Secret Scotland

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Derelict Meadowpark Street up for development

Interesting to see a site I visited a couple of years ago has popped up on the development radar.

There would be two four-storey blocks, one on each side of the site, with parking and landscaping in between.

Each flat would have cycle storage and 14 car parking spaces would be provided.

I waffled briefly about the spot in this post, and gave a pointer to some earlier pics which showed the original building that stood at the top of these steps.

Just steps now, Dennistoun’s Parade Cinema

Parade cinema steps

Parade cinema steps

This is the sort of site that developers should be tackling, which had building in place, but for whatever reason have been razed, then left derelict.

I really don’t understand why (although I obviously don’t know the details of individual locations such as this, or the costs associated with them) developers seem to find the need to go after site with existing building on them, which can attract local hostility with news of demolition in advance of new build.

If i was in the fortunate position of being able to commission builds, I’d run around and snatch all the gap sites such as this if they were available.

It’s hardly as if any new build, even in an undesirable area, ever sits empty for long once its completed.

RESIDENTIAL Plan For Old East End Cinema Location

06/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

LNT – STOP changing the damned barcodes!

A long long time ago, in a world far far away…

I wrote a home accounting system (nothing fancy or clever, it was more of a record-keeping system for keeping track of spending) and thought I was being clever by incuding the option to scan in the barcodes of purchased items.

For a few years it was great.

It was easy to enter new items as I didn’t have to read the barcodes by eye, and when repeat item had to be entered (such as weekly purchases of food), things went quickly thanks to being able to enter them just by scanning the barcode. All I had to type in was quantity and price, since the price doesn’t stay static, unfortunately, and usually goes up over time.

Then the problems started.

My barcode scanner, which had been a freebie, decided to stop scanning. All the lights were on but, as they say “Nobody was in”, and that bit of fun was over. Reverting to the MKI eyeball was not fun, as barcodes had become smaller, and the printed number which usually accompanies them had followed (thank goodness the magnifier was invented).

That wasn’t the end of the problems. I should probably have seen the next one coming.

Instead of settling down once I had my own collection of common barcodes in my system, and just having to create the odd new entry as I bought something new for the first time, I began to find I was having to create new barcodes EVERY TIME I came back from the shops.

Part of that was expected as we got some new shops with their own brands, and is not the problem.

The problems is that supermarkets now change their barcodes for the slightest change of product, presumably so their analysts can micro-analyse the effect of those changes on sales and popularity of everything they sell.

Even something as humble as cakes and bread suffer from this, and after years I find I am STILL regularly creating new barcodes for the same loaf of instore bread that I have been buying for years.

New recipe or trendy name for the loaf – new barcode.

New wrapper – new barcode.

New instore name – new barcode.

New instore branding – new barcode.

New sales campaign/adverts/labels -new barcode.

Plus, any of those can be changed every few weeks, so it feels as if I am re-entering the same stuff time after time after time.

And that’s only one type of loaf of bread – all the varieties can have the same changes, as can all the instore bakery items.

At one stage, the changes were so frequent (and apparently pointless) I was almost tempted to send one of the supermarkets an email suggesting whoever was in charge of the barcode part of their IT management was making a fool of them.

It feels like an endless task now.

Aldi just made life harder too.

Their variation on the game is the recent change to the barcode system they use, so all the barcodes I had entered are disappearing, to be replaces by a new, longer number.

At this rate, I’m going to have to ‘acquire’ another barcode scanner.

Thanks guys ūüė¶



06/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Gnomes of Hillhead… watching…

There’s a pic I’ve been hoping to get while wandering through Hillhead -but I’ve failed miserably despite looking for it for months.

It seems that quite a few tenement dwellers in the area have cats, and quite a few those humans have treated their feline overlords to giant cat trees located in the front window bays of their domiciles.

That was the good news – the bad news is that the damned cats never seem to use those trees, at least not when I’m there.


It seems the local neighbourhood watch is aware of my visits, and staring at resident’s windows – and has started watching me.

You feel that creepy feeling on the back of your neck…

You turn around…

And see…

Gnomes of Hillhead

Gnomes of Hillhead


06/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Surveillance | , | Leave a comment


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