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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

No letup…

At least I seldom hit Govan nowadays, and certainly not at that time.

A man has been seriously injured after two masked men forced their way into his Glasgow flat and attacked him.

One of the attackers also wore goggles during the assault in the flat in Drive Road, Govan, at about 23:30 on Wednesday.

Police said the 27-year-old victim is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. They believe he was the intended target of the assault.

Man attacked by two masked men in Glasgow flat


This is both a time and place I’d be likely to be, IF I was out and about (which the weather means I’m not).

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating an assault on a woman which occurred in a lane in the Trongate area of Glasgow at 5pm on Wednesday 6th February.

Woman assaulted in Trongate during home time commute

Violent crimes

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More damned activists

Once again, I find myself flying in the face of Glasgow tradition – and commending the measured response of Glasgow City Council in the face of yet more useless provocation from yet another bunch of bullies activists.

Protesters disrupted a Glasgow City Council meeting to demand urgent action on climate change.

Members of Extinction Rebellion interrupted councillors to deliver their message on “impending disasters” caused by climate breakdown.

Some councillors walked out as one protester read out a speech, ignoring committee convener Bailie Malcolm Balfour’s request to sit down.

However, the committee later invited Extinction Rebellion to join its newly-approved emergency group, which aims to deal with the dangers of climate change.

Climate change protesters interrupt Glasgow City Council meeting

As usual, it’s the activists’ way, or no way…

“We are Extinction Rebellion and we will be on the right side of history.”

In a commendable act fo restraint, rather than calling security and throwing them into the street, councillors extended an invitation to the protestors to take part in future debate….

When the meeting resumed, Mr Balfour told protesters: “There may be room for you to be a member of the group. Your voice will be heard. It’s not the done thing to disrupt a meeting.”

Vice convener Martha Wardrop, who will chair the emergency group, said: “We appreciate you putting forward your views.

“We’d be delighted to involve you in work in the next few months. You have to have respect for the council’s policies and procedures.”

Councillor Maggie McTernan said: “Climate justice is a matter of moral justice as well. It’s really important to remember it will affect those who are disadvantaged first.

“It’s important to engage with people who are motivated, and also people who are not keen, uncertain or opposed.

“If we don’t do this together it’s not going to work.”


I’ll wait and see.

For how long this lasts past the first meeting where ‘they don’t get all they want.

And they walk out, whining on with their usual song of ‘Nobody’s doing what we say they should’.


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National Museum of Scotland’s £80 million transformation completed

I have to find a cheap and easy to somehow get my backside through to Edinburgh sometime.

It seems I’ve been reading about this refurbishment for years (actually, I have), and it really is time I made some sort of effort, and took a look, now that it has finally been completed.

Galleries showcasing treasures from ancient Egypt and East Asia are set to open as the National Museum of Scotland’s £80m transformation is completed.

The 15-year project has returned the Victorian building in Edinburgh to its former glory, creating new public spaces and revealing more items from the national collections, many of which had not previously been on display.

Three new galleries – Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics – open to the public on February 8, completing the final phase of the transformation.

More than 1300 objects have been selected for the galleries and 40% of the items are going on display for the first time in generations.

Bruce Minto, chairman of National Museums Scotland (NMS), said: “This is a truly historic moment in the life of a great museum. The transformation of this iconic Victorian building on time and on budget is an achievement of which the nation can be rightly proud.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of NMS, said: “Over the past 15 years we have worked tirelessly to transform this wonderful building, to rediscover our extensive and outstanding collections and to create fresh and inspirational visitor experiences.

“The result is the creation of a world-class museum for the enjoyment of national and international visitors today and for many generations to come.”

New galleries complete National Museum’s £80m refit

I may be Glaswegian, but there’s no way I’d support anyone who might be stupid enough to carry the (mock) rivalry to the brilliant collections that can be found in the museums and galleries of Scotland’s cities.

The two are simply completely different in the material they hold, and the way they display it.

The NMS is simply brilliant, huge, and a wonderful way to get lost for many, many hours.

It’s simply great not only to have both on offer, but that for the time being at least, there is no admission charge.

Granted, Glasgow always led this, but Edinburgh was eventually able to join that club, and let everyone in as often as they wanted, without losing an arm and a leg to pay at the door.

I was lucky, and was able to explore the NMS for free even when there was an admission fee, thanks to late opening on a Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00, and managed to cover whole place in detail over many months of those 2-hour visits.

It was quite funny in some respects, as the old and new museum buildings were connected by a large doorway, which was a barrier when the admission charge was in force, but was removed on that evening, and you could wander freely between the two venues.

And, I was there when the admission charge was finally withdrawn, and was able to watch the ticket booths and barriers being torn out.

Now, they may go back! But only for tourists and non-residents (as our taxes pay for these places).

I confess this is a very old pic now, and you can’t see the ticket booths, which lay at the entrance, just out of sight under the arches to the left.

So long since I’ve been there – I think this view is a little different today.


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So, I’m not the only one that’s sick and tired of activists exaggerating everything

After almost deciding it was just too dangerous to move out of my own little bubble in the burbs, and risk my life cycling through the city centre of Glasgow, after reading the ‘advice’ published in cycling forum populated by cycling activists whose sole job seems to spreading the lie that the city’s roads are dangerous, drivers are out to kill any cyclist that crossed their path, and that I will be choked and die from the pollution – I tried it, and found they were talking shi (sorry) nonsense.

Now it seems I have a friend, no less than Chief executive of the Edinburgh Fringe Society, Shona McCarthy, who has dared to say the same as me as regards the motivation and interests of ‘activists’…

Activists have singled out C Venues for “overworking, underpaying and generally mistreating their staff.” But Ms McCarthy also criticised the Fair Fringe campaign for “vilifying” promoters and depicting them as “evil megalomaniacs.” She suggested its activists were more interested in “hyperbole” and “exaggeration” than facts about the Fringe landscape and the different business models behind venues.

Edinburgh Fringe venues ‘won’t be banned’ over exploitation claims

I think it’s time MORE people stood up to these self-interested bullies, who seem to think their views should be accepted as truth, without test, review, or challenge, because ‘THEY’ claim the moral high ground, and should therefore not be question, just have their dogma universally accepted.


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Only in Scotland?

Scottish Cannibalism

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Nice little summary marks 160 years of Glasgow’s water supply from Loch Katrine

A little recommended read giving a brief history of how Glasgow got its connection bringing water from Loch Katrine some 160 years ago.

2019 marks 160 years since water from Loch Katrine flowed into Glasgow for the first time, giving the city a water supply to rival that of any other large urban area on the planet.

A supply that not only marked the future of sanitary reform in the city, but also played a large part in the urbanisation of Glasgow and helped develop an infrastructure for it to become one of the UK’s leading cities.

At the moment, it supplies over 400 million litres of drinking water to more than 700,000 residents every day. Remarkable given the fact that prior to the construction of the water supply system in 1859, the majority of the city’s drinking water was drawn from a mere 30 public wells which sourced water from the River Clyde.

Taking three and a half years to complete, the supply system involved the construction of a dam on the loch, 26 miles of aqueduct (built by 3000 workmen) and 46 miles of distribution pipes, alongside the construction of Mugdock storage reservoir at Milngavie.

The ambitious scheme cost £468,000, which, in today’s money, would be close to an incredible £60 million, and yet utilized a method to bring the water to the city that didn’t cost any money whatsoever – gravity.

To ensure the water travelled, the pipe had to drop ten inches for every mile of its 26 mile length from the Loch to Milngavie, 13 miles of which went through hillside.

Taps oan! Celebrating 160 years of Glasgow’s water supply

Notably, the Stewart Memorial fountain, built in Kelvingrove Park in 1872, celebrates the creation of the Loch Katrine waterworks.

Stewart Memorial Fountain

Stewart Memorial Fountain

While it would take too long to detail the route, it is worth looking out for various (single track) roads in The Trossachs, which lead past various features related to the path taken by this pipeline, and are marked, in some places, by commemorative plaques and indicators to their location.

It’s a great drive on a lovely summer’s day, and well worth the effort (and risk, of meeting people who haven’t got a clue how to drive on a single track road).

You can tell the ‘good’ ones – I pulled over to look at one of those pipeline artefacts, and a driver came up to ask if I was OK, as he was worried he had passed too close to me, and forced me to get stuck on the soft verge.

Instead of running off as fast as he could, he had reversed along the road to see if he could offer any help, after spotting me in his mirrors, apparently going off the road.

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Brain hurts – Brexit AND Council in ONE post?

Being apolitical (which means all political types seemingly consider me their enemy on the basis of “If you’re not FOR me, you’re AGAINST me!“), I often find it hard to make a relatively neutral post about things I find interesting, as some political moron or bigot will let me know how stupid I am, or how I’ve offended ‘Their’ cause.

I can waste hours trying to work how to mention something I found interesting…

Rubik Confused Cat

Anything that involves the thing known as ‘Brexit’ seems utterly pointless, as the two sides are basically making the same claims about its advantages and disadvantages, and how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ it will be if we do, or don’t, go for it.

The only thing I think I can be sure of is that regardless of the outcome, it’s going to cost me!

Yesterday’s local news added to the confusion by adding Glasgow City Council’s plan for moving forward in the post Brexit decision world.

A few years ago (quite a lot of them), when I was ‘just a kid’, Glasgow council seemed to be populated by a bunch of crooks, and both the papers of the day, and anybody who dared write a letter to them, seemed to wage a war against them, but with little success. To use a term coined with regard to another criminal organisation, the councillors appeared to be ‘Teflon coated’, and all accusations just seemed to slip off them.

While my own observation is that those days are long gone, and I seldom find anything like the scandalous behaviour seen back then, some people seem to live in the past, and be completely entrenched in the anti-council hate that prevailed then, and can still be found in the Moron Comment section of some papers, still parroting the same accusation I remember seeing all those years ago. But, I don’t see the council, or more specifically the councillors doing the same things.

If you ever read any of the surveys the papers carried out in Glasgow years ago, daring to ask Glaswegians how they voted, I suspect the same kids that responded with “Ah’m gaunnae vote ?????? ‘cos ma da voted ?????? and if it wis good enough fur him, it’s good enough fur me!” (I’m not including the party name, you all know which it is.)

They’re all grown up now, but their mindset is still the same, locked into a dogmatic view (probably by repeated thumps from ‘da’ if they did not conform) and not open to change.

Hell, I’ll even admit to once being part of a forum that used to call out councillors, claiming that they made crooked planning decisions because somebody in their family could be shown to have builder’s yard somewhere.

But I left after a while, after I started looking in detail at the planning decisions that were supposed to be ‘bent’ – and found the reality was that most of them were reasonably fair. That’s not to say they were popular, but that’s the difference when you are in a position to later be held accountable. I learned the hard way that the popular decision is not necessarily the RIGHT decision.

So, I’m going to say I’m interested to see this statement coming from Glasgow City Council in the light of the upcoming Brexit nonsense, and say that I’m impressed, and expect to see the usual naysayers and council-haters kicking it.

Glasgow remains open for business, students and visitors despite Brexit.

That’s the message from city chiefs as plans are put in place to deal with leaving the European Union.

World class events, top business talent and international students are all welcome in the city.

And a new board could be set up with the aim of keeping Glasgow close to countries in Europe.

City councillors will be asked to support the move at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

David McDonald, Depute Leader of the Council, said: “Glasgow has always been a confident, dynamic and international city, committed to working with cities across the world in partnership to the benefit of all our citizens.

“We want to raise Glasgow’s profile ever higher to match our ambition and track record as a world class city and a world leader in hosting conferences and major events.”

The strategy would see the council work in partnership with key sectors across the city, including universities, sport, culture, finance, manufacturing, digital, food and drink and industry, to ensure Glasgow remains committed to engaging with Europe.

Mr McDonald said: “We want to ensure the city continues to attract and retain international students, research and entrepreneurial talent and provide ever greater opportunities for our city’s greatest asset; its people.”

The new international strategy plans to enhance the city’s profile by attracting top events, continuing alignment with EU environmental and social protections and supporting young people’s engagement with their counterparts in nations across the world.

Glasgow City Council announce post-Brexit plans

I think this is maybe the FIRST sensible response I’ve seen anywhere to dealing with whatever world we are dumped into once the post Brexit dust settles, and we see what sort of mess we are in (which I’m pretty sure we will be in, regardless of what Brexit decision ultimately prevails).

Cue the haters?

Cat Cannot Brain Today Has Dumb

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Ye Olde shopfronts

I don’t claim these are new pics of a couple of old shopfronts in Parkhead, but it is a shame I just never got around to using them.

I do like to see these appear from time to time if uncovered during work, but that’s not really true of this pair, they’ve been like this for years.

I can’t think what they are like today, and really should stop long enough to check, and maybe update the view.

Problem is, my regular route is along a nearby street, and it bypasses them now, and I always forget to look.

I wonder what exactly the ‘Goldfish Bowl’ was?

Goldfish Bowl shop front

Goldfish Bowl shop front

I suspect ‘J Brown & Sons’ came after the ‘Launderette’, but it’s easier to refer to (and find later) than the more ‘name’ name, if you see what I mean.

Launderette shop front

Launderette shop front

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