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Emotional support cats (and similar companions) need legal status now!

I was slightly aggrieved when I noticed something slightly unusual in Kelvingrove a few months ago, and wasn’t able to grab a quick pic to mark the occasion.

I couldn’t stop just at that moment, and when I went back, was unable to track down what I’d seen.

It had taken a moment to register, but the odd sighting was a dog in the galleries, something I’d never seen before, or since.

But the intriguing aspect was that this dog was not the usual guide dog, but a hearing dog.

The first I’ve ever come across.

Such animals have a certain legal status, and are allowed to enter premises with their owners.

Not so with emotional support animals, which have no such recognised status.

So, this can happen:

Oyuna Wadsworth’s world fell apart when her husband Paul died unexpectedly of a blood clot aged 46.

She moved country to be with him after they met when she visited the UK for work and the happy couple had spent 13 wonderful years together.

After her sudden loss four years ago, Oyuna had tried to go back to work to “keep busy”.

But she says she soon sunk into a depression after she was allegedly given the ashes of a man aged 94 who was cremated just before Paul. She says she’s never been able to put her husband to rest and is seeking legal action over the matter.

The Mongolia native says that throughout the stress this has caused her, her cat Maya became her “reason to get out of bed”. But now her landlord has threatened to evict her if she keeps the pet, which she has registered as an “emotional support animal”.

Grieving widow, 60, says she’s been threatened with eviction if she keeps her emotional support cat

I can relate to this, having been lucky enough to have a similar pet when I suffered a loss.

Funny thing is, while I looked after the cat back then, and it ‘held me together’ amid a raft of problems, I doubt I could do the same today.

Oh… I’d like to a special place reserved in Hell for landlords such as the one in this story. Or maybe just a campaign to name and shame them.

Campaign to recognise emotional support animals

Oyuna is now campaigning for emotional support animals to be recognised by housing providers.

She said: “I just wish that landlords would recognise that animals can play a big role in helping many, many people with mental health problems.

“Often looking after an animal gives them a purpose in life when they feel at rock bottom.

“Maya is so smart and funny and I get an instant lift when I’m around her.”

There is a registry of emotional support animals though it has no official status and is not connected to the government.

A spokesperson for Emotional Support Animals Companion Registry UK said: “Any animal that provides support, well-being, comfort, or aid, to an individual through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, and affection may be regarded as an emotional support animal.

“This registration ‘may’ help you take your emotional support animal companion shopping, travelling and living with you, but access to any business is legally up to them as the health laws and regulations overrule, as they do not have the same legal rights as trained assistance animals or service animals in the UK.”

Oyuna with her cat Maya (Photo - Oyuna Wadsworth)

Oyuna with her cat Maya (Photo – Oyuna Wadsworth)

03/06/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Excuse me, but why do we have to pay ANYTHING when a billionaire Orange Moron visits?

I hadn’t planned on paying any attention to the Orange Moron’s visit, but I found I had to at least mention the cost… TO US!

Why does the host country have to pick up the tab?

Same fiddle for the Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics pull the same ‘privilege’ scam on the host too.

Donald Trump’s three-day state visit next week is likely to be the costliest ever diplomatic trip for the British taxpayer, Scotland Yard has suggested.

The US president’s working trip last year drained around £18m from the public purse as 10,000 officers were deployed to help with security and policing, the largest police mobilisation since the London 2011 riots. The US embassy said that in addition to security and staff for himself and his family, Mr Trump will be joined by the presidential car, nicknamed “the Beast”, as well as the official helicopter, Marine One.

Given the upgraded status of this visit, security is expected to be even tighter. Safety concerns have already led to cancellation of a gilded carriage ride, typical for a state visit to Buckingham Palace.

The Stop Trump Coalition is promising to follow the President wherever he goes – starting at Buckingham Palace on Monday when the President is due to meet the Queen for a private lunch. Last year an estimated 250,000 people marched in London and another 150,000 joined protests around the UK against the President’s visit. Similar numbers are expected to join forces again next week.

Officials will also be keen to avoid another embarrassing incident following the one that occurred after what happened when Mr Trump paid a visit to Scotland last July.

In Ayrshire, a man was charged by police for an alleged breach of a no-fly zone after a microlight dragging a banner reading “Trump well below par” flew within metres of the President during his time at Turnberry golf course. Regional demonstrations across the UK are also planned, including in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Belfast.

A spokeswoman for the Met Police told i: “This will be a multi-agency policing operation with a very experienced command team in place. We are currently looking at resource allocation and it is too early to speculate about the cost of the policing and security operation at this stage, but it will be significant.”

Donald Trump UK state visit: three-day stay likely to be costliest ever diplomatic trip for British taxpayers, Scotland Yard suggests

At least he’s not coming to Scotland, but as UK taxpayers, he’ll still be dipping into Scottish purses.

On a positive note, at least he doesn’t seem to have much luck with the ladies.

This is the second pic I’ve come across of him after one chopped his head off.

Dusseldorf carnival Trump

Dusseldorf carnival Trump

First time was by a comedienne, now the “Rosenmontag” carnival parade in Düsseldorf, which apparently always has some rather political and provocative carnival dares.

BBC delivers real licence fee value

Some say, there are people who complain about the BBC television licence fee.

I think anyone who complains should be given a framed copy of this, and sent away to reconsider what they consider to be real value for money!

BBC Trump visit coverage

BBC Trump visit coverage

Just look at that – the BBC managed to arrange a personal visit to their studios by the REAL Donald Trump 🙂

If that alone isn’t worth the licence fee, I don’t know what is.

Maybe video of someone chasing him with a pin?

03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a shame that development plans along the Clyde attract so many naysayers

After following the news for years, it’s become fairly obvious that the only people regularly motivated to respond to articles can be assumed to be naysayers, those who just say ‘NO!’ to virtually any proposals that see any sort of change being proposed.

Try following some longer running or significant stories related to change, and I think you’ll find I’m generally right.

One such subject that often brings them out from under their stones is development along the banks of the River Clyde, and while it’s right that this should be subject to review, it’s also just plain stupid for people to jump up and shout ‘NO!’ before it’s clear what is being done, why it’s being done, and what the result will be.

The naysayers have, of course, been nowhere to be seen as the area along the banks of the river have slowly declined and become deserted over the years, but as soon as any proposals are made to reverse that decline, out they come, shouting ‘NO!’, almost before the proposals have been seen and reviewed, let alone any plans presented.

You can look at the moron comment sections after coverage of this material in the media to see what I mean. There, you’ll find not only the naysayers gathering just to say ‘NO!’ for no reason other than to say ‘NO!’, but others who apparently oppose the whole idea because it will hand money to big business. Interesting idea. Where were those people when money was being handed to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but not to Tollcross Park winter garden? You’ll never find them when they’re really needed.

However, I’m only going to refer specifically to the reGlasgow article below, where you can see a more balanced presentation of the possible changes, together with a structural analysis referring to the construction of the river’s banks, and why they can’t sustain heavy loads, and need investment to strengthen them if anything substantial is ever to be added – should that be part of a later planning submission.

MAJOR investment aimed at transforming the Custom House Quay stretch of the River Clyde in Glasgow is being proposed.

City council officials are recommending that £25million of Glasgow City Deal money is spent on a new quay wall, 20 metres into the river.

Also proposed is public realm to enhances existing access and connectivity and creation of development platforms to bring activity to the area.

A report to councillors states: “Custom House Quay is the City Centre’s main frontage to the River Clyde and covers the stretch of river between Victoria Bridge and Glasgow Bridge.

“Although Custom House Quay has benefited from limited public realm investment in the past it is not of sufficient environmental quality to attract footfall to the river edge particularly in the evenings when the area is perceived as a hostile environment which encourages anti-social behaviour.

“A condition report undertaken by consultant engineers Fairhurst Limited concluded that the quay wall at this location is in poor condition — the vast majority of the structure is of perched timber construction and is of a similar age to the recently collapsed wall at Windmillcroft Quay.

“The report noted costs in the order of £10million to address structural issues through the construction of a new sheet-piled quay wall.

“Concerns about the structural integrity of the quay wall mean that use of this section of the waterfront for large-scale events is discouraged although the site can still support limited smaller scale events in the upper sections adjacent to Clyde Street.”

VISION For Glasgow’s Custom House Quay Riverfront Set For £25Million Boost

I remember when the area along the Clyde was buzzing with people, and crowded in the evenings too, as there used to be entertainment facilities there, but that all disappeared some years ago, and the are is generally deserted.

Even cycling along the Clyde Walkway there can be risky on dark evenings. I now opt for Argyle Street and Trongate, which feels a lot safer.

The area is very similar in abandonment and desertion to that mentioned previously for High Street.

The two meet just below Saltmarket, and form a fairly dire and deserted corner these days.

Both are in need of the sort of revival which has been proposed recently, and has started along High Street.

Glasgow City Council marketing visualisation of how the riverfront could look

Glasgow City Council marketing visualisation of how the riverfront could look

03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Still there – with added cheeky note

The slightly crumpled Vauxhall Corsa I’ve been watching from a bus stop has added another week to its residency at the side of the road.

As I passed it for one more time, I noticed a piece of torn newspaper caught under one of the wipers.

Not just caught there by accident, it was a scribbled note to the car’s owner, asking them to contact the writer, possibly to do some sort of deal (I couldn’t really make it out quickly as it was scribbled over the newsprint).

Now that’s just downright crappy, and I certainly wouldn’t even be thinking of contacting the number left on that piece of torn newspaper like that.

I’ve turned down similar invitations, left on proper notepaper!

If you’re going to do that, at least have the courtesy to tear off the paper with the newsprint on it, rather than try to write over it, and just use the clean strip along the edge.

Vauxhall Corsa remains

Vauxhall Corsa remains

03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Kelvingrove Museum survey – sadly, did not go well

Having decided to give my almost daily visits to Kelvingrove a bit of a break after Saturday’s shenanigans, I found myself with lots of spare time today, so decided to take a moment to complete their online survey, notified via Twitter this morning.

Kelvingrove Museum survey

Kelvingrove Museum survey

Bearing in mind that like most such surveys nowadays, Kelvingrove farm this job out to a provider, so are not directly responsible for how it works (or doesn’t).

Things got off to a bad start, with a really stupid first question (which it might have been a good idea to ask their new ‘Director of Common Sense’ to review.

Kelvingrove Museum survey bad start

Kelvingrove Museum survey bad start

You couldn’t really make this stuff up.

Who asks someone that has already STARTED a survey if they are happy to take part?

The second question was better, but failed to include any indication whether only one multiple choice answer was to be selected from the list, or many.

However, things came to complete halt as the survey failed completely on the third question.

Kelvingrove Museum survey complete failure

Kelvingrove Museum survey complete failure

If it’s not obvious, I’ve answered this question!

But, the survey doesn’t seem to like the answer, and is prompting me, in a nice shade of red, “Please answer this question.”

Sorry, but I have.

And that’s the end of the Kelvingrove Museum survey, since it won’t advance to the next question until the current one has been satisfactorily answered.

This reminded of the little intro to my browser feedback option, which begins with a choice of clicking on the left face, or the right face, and some of you may recognise.

Sadly, I’m currently moved to go with the one on the left.

Click for bigger.

Kelvingrove sad or happy

Kelvingrove sad or happy


03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

A little bit of Wiltshire in Glasgow

If you happen to be on the Clyde Walkway or NCN75 section between the newish Clydeside Distillery and Riverside (transport museum), have a closer than normal look at what appears to be a cycle route marker on one of the wooden uprights supporting some billboards at the side of Stobcross Road, facing Kelvinhaugh and the SWG3 venue across the road.

Facing west along this path you’ll see a little cycle sign that appears to belong there.

It doesn’t!

Kelvinhaugh Wiltshire Cycleway

Kelvin haugh Wiltshire Cycleway

I’ve gone flying past this sign dozens of times without actually reading it, just seeing the little cycle on it.

Unless there’s some little-known area known as Wiltshire here (perhaps like Egypt in Tollcross), then this sign is definitely in the wrong place.

A little closer, just to be sure it’s not the tired old eyes playing tricks.

Wiltshire Cycleway sign

Wiltshire Cycleway sign

Either somebody’s having a laugh, and maybe found (or stole) this sign and ‘repurposed’ it (the screws don’t look ‘right’), or the supports for those billboards were made from reclaimed timber, and that sign just happened to be attached, and just happened to end up facing the right way on this Glasgow cycle route.

03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment


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