Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Weekly round-up: 24 June 2018

After the bad start to the week (news of the Mackintosh Building fire) we need some good news.

Two kittens emerge, born back in April Scottish wildcat kittens may provide ‘lifeline’ for species

Wildcat survival was in the news later in the week, this time blaming a proposed wind farm for the virtual extinction of the species.

Like EVs, comments about wind farms seem to come from morons rather than anyone with any actual understanding of science/engineering, such is their general ignorance.

Possibly of more concern is the response the article claims was reported in memos revealed from Forestry Commission Scotland, and the language/attitude it portrays.

Wind farm ‘could wipe out a third of wildcats’

I tend not to read this country’s news on EVs, it’s all too sad and out of date, and the nonsense has gained too much traction, so even when positive announcements are made, there’s too much sneering and mocking.

I’m actually glad there was no ‘Comments’ option after this article. While I’m nor suggesting it’s perfect, it would still deserve better than most commenters abuse (and can’t be hijacked by political activists, who care nothing for the subject, so long as they can twist it to their ends).

More funds to support electric vehicles and A9 ambitions

I often refer to the damage and cost society’ wandering morons and smackheads cost the rest of us, especially the cost of repairing cars they break into to get a few quid for their next fix. This case sounds funny, but has come with a bill of £800 AND denied a EV charging station to drivers.

Creme Eggs knock out electric car charging point in Aberlour

There used to be a steady flow of ‘metal thievery’ stories, but they seem to have dried up, and I seem to be seeing more that refer to vandalism or theft of defenceless (unattended) places. I saw a story about some ancient stones being toppled and damaged, now this one of theft from a little church, and there was another one somewhere about a claymore being stolen.

Historical bible stolen from Kirkmaiden church

Nobody seems to ask what’s wrong with the people who think they can refuse Guide Dogs (and do other things to vulnerable people). We never hear of them being disciplined or fired, while too much attention is paid to the employer or company, and shaming them in some way, yet they usually have nothing to with what happened. I suggest things will NOT improve if the creeps who like to do this get away with it, and can hide away, safe in the knowledge that it is their boss who will appear in the media, or be pilloried.

Refusing my guide dog is not just illegal, it’s wrong’

This may sound funny, but it’s long overdue and should be the norm for all.

Police officers to be armed with ‘trauma teddies’ 


24/06/2018 Posted by | Weekly round-up | | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S05

Looks like there was one overworked journalist working the weekend, giving the same story to all the main sources.

A fire suppression system was close to being activated when fire tore through the Glasgow School of Art earlier this month, according to a trade body.

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association said huge pumps needed for the water mist system had arrived on site the day before the blaze.

But the body said it would have taken weeks to complete the installation.

The iconic Mackintosh building was gutted by the blaze a week ago last Friday.

Keith MacGillivray, chief executive of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, told BBC Scotland: “The pumps for the fire suppression system were there at the school of art the day before the fire.

“They are very large pumps so they were delivered in component parts.

“It would have taken some weeks to reassemble the pumps and connect up the pipe work and obviously the water tanks would have had to be connected and put in place as well.

“Everything would also would have had to be tested thoroughly before being made operational.”

What I found more interesting that this fairly obvious plan was the reference to ‘large pumps’ and ‘water tanks’.

This addresses my query about the effect the building’s location on one of Glasgow’s highest hills could have on the water supply pressure, and volume of water.

Pumps would address the low head of water (pressure) available, and tanks would address the volume requirement.

But this has to balanced against the effectiveness the pumps would give such a system, and the volume of water they would deliver.

Put simply, the faster water is delivered by the pumps, the sooner the tanks empty – and you are dependent on the mains water supply up the hill.

Recall the fire service did not use fire hydrants for additional water, but ran their own supply from the River Clyde.

BBC News: Glasgow School of Art fire safety system ‘was weeks away’

STV News: Glasgow School of Art fire suppression system ‘weeks away’

The Scotsman: Glasgow School of Art fire suppression system ‘weeks away’

While the ‘Comments Sections’ that remain after any of the articles run by the preceding news sources are full of morons, or more likely political activists who seem to have taken these areas over, there was at least one article that proposes learning from this incident.

Unlike the morons I referred to, who really spew more abuse than advice or thought, this article manages to raise points for consideration, and rightly does so in a national scale, avoiding concentration on just the one event.

He (an independent fire safety and emergency planning consultant) said: “I think there should be a review of fire safety in Scotland’s historic buildings. We need to update our recommendations and guidance and to make some sort of statutory provision to get people to look at not only life saving, but property protection in our category one listed assets.

“The review should look at fire protection measures and arson control. We need to look at preventative and evacuation strategies. We also need to look at modern alarm and sprinkler systems.”

What we don’t need is moronic comments (this article had “Fire safety consultant demands increase in fire safety consultancy.”) amongst others, or ‘Closed Minds’ as this quote shows.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Historic buildings are already required to meet statutory fire safety requirements set by building standards, insurers and other regulations that apply to all buildings. In addition, Historic Environment Scotland, as the lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment, provides advice to owners of listed and historic buildings, and  publishes detailed guidance on fire safety management for historic buildings, which set out the principles that should be applied.

“This includes looking at all viable options for historic buildings, based on the individual requirements of the building, including fire suppression and sprinkler systems.”

It doesn’t take a genius to see that at the very least, a review is needed.

Times change, and so do risks.

Glasgow School of Art blaze ‘shows need for nationwide action’

I can’t really start on this chap’s article. Reading it feels like listening to Luddites raising a mob to smash the machines they wanted to stop so they could keep their jobs (forever).

I almost stopped reading as soon as I hit the part where he whines about the lack of investigation and identification of blame. I wonder if he saw the fires service stating this would take a while?

I don’t think I see much productive in it, just a lot of negative thinking, and almost glee at being able to point out what everyone else doing wrong.

If only we had been wise enough to put him in charge years ago.

Bill Jamieson: Mack fire is a chance to build something new

Some of the comments after that article are amazing (in a bad way), and it’s actually good to know just how low the opinion of some people can get.

I guess I spent too many years in a job that meant I couldn’t form an opinion until ALL the information had been collected and reviewed, and a logical conclusion formulated, which could be reasoned and justified.


24/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Another absentee registration spotted

I think I mentioned seeing a few registrations that I haven’t come across for years appearing.

Easy to stick in the mind, 23 E surprised me during a wander, and I’m sure this one used to show up fairly often, then I didn’t see it for years. It was probably still around, only I was the one not haunting the same places for all that time.

Now decorating a 2016 Range Rover Sport (let’s gloss over the diesel aspect) and still looking good.

I keep catching myself adding ‘and unique’ to the end of that sentence, and while I’m sure my meaning would be clear, it’s also a bit silly – after all, the idea behind EVERY registration number is that IT is unique!

2016 Range Rover Sport [23 E]

2016 Range Rover Sport [23 E]

24/06/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment


%d bloggers like this: