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New blockade runners memorial quickly restored after vandalism

Looks I was too slow to catch this one after seeing reports that the recently installed blockade runners memorial had been defaced:

RMT – the union for transport workers – have tweeted a photo of the defaced statue, expressing their frustration and disappointment.

The tweet read: “After so much hard work by so many wonderful people and the excitement earlier this year unveiling this fantastic memorial to the Blockade Runners we were totally disgusted to to see this vandalism today.”

‘Totally disgusted’ – vandals slammed for defacing memorial by River Clyde

Reported locally on the 14th, I wasn’t near enough to take a pic until today, the 19th, by which time the graffiti had been cleaned of, and the stonework restored.

I hadn’t expected to see it clean up so soon, and this was how it looked this afternoon.

According to an update to the original story, it had already been dealt with by Wednesday (17th).

Blackade Runners Memorial restored

Blackade Runners Memorial restored

This is how it looked a few days ago, as seen in the pic tweeted by the RMT:

RMT pic of defaced memorial

RMT pic of defaced memorial

19/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Should I laugh, or should I cry?

It’s a shame that even fast-starting compact cameras still take time to wake-up and be ready to use.

And, while reviewers quote sub-second time for this when testing, they fail to take account of the ‘Time to First Pic’ reality, as such cameras usually start up in wide-angle mode (arguably best for a quick grab shot) which means that you can’t really catch a subject moving away – the zoom is always powered so you have to be very careful not to hold the zoom button down for too long, or you will zoom past your subject, and take even longer to zoom back.

This would have been a catchy pic if I’d been able to just lift the camera, zoom manually, and hit the shutter without having to wait for it to switch on (Oh – I could do with a dSLR) – I first spotted this pair when it could be seen that the doggie was dressed much like the hoomin.

I got the hoomin, but almost missed the doggie, and you can’t see its vest properly.

To me, from the angle taken, and because of its thick coat, it almost looks more like a cat, or a little bear 🙂

Some say, they were making a political point, but since I don’t recognise that sort of thing, I’ve no idea.

I just thought the doggie looked good (better than the hoomin, and probably smarter too).

Pensioners and dogs for independence

Pensioners and dogs for independence

19/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

T.Rex in Town – ends on 31 July 2019 at Kelvin Hall

It’s been VERY interesting to compare the media coverage, and social media, regarding the two dinosaur exhibitions in Glasgow this year.

While the free show in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum produced a steady stream of media items, and endless mentions on social media, the Kelvin Hall event, behind an admission charge, generated neither.

In fact, had I not seen an early article about a wedding event held in the Kelvin Hall, I would have said there had been zero items – note that I’m comparing like-for-like here, with my source for media and social media items being the same feeds I use all the time. I don’t go looking for stuff. It either comes to me, or it doesn’t.

I wasn’t even intending to go to ‘T.Rex in Town‘ due to the fairly high ticket price, but relented when I got a concession. Back at the start, I noted the price was so high they had shown an excuse (or reason) on the web site:

About our Pricing

As with other major exhibitions, hosting ‘T.rex in Town’ is only made possible by generating income through ticket sales. The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on display is an incredibly rare and important fossil which is being brought to the UK for the first time solely for this exhibition, and as such it requires special care and conditions. The revenue generated by ticket sales is what allows us to bring exciting exhibitions of this scale and significance to our home town. We have done our best to ensure that tickets are reasonably priced.

I only raise this since Dippy’s show was FREE in Kelvingrove – and was mobbed. I recognise circumstances vary.

I almost didn’t get my money’s worth either, as I made the most basic of modern photography mistakes – picked up a flat battery!

As I knew this was a low-light show in and enclosed gallery, I took the dSLR as opposed to the compact. I even planned ahead and put a spare battery on charge – then left home without it. Confirming just how good my memory is 😦

Fortunately, I carry a spare camera, so the compact did its job, and saved me.

I took one shot just to see how things looked (and hadn’t bothered about the guy stepping in front of me) – and the camera died (and I suddenly remembered I’d forgotten the battery on charge).

T Rex test shot

T Rex test shot

And it came out just fine in the low light (well, it’s what I mostly shoot, after all), with no need for post-processing to sort anything nasty.

But that was it, and I had to carry on with the compact – fortunately, it’s been fairly well fettled for low light too, so a disaster was avoided.

I took a lot of pics (that admission charge) in case a lot failed, so ended up with quite a few. Since I couldn’t decide which were best, I just threw the lot into this slide show.

Compare views of the left side of the skull (lower jaw) with those of the right – the forward part is actually a manufactured part to replace a missing section. But note the holes that can be seen on the left side (near the gap) – those holes are described as having been made by the bite of another T-Rex.

Although not really visible in the pics, there are also areas on the ribs which show there were breaks, which have healed over time.

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There was a ‘virtual baby dinosaur’ to be seen, hatching from and egg, and looking cute.

I didn’t know if the camera could cope with this transparent subject, but it just about managed, although I wish it had been the dSLR, with a bit more control.

Virtual Baby T Rex

Virtual Baby T Rex

It fell… (poor shot, but it was dim and the subject was moving/animated).

Baby T Rex falls

Baby T Rex fall

There was a catering/feeding area just outside the exhibition (and shop), with another T Rex on duty.

I didn’t notice the ‘warning sign’ until later – I’m sure you can guess what it said 😉

T Rex lunch area

T Rex lunch area

It is actually a pretty good exhibition, complete with a number of interactive displays – mainly for the kids, although the adults didn’t seem to mind having a go.

There are some weird video presentations, by some of the team behind the project. They’re kind of funny, as the stand and look bored on screen (I think they even check their phones sometimes) until someone hits the button to start the presentation, when the pay attention, and deliver their piece to camera.

There’s one large presentation about how the skeleton was found, preserved, repaired (missing parts were created to complete it), and prepared for display.

As of this post, there’s just two weeks left of this exhibition.

19/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

On the subject of Glasgow murals – Hi Taz!

Some might say there’s a conspiracy, and just a few ‘favoured’ mural get publicity.

I suspect this one won’t be appearing in any media stories (but I’ll be happy to be proven wrong) soon, but I think it’s good enough for a mention.

Find it across from one of Taggart’s most famous murder scenes, under a bridge, where a lead character was lost to the Clyde.

Taz Mural

Taz Mural

19/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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