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My Friday nights are now so…

Wild Cat Friday

Wild Cat Friday


19/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Police attend Easter ‘incident’ in Shettleston

One odd thing always irritates me.

If I ever see a police response during the day as wander about, and can’t see the reason, then I NEVER find out later, in spite of expecting to see it covered in at least one of the local news sources.

I grabbed a series of shots as I sped past Shettleston’s Killin Street, just at lunchtime, as I’d spotted at least four police vehicles (maybe some were paramedics, I couldn’t see) with blue lights active in the distance.

When I got there, there was at least one partly across the junction, but no reason evident.

There were at least three officers on foot, plus other people (not identifiable) in Hi-vis vests.

I couldn’t see anything as we passed.

It was only later when I looked at the pics I spotted a cross being held up in the crowd (centre of pic), but nothing else.

I did check the news when I got home, but… nothing.

Shettleston Killin Street Fuss

Shettleston Killin Street Fuss

Since I have no details at all, I won’t make a specific comment, but I am getting fed up with damned ‘activists’!

Nobody making any sort of responsible,or respectful, tribute or similar at Easter should attract ONE police officer, let alone a selection plus a small fleet of vehicles.

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T.Rex in Town – busy, but not mobbed

I’m going out a limb here, but suspect Trixie and T.Rex in Town is not going to beat, or even get close to Dippy’s visit records.

At £14 for an adult, and £8 for a child (with family ticket coming in at £39.50 – two of each saves £4.50), I think I’m fairly safe with that prediction.

I suspect the organisers, or someone involved, thinks the pricing is high – this is the first time I’ve seen an exhibition come with a section that includes an explanation of the pricing, and goes to describe what the admission money will be used for.

I’m studying the rules to see which concession category I can fit myself into, and get an £8 ticket, if I decide to splash out later.

I couldn’t make the trip yesterday, opening day of the exhibition, just to see if the place was mobbed for that.

I had to make do with lunchtime today instead.

As you can see below, it was fairly described as busy, and had I wanted to fiddle the pic I could have taken one of a completely deserted corner at some times, or a mobbed corner (as those leaving and arriving got in each other’s way).  So, I just went with the average.

Inside, things were much busier at the entrance to the exhibit.

Before you complain about the comparison, I’m perfectly aware it’s an ‘Apples and Oranges’ scenario (not like-for-like), and I’m only doing it as I know many others will, and it’s better to do it honestly rather than ignoring it.

Kelvin Hall T Rex in Town

Kelvin Hall T Rex in Town

19/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Maplin and Poundworld – together in death

I’d been meaning to grab this shot of Maplin and Poundworld in our local retail park, since both had folded around the same time, and the shop units have lain derelict since their doors were closed.

So far no takers, so I wanted to take the pic before one, or even both, were taken over.

While I doubt anybody will mourn the loss of Poundworld, which was just a shoddy downmarket clone of another ‘Pound’ outlet, I doubt many in Glasgow will think the same of Maplin.

Poundworld really just gave the ‘Pound’ outlets a bad name. Dismissing the food and cosmetic side, which is just the same stuff in any shop, but at different mark-ups, the hardware they pawned off on unsuspecting buyers was pretty poor. While I often looked, I seldom bought after looking closer. Most looked ready to break or bend the first time it was stressed, and a ratchet strap I did have to buy in an emergency turned out to less than useless. The metal it was bent out of was so thin that the parts which were supposed to latch into one another just slipped past one another.

I also bought one of their bike light sets (just for the tube mounting bracket for the rear light, to fix a damaged one). I could hardly believe the front light in the set used ‘C’ cells and a filament bulb. A candle would have been brighter than this sad joke.

Maplin (in Glasgow at least) was a different matter. Since that went away, I have an embarrassingly large collection of online orders for parts I simply can’t buy in Glasgow, or probably even Scotland (now that I’m no longer in the trade).

I really do remember Maplin from the early days, when I had to get a ‘Grown up’ to get me a postal order so I could buy parts from the original Maplin, as advertised in electronics magazines of the day.

Over the years I did wonder where they were going, as the number of shops grew, and the range of stock exploded.

And, just before they folded, I did wonder about the shops – full of a huge range of stock, but never full of customers, just staff.

Oh well…

Maplin and Poundworld side by side

Maplin and Poundworld side by side



Looks as if I might just have got the above pic in the nick of time.

Passing the same place a few days later, I turned around for a quick look, and the doors of the former Maplin shop were OPEN.

Don’t know what was going on, but something might be about to change.

I’ll have to keep watching.

Forge Retail Maplin Open Door

Forge Retail Maplin Open Door

19/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Bicycle Day

19 April is Bicycle Day.

Bicycle Day does not actually celebrate the ubiquitous two-wheeled mode of transport. Instead, it celebrates a particular historical event that involves a trip on a bicycle.

‘Trip’ is the operative word here, as Bicycle Day commemorates the first time Dr Albert Hofmann intentionally took Lysergic acid diethylamide (yes, that is LSD) having accidentally discovered it three days earlier, when the substance was ingested via a chance contact as he worked.

Following the deliberate 250 mcg (0.25 mg) dose he started to feel a little odd, so decided to ride his bicycle home, on 19 April 1943. What happened on that trip would lead to LSD becoming a very popular recreational drug – not without some problems and side effects though, which is why taking LSD is not a recommended way to celebrate Bicycle Day.

Little did he know his pioneering ride was paving the way for cycling trips in years to come.

Cycling Trip

Cycling Trip


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