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Street fight – LED vs sodium

Not sure what’s going on here.

Last year, I noticed that new lampposts were being installed next to a number of existing poles on this road.

Over a period of months, these eventually started to have new LED light fittings installed, while the old low-pressure sodium fittings were removed.

Slow as this process was, eventually it seemed to grind to complete halt. Maybe it will restart in 2018.

Crossing the road recently, I noticed the contrast between the two, and since this is something that will eventually never be seen, as sodium lighting fades into the past and stocks are depleted, it was time to grab a pic.

This one went better than expected, as the trees popped out of the background as a surprise when I processed it.

LED Vs Sodium

LED Vs Sodium


January 17, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Irritating cyclist

Not a tale about one of those ‘bad’ cyclists, but just some personal points.

This is a reprise of an earlier catch, and almost for the same reason.

I thought this old gent had disappeared, but as my walks tended to cross his route, I spotted he was still plodding along despite the lovely cold weather we’re enjoying at the moment.

It really IS irritating, how he manages to get out on the decent days we get (no rain or snow, or nasty gusty wind), yet the only days I find myself thinking “Should really get on my bike” seem to be the ones that look half decent, then turn into howling gales and storms within the hour, making me glad I decided to walk, or just stay in bed.

I did try to baulk this trend once – and was rewarded with a one-hour ride home in the rain.

Last time I spotted him he had almost disappeared into the distance (while I should have caught a better pic then, I’d put the camera away) as it took so long to get organised.

Different camera this time, actually slower to fire up, but then is quicker to reach ‘first shot’ status, so did better after he passed this time.

His dedication is impressive.

Irritating Cyclist

Irritating Cyclist

January 17, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Jas D Galloway sign spotted

One of the surviving relics I rather like in Glasgow is a painted gable-end sign that lives above Hunter Street, for Jas D Galloway Tyre Distributors. Long gone as a business of course, but the sign must have been painted using some pretty decent old-fashioned paint, which would no doubt fail all testing as regards detriment to human health.

Obviously, you can see it from Hunter Street, less obviously, you can catch sight of it from the train too, as the track breaks surface from the various tunnels and underground runs it makes in the area.

The view below is one I found from the Gallowgate, one I was unaware of until recently, brought to my attention when I saw a pic of the sign from an angle I didn’t recognise.

It’s not particularly obvious if you’re passing, as it lies quite far behind some spare/derelict land, and when I pass that way my attention is always focussed in the opposite direction (yup, careless).

It’s actually quite an interesting view, (click for biggie as it’s wide) including (left to right) Simpson Flats, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Cathedral, Jas D Galloway sign, The Necropolis, and even a little bit of Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery.

Jas D Galloway Sign

Jas D Galloway Sign (and friends)

January 17, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Transport, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

World’s least impressive icicle(s)

I would get around to this ‘old’ pic on the same day that it chose to start snowing again!

This morning, the snow is on and off, but the temp is hovering just above freezing for the moment, with no proper freeze forecast (here), so I doubt it will lie, and is already slush underfoot on ‘warm’ footpath.

Looking at the current change in the weather, it looks as if a recent chance find of a couple of little local icicles is the only find I’m likely to see, so I might as well use the pic.

I tried thinking of anywhere there was likely to be anything bigger, a stream or similar, but there seems to be nothing handy that doesn’t just flow at ground level, so won’t be doing anything creative.

The only reason I got this was courtesy of a little bit of meltwater on a tiny hill.

I think I’d have to move to get anything bigger.



January 16, 2018 Posted by | photography | | Leave a comment

Carmyle, no smoke, no mist, just weir

What a difference a day makes.

Slid from some nice moody, misty weather (for a few minutes at least) to the usual wet and windy variety, which even a rise of 5°C didn’t help make feel any warmer than it had been. If anything, it felt colder after a while.

While I was up on the viaduct I took a pic intended to catch the old weir that used to provide water for adjacent factories, but it wasn’t really high enough, so turned out to be a better comparison for the catch I’d made earlier, with smoke and mist in the distance – all gone now.

The buildings on the opposite bank belong the ‘new’ Fire Service training facility.

Carmyle Weir No Smoke No Mist

Carmyle Weir No Smoke No Mist

Time to stitch up another wide shot, this time showing the stretch of river from the viaduct, across the weir, and then off towards Rutherglen.

As usual with these, click for the bigger version.

Carmyle Weir Stitch

Carmyle Weir Stitch

January 16, 2018 Posted by | photography | | Leave a comment

The illegals – C9 RYF (hybrid illegal? Or perhaps Schroedinger’s Number Plate)

Collecting registrations, and the side sport of spotting illegal number plates is usually straightforward – but not this time.

After yesterday’s post that noted the recent media-frenzy that fed on its sudden realisation that it could end/start the years 2017/2018 with a lovely ‘gloom and doom’ story for some (with dire warning of £1,000 fines), I came across an enigma.

I thought I’d just passed a boring and mundane registration, of no obvious interest.

Seat Ibiza Legal Rear [C9 RYF]

Seat Ibiza Legal Rear [C9 RYF]

But, when I turned around to look back at the junction I’d just crossed, there was a surprise.

Multiple offences appeared!

Illegal spacing plus some sort of odd graphic on the left, which does not appear to be one of the approved national or regional flags. Worth adding it’s not a mistake – while I’m not going into detail (although this is in clear public view) there are more details shown on the plate than seen here.

Legal rear, illegal front – a Hybrid! Hopefully pulled by the police from the rear (they do tend to do that, rather than pull ahead and force a stop these days), they’ll see the legit rear plate and not take a walk around to the front.

Also known as Schroedinger’s Number Plate (after Schroedinger’s Cat) since it is both legal and illegal at the same time 🙂

In my day, when we still had ‘Tax Disks’, the front of the car was always examined in detail during a stop, so they could have a good look at the tax disk, checking not only its validity, but also that it was not a forgery, or an old beer bottle label, which could look similar from a distance, if it was the right brand.

Seat Ibiza Illegal Front Plate [C9RYF]

Seat Ibiza Illegal Front Plate [C9 RYF]

Next time I get over that way, I must find out what that graphic is, and kick myself for missing it first time around.

January 15, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Old Carmyle viaduct gets new LED floodlighting

Wandering past the old derelict Caledonian railway viaduct at Carmyle, it was hard not to miss the new floodlights which seem to have been installed recently, going by the freshness of the support poles and electrical control box nearby. Two similar lights have been installed across the river, on the Cambuslang side. The lights themselves are LED, also confirming that they are new.

Given the condition of the viaduct and warning signs plus barriers to anyone trying to access it, it really has decayed and the platform area is full of holes, I’m almost surprised to see the addition of these lights, as opposed to seeing the crossing being demolished.

It’s a shame they didn’t think it would have been a better idea to add a safe walkway over the old platform, and an access stairway at the Cambuslang end, which was demolished and comes to an end in mid-air. You’d have to climb up, or jump down, if you tried to access it.

It would be a very handy foot or bike crossing of the river, especially since the Fire centre was built a few years ago, and blocked much of the river access routes.

Although I’ve been nearby in the evening (dark enough at this time of year to have this lighting on), when the surrounding public/council lighting was switched on, none of the viaduct lighting was on.

Carmyle Viaduct Floodlighting

Carmyle Viaduct Floodlighting

If I don’t see it on soon, then this is somewhere I’m unlikely to be when it’s dark enough, and it will be autumn before I get the opportunity.

Over on the Cambuslang side.

Carmyle Viaduct Cambuslang Floodlights

Carmyle Viaduct Cambuslang Floodlights

I took a quick climb up onto the viaduct, or its approach at least.

Last time I was here, the local had sawn through the fence and bent the railing back to allow access, but it seems this has all been repaired, with the cuts welded shut, and additional heavier gauge steel bar welded in place horizontally.

That’s not barbed wire – that’s razor wire.

Carmyle Viaduct Barrier

Carmyle Viaduct Barrier

Poking the camera through the fence, the platform or deck can be seen.

Yup… MORE razor wire.

(I wonder who cuts the grass there?) 😉

It was once an interesting way to cross the river.

I really think they should install a pedestrian crossing over this.

A nice walkway could be dropped on the old deck, with some more floodlighting.

Carmyle Viaduct Deck

Carmyle Viaduct Deck

January 15, 2018 Posted by | council, photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Smoke and Mist in Cambuslang

A lucky spot (for me) recently as I caught this view of Cambuslang over the old Caledonian railway viaduct at Carmyle.

I don’t usually see anything like the smoke (maybe mostly water vapour) coming off the industrial area near Cambuslang, or even the mist over the background. But a chance wander in the area let me catch this view.

Cambuslang Smokey Mist

Cambuslang Smokey Mist

January 14, 2018 Posted by | photography | | Leave a comment

The illegals – REM 11M

While I enjoy having a light-hearted spotting of the surprisingly numerous illegally prepared number plates, and their longevity – it seems that unlike the traffic police seen on the various TV programmes, our own police north of the Border seem to be largely uninterested in this particular flavour of naughtiness.

This is a bit of a poke in the eye for the conspiracy theorists, as one of their favourite rants is against the police, and how they employ any means of automatically raising money while having no interest in policing. Naughty plates don’t register on ANPR systems, and they’re missing an easy take of up to £1,000 for each plate offence as well.

God forbid good honest conspiracy theorists might be wrong (or deranged), but…

If you follow the media, then you might also have noticed that various sources have decided to start 2018 by highlighting illegally prepared number plates, and have almost been wetting themselves with joy at headlining the £1,000 fine for such offences.

I’ve read a few of these recently, some apparently promoted by insurance companies, and keen to point out that such plates are also MOT failures when found during VOSA inspections.

Of course, if you drive a car without a valid MOT, then the small print in your insurance usually means that even if fully paid up, your insurance is cancelled/void, and not valid either, so you are driving with insurance and MOT.

This Express article is typical of what was being copied and repeated by bloggers who just cut-and-paste the work of others:

Number plate mistakes that could see you fail your MOT and land you £1,000 fine

Conveniently, this handy example drove past just as I was about to tap this post out.

Suzuki [REM 11M]

Suzuki [REM 11M]

January 14, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

What am I doing right?

One week into 2018 and I can’t believe how much material I have for posts.

Recent sorties plus existing material could easily reach March without trying, and with no effort I could see this year out of I just stayed in my bed and wrote up.

It’s strange, since a few years ago I was in a better mood, more imaginative, and desperate to complete a year of PaD (pic a day) – yet completely failed and even lost motivation (there’s are some big gaps in the past).

Now, I’m overwhelmed, and look at lots of goodies I’d like to be posting, yet organising them seems to be impossible.

As noted previously, I’m finding the odd pic that turn out just to be ‘A nice pic’, or a candid, as opposed to being of a specific subject.

For example, this wasn’t planned, and was just a lens test to see how the background looked when ‘dazzled’ by car headlight – then some people walked into the shot, and it looked like something that had been carefully posed (well, I think it does).



January 13, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

University of Strathclyde – The Place of Useful Learning

Looked back on this view and noticed the illuminated signs.

I’ve seen plenty of pics of the recent Innovation Centre (on the left) taken looking from the George Square end, but not noticed any looking the other way, like this.

University George Street

University George Street

Earlier, before the lights came on.

University George Street

University George Street

January 12, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , , | Leave a comment

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