Secret Scotland

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You know I’m not going to walk past cute

Thee seems to be a bit of a campaign going on in my area at the moment.

And I have to say, long overdue.

While I’ve nothing against the doggie side of pet life, this IS a declared feline zone, and I’m disappointed at the lack of support and promotion for cat services around here.

I could take you around and show you any number of dog-related posters and services, not to mention a raft of ‘Dogs Trust’ shops, and even their Glasgow HQ just a (longish) walk to the end of one of my streets.

But cats, sorry, nothing at all, no even a charity shop with a feline connection to be found anywhere.

Cats Protection Glasgow Adoption Centre

Cats Protection Glasgow Adoption Centre

Cats Protection

Glasgow Adoption Centre

Tempted as I may be, I wouldn’t want to inflict my so-called ‘life’ these days on a poor cat.

I’m even a little surprised at how easy it is to adopt one of their cats, being more used to reading accounts from the US, and the sort of home checks such centres carry out over there before they’ll hand one of their rescues over to a new owner.

I don’t think I’d pass.

24/08/2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment

Margaret Macdonald gets specific tribute

If you’re not a follower, it’s easy to overlook Margaret Macdonald (Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife, for the benefit of those who’re not).

Acclaimed in her own right for her work, her work is recognisable, and featured within many Mackintosh creations, with the pair being recognised as a team, but probably not seeing the recognition she might, purely down to the way women were regarded in the day.

But her influence on Mackintosh, and his total control of his projects, down to the finest detail, is usually easy to recognise, even if not generally referred to as a specific element.

But, this time it is.

Since its recent opening, we’ve managed to mention Mackintosh at the Willow in Sauchiehall Street once or twice.

And we’re off again, but this time the mention is really for Margaret Macdonald.

Completing the £10 million restoration of the tea rooms, a true copy of artwork by Margaret has been returned to the establishment, with an exact replica of her original gesso panel (a sculptural relief) being revealed this week.

The historic panel was originally the central feature in the Salon de Luxe at the Willow Tea Rooms Building, and the original was moved to Kelvingrove when the restoration began.

It was interesting to see the various references to icing guns and icing bags used in the creation of works such as this, as I had wondered just how the lines were achieved.

I suppose it’s obvious.

Artwork By Margaret Macdonald Picture SWNS

Artwork By Margaret Macdonald Picture SWNS

Exact replica of artwork by Mackintosh’s wife displayed

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BAR 1 visits Glasgow – and makes me run!

A weird vehicle I didn’t recognise, but a more interesting registration.

Intriguing to see BAR 1 is on this little Mercedes thing – apparently a Citan 109 Cdi Traveliner – since this is a ‘1’ registration, it’s probably worth a lot more than what it’s attached to.

I just spotted this passing, out of the old traditional ‘Corner of my eye’, and then got lucky as I was able to slip through some back streets and catch it, just before it sped off into the distance.

2017 Mercedes Citan 109 Cdi Traveliner [BAR 1]

2017 Mercedes Citan 109 Cdi Traveliner [BAR 1]

I should look at the catalogues more often, and know what oddities the manufacturer’s are coming up with,


I later discovered the title of this post wasn’t really correct,

Although I’d assumed ‘Hampden’ cabs were connected to Hampden for some strange reason, it seems that’s not entirely true, and I tripped over their fairly sizeable base in… Polmadie/Oatlands/Shawfield/Rutherglen (I never know which of these applies – I’ve seen all given in adjacent addresses here, but they use Shawfield) a few days later.

Oh well – just proves the old ‘Never assume!’ warning.

24/08/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Pluto Demoted Day

24 August is Pluto Demoted Day.

Like most people, until 2006, I was brought up with a system that had me say the Solar System comprised nine planers (including the infamous and dangerous third rock from the Sun), and that the ninth planet was little lump named Pluto, which had been there only since its discovery was confirmed in 1930.

Then things changed, the Solar System dropped down to eight planers, and Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.

Pluto lies in the Kuiper belt, a ring of scattered objects or bodies beyond Neptune, and was the first Kuiper belt object to be discovered.

Pluto’s status as a planet began to be questioned around 1992, after the discovery of several similarly sizes objects within the Kuiper belt. In 2005, a dwarf planet known as Eris was found in the belt, and is some 27% more massive than Pluto. It was therefore inevitable that Pluto’s status as the ninth planet would be called into question. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) would come to define the term “planet” formally in 2006, during their 26th General Assembly.

That definition excluded Pluto and reclassified it as a dwarf planet.

There seems to have been (still is from some apparently) a great deal of wailing and moaning over this decision to reclassify, but astronomy is a science, not a belief (go be an astrologer if that’s how you work), so just follow the rules and move on.


I was minded NOT to even mention this day, but that would have been unfair to little Pluto, which enjoyed 76 years of being known as a planet, and the ninth of the Solar System.

Pluto NASA New Horizons Detailed Pic 2015

Pluto NASA New Horizons Detailed Pic 2015

I usually just grab generic free pics from the web, but this one deserves a little background.

Horizons’ image of Pluto (from NASA/JHAPL/SWRI back in 2015). Each pixel represents 4 km, in an image that is 1000 times the resolution of anything from Hubble.

The image is oriented with Pluto’s north at the top. The dark regions (not shadowed) are the planet’s equator, which is about 2/3rds the diameter of Earth’s moon. The photo shows a lot of detail, but New Horizons’ scientists are cagey about what it all means. There are features indicating impacts, freeze/thaw surface activity and “maybe even tectonic activity indicating internal activity in the past, possibly the present,” says Alan Stern, New Horizons’ principal investigator.

24/08/2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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