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Dr Stuart Waiton of Abertay University’s School of Social and Health Sciences – should resign

Spotting an item on a Holyrood committee taking evidence on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, which is set to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” in Scots law, which currently allows parents to use physical punishment on children, I was fairly shocked to read the views of someone who should, I would have thought, known better.

MSPs heard evidence first from a panel of four, including Dr Stuart Waiton, of Abertay University’s School of Social and Health Sciences.

He told the committee the bill “criminalises parents”.

He argued that the concept of children having rights was “nonsense”, adding: “Children don’t have the same framework of rights as adults, they have protections.”

Asked by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP if he also supports physical punishment of women, he said “adults and children are very different”.

He said MSPs were “living on another planet” if they thought smacking was “a form of violence that harms them”.

Dr Waiton said a smacking ban could mean cases of children being “seriously abused and battered might get lost in a sea of complaints by caring professionals who are now reporting every smacking incident”

He expressed concern that if the government was to be “logically consistent” then it would eventually end up banning parents from grounding their children too, because the smacking ban bill could lead to problems around “almost any form of discipline whatsoever”.

Dr Waiton added: “I would suggest you think again before making this a criminal offence.”

MSPs hear plans to ban smacking ‘criminalises parents’

He sounds like a dinosaur (which would probably be smarter) from the days when children were to be “Seen and not heard”.

I wonder if he would change his views if subjected to a few good rounds of ‘smackings’ from an overzealous parent who lost control, but was excused on the basis of the beating/assault not being considered any sort of offence since it was called a ‘smacking’ and not a ‘beating’ or ‘assault’?

Aren’t we told that child abusers like to excuse or hide their activities by giving them innocent sounding names to hide the truth by calling them something else?

Violence Is Not The Answer

28/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Loch Katrine aqueduct construction really was remarkable

While I’ve never really dig into the history of Glasgow’s water supply derived from Loch Katrine, it’s one of those things I’ve always known about all the bits that make it up, but never looked at altogether.

One of the pleasures I used to enjoy was driving to Stronachlacher, or Inversnaid, as the single track road from Aberfoyle leads past some artefacts and memorials to the construction. I’d show you a pic or two, but those are on film.

Two articles appeared today, both reporting on the lucky save of some glass slides holding photographs of the construction, showing some of the works being carried out, and which were almost lost in a clear out.

Those declutterers I mentioned recently are a real danger to historic gems, and hanging really is too good for them!

There’s a short video in this first linked article, which gives you an idea of just how bad Glasgow’s water supply was before these works, when water was collected from wells if you were lucky, and rivers if not. Don’t forget, in those days rivers which ran through cities, such as the Clyde through Glasgow, were little more than open sewers.

One woman, on seeing the fresh water from Loch Katrine, is said to have complained that it had “No colour, no smell, and no taste!”

Remarkable images show construction of Katrine Aqueducts

This second article shows a sample of the ‘found’ slides, and show how extensive the engineering was.

The system still works today, with little or no assistance, being designed with a constant, but gradual, fall (I used to know the figure, but like all such things, I forger the exact number now) to ensure the water runs down from the loch to the city’s waterworks.

Old photos show Katrine aqueduct being built

I’m not sure of the material this trench is cut through, but looking at the man for scale, it’s pretty scary, with those wooden beams being all that is keeping the sides apart.

I would not want to stand there.

Lock Katrine Viaduct Works Pic Credit Scottish Water

Lock Katrine Viaduct Works Pic Credit Scottish Water

28/02/2019 Posted by | council, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Decay at Tollcross Winter Garden just goes on and on and…

I decided not to bother with a January 2019 ‘Annual pic of Shame’ of the derelict Winter Garden in Tollcross Park this year, for no other reason than that I could use ANY recent pic from the past few years to show how sad this once beautifully restored structure had become, despite the wondrous and magical promise of a ‘Lasting Legacy’ from the farcical and disruptive 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Who knows how much money was poured into the useless swimming pool lying only a few metres from some REAL Glasgow heritage (see below for the answer), or into yet more upgrades made there later.

However, when I stopped by the glasshouse a few days ago, I noticed that the rot was now REALLY beginning to set in.

It can only be a matter of time before it reached a state of decay which forces the city’s planner to order its demolition – it is now starting to FALL apart.

This is the pic I originally stopped to take, and you can see that the east ridge of the glasshouse has now started to collapse into the interior.

Click for a little bigger. Compare to pics from 2015.

Tollcross Winter Garden Glasshouse East Ridge Collapse

Tollcross Winter Garden Glasshouse East Ridge Collapse

At the same time, I noticed that an assault by vandals, which I suggested was imminent in a recent post, on the glass doors and walls of the adjacent Visitor Centre, had probably taken place too, as the whole of the Visitor Centre was now clad in wood shuttering. Since there had only been a few sheets raised over the years, I can only assume these were added after the glass panels that make up the doors and walls were attacked.

Click for slightly bigger.

Tollcross Winter Garden Visitor Centre Wood Shuttering

Tollcross Winter Garden Visitor Centre Wood Shuttering

There’s not really much to say.

I’ve seen poster asking people to attend meetings, but I only see these after the event, so have no idea if anything productive comes from this, or they are just ignored.

It’s such a shame that this building was both restored AND had the Visitor Centre added for less than £2 million.

That alone shows how little of the £340 million (probably more) that was squandered on the ‘Lasting Legacy’ would have been needed to save this feature, which could have been promoted as a 2014 tourist attraction, being so near to the swimming pool event.

I wonder how much WAS spent on that already supposedly world class swimming venue?

According to reports, “The Tollcross Swimming Center underwent a nearly-$20 million (£13.8 million) upgrade ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Would you also believe that back in 2014, the (clearly corrupt or moronic) Commonwealth Games promoters were actually using the ALREADY CLOSED AND DERELICT Winter Gardens ‘hothouse’ as part of the attraction they were ;selling to visitors in their advertising and promotional rubbish

Fast facts

Tollcross International Swimming Centre is located in Tollcross Park. The park covers 83 acres and the land was purchased for £29,000 in 1897. The park’s opening ceremony coincided with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Tollcross Park has many outstanding features, including a Children’s Farm, International Rose Garden and refurbished hothouses known as the Winter Gardens.

You could not make this sort of stuff up and expect to be believed, but thanks to the Internet and their web pages this can be quoted and referred to (until they are embarrassed, and delete the evidence one day).

Let’s not forget another £25 million just frittered away to attract YET ANOTHER sporting event.

Maybe somebody should suggest hosting 5-aside games, or ping-pong, or maybe just World Tiddlywinks in the glasshouse, and ask for funding!

28/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

The cats of Kelvingrove

I started off with one of those silly thoughts while I was in Kelvingrove a while ago.

Do they have a Scottish wildcat? (Stuffed type, that is.)

After wandering around all the usual wildlife displays, it seems the answer is… No.

For once, that’s maybe a pity, given that the species is now at such risk, if not already lost in terms of purity.

However, I did at least find it got a mention in some displays, so is, at least, not forgotten,

The search also found a couple of cats on display.

Cats can sleep anywhere!

Kelvingrove Cat

Kelvingrove Cat

I’ve mentioned this one before, but not with a decent pic as the first sighting was surprise – in the display relating to… birds!

I might add, this is NOT the (stuffed) cat I recently queried with regard to its disappearance from the People’s Palace tenement. It looked quite different, at least as far as I can remember.

Kelvingrove Domestic Cat

Kelvingrove Domestic Cat

Never sure about the number of birds claimed as kills – that would be a pretty big pile of more than a million per week, which critics also claim the cats don’t eat, and just kill to be cruel.

It’s like the anti-wind turbine nutjobs’ claim of millions of birds being killed by wind turbines every year, based on one being seen flying into a wind turbine in a video on YouTube. I think they think each replay of that video is a different bird each time, or is maybe even a live feed!

Seriously. I live in the burbs, and while I see quite a few catbutts, have seen very few bird corpses, and most of them are birds that have dropped dead in the street.

Kelvingrove Domestic Cat Plaque

Kelvingrove Domestic Cat Plaque

Then there was the Wally Cat, presumably created to go with the Wally Dug (pottery dogs, often in pairs, used as home decoration).

This one is probably mortified after being placed between a pottery lion called ‘Nero’, which looks more like Groucho Marx than a lion, and a pottery dog.

Kelvingrove Wally Cat

Kelvingrove Wally Cat

I think that’s the lot, but it’s always hard to be sure in Kelvingrove, as the place is so big and has so many galleries.

28/02/2019 Posted by | Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Chocolate Soufflé Day

28 February is Chocolate Soufflé Day.

I have to be honest and say I don’t think I’ve ever eaten ordinary soufflé let alone chocolate soufflé,

It’s just that the opportunity for this particular treat has never arisen. Plenty of quiche, which I suppose is more ‘common’ and maybe considered less upmarket. I can hear ‘soufflé’ being ordered in the sort of restaurant I used to visit, but ‘quiche’ in the places I might end up in nowadays (if they were cheaper).

Soufflé is believed to have originated in La Cusinier Moderne, by Vincent La Chappell, published back around 1742, and is a type of cake made from a custard base with egg whites beaten to a soft peak which can then be flavoured as desired.

Of course, it always seems to feature in boringly repetitive TV chef/cooking programmes as some sort of test of ability, and opportunity for standard regurgitated jokes about oven doors and collapsing soufflés.

I don’t really care what it is – if it has chocolate/custard/cake then just bring it!

Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle

28/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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