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Almost missed ‘Ghost Sign’ in Dumbarton Road

Ever since I noticed an appeal for ‘Ghost Sign’ a few months ago, I keep seeing the things where I haven’t notice them before.

I’ve stood across the road from this partially visible one for months, but today was the first time I saw it.

It’s one that would originally have extended from a retail shop front, over the close entrance to the left.

Could it have been a Stationer’s, or are those three letters the start of the proprietor’s name?

I suppose we’ll just have to wait for that shiny bit to fall off one day, and reveal the truth.

Dumbarton Road Ghost Sign Part

Dumbarton Road Ghost Sign Part

There are some interesting points.

Note the original street number plate screwed to that Ghost Sign is ’23’, while the current/modern numbering here is now ‘123’.

There’s easy imagery to find of this spot back to 2008, but the old sign is still covered by newer, while that shiny one seem to be recent.

28/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Long time no see – pointy stabby thing just lying there

As I wear a variety of footwear depending on weather and activity, I’m not always on top of nice thick soles, so seeing something I haven’t seen (in the dark, last night) for some time was not particularly amusing.

Skulking around Moore Street in Calton I almost missed this nice little surprise left by some low-life.

Never mind replacing the cover, or disposing of safely/responsibly – this even had the needle bent over (deliberately?) so anyone careless enough to pick it up (and there are folk who have no idea how to handle sharps) runs an increased risk of being stuck if they lift it by holding the sides, in the mistaken belief that keeps them away from the pointy end.

Pointy Thing

Pointy Thing

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Today is Milk Chocolate Day

28 July is Milk Chocolate Day.

Interesting, since there’s also a simple ‘Chocolate Day’ which did not specify a type.

I’m told milk chocolate is a mix of cocoa solids and either dry or condensed milk. While dark or plain chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this lighter version is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many other delicious desserts.

Seems this treat was created by Daniel Peter, born in the village of Moudon, located in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, in 1836. He would form a strong friendship with  neighbour Henry Nestle (and who recognises that name), who had settled in Vevey, Switzerland, about 1843. Nestle developed a process to make baby food which used what was then called a “milky flour.” Daniel Peter asked himself the question, “Why not try to make a chocolate containing milk?”

Then the story got too complicated.

The difference between milk chocolate and plain chocolate can vary wildly, there seems to be no set standards. Ignoring the obvious light and dark colour cues, I’ve tasted some plain chocolate that was more like milk chocolate, and vice versa.

Also, some milk chocolate can be ridiculously sweet, while I’ve tasted some plain chocolate that could make lemons taste sweet.

These days I don’t really have a preference, so long as the chocolate is not at either extreme.

For example, I switched from plain chocolate biscuits (digestives) to milk a few years ago, when a noticeable price difference appeared between them (plain becoming more expensive – and has stayed that way).

I think it must be a price fixing conspiracy, since a study showed potential benefits linked to plain, or dark, chocolate

Milk And Plain Chocolate Digestives

Milk And Plain Chocolate Digestives

28/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

   

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