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I belong to Glasgow – Oh well

‘I belong to Glasgow’ is the title of a very old Glasgow song, which I haven’t heard for years, or even heard mentioned now that I come to think of it.

I once had an old tape recording, but that, and the recorder, seem to have vanished from my possession. No idea how, I went to look for them one day, years ago, and they were gone, along with other similar goodies I thought were at the back of a cupboard.

The title came to mind as I noted a couple of nice stories about Glasgow, which makes me really glad ‘I belong to Glasgow’.

I had begun to think the media had given up on one of its favourite storylines (Live in Glasgow and Die!) since most of these stories seemed to be published with ‘Scotland’ replacing ‘Glasgow’ in the headline, meaning I couldn’t include them as ‘local’ gems, but it looks as if the tired old hacks and their equally old and tired editors have found the subject worthy once again.

Glasgow Necrpolis

Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow has the lowest life expectancy in Scotland, an official report reveals.

Overall, life expectancy for men in Scotland’s most deprived areas is 13 years lower than in the least deprived parts, an official report outlines.

The difference for women is 9.6 years, according to National Records of Scotland statistics.

New figures show average life expectancy for Scots born from 2015 to 2017 has fallen slightly, with men now expected to live until 77 and women until they are 81.1 years old.

Compared with the UK as a whole, men in Scotland are expected to live 2.2 years fewer than average and woman 1.8 years.

Glasgow city was revealed to have the lowest life expectancy for both men and women, at 73.3 and 78.7 respectively, while it was highest in East Renfrewshire, where males can expect to live for 80.5 years and females for 83.7 years.

Glaswegians still have lowest life expectancy in Scotland

And one that doesn’t really matter to me.

More than half of the alcohol related deaths reported throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in 2017 were recorded in the city.

Of the 310 fatalities registered last year, 186 were living in Glasgow which means the problem is still higher than the Scottish average.

Despite these shocking figures, reports suggest there has been a slight decline of alcohol induced incidents between 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, 34.9 people per 100,000 in Glasgow died from an alcohol related illness compared to the Scottish average of 20.2 people per 100,000.

In 2016, 41.1 people per 100,000 in Glasgow and 23.8 people in Scotland per 100,000 died as a result of a drinking problem.

People in Scotland drink more than those living in other parts of the UK.

Alcohol related deaths in Glasgow still higher than Scottish average

There was a third, which cynics like me would suggest relate to the above.

If we’re so ready to run to hospital, how come we’re all dying?

Probably because all these healthy people are diverting staff from those who are REALLY ill, and they’re dropping dead as a result.

Top ten time-wasting A&E complaints, according to NHS staff

· Cold symptoms, Nasal congestion or a simple sore throat

· Skin complaints such as Acne, Eczema or Athlete’s foot

· Cold sores, Warts or verrucae

· Period pain

· Earache

· Haemorrhoids (piles)

· Hay fever or mild allergies

· Head lice / scabies

· Mouth ulcers/Dental pain

· Thrush

Top 10 time-wasting A&E complaints according to NHS Glasgow staff

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Purrple Cat Cafe – might let you work there

One of my regular stops (unfortunately just outside, at the window, not inside) is looking for more staff.

Chances of getting lucky seem low though, as it seems there were more than 4,000 application first time around.

Read more here:

Glasgow’s cat cafe is hiring – here’s how you can apply

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

What’s that?

NEW hoomins on the way?

Purrple Residents

Purrple Residents

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Wait for the cycling activists and naysayers to ignore Glasgow’s Transport Strategy

This will be interesting to watch in the coming days and weeks (and probably even longer).

I’ve recently become completely unimpressed by cycling activists in Glasgow, whose one job in life seems to be to ignore any positive developments, claim nothing is being done, and whine loudly while demanding that…. something be done to improve their lot.

This development clearly reaches a wider community than cyclists, but I really have been irritated recently, as I’ve read some of the utter nonsense those who fall under the umbrella of ‘activists’ spout about how nothing is ever done to improve their lot.

I suspect the only day they will say something that suggests they are even remotely pleased will be the say a wall is built around the city with gaps only about 1 metre wide, so bikes can pass through, but not cars.

They’ll still be unhappy though, as nasty pedestrians will still be able to walk through those gaps, and get in their way!

I wonder what their response will be to…

GLASGOW City Council has secured £3million to develop strategies for better connectivity, city centre transformation and improving the attractiveness and accessibility of neighbourhoods.

The council say the three inter-related projects will significantly shape the transport network, active travel choices, the liveability of neighbourhoods, and the cultural vibrancy, sustainability and inclusive economic growth of the city centre.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said; “The Connectivity Commission has set out clear recommendations to improve transport in our city, and we agree that we must be bold in our ambitions.

“Without strategic thinking in our city centre we will not unlock the potential for inclusive economic growth and increased city centre living that Glasgow needs.

“We also acknowledge that we must look even further than the recommendations of the Commission, to tackle the transport needs of all our communities, and improve connectivity across every neighbourhood in Glasgow.

“That’s why I’m delighted to announce that with an investment of £3 million of Scottish Government funding in partnership with Sustrans, we’ll be able to start work on these three significant projects.

£3MILLION Towards Setting Out 10-Year Transport Strategy For Glasgow

It’s becoming apparent, to me at least, that there are some people you just cannot satisfy, no matter what you do, and others who are simply selectively blind to anything that does not precisely match their own narrow definitions. They just seem to completely ignore or dismiss anything that doesn’t measure up to their demands.

The council statement added…

“We’ll develop an overarching transport strategy for Glasgow with sustainability at its heart, as well as setting out how we’ll transform movement around the city centre and address many of the challenges we’ve been set by the Connectivity Commission.

“We’ll also produce a Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, a blueprint for improving every neighbourhood in the city through a range of interventions to make them more pleasant places for people to live, work and play.

“Over the next 18 months, through these projects, we’ll set out our 10-year vision for a transport system that will address inequality, connectivity and climate change. The development of these three plans will ensure a more sustainable, healthy, liveable, connected and inclusive thriving Glasgow for all.”

I wonder if ‘activists’ even know they could pick Falkirk or Loch Lomond for a wee Sunday run, on cycle paths/routes, if they were in Glasgow?

Or just like to moan about having nowhere to go without some evil driver mowing them down?

Forth And Clyde Canal Signs

Forth And Clyde Canal Signs

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Motorway LED surprise

I’ve mentioned the upgrading of street lighting in Glasgow to LEDs in recent years (which is now a widespread change taking place everywhere), but hadn’t noticed any specific references to places such as motorways, which have much greater demands than urban roads.

The most obvious difference is the greater height of motorway lighting supports, and consequent need to provide a higher light output from the luminaires mounted on them, to produce a similar level of illumination on the ground/road.

In my innocence, I thought they still used metal halide or other discharge lamps to get the required intensity, but I was wrong.

I’ve been studying various LEDs recently, all intended to increase output and efficiency using the latest advances in materials and manufacture, but even that hadn’t included any motorway references.

So, I got a bit of a surprise when I took a pic of high lighting towers over the motorway near Anderston – and if the anti-shake could cope with the long zoom setting in the dark (it often tries, but often can’t cope with hand held demands).

This was the compact, so I was really pleased with the eventual results after a few test shots and setting tweaks.

BUT, while I expected to see some sort of sizeable gas discharge light source in the fittings – I found LEDs!

This was a bit of a surprise, as these support columns are, I guess, about 20 metres tall, much more than twice the height of an urban street lighting pole, yet the light sources,

(Seems my 20 metre guess may not be as bad as I thought, as I was later told the statue at the centre of George Square is about 80 feet, or 24 metres, and that was what I had in my mind when I made that guess.)

This was the first decent shot that revealed their ‘secret’.

Motorway LEDs

Motorway LEDs

From past experience, I’d actually been expecting to see that each unit housed four gas discharge, or similar, lamps.

Instead, I found that each housed four high intensity LED arrays.

Getting a little closer into one of them.

Motorway LED Luminaire

Motorway LED Luminaire

Unfortunately, at this distance and zoom length (must be close on 700 mm (35 mm eq), there isn’t high detail to examine in the image.

There are clearly four identical LED arrays in the housing.

Each array has ten LEDs.

I know each of those LEDs is made up of multiples, but the brightness means there is no detail – it looks like each of them may be made of two LEDs mounted in parallel, but it’s impossible to be sure. There might even be three, or its just a reflection or distortion in the image, I just can’t be sure, so will go with two. It would be more likely to be two, to avoid overheating.

Also, each of those LEDs will probably comprise a number of individual LEDs mounted together to form what looks like one LED, but is not.

So, each of those four arrays in the circular housing could have at least 100 LEDs, meaning that there is at least 400 LEDs shining from it, and possibly more if the detail was visible.

I tried to find some details of these fittings online, but couldn’t quickly find anything to match what I saw above.

I did find some specific motorway lighting from Philips, but the units have square arrays.

It’s hard to interpret the specs, as there are so many options.

Suffice to say, that you can now get some very bright lighting using LEDs.

And they’re not simply being overdriven to get that light output, which would shorten their life.

The economics are a bit complicated too, but overall, it looks as if the energy saving, in other words ‘How much electricity the council has to buy’ is cut to about 40% of its former value using the older lighting systems, but that figure has to be understood better. It’s not as simple as just looking at the LEDs power consumption alone.

But never mind that.

I’m just impressed, very impressed, by the brightness of these LEDs, and I didn’t even know they were there.

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