Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

C’mon guys – give the east end a break!

About the only ‘good’ think I can say about this latest story of violence and attempted murder near Tolllcross Park (or more generally, in the east end of Glasgow) is that it took place at 10:35 am, and I’m an owl as opposed to a lark, so couldn’t have been nearby.

A hit and run driver deliberately targeted a man who was knocked over a fence in Glasgow on Boxing Day.

Police are treating the incident in the Tollcross area of the city as attempted murder.

The 32-year-old was walking along Muiryfauld Drive, beside Tollcross Park, at 10:35 when a dark-coloured car was driven at him.

He was knocked over the park’s perimeter fence, and the car drove off at speed.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was treated for minor injuries.

Attempted murder probe into Tollcross hit and run

Man deliberately struck by car in Boxing Day hit-and-run

I feel like just staying in bed ALL day – it might be safer.

Seriously, I used to get the online papers from the Clyde coast resorts fed in via the Internet, just to keep in touch, and at least a little up to date with past haunts.

I cancelled the lot a few years ago – they were just too depressing.

The news began to be little more than stories about families fighting, people being attacked, arson, burglary, and similar incidents. Far from keeping in touch with the touristy/holiday aspects of the places, they seemed to be WORSE than the worst places you might find in Glasgow.

Despite mandatory sentences, and stricter gun laws in Scotland, shooting seem to be unaffected.

But who needs to risk a gun, when there are plenty of other items with which to dish out violence, and not risk a 5-year minimum before you’ve even started?

violence shooting

I used to work with a guy who never had an original thought in his life, but he thought he was clever.

He’d memorised a lot of clever things said by clever people.

One of the phrase he was particularly proud of trotting out to mock colleagues having problems solving some task was…

“Did you know that one definition of insanity was to keep trying the same thing over and over while expecting a different result?”

How he survived without being thumped (Oh! MORE violence) by somebody amazed me.

On the other hand, we seem to have given up, and either don’t, or are afraid to, try new approaches to tackle the problem.

After all, we all know what the response was when the method of sending offenders on holidays was…

The “Hang ’em and flog ’em” brigade immediately mobilised and worked tirelessly to brig down anyone (politician or social worker) who dared promote such a ‘stupid idea’.

They KNEW the very idea of ‘Carrot’ rather than ‘Stick’ was just plain silly, and anyone who even suggested it had to be immediately fired.

Good plan – if you stop an innovation from being used before any analysis can be carried out… you are BOUND to be proven right!

29/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

If unions built lifts (elevators)

There’s an exhibit in Kelvingrove which I get wrong every time I spot it.

Going from memory, I think the reason is down to an exhibit that used to be on display in the industrial section of the People’s Palace, until they ‘Made it Better’ a few years ago, and emptied that room for some reason I forget now. Afterwards, I waited for the industrial goodies to reappear – the never did.

When I asked, I was told they weren’t coming back, ever, and the space would be used for temporary exhibits.

It lies empty most of the time these days, occasional home to the odd, very sparse, special exhibit, such as the story behind the three (Sir) Billy Connolly murals, and also his own art once.

Bit of a shame, as I haven’t come across the industrial items that used to be shown in that room elsewhere.

So, I can’t confirm, or even be sure I am right about this recollection…

I think they had a part of a tower crane there, similar in appearance to the item shown below, and that why I always get it wrong when I spot it the corner it hides in within Kelvingrove.

Reading the descriptive plaque always makes me smile, as I imagine the reason for this ‘One Man Cage’ is down to a union demand, and the threat of strike action if the evil pit owner had even as little as thought of improving productivity, and profits, by having a cage that could carry more than ONE man at a time.

Mining Cage

Mining Cage


Mining Cage Plaque

Mining Cage Plaque

29/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Tick Tock Day

29 December is Tick Tock Day.


The sound of the year, and your life, slowly slipping away. Every moment not spent living it is another that has gone forever, impossible to reclaim. Tick Tock Day reminds us that the year is almost at an end, and that there are still things left to be done… in fact, only two days remain to get them done.

Last year I managed to approach Tick Tock Day reasonably.

No such luck this year, but don’t worry, I’m not going to go into detail.

Suffice to say I made the mistake of thinking I was heading towards the end of the year reasonably fit and well – and was shown the foolishness of my ways.

Fortunately, instead of finding a suitable ‘Death Clock’ to go with this post, I was lucky enough to find someone had turned an optical illusion I’d seen earlier this year into a clock face using the same effect.

I think the best effect appears when looking off-centre.

Clock Illusion

Thought you were getting away without something more serious?


Skeleton Clock

Skeleton Clock

29/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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