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If it's secret, and in Scotland…

There goes the Angler’s Rendezvous, into retiral after 55 years

Looks like a familiar landmark is set to disappear.

The Angler’s Rendezvous was (for me at least) a surprise reuse of one of the local ‘watering holes’ when it closed some years ago.

Unfortunate, that was so long ago I’ve no idea what the pub was called in its day.

So, although the shop may have enjoyed “55 Wonderful Years” I don’t know where the first of those years were enjoyed.

Not sure if it was actually closed by the time I took this pic – unfortunately my route in recent weeks has been nowhere near this, so I don’t know how long the sign has been up.

It was a handy place to look for bargains, even before this sale, as the owners did have a little second-hand section, and offered odd items to clear them if they hadn’t sold.

Amongst goodies I picked up there were a Gore-Tex waterproof jacket for a few pounds, some nice warm fleecy under-trousers, and an impressive pair of wellies, really handy as they had full length zippers to make them easy to get on and off.

Originally £199.99 for some reason they had never sold. Wonder why?

To use the standard expression, I picked them up AND got change from £40 too.

All handy for anyone living in Scotland!

Anglers Rendezvous Closing Down

Anglers Rendezvous Closing Down


May 11, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

The Monteith (most of it)

I first grabbed a pic of The Monteith back in January 2017 – when I noted it was boarded up, and suggested that it was not likely to survive, having been modified for use as a men’s hostel.

This means the interior is likely to have been extensively modified over many years to provide accommodation (like a guest house or hotel conversion, only not as nice), and restoring or repurposing it would probably be horrendously expensive – with the added costs of meeting current building legislation.

I took another pic in January 2018 – but it looked just the same, and was just as boarded up and derelict.

I haven’t been back since, so this view taken 5 months later (not surprisingly) confirms my prediction of January 2017 with the old hotel building surrounded by scaffolding to make sure it is safely – erased.

It never really had a chance.


Don’t miss one of the reasons for its former existence as a men’s hostel, which was conveniently left in sight at the bottom left of the pic.

(If you actually think I staged this – do you really think I’m even going to touch a bottle which has had the lips of a Glasgow ned around it?)

That said, as I reached the Crown Plaza Hotel on the Clyde Walkway last night, there was a teenage girl hauling a huge backpack sitting in front of it – and nursing a (large) bottle of Buckfast.

Tourist backpacker?

Following advice given on local things not to be missed?

The Monteith

The Monteith

The other side, in case it’s gone before I pass again.

The Monteith Demolition View

The Monteith Demolition View

May 10, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Lost Dog Awareness Day

23 April is Lost Dog Awareness Day.

As I say, we may be cat-centric here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like our cousins.

Sometimes furry family members go out into the world on a grand adventure, intending to return home, but for whatever reason unable own to find their way.

Help them by getting them microchipped. And make sure you have plenty of recent photos too.

Find out about local and national lost pest help services in your area too.

I came across this cartoon, and was amused to see it reflected my attitude to getting ‘lost’ when we on holiday at the seaside.

The police picked me up as they thought I was too small to be wandering around on my own, but were left lost for words when I didn’t break down into tears because they thought I was ‘lost’, and didn’t really have an answer when I told them I wasn’t lost, my mum was.



Good job they didn’t try the ‘Bogeyman Routine’ to keep me in my place.

My mother had to tell other mothers NOT to say things like “Don’t got there, the bogeyman will get you!” when I was nearby, because I’d be off to go find him.

April 23, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | | Leave a comment

From the missing cat poster archive – Wee Cait

Found this forgotten in the archives – I wonder if the owners got lucky?

Not entirely sure exactly where this one was spotted, but it was near Shettleston.

Have to comment…

LACK of detail!

Wee Cait Missing Cat

Wee Cait Missing Cat


I’ve said coincidences follow me, and one was waiting for me as I neared home after ‘collecting’ the above poster.

I saw two, maybe three, black and white kitten running around a front garden as I walked along the road, and when I reached the house concerned was greet by a pair of curious eye watching carefully through the hedge.

Of course, the other(s) had retreated to cover, and this one was just waiting to follow but was just a tad braver, so the pic had to be grabbed, and no option for focus selection, as the autofocus always defaults to the nearest objects, and my intended subject was actually behind. Still better than nothing though.

Spy Kitten

Spy Kitten

April 13, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Nala – another sad tale from the old collection of missing cat posters

Another post inspired by the proposals to brighten the area up, or maybe I should say ‘reminded’, since it comes from the right area.

Yet another from my collection of missing cat posters from years ago.

This one was probably collected somewhere near Glasgow Green, but I’m not sure where exactly, but before I reached Saltmarket.

There’s no year on the poster, but I can say that this was a find from 2015.

Missing Cat Nala

Missing Cat Nala

March 31, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Lost, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

The window destroyed by the Costa vandals

Sad to say, but I’ve come to understand the sentiments expressed by some who consider some building may be better preserved when left derelict, than they may be if taken over without the protection of listing, and enjoy the attentions of heartless architectural morons, such as Costa franchises.

While I don’t have any issues with the repurposing of a building, which means it may be stripped of most, or all, of the fixtures and fitting needed for its original business, I can’t extend the same understanding to the destruction of original features.

While it may have taken a moment’s thought and a little care to retain the original period window fitted to Baillieston’s Airdrie Savings Banks during its refit as one of those franchised vendors of grossly overpriced hot water knocked stupid and sold in paper cup, they simply trashed the lot, and replaced it with something – ‘better’.

The much ‘branded’ smaller ice-cream parlour that tried moving into larger premises directly across from this venture didn’t last long, presumably driven back into the better placed shop it shares in the heart of the main street, I’m guessing by lack of passing trade.

This place is huge, and has to fund not only its own operating costs but those of the franchisor.

I can see those numbers being made in their more usual city centre venues, where plenty of office staff are too busy to work out the shocking cost of a daily paper cup of coffee over a year, but I wonder where they think the numbers are going to come from to do the same in Baillieston?

Airdrie Savings Bank Original Feature Window

Airdrie Savings Bank Original Feature Window

That window was tough to photograph while preserving the unique zig-zag styling.

Good job I took the time to stop and grab a set of pics when the place was first put up for offer.

March 23, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Stephen Hawking is gone

Hearing the news of Professor Stephen Hawking’s passing this morning was almost as much of a surprise as a shock.

I was beginning to think he had a ‘Grim Reaper Not Welcome’ sign or doormat that worked!

I was disappointed at the poor quality of some of the attempts at humour, and the attempts I saw by some conspiracy theorists to make mileage from his death was typical of their disgusting hobby.

But, at least when I looked in later, there was some better finds to be made with some more light-hearted responses that weren’t offensive.

Hawking 1

Hawking 1


Hawking 2

Hawking 2

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

March 14, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | | Leave a comment

Trevor Baylis is gone

Trevor Baylis Pic Credit BBC

Trevor Baylis Pic Credit BBC

Sad to read that Trevor Baylis had suffered a period of illness before he died.

The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed.

David Bunting said Mr Baylis from Twickenham, south-west London, died on Monday of natural causes after a long illness.

Mr Baylis invented the Baygen clockwork radio in 1991.

He was appointed CBE in 2015 after campaigning to make theft of intellectual property a white-collar crime.

He said chatting with the Queen at the ceremony was “like catching up with an old mate”.

Mr Baylis had also worked as a film and TV stuntman and an aquatic showman.

He had been seriously debilitated, having suffered from Crohn’s disease, Mr Bunting said.

Via Trevor Baylis: Wind-up radio inventor dies aged 80

I always found his success in promoting his wind-up radio intriguing, and wondered if it was an example of not ‘what’ you know, so much as ‘who’ you know.

Back at the time of its promotion, and the campaigns raised regarding its use in Africa, I struggled to find an overwhelming advantage of his design versus similar wind-up devices which were around at the time. None really seemed to run for that long from a single wind, and although I never did the sums, I always wondered if they could have been bettered, by using circuits that consumed less power. Today, it seems they are a thing of the past already, with the mechanical clockwork/spring replaced by newer rechargeable cells, and hand-cranked generators. Then there’s steadily improving solar, small wind generators, and even thermal.

I’m NOT knocking his radio, rather I’m still thinking the same today, where we have BEVs (battery electric vehicles) that are as heavy and bulky as conventional fossil-fuelled vehicles, and seem to have made little or no concession to lightweight designs and size reduction to increase range for a given battery capacity. While there have been a few designs that DO maximise weight reduction, and were also smaller, they were also very odd vehicles, which the general public disliked and would not buy.

I wonder how he’d get on today, as digital radio packed with yet more power-hungry processing apparently eat even high-capacity batteries.

Anyway, he did seem to know a lot of ‘names’, and had contacts, all important in getting inventions accepted.

Missed seeing him pop-up occasionally, and it was a shame illness got him.

March 11, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unexploded bombs – an article worth a read



Unexploded bombs, here mainly referring to ordnance left over and undiscovered since the end of the World Wars, feature in the news for various reasons.

Here, they tend to feature as coastal or sea find, as many thousands of unused munitions were dumped some way off the Scottish coast, intended to be ‘lost’ in deep water and sea trenches – but sea currents are fickle things, with their own minds, so some of these reappear from time to time. And it has been noted that not all dumps were necessarily made accurately, so there’s bound to be material that didn’t go down as intended. It’s also been admitted that some dumps were made early, as the crews were less than comfortable sailing in boats loaded with explosives.

Thankfully, most of these are small, and possibly not viable, but that doesn’t mean they might not be, so should be avoided and reported if seen. Many also contain chemicals that can burn, so even touching them is a ‘Bad Idea’ if they are leaking, and being incendiary devices, even if they don’t explode, if they do go off when disturbed, can do a lot of damage to a person.

As described in the article though, only about 90% of the bombs dropped actually went off, meaning that the of the remainder, those that hit the ground hard, and were able to bury themselves, went deep, and are generally only found when deep foundations are being dug for new buildings.

Small ones are dangerous of course, but nowhere near as dangerous as the largest, which can lead to the evacuation of large areas while they are dealt with.

The MoD told BBC Reality Check that around 10% of the bombs dropped over the UK during World War Two did not explode.

The typical German World War Two bomb was either 50kg or 250kg.

Larger bombs (500kg or 1,000kg) become more frequent towards the end of the war.

London City Airport is the site of the fourth 500kg bomb the MoD has dealt with in the last 15 months.

The others were: Bath (May 2016), Portsmouth (September 2016) and London (March 2017).

Via Unexploded bombs: How common are they?

February 16, 2018 Posted by | Lost, military, World War I, World War II | , | Leave a comment

Let’s blame BT for the consequences of mobile phones

It never ceases to amaze how ‘sheeples’ like to jump on the back of the easiest ‘soft target’ and pummel it to death for some perceived wrong it they think it deserves to be blamed for.

One I see in the news these days is BT, being hauled over the coals by a few typically noisy ’empty vessels’ out to score cheap brownie points by whining long about how terrible BT is for removing telephone boxes.

They make such a deafening noise, they tend to obscure the possibly real problem that, not being familiar with local conditions, BT might remove some boxes are probably essential – but hell, why bother about that if you can make a noise and whip up bad feeling towards BT, which seems to their main intent.

And ignore further realities such as telephone boxes that have never had more than a handful of calls made from them in their lives, that cost as much as active boxes to maintain, and that the vast majority (who I would also venture are sheeples) of people are wandering (on foot or driving) around in a mindless stupor staring at their mobile phones, some probably couldn’t even use a telephone box anyway.

But, you can win easy ‘likes’ by whining about ‘Evil BT’ and how the big company ignores little people – that’s always a good one for attracting friends (or other sheeples) on Facecrook.

Hardly in the middle of nowhere, and unlikely to be missed by anyone other than the nuisances that liked to stick adverts on it, I took this pic of the telephone box at the junction of Shettleston Road and Old Shettleston road one night.

I’m sure there’s something missing, but I’m just not sure what it is.

Shettleston Telephone Box

Shettleston Telephone Box

February 15, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment

Kenmuir Road – a fond memory

Although it is long gone, Kenmuir Road still survives as a ghost on Google Earth, and maps.

You can use the timeline feature of GE to view this all way back to 1945, although the modern images are only available from 2002.

In the view below, you can zoom in and follow the ghost from (approximately) Carmyle (bottom left) to Mount Vernon station (top right), noting how it was lost to the final phase construction of the M74 which cut across it, and swallowed up by some of the Patersons Waste Management operation.

This was a handy road (for me at least) for various purposes.

I used it for aligning supplementary vehicle lights, and being deserted, it made an enjoyable high-speed dash in the pitch dark.

While the chances of meeting anyone were remote, it was somehow visited by an endless stream of invisible dumpers, never seen, but still able to throw bags of rubbish, old furniture, electrical appliances, surplus building materials, old tyres, and anything they wanted rid of… yet were never to be seen. Their offerings made a handy test to check the alignment of auxiliary vehicle lighting.

It’s almost hard to believe that this was once a normal two-lane minor road heading under the railway bridge.

Kenmuir Road 1

Kenmuir Road

Further into the wilder land behind, and the fact that this was once road becomes even less evident as it takes on the appearance of little more than a narrow tree-lined footpath.

Kenmuir Road 2

Kenmuir Road

It’s years since I walked here, and I can’t recall any of the detail, but I do recall signs to some sort of farm or similar, down a side-road which I saw vehicles using, so kept away from (I’m pretty good at finding the ‘GERROFMYLAND’ type as opposed to friendly farmers) since they were apparently still operating.

This was so long ago it was before digital cameras, but I do have pics filed away somewhere.

Having acquired the conversion kit more than five years ago, but never used it, this might be a motivator to get my analogue pic collection converted, as I’m curious about what this place was like back then, especially the building to be seen next.

These were always ruins by the time I got here, with part of the motivation to see where a stone arch, passed many times and visible on this adjacent (then) new section of the M74, was located, and what it belonged to, if anything.

Kenmuir Road continues to these derelict buildings, adjacent to the M74.

Unfortunately, none of this area appears to have any detailed records in online historic records, with nothing shown for Kenmuir, or Kenmuirhill (and even a short Kenmuirhill Road), which is also marked on old maps I have referred to.

Probably a farm, this was also an area with mineral railways running across it, a colliery nearby, football field, and even more roads that have disappeared from view. More recently there was a small water tower and even an electricity substation (I remember seeing these more modern features) but all these features are long gone.

I couldn’t find any useful carvings or dates.

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 1

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 1

This is the view through the arch I mentioned earlier, looking toward the M74.

Carmyle Kenmuir Road Arch

Carmyle Kenmuir Road Arch

How close it the M74?

THIS close!

Kenmuir Road M74 Gantry

Kenmuir Road M74 Gantry

This wall faces the M74.

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 2

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 2

This lies behind the wall seen above.

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 3

Kenmuir Road Derelicts 3

This was interesting to see – a fireplace and chimney sited in a wall apparently separating two rooms, but with the hearth sitting in an aperture common to both rooms. First seen from inside one room.

Kenmuir Road Derelicts Chimney A

Kenmuir Road Derelicts Chimney A

And then from the other room.

Kenmuir Road Derelicts Chimney B

Kenmuir Road Derelicts Chimney B

These steps lie across from the building seen above.

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Derelicts 3

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Derelicts 3

Looking back at the first building from atop those steps.

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Derelicts 4

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Derelicts 4

The following is new, for me at least.

When I was here before, I couldn’t reach this wall or the building seen below, as it was all heavily overgrown. With the landfill site active behind, there then seemed little point in making the effort to go further.

As can be seen, it’s now been wrecked and is not only easy to reach at this end of Kenmuir Road, but is easy to pass, just climb over the rubble, or walk through the gate revealed to the left.

This view is actually taken looking BACK towards Kenmuir Road, and was taken as I headed towards Greenoakhill.

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Wall Derelicts

Carmyle Kenmuir Rd Wall Derelicts

Some of the images above have been edited lightly, just to remove graffiti ‘tags’ as I have no desire to give scum any publicity, or a place to point at and proudly show their ‘work’ to their mates.

The area also has a fair amount of evidence of fires being set, and clever things like aerosol cans being thrown in them – also deliberately omitted from the pics.


Appearing to date originally from 2015 (although the page text has no date included), this advert for the land between Carmyle and the Greenoakhill haven suggests that the land is being offered for housing:

This a fine example of strategic land promotion, the site was acquired as greenbelt land and is 60 acres. The land was incorporated in the master plan and we currently have planning application submitted for 300 houses which we expect to be successfully determined in the near future.

Via Kenmuir Farm, Glasgow

February 4, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

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