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Weekly round-up: 30 September 2018

Well, there’s a surprise. I though this lot had all died and gone away. I wonder if they (or one of their pals) still claim they have ‘trained experts’ who can be trusted to gain access to the base one day, and safely smash the place up with no danger of causing some sort of ‘nuclear incident’ for the surrounding area?

They really do scare me more than the base (which doesn’t, despite their attempts)!

Anti-nuclear campaigners stage peace walk at Faslane

On the theme of ‘Why we can’t have nice things’ – because thieves will steal them and sell them!

Scientists’ concern as space rock from Skye put on eBay

It’s a pity there seems to have been so much delusion regarding the claimed advantages of diesel as a car fuel over the years – and that much of the fantasy has become ‘Fact by Lore’. I used to wonder what was wrong with my scientific education/training, as my own analysis of diesel’s claimed advantages never agreed with what I was being told (and all I got was abuse for “Being stupid”). Even the simple claim of 10% greater mileage than petrol failed (for me) as it cost 10% more than petrol at the pumps!

That said, I had been impressed by the (apparent) performance gradually being extracted from diesel engines in some cars, and had been looking forward to seeing if they could rival or pass petrol. Guess we’ll never know. Especially since fossil fuel car engines will simply die out over the next few decades.

Porsche stops making diesel cars after VW emissions scandal

Nice. Run to the media, use the word ‘Horrified’ and hope you can embarrass Aldi into upping their £40 comp. Personally, I find their habits more disgusting than the frog in the bag, if they were eating a 40 p bag of rocket over TWO days, and didn’t look in it, or even wash the contents. I’d pass if they offered me anything ‘fresh’ to munch on.

Couple ‘horrified’ after finding live frog in bag of salad

Despite trying, I really can’t see any reason to object to this sponsor – in fact, I see taking their money to sponsor bikes as an ideal combination. I suspect the author has some other agenda against someone.

Stephen Jardine: Fast food sponsor for Edinburgh cycle hire is madness

Sad Cat Lemons

Sad Cat Lemons

I don’t like just dropping or ending a feature, but after the various hassles of the past 2-3 weeks (computer, hard drive, and then total loss of favourite browser with all its customisation to suit my workflow), the Round-up is so far out of sync with events that it has become unworkable.

The last look at the feed that brings potential items of interest ended up with something like 50-60 items AFTER review, which is just insane.

Not sure if really so many potential items, or I just lost the plot, either way, that’s just not sustainable as it’s more like work than fun.

Pity, it had been working reasonably well, until recently.

I’ll leave it for a while, which may serve as a ‘Reset’ for my head, and perhaps let it restart in a few weeks, better tuned to pick up only relevant or fun items of interest, and not something more like ‘work’.

30/09/2018 Posted by | Weekly round-up | | 2 Comments

Mackintosh Building S20

(After last week’s various computer and browser issues, I’ve just rolled anything from that week into this week’s summary, and hopefully spotted most items that were in the news.)

There’s been a lot of speculation around the fires at the Mackintosh building, and a lot of, quite frankly, tripe spouted by ‘armchair experts and the hang ’em and flog ’em brigade, more interested in finding a scapegoat than dealing with the issues around the fire.

I stand by what I said way back at the start (documented in this blog), that the Mackintosh Building cannot be treated or judged in the same way as a building completed in the past few years. It was not only built using the materials and techniques of more than a century ago, it was not even built in a single phase, but as two separate phases separated by a number of years, due to lack of funding. All aspects which may have had an adverse effect on the final result.

I don’t suppose the statement from the director of the Glasgow School of Art will satisfy ‘the brigade’ – they’ll still be rounding up a posse, and looking for a nice tree to throw their rope over, regardless of what anyone tells them.

The director of Glasgow School of Art said warnings about the fire risk to Mackintosh building were not ignored before it was destroyed in 2014.

In his first interview since it was devastated by a second blaze on June 15, Prof Tom Inns also pledged the iconic landmark will be rebuilt again, this time without public money.

Asked if concerns about the fire risk to the building were dismissed before the May 2014 fire, Prof Inns told STV News: “As far as I am concerned repeated warnings were not ignored.

“The institution was taking its responsibility for that building very, very seriously and will continue to do so.”

Prof Inns said the building’s heritage status meant it could not be fitted with traditional sprinkler systems.

And he said the system being put in place before the first fire had only just been made possible through advances in technology.

Prof Inns also defended the current board and claimed it had the expertise and the experience to oversee the latest rebuild.

Art School ‘did not ignore’ Mackintosh fire warnings 

The future of the GSA has faced speculation that it could be demolished or turned into a museum.

But Ms Gray, a former student at the school, told BBC Scotland it would be rebuilt as a working art school, saying that was “non-negotiable”.

She told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme the £100m cost that had been reported was “plucked out of the air”, saying the art school had “absolutely no idea until we know the scale of damage”.

The former art school student said there would be full transparency and that the cost should not impact on the taxpayer as some of the money raised in 2014 remained.

She also acknowledged that it could take up to 10 years for students to be able to use the building again which she said was the “biggest tragedy”.

Ms Gray told the programme the decision to rebuild the Mackintosh building was made after the fire four years ago and that position had not changed.

“The board of governors were completely unanimous about this and it’s not up for discussion,” she said.

Responding to comments about delays in getting people in the area back into their homes and businesses, Ms Gray said: “We have been removing the unsafe masonry, declared unsafe by building control at the council, as fast as we possibly could, in order to allow people back.

“We’ve been absolutely working so hard with everyone round about us to try and make things happen quickly enough to get people back into their homes, to try and help businesses, and liaising with all the people affected.”

Glasgow Art School’s Mackintosh building ‘will be rebuilt’

Want to know what morons write like?

Look no further than their normal habitat of The Scotsman’s comment section after this article.

(Actually… not just this article, but ANY Scotsman article where the are allowed to dribble freely.)

I’m surprised anyone sensible dares to venture there nowadays, for fear of being (in text at least) beaten to a pulp by them.

If it was funny (rather than just sad) I could laugh at how one lot makes statements contradicting the other, yet both seem to pluck them from this air, as there has been no report, and the investigation is only getting underway now.

Oh, sorry, that’s ANOTHER problem – according to one genius, you can’t have an investigation now, it’s too late.

Glasgow School of Art will be rebuilt but may take ‘up to 7 years’

Glasgow art school rebuild could take up to seven years

(The above came from last week, before I lost all the info being ported by by various feeds.)

I’m intrigued by the apparent ‘know-alls’ who knew so much more than the GSA board, but I don’t seem to have ever heard of campaigning for change, or even interviewed by the media before this.

They are so clever and wise, it would almost seem that they are to blame (rather than the GSA board they are criticising) as they failed so completely to make their voices heard before this disaster, or even have their concerns registered, together with refusal by anyone to take account of their expert opinions.

This one has something of a cheek to mention sending people to prison, since the fire would presumably not have happened at all if he had spoken up years ago, and forced changes to be made.

I’m sorry, but I simply hate these ‘experts’ who pop up from nowhere, and spout “Told you so!”

20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh scholar Roger Billcliffe said the building was a “fire trap waiting to happen” due to construction including air vents which acted as chimneys and warned a further blaze would occur if the building is rebuilt.

He argued students should not return to the building and said “nobody knows” whether lessons were learned from the earlier fire as a fire service report was redacted and claimed the art school had “not said a word”.

He said: “The staff are still there that were responsible for it.

“I don’t want to send them to prison but I want to make sure that they don’t operate a system where they can do it again.”

Art school bosses urged to give evidence

Art School bosses face questions over fire risk ‘failure’

While looking around for stories I might have missed, I came across an earlier item about the Oak Room, now on display at the new V&A Museum just opened in Dundee.

It’s so sad that those outside Scotland (and who may never visit or have first-hand experience) have to be subject to the sort of morons who are free to post comments in what I now think of only as the ‘Moron section’ The Scotsman provides after some articles. It’s sad they have the time to virtually live in that section, posting so much sad bile.

V&A Dundee boss ‘especially proud’ of Mackintosh Oak Room

Surprisingly, only FIVE morons have added their cliched view of life to this story, which contained more sense that all their comments added together.

It echoed the point I made way back at the start, regarding the condition and design of such period building, built to vastly differing standards than we have today, of many materials we simply do not allow today, and with structural features which would not comply with today’s requirements.

And in many cases, there’s no practical way to retrofit or re-engineer the buildings either.

It rightly highlights the risks of modern works too, and while it’s possible to carry out such work with care, risk is NOT a black & white issue, and probability plays a part. Despite best efforts, some buildings WILL catch fire.

Sadly, it’s no different from crossing the road, or driving a car. Even if you take all precautions, unless you ‘do nothing’ there will be injuries/fatalities. And, sad to say, even ‘Do nothing’ is no guarantee, as things still happen around you.

Why are so many landmark historic buildings lost to fire?

(Given the past week, or two, or… of hassle, I’m hoping I didn’t miss anything. I did try looking at ‘old’ news for Glasgow for the past week, and didn’t spot anything else that had appeared during the week.)

30/09/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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