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Weekly round-up: 16 September 2018

Interesting comment on a new bypass in Aberdeen, which seems to have forgotten about cyclists. Bad idea nowadays. A bit like Lidl, which has completed new or revamped shops around Glasgow recently, yet has provided no bike stands in these new works . Morrison’s has also failed in this respect. But Aldi and Tesco have provided stands.

Cyclists protest over dedicated Aberdeen bypass paths

This appeared at the same time, and shows the problem of advocates for EITHER side, as Nick Freeman demand top much legislation to control cyclists, and Jodi Gordon demand all bias to be in favour of cyclists. Hopefully, less biased heads (either way) will make more balanced changes.

Jodi Gordon: Road traffic law tinkering doesn’t go far enough

A lot of words, but not much is actually said in this article about a subject I’m pleasantly surprised to see becoming reality. Sadly, the usual moron appears in the comments, and just HAS to be a miserable naysayer who wants to see this venture fail… or maybe not even get off the ground.

Lauren Payne: Feet on the ground before launching space satellites

So, Scotland has the ‘Highest Hedge in the World’, yet a private individual is expected to foot a £90 k bill to maintain a tourist attraction they cannot generate funds from? Time to pop into the local garden centre and buy a chain saw and wood chipper.

Owner of the world’s highest hedge facing £90,000 bill for getting it trimmed

NOPE! Rengelov is NO Scottish Elon Musk. This carefully written propaganda piece for hydrogen attempts to paint it as ‘better’ than electricity for vehicles, concentrating the reader on its environmental credentials (which are good) but neglecting to provide the full story by considering the (non-existent and costly) hydrogen infrastructure needed to support it. I suggest anyone interested ready up.

Glasgow’s ‘Elon Musk’ hoping to revolutionise passenger transport

Glasgow’s iconic gasworks at Provanmill and Temple have had their listed status confirmed. Provan was built in 1904, and Temple in 1871. Scottish Gas Networks had labelled the decision to grant two gasworks listed status ‘illogical’, claiming the status would have a massive economic impact on potential use of the sites.

Listed status secured for Glasgow’s two iconic gasworks

is it just my hearing, or has anyone ever heard the word ‘Responsibilities’ uttered by creeps like this as they whine about their rights and ‘Free Speech’ as they spew their bile over the rest of us?

Man fined for Nazi pug video invited to speak at European Parliament

Never comfortable with publishing details (esp with pics) like this so prominently before evidence reviewed, or conviction confirmed, but since I noted this appear last week.

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Police reveal why six British sailors were arrested

For a moment, I really thought someone would throw a spanner in this nice little cinema project – but it’s made it.

Cromarty cinema plan gets go-ahead

I see Glasgow is on the 200% list – guess I better move the luxury flats (two big cardboard boxes) I left near the road!

Double council tax for 15,000 empty homes


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Mackintosh Building S18

Not seen in the main media, but it looks like bad news for CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) as a potential access date of mid-September has been lost after inspections during the removal of scaffolding on the south-west side of the damaged building found more work needed to be done.

All but two of the main fire exits from CCA are opposite the south-west corner of the Mackintosh Building and the former ABC O2 venue, and entry to the property is dependent on the safety of that area of Scott Street. According to a representative for the Glasgow School of Art, full public opening to venue will not be possible before early October.

On a positive note, access was arranged to fix water ingress to CCA.

At the end of the week we got.

Traders on Sauchiehall Street fear years of disruption as a result of the fire at Glasgow’s School of Art.

Thirteen weeks on since the blaze ripped through ‘The Mac’ many businesses are still being denied access to their premises.

And among those that have reopened, some are reporting a 75% downturn in business.

At Friday morning’s meeting of the Sauchiehall Street Traders group, which was set up in the wake of the fire on June 15, one businesswoman said: “We want people to know this isn’t over. Just because some of us are back in, and we have had a lump of funding, it’s not problem solved.

“We will have repercussions for a long, long time. The result of this fire could go on for years, not just months. There is no ending in sight.

‘Even when the facades of buildings are sorted, we then have to wait for the street repairs to take place so Sauchiehall Street won’t be back to the way it was for a long time.”

Traders fear years of disruption after art school blaze

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The illegals – FJ10 LLY

Spotted a slightly unusual illegal plate while standing outside the shops, when this puzzling combination pulled up in front of me.

Someone, presumably in the Jolly family, decided it was worth the risk of landing a fine of up to £1,000 one day, for illegally spacing their initial ‘F’ away from the rest of the characters, but then decided not to lose the space required between the character groups, and make J10 LLY appear as J10LLY.

What can I say?

If you’re going to get fined one day, you might as well get your money’s worth.

2016 Audi A7 Sportback Black Ed Tdi Quattro

2016 Audi A7 Sportback Black Ed Tdi Quattro

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The Steinmeyer Legacy

It’s been some time since the story of Heinrich Steinmeyer and his bequest to Comrie first appeared in the news, and the size of his gift became apparent.

Now the story is coming to an end, with news of how his legacy will be used.

The late Heinrich Steinmeyer bequeathed his estate of almost £400,000 because of the kindness and humanity shown to him by local people at what he said was the lowest point in his life.

He later renounced the Nazis and said he had fought for Hitler as a soldier, not a criminal.

Aged just nineteen, Henrich was already a member of Hitler’s fanatical SS when he was captured in 1944 in France and joined other Nazi hardliners at the Cultybraggan Prison Camp in Perthshire.

When he went to fight for Hitler, he could hardly have imagined that his war would end in Scotland, and even less so that 70 years later his legacy would help people he once regarded as the enemy.

Whilst a prisoner of war, he was smuggled out of the camp by local girls who took him to the cinema.

He never forgot this kindness and after he died left his estate of nearly £400,000 to the people of Comrie.

Heinrich intimated that he wanted the elderly to benefit, and now his money is being shared amongst various projects including the community bus and the Silver Circle old folks group.

His presence in Comrie is now underlined even more by what has become known as the Steinmeyer Legacy.

Ken Heiser from the Steinmeyer Legacy Committee became one of Heinrich’s friends and scattered his ashes on a hill overlooking the camp.

He said: “I think he just wanted to show his appreciation of the friendship that he had here in Scotland.”

Former Nazi’s fortune devoted to causes in local village

I often wonder if those brought up in the recent years of the Internet can even comprehend the world of those born in Mr Steinmeyer’s world, understand the closed nature of the world he was raised in, appreciate how slow and limited the spread of news was, how easy it was for a dictator like Hitler to close his country’s borders, and make sure the only news the population heard was ‘his’ news. There were radios, the ‘Great Leader’ still had to get his message out – but get caught with a radio playing, or even tuned, to the BBC and your next public appearance was probably going to be in a concentration camp, or against a wall.

I don’t hear it said these days (well, those likely to are no longer with us), but I used to hear my elders say that the ‘lucky ones’ in World War II were those soldiers who survived to be taken prisoner, and transported out of the conflict if, like Mr Steinmeyer, their indoctrination was not complete.

I like the allocation of part of the legacy to fix up one of the huts in Cultybraggan for locals to use.


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Just to close that Tollcross flats story

(I had to revise this – the flats at the front AREN’T!)

I watched some old tenements disappear from Tollcross recently.

Not the real old sandstone type, but the slightly newer type which I think date from the 1930s, as opposed to the pre-1900 originals.

While the older ones apparently had their problems (would you believe there were rogue builders cashing in on the boom times even back then, and stuffing walls with newspaper as a filler), those newer types from the 30s seem to have been pretty poor, and many areas that had them have been cleared. I’ve read accounts of similar buildings where the doors and windows never fitted, and that were never dry, even after remedial work was completed in later years. While those in more densely populated areas remain, I still get a surprise looking at old maps of Glasgow and seeing entire housing estates of this type shown, but where there is little or no evidence of their existence to be seen today.

I wonder how long the new buildings will last?

This is the first time I’ve seen the streets clear of building works.

Now you can see not only the showcase flats in Tollcross Road, but the more mundane offerings in Dunira Street, behind.

Tollcross Road And Dunira Street Flats

Tollcross Road And Dunira Street Flats


While the little buildings at the right/rear of the pic are indeed flats.

I later noted that the more luxurious building in the foreground is actually the offices of the Tollcross Housing Association.

Exterior sign spotted later.

Tollcross Housing Association Outside

Tollcross Housing Association Outside

Inside too.

Tollcross Housing Association Inside

Tollcross Housing Association Inside

Good job I only walk around HALF asleep.

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Today is World Ozone Day

16 September is World Ozone Day.

The Montreal Protocol was signed back in 1987. Now, a number of special events such as talks and seminars are held in the Canadian city of Montreal on this day.

World Ozone Day has been celebrated since 1994 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it.

Although there are still naysayers who refuse to accept depletion of the ozone layer (and even climate change), unless you are also a card-carrying denier of evidence or some sort of conspiracy theorist, the evidence now gathered by many satellites observing the Earth confirms these unfortunate consequences of our activities.

And while the results of our efforts to reduce our effect on the ozone layer have proven to be a little more complex and interrelated than the initial protocol expected, until the Orange Moron seized control of the US, things were are least progressing in the right direction.

Hopefully the damage Trump does will not be too long-lasting, and sanity will return when SCROTUS is removed from office.

I was going to use an image that showed the variation over the years, but this is so horrendously complex (since the hold varies in size seasonally as well as with time) I dropped that idea and went this one, showing how the feature varied from 1979 to 1987, and triggered the initial alarm with its discovery.

Antarctic Ozone Hole 1979 vs 1987 NASA/Corbis

Antarctic Ozone Hole 1979 vs 1987 NASA/Corbis


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