Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Glasgow’s second dinosaur exhibition drew to a close today – could there be controversy?

As Trixie Joins Dippy and leaves the city, there’s a rumour of shocking news.

A new discovery threatens to overturn all we thought we knew 😉

Dinosaur Problem

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Nightvision – not as new as you think

Years ago…

Nightvision 1917

Nightvision 1917

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James Watt centenary – rather quiet?

The centenary of a certain Mr James Watt (1819 to 2019) seems to be passing quietly, at least in comparison to some others I’ve seen being marked at Glasgow University in the past.

I was passing the university’s library recently when I happened to notice some large posters in the window.

Glasgow University Library James Watt and Glasgow

Glasgow University Library James Watt and Glasgow

I’d like to be able to pass on some clues as to what might be found there. but two issue seem to prevent that.

Firstly, it was too late in the day to wander in for a look, so until I get back to the area, I won’t know what’s in there.

Secondly, there’s little online.

To celebrate the works and legacy of James Watt in the 200th anniversary year of his death, the University of Glasgow are undertaking a number of events throughout 2019 to honour this pioneer of the Industrial Revolution.

James Watt 2019 at the University of Glasgow

There’s also a list of James Watt related events around the country, but few have links for details.

James Watt UK Events

Although the poster spotted above has no details, I found a graphic that reveals this ends in December 2019.

James Watt GU Library details

James Watt GU Library details

Seems he had a ‘break through moment’.

I suppose we are lucky he made his breakthrough while have that momentary break!

Sorry, but I had to point that out as it’s not really good enough that such an obvious howler should make it through final copy.

And on something publicising a library event too!

Notably FREE 🙂

These are the ‘advertised Library Opening Hours’.

GU Library hours

GU Library hours

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I thought this was EIGHTY EIGHT

Like I always say, stay alert, look up (or maybe down) and you never know what you might see.

I’d seen the (empty) shop on the left before, but it was only recently I noticed the coincidence with the one to its right.

Awww shame – out by just two!

On the other hand, 88 Dumbarton Road could hardly be beside… 88 Dumbarton Road.

Dumbarton Road twofatladies

Dumbarton Road twofatladies

Let’s take a closer look…

twofatladies shop sign

twofatladies shop sign

I guess Glasgow City Council was not the one I read about a while ago, which apparently BANNED all bingo calls, such as the one this sign is based on, because it considered them to be Politically Incorrect and offensive.

Don’t miss the (slightly damaged) window graphic too.

twofatladies window

twofatladies window

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Tartan paint mural

Although I can’t claim personal experience of any of the tricks played on naïve apprentices, I did come across tales of various tasks given to the inexperienced young hopefuls in their first days on the job, such as being sent to Stores for ‘A long stand’, or the more local gem… a tin of tartan paint 🙂

A new mural created in Glasgow’s Cresswell Lane recalls that particular ‘product’.

Cresswell Lane Tartan Paint mural

Cresswell Lane Tartan Paint mural

The tin in that mural isn’t opened (in fact, look closely and you’ll see it’s been returned), so you can’t see what that particular brand of paint looks like. That said, it seems to be leaking!

Fortunately, somebody sent me a pic of a competing product some years ago, and this is the first excuse I’ve had to share it.

Suedetess Tartan Paint

Suedetess Tartan Paint

That one was actually turned into a bit of an advert for a commercial web site, but I’ve since been able to track down the source image (without the advertising/branding), so can now credit the source.

Anyone who remembers the original Finnegan’s Hammerite might be wondering if they could come up with something that would resemble this today. The original hammer finish paint was chemical magic to watch – after you painted this treacly goop onto a surface (usually metal), the smooth finish would slowly turn into a ‘hammer’ finish as two components in the mix separated into two slightly different colours, and created the hammered texture.

Apparently, you need not wonder.

Due to the nasty volatiles used in original Hammerite in Finnegan’s day, it’s now rubbish since they were replaced by ‘kinder’ versions, and nothing like the original since the company changed hands and it had to drop the ‘nasties’ from the good old days.

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Today is Raspberry Cake Day

31 July is Raspberry Cake Day.

This was a bit of a surprise, since raspberry cake seems to be pretty common and ordinary, it hardly seems to merit a ‘day’ of its own.

On the other hand, it could be argued that that’s a perfectly good reason for this cake to have its day.

So, just enjoy it.

I like mine plain, just a sponge sliced, and filled with cream and some sort of raspberry filling.

With tea – accept no substitute.

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

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