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Cunningar Loop needs ‘improving’ already

I don’t really think of Cunningar Loop as having been open very long at all.

In fact, my first proper visit was only back in April 2017, when I only discovered by chance that they had finally opened the place! Prior to that I had been visiting regularly since 2014, but eventually let it slide, since all I was getting were repeats of the same depressing pics of the fence and works gate. I could probably retire if I could sell the contractor all those pics. I’ve heard it said one of the first signs of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result – so I thought I’d better play safe, and give up for a while.

Cunningar Loop works

Cunningar Loop works

I’ve been back a few times, and was surprised to see how popular it had already become, and added it to my list of places NOT to go if the schools are on holiday, and parents are dragging their tiny offspring out because “It’s a nice day”.

So I was mildly surprised to see that significant plans have already been lodge for improvements and additions.

Specifically, attractions being proposed include a community bothy and garden, and an elevated walkway with viewing tower.

A statement from JM Architects, acting on their [Clyde Gateway]behalf explains: “With the success of the park in its first year, criticism from visitors and local residents has identified a lack of suitable facilities.

I have to say I’m disappointed, and a look at the park shows it has quite a few facilities, and I hope this isn’t the start of a rolling program of similar ‘improvements’.

One of the things I like about the place was the relatively uncluttered environment, with most of the existing visitor facilities relatively well screened (especially in summer, when there’s some greenery around) from view until you actually come across them.

I couldn’t even find this last time I was there! (Might not have been me, since some scrap metal dealer might have nicked it already).

Cunningar Loop Nae Eye Deer

Cunningar Loop Nae Eye Deer

Please don’t misinterpret my thoughts (ie this is not an objection).

I also see areas/facilities that appear to be unused/ignored, so change itself is no bad thing.

I’m just a little alarmed at the speed of this proposal, and suggest a little caution, lest the momentum continue, and (if the planning department allows) the place gets spoilt in a few years, driving people away instead of attracting them.

If the viewing tower lives up to its description in the proposal, I’ll certainly be seen there more than once.

PLANS For Viewing Tower, Tree-Top Walkway And Community Base At River Clyde Urban Park

Viewing Tower Image J M Architects

Viewing Tower Image J M Architects

24/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , | Leave a comment

Say goodbye to the DVD player now

There goes ANOTHER once advanced tech thanks to the interwebs.

John Lewis pulls the plug on DVD players

No point in me trying to add anything to the commentary in that article.

The funny thing was that just before this story appeared I was watching an archive film about computers, but had to guess it was from the 1970s as I couldn’t see the copyright date at the end.

This is from an online stream I have running most of the time, dedicated to such films from at least the 1950s, and later.

There was no mention of the Internet, so that at least gives a ‘not later than’ indication of its age, and it also had no mention of anything like home/domestic video recording of any type.

But, what was significant was its coverage of ‘convergence’, then name given to the transmission of all information as a data stream, rather than some version of the original material.

For example, radio. Today, this can be played on any PC as it is sent as a data stream over the Internet. But in the past, the only way to receive radio was by using an appropriate radio receiver, and it generally depended on AM or FM modulation of a suitable carrier wave, plus aerials.

Now, you can listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world, with no need for a receiver, or having to be within range of the transmitter.

The same is true of television. You can have Freeview, but it’s also possible to see all the major TV channel online now, or use a smart TV, with no need for an aerial.

This sort of thing was possible back in the 1970s, but unlike today, where we have some sort of Internet or broadband/fibre connection that delivers the data for a subscription fee in the order of tens of £££ per month, the only way to do that back then was by a leased line or similar, and as one who had to do before broadband became common, back the 1990s we were paying anything from £12,000 to £15,000 PER YEAR for a leased data line. AND that only went between fixed points, unlike broadband, which puts you online and you can connect almost anywhere.

Despite its age, even in that film I mentioned, they were already showing how things such as the phone system, television, audio (tapes/records) were already being dismantled, and the forerunner of VOIP was seeing the end of wired telephone networks – so it wasn’t just the Internet that seeing off old technology. Newer technology was ALREADY seeing to this with its own advances, long before the Internet arrived.

I never had a DVD player, mainly due to every computer having a DVD drive and cinema software included.

But I do have a couple, found in the street, and working perfectly when tested.

You shouldn’t really throw them away – they make excellent ‘free’ cat toys 🙂


24/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Bank of Scotland £20 note to feature Kate Cranston

There will be a new note for some people to refuse after 2020.

The Royal Bank of Scotland £20 note will feature Kate Cranston, famous for her impressive tearooms across the city, and noted for their design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He made his mark on the venues by designing everything, not only the rooms, but the furniture, fittings, and accessories.

When Cranston died in 1934, she left her fortune to support the poor and the homeless in the city.

The note will be the first £20 Scottish banknote to feature a woman other than the Queen, be of a polymer material, and contain various new security features. Images of red squirrels and blackberries will be included, together with extracts from 16th century Scottish poet Mark Alexander Boyd’s work, Cupid and Venus.  It will also carry the same exclusive weave pattern developed by textile designers Alistair McDade and Elspeth Anderson for the £5 and £10 polymer notes.

New bank note featuring Glasgow entrepreneur Kate Cranston revealed

Her flagship venue, the tearooms in Sauchiehall Street, can be seen just behind her portrait, and only reopened recently, after a painstaking restoration.

Kate Cranston 20

Kate Cranston 20

Still recognisable.

Mackintosh At The Willow

Mackintosh At The Willow

24/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

I went to Baillieston, and all I got

Was two rubbish pics.

I usually dump rotten pics and reshoot at the next opportunity, but at the moment, I really don’t know when I’m going to get to (or get back to) some places at the moment, so I just have to make do with what I get, good or bad.

Passing through Baillieston in the dark last night, I thought I’d got lucky and managed to collect a couple of views.

Instead, when I got home and looked at them properly… oh well, maybe next time.

First up was the new Baillieston Credit Union office, sporting a nice, brightly lit sign, with a splash of colour.

Unfortunately, you need a ‘real’ camera to catch this at night, and the bright areas have just blown out into white, with no real evidence of their colour.

I’m a little surprised, as I;m sure this camera was doing better with Christmas lights last year, so maybe I’ve changed something, and need to play around with the settings.

Baillieston Credit Union Lit Night

Baillieston Credit Union Lit Night

Next up was a surprise at The Clachan (yes, this is really Garrowhill or Barrachnie, depending on where you like the line to be drawn, but it was a Baillieston trip, so this is getting lumped in). Thinking back, we always refer to the road junction and traffic lights there as the Barrachnie Lights, but looking at my books with pics of the same spot, they always refer to the shops here as the Garrowhill Shops, so I’m lost. I should look at map, but who has time for that?

It’s so long since I’ve been here, they’ve had time to install a ramp for access to the front doors.

Didn’t see that coming.

The pics not all that bad, but really lacks any shadow detail.

Clachan Ramp

Clachan Ramp

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