/balcony area, and how nice it will be up there, as Glasgow’s diesel double (and single) decker buses chug past.

Be nicer when the hybrid and electric buses arrive. Then they’ll only have to worry about the artics swarming to and from McVitie’s biscuit factory just along the road. Actually, being serious for a moment, the latest lorries in this class are stunningly quiet, even under load, and unlike stinky diesel cars, I haven’t seen a cloud of black smoke pouring out of (a new one) one for years.

But I can remember trying to get to sleep in my grandparents tenement flat in London Road, and can STILL hear the sound of the traffic to this day.












19/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Today is World Whisky Day

19 May is World Whisky Day in 2018.

But be careful, since not only may partaking of too much whisky in celebration cause the date to move around, the fact that it takes place on the third Saturday of May means it really does move around from year to year.

See World Whisky Day

What is whisky?

It’s what happens when you create take grains and ferment them into a mash, then take that mash and distil it down into a pure spirit. Distillation takes place in a still, a device whose whole purpose is the purification of the alcohol from the fermented mash. A key factor in the distillation process is that it must take place in a copper (or copper lined) still – the copper removes sulphur from the distillate, and that’s a ‘Good Thing’ as its presence make for a thoroughly unpleasant to drink.

And – that’s the easy part done.

After that, the real work begins, when the new spirit (almost colourless and tasteless and requiring a little dilution or it will kill you, or something) has to be found a nice wooden barrel to age in.

I’m not even going to try to explain that, other than say ‘magic’ apparently happens if the right barrels are used.


ANY excuse for a cat video 🙂


While the poor cat’s whisky treat has now come to an end, I think that might be just as well – if they poured as much whisky into her milk (I hope they know cats are generally lactose intolerant, and don’t give her milk like that) as seen the that video, I think they’d be having a small funeral.

I know from experience that cats do get ‘drunk’ on only a few drop of the golden nectar…

My old grandpa wasn’t too steady, and when we saw the cat stumbling about AND smelling of whisky, a little bit of interrogation revealed grandpa had been stumbling about too, and the cat had a small whisky bath – and cleaned himself with the inevitable result.
He was fine later. Just as well, he wasn’t even ours, just a regular visitor. (The CAT! Not the grandpa).

19/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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