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Govan docks WILL become World War I film set

I noted the proposal for the old Govan docks to become a film set for a World War I film in the near future.

It seems the plan has been looked on favourably, and will come to pass.

THE makers of a big-budget war movie have been given permission to use derelict Glasgow docks for filming later this year.

A film company plans to take over the historic Govan Graving Docks for 10 weeks from 22 April to 28 June to create a movie set.

One of the docks will be made to look like a French canal with a destroyed bridge in it during World War One. Scenes will include a convoy of army vehicles heading through the site.

There will be a number of benefits arising, as the production will see some 200 cast and 50 crew to be catered for during the project.

In addition, the derelict site will benefit as:

“It is proposed that all structures and set dressing will be removed on completion of filming and the docks returned to their original condition.

“In addition, it is proposed that the site will be cleared of graffiti, litter and self-seeded grass land/weeds. This will ensure that the historic application site is returned in a better state then when it was received, helping to preserve the historic dock structures and landscape.”

RUNDOWN Glasgow Docks Will Double For War-Time France In Major Movie

If only it could be kept tidy afterwards, but unless there is something located there, who’s going to commit to that?

It’s still a little odd to see the place derelict, since I occasionally worked there – when ships were brought in for me to carry out tests on, if they were small enough to fit. Really big ones were berthed at Greenock.

Steven Spielberg war movie gets green light for filming at Govan docks

Steven Spielberg gets all-clear to film movie in Glasgow

Wonder if any of it will be visible from Riverside?

Govan Docks

Govan Docks

19/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, World War I | | Leave a comment

Theme ended just in time

While not resurrecting the ‘Violent Crime’ them I just ended yesterday, I’m sad to see that I did so just in time.

Without detailing them, I saw there were at least FIVE reports of varying levels of violent crime reported tonight, in places I might possibly have been in.

(That means there were actually MORE!)

There really is something wrong, and it almost seems to be being ignored.

Where’s MP Paul Sweeney when there’s something SERIOUS to be raised?

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

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The end of a theme

I used to enjoy looking after a forum that covered some of the Clyde coast resorts, mainly because I used to haunt them, and it meant watching the related news feeds for articles relating to events which took place there.

That ended when the owner died, but I kept watching the feeds for a while, but gave up on them as the events became fewer and local media concentrated on stories relating to violence, drugs, and crime. It was sad to see the change, but I suppose those stories attract more ad clicks.

Earlier this year I noticed I appeared to be reading more violent crime articles on the street I spend many hours walking, and started to note them in the blog, provided I could classify them as things I had ‘Just missed’ (or had just missed me).

Sadly, either things have recently become much worse, or the media is reporting more of them, as not only did this trend continue, the level of violence increased from simple brawls, through robbery with violence, targetted attacks, and murders, all taking place far too close to spots where I might be found. The only positive note is that many take place at times I wouldn’t be nearby.

Having proved my point (unfortunately), I wonder if there will be a media/police article later this year, about an increase (which there surely must be if it carries on at the present rate)? Stories this week mark the end of this recurring theme, with news from only a few streets away of a man being found violently murdered in his home some days after the event (after relatives asked police to look for him after he disappeared some days earlier).

Shettleston murder inquiry launched after man, 28, suffered violent death in own home

And the discovery of badly burned woman on waste ground (not so near, but on one of my regular walks) who later died in hospital…

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained.”

Then, later…

Update: Police later confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious but enquires continue.

I hope the media remembers to report the finding of that last one – how does a 20-year-old end up on waste ground, badly burned, and die, and that is not ‘suspicious’?

Woman dies after being found badly burned on wasteground

Glasgow may be making a big noise for itself as a tourist and film-making venue, but I have to say that after spending a few weeks watching the violent crime reports – and the ones I mentioned were ONLY found on places walk to, there were many more NOT mentioned as they didn’t meet the criteria – there is something wrong here.

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

However, as I’ve now managed to make myself feel like locking myself indoors and not going out after reading about what’s happening on my doorstep, this theme has done its job and won’t be carrying on.

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Hill House survey confirms extent of water/weather damage

As the construction of a protective cage around Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh (built for publisher Blackie and his family in 1904) continues, a new survey using advanced techniques (combining previous survey data obtained in 2003 with new 3D digital survey and microwave moisture readings) has revealed the extent of the water damage. This has resulted from a century of Scottish weather (which we know is wet), and lack of knowledge of how the materials used aged over that time period. Then, the materials were largely experimental.

The method of infra-red thermographic (IRT) imaging records differences in surface temperature, which give an indication of where moisture from decades of wet weather is retained within the building fabric. The technique highlights differences in surface temperature, which shows where moisture from decades of wet weather has accumulated within the building. Combining the three surveys allow building conservators to pinpoint areas of damp, and gain a better understanding of the declining condition of the property.

Carried out in partnership between the National Trust for Scotland, which owns and cares for Hill House in Helensburgh, and Historic Environment Scotland, it shows the extent of the damp and water damage to the building in increasing detail.

“Due to the design of the Hill House, there are many ledges, wall heads and chimneys that have had a history of many attempts to remedy, yet this problem continues.

“We’re also now have additional areas of concern. We have also been able to see the direction that the water is travelling in some of the rooms, in particular in the exhibition room, where there was already clear damage.

“The works to create the ‘box’ are now well under way and we are grateful to the many individuals who have generously donated to help us to tackle these problems. The intention is that the structure will provide a temporary respite for the Hill House pending a long-term solution to the water ingress being found.”

The house and gardens are currently closed to the public but are expected to reopen in late spring.

Mackintosh Hill House damage revealed by new survey

The data shows the direction that the water is travelling in some of the rooms, in particular in the exhibition room, where there was already clear damage.

New survey reveals extent of damage to Mackintosh house

Imaging: Areas of concern Credit: National Trust for Scotland

Imaging: Areas of concern Credit: National Trust for Scotland

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Good news as Celtic’s application for a giant rotating video screen is thrown out

I wonder if there will be an appeal (there’s a three-month window for such a thing), or if the club will show some respect for the area?

The application dates back to 2016.

CELTIC Football Club have been told they can’t put up a large rotating TV screen outside their ground.

Glasgow City Council has refused an application from the club for a 7.6-metre by 3.8-metre revolving LED display.

The screen, for showing adverts and live and recorded TV images, was to have been installed on an eight-metre high pole on an area to the right of the Celtic Way approach to the Parkhead stadium, beside the VIP car park.

COUNCIL Give ‘Red Card’ To Plan For Large Rotating Screen Outside Celtic Park

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “The proposal was refused because it was judged contrary to planning policy in relation to signs and advertising within the City Development Plan. That’s because it was considered to be detrimental to road safety in terms of its size and location.”

Celtic’s giant rotating screen ‘could distract drivers’

Imagine that giant horror spinning around in the middle of this view, which is already bad enough if you’re a local and not a fan.

Click for bigger.

London Road Horror

London Road Horror

And it might distract some from their Buckfast too!

No comments

I usually just disable comments and say nothing, but…

While I’d have been happy to let some advertising guru argue that I was wrong to be so happy that this monstrosity was refused, and how I was celebrating nice advertising people losing their jobs, I’m NOT so forgiving when football bigots try to use my space to throw personal insults at me, presumably for not supporting their place of worship, and a big revolving, glowing, idol they could have knelt in front of and paid homage to, so comments are gone for this post.


Coincidentally, the following article appeared a few hours later.

Football told to root out ‘vile cancer’ of sectarianism

Football clubs have been warned that the Scottish government will act if they do not root out sectarianism in the sport.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said the “vile cancer” was a societal problem, and was not just connected to football.

But he said there were far too many incidents of sectarianism around football grounds.

He said clubs must say how they will tackle the problem – and if not, “all options” remain on the table.

It comes after a recent Scottish Police Authority board meeting heard how offensive behaviour at Scottish football matches had increased in the last year.

Officers have been attacked and spat on and a police horse also required treatment after it was hit with a flare, the board heard.

Mr Yousaf also announced an additional £530,000 for anti-sectarian organisations, bringing the total allocated to £14m since 2012.

The government’s controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, introduced in 2012, was repealed in 2018.

Sectarianism, once dubbed “Scotland’s shame”, recently returned to the headlines after Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke highlighted the verbal abuse he received from Rangers fans.

Kilmarnock and ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd also spoke out about chants he was subjected to by Celtic supporters.

Others to have shared their negative experiences of life in the Old Firm spotlight include Chris Sutton and Neil McCann.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Mr Yousaf said he would be prepared to legislate again.

Sad to say, like the commenter I dumped, I doubt most of those bigots even realise they are doing something wrong.

Update 2

I didn’t know about this before I went out, fortunately on a bus that missed Parkhead, but I did end up walking through quite a few boozy fans, and one even pulled out a bottle of Buckfast on the bus, and offered those nearest him a drink – strangely, no takers. Wonder why not?

Oh – and there was this…

Police Scotland make six arrests at Old Firm match

Six arrests made during Old Firm clash at Celtic Park

Update 3

A few hours later, there was more…

Police rush to ongoing incident in city centre amid reports of a ‘mass brawl’

Three injured and in hospital in city centre ‘stabbing’ as police handle mass disturbance

I was there around that time, fortunately passing Albion Street on a bus!


Man fights for life after stabbing following Old Firm game

Man ‘critical’ after mass street brawl in Glasgow

Merchant City brawl: one man critical and two seriously injured in large-scale disturbance

Compare and contrast

They can’t both be right, so one must wrong, or delusional, or… something.

Police chief: Scottish football ‘in crisis’ – and repeal of Offensive Behaviour Act is to blame

Celtic FC announce first ever fan festival weekend in Glasgow

And more

Mass brawl outside Toby Jug bar in Glasgow city centre probed

‘Positive line of enquiry’ over stabbing after Old Firm

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Oh goody – There’s going to be a fight over the old St Enoch Station clock

I can actually remember seeing the St Enoch station in the Cumbernauld shopping centre many years ago.

I can also remember thinking “What the heck is THAT doing THERE?’

It’s only going to be seen soon due to redevelopment of the centre, having been in a closed section. Apparently it hasn’t even been seen for years!

If I recall correctly, it was stuffed into a stairwell, as it is so large it needs two floors’ worth of height to accommodate it.


It is the historic station clock where Gregory arranged to meet his “Girl” in the classic coming-of-age comedy.

Now the timepiece from a long-closed Glasgow station could provide a new rendezvous point for friends and lovers as part of the £120 million redevelopment of the city’s Queen Street terminus.

Network Rail wants the clock returned to Glasgow to become a new focal point for the station, whose expansion is due to be completed in a year’s time.

However, Cumbernauld, which was gifted the former St Enoch Station clock 42 years ago, is unwilling to let it go back home.

The new town received the clock as a 21st birthday present from Glasgow businessman Raymond Gillies, who had bought it after the station closed in 1966.

It was moved to a Cumbernauld shopping centre and featured in Bill Forsyth’s 1981 film Gregory’s Girl.

The clock was later shifted to a closed-off section of the complex, now the Antonine Centre, which will be re-opened to the public next week.

Network Rail programme manager Tommy McPake said: “We have asked if we could get it, which would be a nod back to the past.

“It would be great to get it here, it would be fantastic.”


However, the clock’s current owners said they were determined to keep it in Cumbernauld.

Allan Graham, chair of Campsies Centre (Cumbernauld) Ltd, which is owned by North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The clock is an important artefact in the town’s history and local residents are keen to see it on public display. The Campsies Board is committed to finding a permanent home for the clock and is actively working with North Lanarkshire Council to identify suitable sites within the town.

“However, the requirements of a site are challenging because of the condition and size of the clock.”

Tug-of-love over historic station clock that featured in Gregory’s Girl

It’s probably got no chance of coming back to Glasgow though, as I see MP Paul Sweeney has decided to tag onto the story for some publicity.

He should keep his head down after his nonsense over the People’s Palace Winter Garden Plants.


Be interesting to see if this is resolved (ever) or become a long-running battle that never ends.

I don’t have a pic – and nobody seems to be sharing one. Sorry.


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Will this office block get the go-ahead?

Be interesting to see if this proposed office block at Pacific Quay near the IMAX and Science Centre gets permission.

I was there a few times last year and got the feeling that the once green area (which was left in the wake of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival) was becoming more and more of a tarmac jungle, with a few neglected areas, and the buildings that had gone up were too close to the water.

More separation/distance from the water, and maybe less tarmac with more grass and trees would preserve the memory of the area – and actually give more space for buildings, instead of cramming them all against the water.

That said, I can’t see this being knocked back as it’s not too bad, and allow for cars and bikes, so presses quite a few of the right buttons.

OFFICE Plan Lodged For Pacific Quay Site

Image Credit Holmes Miller Architects

Image Credit Holmes Miller Architects

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Today is Chocolate Caramel Day

19 March is Chocolate Caramel Day.

It seems the origins of caramel are lost in the years, but it’s said that it came into being during the 200 years between 1650 and 1880 in the Americas. While settlers were making hard candies in kettles, some genius added fat and milk to the boiling water and sugar, creating caramel. Then, refined sugar was both rare and expensive, so sugar beet juice was often used as a substitute.

Combining it with chocolate?

Probably nobody knows for sure, so just be thankful it was tried, and worked so well.

While I’m praising caramel (and chocolate of course), I’d like to make a special reservation in hell those sweet makers who make hard stuff like toffee, and sell it has caramel.

What a rotten swindle – you deserve to burn in hell for selling those hard bricks under the name ‘caramel’!

Soft Chocolate Caramel

Soft Chocolate Caramel


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