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Edinburgh oopsie? Pays Glasgow a compliment!

While the sane and rational of the two cities enjoy some competitive banter and rivalry, I have noted that others are sadly bigoted (which i no fun at all).

While reading about a proposal (not a plan) which could see tourists paying an admission charge to get into the Edinburgh museums while residents (who support free admission via their council tax, as is the norm for Scotland’s national museums  – except the National Museum of Flight) would get free admission as usual, I couldn’t help but notice that the council leader cited GLASGOW’s system as a possible model for changes in Edinburgh…

TOURISTS could be charged for visiting the Capital’s council-run museums and galleries while residents continue to get in free.

Council leader Adam McVey said a different regime for visitors and locals was one possible move which could come from a review of the city’s cultural services as part of budget cuts aimed at saving £150 million by 2023.

And he revealed the council was also looking at handing the management of its museums and galleries to an expanded Edinburgh Leisure, which already runs the city’s sports centres and swimming pools.

“We need to look at whether we keep cultural services directly run by the council or whether we look at a model that has a way of pooling assets.”

He said the Glasgow Life trust, which runs sport, leisure and culture in Glasgow, seemed to be a model which worked well.

City Centre Tory councillor Joanna Mowat said she was not against the changes proposed. “A lot of tourists are perfectly used to paying for museums. I have to pay when I go to Paris.”

She said her party had previously argued for a trust like Glasgow Life.

Edinburgh could charge tourists for museums while residents go free

PLEASE don’t start the silly argument about ‘Free Admission’ – this really is just a convenient form of words. Just try phrasing something more technically accurate in two words. Those starting that argument are just mischief-making, and diverting attention for the real issue.

I’ve never quite understood the deal with the National Museum of Flight, and can recall visiting the place at times when there WAS an admission charges, then there was NOT, and then it suddenly seemed to return again – and I looked silly as I just tried to walk straight in, apparently trying to avoid paying! But i just didn’t know the charge had been imposed again.

I just checked, and am almost glad I can’t get there any more, as the adult ticket is £12 – Geez! No wonder I started to make sure I only went there when another event was on, which usually included admission to the museum buildings.

Although it didn’t seem to gain any support, I was actually intrigued to see this proposal…

Budget proposals published by the Capital’s SNP-Labour coalition suggest “consolidating” venues like the Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, Writers’ Museum, People’s Story and City Art Centre and creating a new museum and gallery.

But Cllr McVey played down suggestions of a new building and hinted the move was more likely to involve moving at least some elements from other venues into the City Art Centre.

He said: “The City Art Centre is a massive building which is heavily under-used. We need to make much more of it if we are going to have it as a city asset, making sure people know it’s there and capturing people’s interest. It is competing with some fantastic national assets. It needs to work much harder for the city.”

He said merging the museums into a single building was “probably not feasible”.

As a once regular visitor to Edinburgh and its larger museums (which I think are great), I wonder if they are right to dismiss that idea so quickly.

Although I know of the smaller museums and attractions listed, I NEVER got around visiting any of them. They seemed a bit small and specialist, and I just didn’t feel like making the effort to get to them. However, had they perhaps been close, or ‘consolidate’ within a larger venue, perhaps I would have supported them with a visit.

Thinking more deeply about the statements supporting the Glasgow Life by Edinburgh councillors, maybe it is a ‘Cunning Plan’ with other motives.

Although I can’t recall seeing any claims recently, I’m sure I remember all sorts of whining and claims of (I can’t recall exactly which form, so I won’t cite any specifics) corruption by handing city assets to the trust, or just plain uselessness, of the Glasgow Life trust system when it was introduced.

As far as I can see, we still have our assets, and none seem to have been spirited away into councillors living rooms, or sold off.

Our museums have been, or are being refurbished and enlarged, new ones built, and more and more exhibits are being taken out of storage and put on display in ever growing gallery space.

Maybe Edinburgh WOULD be wise to look west for inspiration!

Kelvingrove Lights

Kelvingrove Lights


28/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , | Leave a comment

Green Loony – Class: Expert – MSP Ross Greer

Ridiculous spouting from an insignificant little child who is so far removed from World War II he has no idea what he is talking about.

He’s probably come up this as a ‘Great Idea’ (or ‘Cunning Plan’) to get his ‘Five Minutes of Fame’ in the hope of lots of free publicity and hike in his career.

I’d like to read his political career was over soon, but I suspect we are too tolerant nowadays.

Green MSP Ross Greer has repeated his controversial claim that Sir Winston Churchill was a “white supremacist” and a “mass murderer.”

He told the BBC’s Politics Live that his view was indisputable and that “history records this”.

Mr Greer initially made the comment in response to a Conservative tweet on the anniversary of Churchill’s death.

Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly branded it the “most superficial and inaccurate assessment”.

The 24-year-old was among a number of people who questioned Churchill’s reputation in reply to a Tory tweet last week commemorating the wartime leader’s death in 1965.

The post described Churchill as a man regarded by many as the “greatest Briton to have ever lived”.

MSP Ross Greer brands Churchill ‘mass murderer’

And, NO, I don’t think Churchill was perfect, but that’s no reason for this sort of behaviour.

Why is that every time I raise some sort of daft story involving an MSP – they’re Green MSPs?

Are they really all so desparate to get publicity?

28/01/2019 Posted by | World War II | | Leave a comment

Familiar number not seen often

One of those numbers I always recognise, but seldom see, and never seems to be the same place twice.

No idea what it ‘means’.

I always wonder where they go when they switch between being seen often, then vanishing for a while.

This was a chance sighting on some ‘spare ground’ a while ago, and I thought I’d just dig it up as I noticed the info for it showed it was now on the same type/colour of car, but a newer one than caught in the pic.

Interesting that someone would get near enough exactly the same car as a replacement – I’m used to seeing surprising changes when my neighbours change theirs, or worse still, convert to hulking great brutes of (dirty diesel) SUVs or 4x4s.

Oh… the Jag’s a diesel.

Jaguar XF D [268 LDV]

Jaguar XF D [268 LDV]

28/01/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Road drains reinvented for Commonwealth Games

Another one of those pics taken but never used, this time recalled after yesterday’s news of a Commonwealth Games ‘legacy’ disaster.

Not sure if I’ve come across this concept anywhere else, but once we were finally allowed back into Springfield Road (weeks after the silly ‘Games’ had ended) I noticed that the redeveloped road had gained some interesting road drains.

Rather than the usual heavy cast iron drains seen on all the roads throughout Glasgow (and the rest of the country), Springfield road had sprouted grass-covered gulleys that separated the footpath from road, which the road seems to drain into, rather than the individual drains located in the gutters, next to the kerb.

This is a fairly early pic of the construct, taken a few years ago when it all looked fresh and green.

I should collect more recent pics, as these gulleys don’t look quite so nice now, with a few salty winters’ worth of water washed into them, and I suspect more than a few dozy drivers have tried to park on them, or driven into them. Bad enough with a car, but the weight of a bus or lorry can’t be very nice for them.

Springfield Road drains

Springfield Road drains

I’d have newer pics, but I just don’t get into Springfield Road any more, finding myself going along the Clyde Walkway or the new houses on the left (as this is closer to the park on Cunningar Loop), or along the newer Clyde Gateway (further to the right) if I’m heading towards Rutherglen or Shawfield.

Funny how little changes in road layout can see you never wandering along routes that were once regularly travelled.

28/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment


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