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Mackintosh Building S03

I thought the media coverage might have died out today, but some items arrived later in the day, so still going.

They’re still reducing restrictions around the fire scene and building remains, and this story has detailed notes of where there is, and is not, access to roads and lanes.

I see some ‘Professional Moaners’ have found gainful employment:

Since the blaze on Friday, there has been criticism that those living or working near the site had been given little detail about returning.

Given the scale of the incident, I think they must have forth from the loins of those who had to be told “There’s a war on you know” when they wanted to know why there were no bananas in the shops during World War II.

Restrictions ease around Glasgow School of Art fire site

I noted damage to the front of the Reid Building, directly across from the Mackintosh Building on Renfrew, in the videos of the scene, and it is one of those which was cordoned off, and graduates found they were separated from work stored there in advance of a show which could affect their careers.

Art school bosses have thanked firefighters for helping students retrieve work from a building close to the fire-ravaged Mackintosh building.

Firefighters help art students retrieve work after blaze


A carpenter who lost his livelihood in the blaze which destroyed Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building has said more support should be given to workers.

A number of self-employed contractors hired to restore the iconic site after an earlier fire have been left out of work.

The carpenter, who was involved in the reconstruction of one of the Mack’s lecture theatres, lost tools worth around £2500.

“There are other people in the same position,” he said. “I was reckoning I was going to be there until the end of the year.

“There’s been a lot said about the School of Art and the students but there’s been nothing about the guys who have lost their jobs.

“To lose £2500 worth of tools in one fell swoop is hard to take. I had liability insurance but I haven’t been able to work this week.”

Blaze-hit Art School workers ‘need greater support’

Glasgow School of Art post fire

Glasgow School of Art post 2014 fire


21/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

The illegals – W3 JOX

I almost walked past this little gem, but even just shifting one letter means it’s one of… the illegals.

It’s not just owners of expensive cars that like to wave at the police and invite a fine of up to £1,000 for their doctored plates.

This 2007 Clio offers the same AND I don’t even have to try guessing at the reason why.

2007 Renault Clio Dynamique [W3 JOX]

2007 Renault Clio Dynamique [W3 JOX]

According to the small print at the bottom of the plate, I’m supposed to think ‘W3 JO X’ reads WEE JOANNE.

21/06/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Ooooooooh… Shiny!

This was an interesting find – two things I like AND can moan about.

This 2015 Nissan GT-R has been given a gold wrap and been debadged, so despite some Nismo styling, I don’t think it is (I think it;’s the Recaro model).

For those not familiar, rather than have a car resprayed to change the colour, it’s now possible to have it wrapped in an adhesive plastic film instead (which can be later removed), offering the possibility of elaborate printed designs, or as in this case, a metallic finish which could not really be sprayed. I’m told it was once a lower cost option, but it seems growing demand has seen price creep raise the cost, with some installs rivalling the cost of a respray, and the film is still vulnerable to simple tear, and can fail.

I’d add another problem (on Scottish roads at least). While sunny California might see it stay clean and shiny, sadly, even my low-res blog pics probably show this wrap already look dull thanks to a coating of road film and dust.

Does this look like gold?

2015 Nissan GT-R Front [17 NY]

2015 Nissan GT-R Front [17 NY]

I like the GT-R as well, but…

Like many, I feel the price has climbed above all reasonable increases since the original Nissan Skyline GTRs such as the R33 and its siblings.

While they set the standard and could be modified in the extreme, they avoided the silly numbers that reportedly come with the GT-R.

I think the last straw for me was seeing the cost of servicing one of the new cars, and the crazy bills for brakes and fluids, which have to be changed on schedule, or risk major failures (even more expensive). That was a year or two ago, so I can’t remember the exact numbers that made my eyes water. DIY (which I could do) makes things better, but can come at the cost of any warranties, which usually have dealer service stamps as part of their qualification.

It’s worth looking in some of the owner’s forums (or somewhere like Jalopnik)) to get an idea.

2015 Nissan GT-R Rear [17 NY]

2015 Nissan GT-R Rear [17 NY]

21/06/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | | Leave a comment


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