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Mackintosh Building S48

No news this week (at least not in the feeds that I see), so I thought I’d try to lighten things a little, especially after last weeks’ fairly miserable and unhelpful article (or was it an ‘Opinion Piece’, or OP?).

You may, or may not, if such things don’t interest you, be aware of the current refurbishment underway at Rothesay’s classic art deco pavilion

Beginning with the closure of the building back in 2015, the location (which has seen even worse weather than usual), a ceiling collapse (which exposed hidden asbestos), and the discovery of areas of the building in even poorer condition than surveys indicated, has resulted in delays to the project, and significant cost increases to deal with them.

An initial budget of £8 million has risen to £14 million, with the additional costs being underwritten by the local council, and other fundraisers.

The opening is still scheduled for this year, but has been moved from its original date (first set for 2017, before the full extent of the complications was learned) of July 2019 to 03 September 2019. I’ll be a little surprised if that works, or if does, but there’s still a lot to be done before it’s all complete and the last contractor leaves.

While I’m not able to be on the island (something I once did regularly), I’ve been able, at least, to watch as work progressed on the outside of the pavilion building, thanks to the pics shared by Zak as he wanders around the Isle of Bute. I’m trying to get back for a look, and can’t believe this year has reached September and I’ve still failed miserably to even get close. Oh well 😦

This week’s pics included a view that made me think the pavilion was trying to make the Mackintosh Building feel a little better, as it has been wearing scaffolding that looks almost as extensive as that shrouding the Mackintosh.

This is how it looked this week (although that crane has now left the site).

Rothesay Pavilion August Scaffold

Rothesay Pavilion August Scaffold

There was even more scaffolding previously, as seen in April, making it look even more like its Glasgow cousin.

Rothesay Pavilion April Scaffold

Rothesay Pavilion April Scaffold

As always, thanks to Zak for these pics, more of which can be seen in his collection here.

And usually updated daily here.

A reminder of the Mackintosh Building.

Mackintosh Building Scott Street Scaffolding

Mackintosh Building Scott Street Scaffolding


Mackintosh Building Renfrew Street

Mackintosh Building Renfrew Street

01/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Remembering Grumpy Cat


Grumpy Cat Best Meme

01/09/2019 Posted by | Lost | | Leave a comment

What’s odd about this pic taken in Kelvingrove?

Just a bit of fun, but it’s not completely silly.

Looks like an uninteresting pic of some people standing around in Kelvingrove.

It’s one collected during a bit of ‘peoplewatching’ during one of the lunchtime recitals.

Some people stare, some don’t notice, some look around, some take pics, some are phone zombies, and some raise their voices so they can carry on their conversation over the noise of the organ.

Kelvingrove Dr James Hunter

So, this view appears to be fairly normal.

Why does my post title suggest it’s somehow odd?

Well, you’re seeing someone who’s normally only seen from behind, so only the back of his head is easily recognisable 😉

Normally seen most Fridays, giving the lunchtime organ recital on that day (and taking the weekly free tours which is offered afterwards), the gentleman in the jacket is Dr James Hunter, musical director of Kelvingrove.

I’ve been on the tour (worth taking) and sometimes bump into him in the hall as he makes his way to the balcony.

It’s the first time I’ve spotted him in the central hall while a recital was underway and someone else was performing on the Lewis organ – wonder if he approved?

For what it’s worth, I think he is one of the better performers on the Lewis.


Being watched:

Organ recital

Organ recital

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Today is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

01 September is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day.

While I have a ‘thing’ for black cats (more so when I learned some creeps use their colour as a reason to abuse them), ginger cats can have some of the best markings in their orange strips, referred to as ginger tabby, and sometimes with a mix of white too.

A 1973 book published by Pedigree Foods described ginger tabbies as “quiet, docile and affectionate”, and a study at the University of California, where cat owners were asked to attribute personality traits to their cats, found that orange cats were most often characterized as friendly.

Another stereotype comes from the media, with the famous ginger Garfield being portrayed as irascible. Also, the gene for ginger is linked to gender, with around three out of four ginger cats being males. Any intact male will exhibit certain behaviours, including roaming and less interest in hunting. However, if your ginger tabby is loved and socialised, you can be pretty sure he’ll be loving and affectionate.


Sleeping Ginger

Sleeping Ginger

This also seem appropriate 🙂


01/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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