Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

The eleven storey dinosaur

Just a quick update to correct an earlier omission.

When I mentioned the under publicised exhibition about the history of Carnegie and Dippy in Kelvingrove, I hinted at some material on show from the original publicity a century ago, one being a drawing showing how tall the beast was.

Here you are… (doesn’t look too happy – maybe was expecting to find actress in bath?)…

Eleven Storey Dippy

Eleven Storey Dippy


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Almost ten years since we tried an amphibious coach in the Clyde

Nice to see that there are others who like to rummage around in the archives and remember how we never like anything ‘new’.

Back in 2010 I spotted trials of an amphibious bus on the Clyde, and while there were ultimately valid reasons for not adopting the technology (which could have been addressed had anybody really wanted to), I correctly predicted that nothing would come of the trials.

Could amphibious coach be used around Scotland?

That even attracted a comment with some more info.

They seem to manage with such things elsewhere, but don’t try innovation here, you’ll go bust.

This review of the days of the trials just appeared online.

Why plans to introduce an ‘amfibus’ on the River Clyde sank without a trace

Back in the ‘Good Old Days’…

Yoker Swan

Yoker Swan © Thomas Nugent via geograph

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It’s interesting to watch the Kelvin Hall come back into useful life

I have absolutely no idea when the Kelvin Hall ‘died’.

As a tiny, I was taken there regularly for various events, with the carnival, and the Modern Homes Exhibition being the ones that come to mind from those days.

Later, I would go there myself, this being for the Motor Show, and then a few custom car shows that were held there.

Then it was Glasgow’s Transport Museum.

That actually made me sad, not because it took over from the former installation at the Tramway (which I don’t think I even managed to visit – the one day I specifically headed out there I never made it – as a blind OAP decided to try to fit his car into a 6-inch gap to the left of my car, and another, as I waited to turn right into Albert Drive, ending my day out), but because the Transport Museum ultimately occupied what amounted to one small corner of the building, with the lion’s share given over to a sports arena in the 1980s.

But for the Transport Museum, which lived there until 2012, I’d never have been back there.

However, things are not all bad, and it seems to have undergone more transformations in recent years (the place seemed to be surrounded by rubble collection since 2014), with various resources now housed there, even some of Glasgow’s museum collections, which can now be visited there. I’ll get around to that soon, as it still seems to be developing. Whenever I’ve looked during the past few years, things always seem to have changed from the last time I had a look.

It has its own web site, where the current status of the useful facilities it now offers can be found…

Kelvin Hall

I see it is now the subject of a planning application, needed as it is understandably now a listed building.

GLASGOW Life is moving forward with plans for a multi-purpose play area and 140-seat cafe at the Kelvin Hall.

An area on the first floor is to be fitted out to create the facility which will include a climbing zone and soft play adventure play area.

PLAN For Play Centre And Cafe At Kelvin Hall

I hope the plan includes some soundproofing around that play area! 😉

It’s great to see the place return to the more general community, and not just a few sports fans.

Kelvin Hall Facade

Kelvin Hall Facade

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That moment when…

You make an innocent mistake – but realise the chances of dying in your sleep have suddenly increased immeasurably.

Die In Sleep

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Media still noticing Clutha inquiry

A little further down the feeds now…

Clutha pilot ‘may have been dangerously misled by manual’

Clutha inquiry told how helicopter crash victims died

Clutha FAI: Helicopter pilot ‘dangerously misled’ by manual (the Scotsman really should close the now generally moronic comments section)

Clutha helicopter crash inquiry: pilot could have been ‘dangerously misled’ by maintenance manual error

Clutha Tributes

Clutha Tributes

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Most impressive black hole pic

My involvement with various types of ‘tech’ means I’ve got a small (unintended) collection of hardware (and software) that isn’t even operational with much of the stuff considered ‘ordinary’ today.

Think of even the best analogue TVs for example, for which there is no broadcast system for them to work with. By the same token, you’re not going to have much luck with any tape based recording systems.

I even have to correct myself when referring to the first PC I got my hands on, as it had an enormous hard drive with a whole 10 MB of storage space (which I often mistakenly refer to as 10 GB, then correct myself when I remember it replaced one with a pair of giant 360 KB floppy drives).

So, that’s why I would probably push the pic below as one of the most impressive pics I’ve come across of the first of a black hole.

Two incredible MIT researchers, pictured 50 years apart.

Click for bigger.

MIT Researchers

MIT Researchers

Margaret Hamilton and the famous “stack of code” for the Apollo Guidance Computer, and Katie Bouman showing of the 5 petabytes (5 million gigabytes) of data that would become the black hole picture once processed by her algorithms.

The information they gathered was too much to be sent across the internet. Instead, the data was stored on hundreds of hard drives that were flown to a central processing centres in Boston, US, and Bonn, Germany, to assemble the information. Prof Doeleman described the achievement as “an extraordinary scientific feat”.

“We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago,” he said.

“Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world’s best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes.”

First ever black hole image released

That pic’s even more impressive if you’ve ever seen documentaries that describe the design of the Apollo Guidance Computer, tiny by current standards, but nonetheless ingeniously designed to do its job without crashing in the event of problems – which did happen, as you will know if you’ve come across the story of the ‘1202 error’ that came up seconds before the Apollo 11 landing was about to happen (or almost not, as it reached the critical fuel Go/NoGo landing decision point).

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Everywhere I look… catbutt!

Not my image, but as I’ve said before,  all I get is catbutt

Clearly, catbutt is a ‘universal’ phenomenon.

Universal Catbutt

Universal Catbutt

Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.

It measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size of the Earth – and has been described by scientists as “a monster”.

The black hole is 500 million trillion km away and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world.

First ever black hole image released


This should have been included, but I only had the gif, which WordPress won’t show.

Had to get video conversion… but I can’t make it loop!

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