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Woolly hat weather is still with us

After my earlier post about the end of the short heatwave of recent days, it didn’t get any warmer.

So far, it’s struggling get over even 13°C today, but at least the rain (which pelted down at lunchtime) seems to have given up since then.

Few, if any, seemed to be trusting the weather, and woolly hats were still a fashion item today, as seen in Argyle Street.

Nobody was being summery… apart from, oh dear, I can’t say, as it’s no longer PC to mention chicken wings, or ‘participate’ in yet another thing the PC brigade invented.

I soon won’t even be able to mention ‘woolly hats’, lest I be accused of ‘body shaming’ the wearer and making fun of them having poor circulation in their heads!

Woolly hat weather

Woolly hat weather

Just to prove I really am a ‘Miserable Sod’, I checked tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) weather, and was disappointed to see no rain forecast, even 3°C warmer than today.

I’m disappointed because the centre of Glasgow and many roads will be disrupted for most of the day (as will my afternoon), just to let some people run through it. A rainy day is what they deserve.

I honestly don’t understand why the council sanction this, and doesn’t force this (and all similar events) to be held in large parks, or venues on the outskirts which do not suffer such disruption as a result of all the road closures made.

This neither the first, nor the last, time we will have to endure this nonsense during the year.

I wonder if they really think about those who are adversely affected?

It doesn’t bother me (apart from the inconvenience and time wasted), but last time out I had to held a wandering old lady with a walking frame trying to find where her bus was going to be, since the street with her usual stop was closed off, and all the buses were diverted around the city centre.

My logic is that if there was ONE such person with this problem, there were more.

And that’s NOT GOOD.

Update (an apology)

Apparently I’ve upset some chickens with my reference to ‘chicken wings’ above, and an apology has been demanded.

Sorry about that, and as per the chickens’ suggestion, I will refer to this unholy sight as ‘bingo wings’ in the future.

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Heatwave 2 – didn’t last as long as heatwave 1

You could have been forgiven for thinking the heatwave of the past few days would have lasted longer than one we had a few weeks ago.

But you’d still have been wrong.

It had already departed last night (Friday) as I was near shivering while out cycling last night, dressed as I been during the day, when it was nice and warm.

There was even rain in the air, although it didn’t actually rain until early this morning, making today’s start even colder.

The graphs tell the story.

Only ONE warm peak day this time, or maybe TWO if being generous, compared to FOUR the last time!

April May temps

April May temps

Since the weatherfolk nailed this one, we can expect the next part of the forecast to be as promised, as they say the warms will begin to return on Tuesday.

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At least one media source is trying to tackle the comment morons

I’ve occasionally mentioned the almost useless ‘Comment section’ still offered by some media sources, which I generally refer to as ‘Moron sections.

In particular The Scotsman suffers from its comment section having become the home of frustrated political outlets, and nutjobs who can’t find an outlet for the utter drivel they spout.

The BBC tries to keep the idea of comments alive by allowing such a section on a few articles, but once the morons spot that such a section has been opened, they soon find it, and while the section can start well, soon develops into the usual mindless rubbish.

While I try to avoid looking down there, if something catches my eye and I do, it becomes painfully obvious that the majority of comments come from organisations, or people with nothing better to do. I know how long it takes to compose/write material, and the sheer volume seen from some ‘contributors’ makes it obvious that they are spending a working day, or more, posting those biased or moronic comments, suggesting that the name they appear under is hiding a group of writer, in some cases at least, or someone who is doing nothing else.

There’s probably a good academic study buried in there, from someone could probably end with a good career if they studied this phenomenon for few years, and presented a good paper on their findings – if it didn’t drive them nuts first!

So, when I spotted a number of commenter/morons whining loudly in the comments section of an Australian media source I was reading some news in, I soon realised that the cause of that whining was a change in commenting policy by the source.

While I’m not saying the approach is necessarily correct, I do think it’s worth taking note of the effort made.

Also, the response of some of those commenting on the policy change, as it’s clear that some of them are most upset at having their favourite pastime of spouting nasty rhetoric and mindless drivel, without being held accountable, spoiled.

See the editor’s explanation, and the responses it generated, here:

InDaily is changing the way we publish reader comments, in a move designed to create a better forum for the community’s views.

Rethinking InDaily’s comments section

Angry Guy

Where’s the editor?

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World’s slowest shopfitting

I’m not sure how long ago I got a ‘Hat Tip’ about a new cafe opening in Shettleston, but it was so long ago I was sure I’d missed it after I had to change my route and didn’t pass the spot for weeks/months after being alerted.

I was wrong, and even thought the tip was a dead one, since there was no work evident on the empty unit when I did eventually get back.

But that was wrong too, and I eventually spotted work had started, but seemed to be going very slowly, and again I thought it had died.

Then I passed a few weeks ago, and spotted doors and windows had appeared, together with posters in the windows promising an opening.

That was a couple of months ago. While it’s still not open, work continues as seen in occasional passes, although I’m not passing this way at the moment, so if it suddenly opens, I’ll probably miss it, although work was still in progress when I did pass recently.

The weather was pretty poor the day I was there for some pics, which had to be taken from some distance (due to the road layout), and the poor camera couldn’t cope with the demand, so they’re pretty bad, but at least readable.

At least the slow progress means it should be bright and sunny when I do get opening pics, and they’ll look better (unless we reach autumn by then).

Gia's Italian Cafe

Gia’s Italian Cafe

Poster detail from windows.

Cafe Gia posters

Cafe Gia posters

As an aside, I notice another cafe managed to open and start trading while this one is being prepared.

I only caught it while travelling past, and noted it had opened in one of my favourite shops in Shettleston Road, where I guess the ladies that ran it finally retired. At the same time, I noticed a traditional clothes shop had also gone, presumably as the elderly ladies that ran it also retired.

Both original shops have gone, and I don’t have pics of them.

Learn the lesson that if you think something might disappear, and it should have been obvious these would eventually disappear unless someone took them over, and that was probably unlikely as both were based on layouts that ‘ smart young people’ would have considered obsolete and of no interest… grab a pic or two, just to be safe.

When it’s gone, it’s gone – and you can’t take pics of something that’s not there!

On a positive note, Google’s Street View and timeline mean such thing are no longer total losses when they do vanish without warning,

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Today is Museum Day

18 May is Museum Day.

Sad to say, it seems that there are millions of people with direct access to museums who have never even visited one. There are many possible reasons for this – they may think just looking at old things is boring, or perhaps they are unaware just how different the world was in the past and see no reason to take interest.

Regardless of any reasons not to take advantage of the incredible amount of tangible knowledge museums offer, and regardless of age, Museum Day is the time to invest in education in its most fascinating form.

And never forger that in Scotland, entry to (most) National Museums is FREE!

I don’t often offer advice, but in this case I have to say that FREE ENTRY to Scotland’s National Museum is something that should not be taken lightly, or not used to the full.

As someone who has done this for all of their life, from early childhood, and still does as often as possible, I can’t describe the sheer HORROR of visiting museums in England and Wales, where every visit is met by an outstretched hand demanding cash before you get in – every single time!

From the relaxed ramble around museums north of the border, a visit down south becomes a major exercise in navigation and planning, to make sure nothing is missed, or another admission fee has to be found.

Compare that to visits to – in my case – Glasgow’s museums, where I can drop in every day, or just go there for a seat if I have to wait for an appointment.

History of Museum Day

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day in 1977. The organisation chooses a different theme for the day and coordinates every year. Some of the themes include globalisation, indigenous peoples, bridging culture gaps, and caring for the environment. Every year since 1977, all of the museums in the world are invited to participate in this day to promote the role of museums around in the world by organising enjoyable and free activities around the year’s theme. International Museum Day has become steadily more popular since its creation, with International Museum Day 2009 being participated in by 20,000 museums in over 90 countries. By 2012, the number of participating museums had jumped to 30,000 in 129 countries.

For more info see:

International Museum Day

We’ve got a pretty good museum for this day, here in Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

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