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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

How to find stupid people – watch for bulk Irn Bru buyers

There are some things where I can see the sense in moaning about change…

Then there are some things where those who are complaining merely confirm thoughts that ‘Empty vessels make most noise’.

One such case would seem to be the news that Irn Bru is about to have its sugar level halved.

The Cumbernauld-based firm announced last year that it would cut Irn Bru’s sugar content from about 10g per 100ml to just below 5g.

This will reduce the calorie count per can from just under 140 to about 66.

AG Barr said the move was part of a “long-standing sugar reduction programme”.

Heading the “Hands off our Irn Bru” petition is joiner Ryan Allan from Ayr.

He has already made preparations to preserve his favourite drink and has a stockpile for “when he is hungover”.

He told the BBC’s Kaye Adams programme: “I’ve got 24 glass bottles in my loft that will do me for emergencies.”

Via Irn Bru panic as fans stockpile before recipe change

There are some great comments after this story, as the loonies that probably come from the same ‘funny farm’ as those who still claim vaccines cause autism, and that mobile phone ‘radiation’ causes cancer, use it to spread their fantasies about various alternative sweeteners, with one claim that they cause some 92 illnesses.

But, it seems none of them have any actual evidence, just the repetition of their claims by the pals.

Most of their claims can usually be found to be misinterpretation of facts, out of context, or grossly exaggerated.

As regards Irn Bru’s impending change, I have one question…

What would their response have been if Irn Bru was about to have its sugar content INCREASED after years of its traditional recipe, and DOUBLED from 5 g/110 ml to 10 g?

The same people would be expressing their anger at AG Barr’s scandalous changes, designed to addict children to their sweet products, ruin their teeth, make them fat, and cause all sorts of health problem.

Wouldn’t they?

If they want so much sugar in their Irn Bru, they should just a nice heaped spoonful into their glass.

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , | Leave a comment

The (Hyndland Station) cat came back

Note to self: set up news feeds now that new Firefox is stable and scheduling works.

I guess I’m missing a lot of ‘current’ stories I should really see, but on the other hand, it is kind of nice not to have possible relevant news stories rolling in to review every 10 minutes.

I definitely didn’t see this first news story from mid-December 2017, alerting people to the fact that Hermes, the Hyndland Station Cat, appeared to have gone missing.

Where’s Hermes? Hyndland Station Cat reported missing

Fast forward almost three weeks, and I DID see the good news – a couple of locals came across the wanderer.

Hyndland station cat returns home after three weeks

Wish I’d known about this one before, but I’m not a local, although I do occasionally manage to land in the area.

I’ll have to try to remember, and wander into the station for a visit.



January 3, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Lost, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Festival of Sleep Day

03 January is Festival of Sleep Day.

Good luck with that!

According to family tales, it seems I did all my sleeping when I was a baby.

Even in the ‘new born’ wards, it seems that while others were walking the floor trying to lull their new arrivals off to the land of nod, apart from rousing with demands for food, I was fast asleep, and they were mad about it!

However, that means that for most of the time, I don’t hit the sack and just fall asleep, and have to find diversions.

I also expect to drop dead any day, since even when I do sleep – I don’t get anywhere near the hours the experts recommend as either necessary or healthy.

I should have ALL of these problems (so far, I have NONE of them – well, useless memory, but I’ve always had that one).

Effect One: Lack of sleep in the modern world can cause people to get into vehicular accidents, which happen daily in large numbers.

Effect Two: Lack of sleep can in fact, dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.

Effect Three: Probably the most dangerous effect from having a long term lack of sleep is it can cause many and deadly health problems. Here are some examples of these problems.

• Heart Disease
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Irregular Heartbeat
• High Blood Pressure
• Stroke
• Diabetes

Just to rub salt into the eye of those who can’t stay awake and drink coffee in attempt to keep sleep at bay…

I’ve found a nice cup of coffee around 6 am sends me off for the best part of a three hour nap.

Or I could ask and expert.



Or his brother.

Sleep Expert

Sleep Expert

More sleeps here.

January 3, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | | Leave a comment

Was Christmas good for this kid?

I’ve passed this little shoe tied to railings so many time in recent weeks that I eventually took the hint and took a pic before it disappeared.

I’ve no idea how long I’ve been looking at this and thinking I should take one, and always expect it to be gone each time I return, but it’s always there, so I gave in – and took the pic.

Hope there was a new pair was lying under the tree 😉

Lost Shoe

Lost Shoe

December 25, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | | Leave a comment

What every Glesga wean wants for Christmas – My First Fire

*(For the benefit of visitors: Glesga, or Glesca, weans – small children from Glasgow).

You could have made yourself a fortune a few years ago, had you been the importer/distributor for:

My First Fire

My First Fire

Not that it was really needed, as there were so many derelict building lying abandoned around the city, fires were a regular event.

And they didn’t have to be derelict – with many nudges and winks regarding insurance when occupied buildings burnt down ‘mysteriously’.

Others were reputed to be blocking sites ripe for development, but were listed building, so could not be modified, altered, or developed, even if decaying, neglected, and ruinous.

A little fire, a quick inspection, a declaration of danger to the public – and demolition followed swiftly, almost as swiftly as the new build on the cleared ground… some said.

December 25, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost | , , | Leave a comment

When writers forget the idea is to attract readers

ruinI would LOVE to have read this article in detail…

The town that disappeared

The subject is one of my favourites, Soviet/Russian towns and villages which now lie abandoned, and often preserved in freezing and isolated locations which few can reach. I used to write and post material found on this subject (in another forum,  not in this blog).

It’s also a BBC article, so in theory at least, should be well written and readable.

So why have I NOT read it?

Not for lack of trying – I think I started three times before giving up.

But for someone like me who want to read it seriously and pay attention to the content, it’s just TOO distracting.

Little chunks of text move around from side to side on the page as it scrolls.

Some images scroll with the text, and reveal different images behind (but both remain, overlapping and discordant to the eye).

Background images change as the page scrolls.

The mix is just too much, and instead of concentrating on the text/content, time has to be spent matching images to text, and then background to text – or in this case, just guessing where the next paragraph is going to start appearing from.

I’ve NEVER liked this format in any of its variations, usually seen in blogs (which I just leave as soon as the content starts to break up and scroll), but in this case it is so bad I just have to point an accusing finger at the source and call…


December 18, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , | Leave a comment

Oops. Sorry – Yesterday was Lost and Found Day

Lost And Found

I knew I lost the note somewhere!

08 December is Lost and Found Day – but maybe not.

It’s one of those wonderful ‘Days’ that can vary thanks to its definition…

On the second Friday of each December the world turns its attention to Official Lost and Found Day – if it can find the definition.

Official Lost and Found Day

This reminds me of one of my mentors.

We did a lot of work on procedural documentation, and he used to carry all his work and notes in one of those Pilot Cases, which was ideal for the job, being like a mini portable filing cabinet.

The best bit about his was when he opened it, and folded back the top flap.

This revealed a large and prominent sign with bold black letters on a white background, declaring:


Damn, he was right!

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Lost | | Leave a comment

Barrowland’s barra man doesn’t light up (confirmed)

While it’s no great surprise, it’s still a little sad to confirm that Barrowland’s ‘Barra Man’ doesn’t light up.

Spotted in daylight some weeks ago, I’d been waiting for a return trip in the dark to confirm that the derelict nature of this sign on the side of the Barrowland ballroom was indeed ‘dead’.

A pity, since a closer look at the structure shows it once had enough lights (now lost) to have made an animated display, with the character appearing to be walking and pushing his barra.

But, while the structure remains hanging on the wall, much of wiring and light fitting have fallen away.

Maybe someone will start an online campaign to have him restored now!

As spotted:

Barrowland Barra Sign

Barrowland Barra Sign

As seen recently in the dark – the outline can just be seen to the top right of the white border over the entrance canopy:

Barrowland Lights

Barrowland Lights

December 4, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

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