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Weekly round-up: 10 June 2018

There wasn’t really anything that fell into ’round-up’ territory – until I spotted the ‘Comment Morons’ spurred into action by a few stories.

The fun started after a black Rolls Royce was donated anonymously to Glasgow City Council (and would replace one of the VW Phaetons it uses for functions).

The ‘point-scorers’ were fast of the mark, and demanded it be sold to buy some food for starving people (an idea so stupid it doesn’t merit any further remarks.

I spotted another who wanted to know why the car was fitted with an illegal number plate – this being Glasgow’s famous ‘G 0’ registration.

Well, I did warn you the Comment Morons were having a feeding frenzy on this one – and of course, I will not even entertain any of the political opportunism made of the event by those who cannot get heard anywhere but in a Comment Area.

I spotted four main stories…

Rolls Royce Ghost gifted to council by mystery donor

‘Dickensian’ council criticised over new Rolls Royce

Glasgow City Council’s Rolls Royce donated by Boyd Tunnock

Tunnock’s owner surprised by Rolls-Royce gift row

I stopped looking after the last one (or more accurately, stopped getting alerts), and it really shows just how sad people who see political intent behind any action are, and are best avoided and left alone to live in their own little delusional worlds.

Same thoughts apply to this story (and it’s almost handy that The Scotsman allows comments), and it’s amazing to see how many still have their brains stuck in the century old mindset of the Luddites, and think it’s a good idea to fight progress – as if that will somehow stop it happening. It will, but only in their sad little tunnel-vision world.

I’m always impressed at how they can twist a story to suit their own ends, in this case one about testing a type of vehicle into one about crushing poor downtrodden penniless workers.

Enjoy the story, then try not to crack a rib laughing (or crying) at some of the comments after it.

Video: Driverless cars to be tested on Scotland’s roads later this year

I read TOO MANY of those damned comments, and they had to send in a trained handler in to deal with me…

Handler Sent In

Handler Sent In

There was an intriguing article, which I guess probably had a few folk shouting at it:

Ten things we learned about Scottishness

I don’t know that I’d argue with any of the points made, other than to suggest too many of them are based on political items, so not really inherently ‘Scottish’ – other than, perhaps, the view I used to hear in Glasgow “I always vote (insert obvious party name here) ‘cos if it was good enough for my da’, it’s good enough for me!”


It missed my own favourite (Number 11?), namely that I find many Scots seem to have some sort of chip on their shoulder, and seem to think something along of the lines of the Rest of the World owing them something, or that they are always ‘Hard Done By’ and being let down. Perhaps better described as anything that doesn’t go right for them being anyone’s fault but theirs.

10/06/2018 Posted by | Weekly round-up | | Leave a comment

On a Scottish road

Just a nice B&W pic I came across in a load of car pics dumped online.

There’s no info or clue as to the location or date (other than the car of course), and even the file name was just a random character string.

But it’s a quality pic, and you can click on it to get the slightly bigger version I found.

Scottish Road

Scottish Road

10/06/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | | 2 Comments

£30 k – The cost of an unexpected stray cat

I have to give this one a mention.

It’s a bit of a shocker for someone in the UK to see how costs rack up in the US when any pet is taken to the vet, and how they can mount astronomically if any sort of specialist or extended treatment is required to save their lives after any sort of bad accident, or discovery of a serious condition.

Have a look here to get an idea, where some of the cases come with details: LoveMeow

But this one is different.

A football club received a fine of £29,841 for insufficient organisation (plus the throwing of objects and blocked stairways) – lay had to be stopped by the referee until the feline invader vacated the pitch.

Besiktas fined £30k for stray cat hold up in Champions League

My hero (if you know my opinion of football).

We definitely need more cats like this to make this stuff interesting.

Feline Football Invader Picture Credit: BULENT KILICAFP Getty Images

Feline Football Invader Picture Credit: BULENT KILICAFP Getty Images

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Today is Ball Point Pen Day

10 June is Ball Point Pen Day.

I think there is a degree of snobbery regarding the ball point pen, from the older fountain pen users.

That’s sad, and I don’t want to be associated with it (and I hope any fountain pen snobs get bent nibs too).

My fountain pens ARE worth/cost much more than any ball point I have, but that’s purely down to the engineering being built into the fountain pen’s body, rather than the refill or insert in the case of the ball point.

Many years separate the invention of the two, and they are quite different, and both deserving of praise and admiration for their achievements and abilities. Both deserve a little admiration.

The inventive Bíró brothers, László and György, became owners of US Patent 2,390,636 in June 1943, and so the ball point pen arrived.

The Hungarians’ new pen had been inspired by quick-drying inks used by professional printers, and was as remarkable a creation as the first fountain pen had been some 100 years earlier.

Today, their invention is seen by many as the ultimate cheap and disposable product, yet when it first appeared it was a luxury product, affordable only by the rich.

While mass-produced plastic version are treated carelessly (author Douglas Adams conceived of a planet containing all the lost ball point pens in the universe), some of the most expensive pens are also ball points, crafted from rare and expensive metals, and decorated with diamonds and other jewels.

While I can’t describe the process here, it’s interesting to see how the tiny metal balls that give the ball point its name are mass-produced.

No, they’re not made by tiny workers working on even tinier lathes – their manufacturing process involves grinding massive numbers all at once.

Ball Point

Ball Point

This may not be the biggest or most impressive pic of a Ball Point ever seen, but it is one of the cleanest.

While looking for a decent image, I was appalled at the lack of care taken in most such pics, splattered with ink all over the tip, and covered with fluff and dirt that the photographer had simply not bothered to clean off before taking the shot.

10/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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