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Deliberate attempts to harm pets continue

I doubt the people who are behind the various attacks on animals/pets can resist bragging about how ‘brave and clever’ they are, so they are also being protected by their similarly ‘brave’ mates, and others.

But as I always note, they’re possibly/probably just practising for later life, when they move on to doing the same with children, and then adults.

They NEED to be turned in.

The most recent report is of pet treats being left near Glasgow’s Mitchell Library in grassy areas near Charing Cross.

Warning for pet owners after tack pins found inside dog treats near Mitchell Library

Tacks in pet treats Pic via GlasgowLive

Tacks in pet treats Pic via GlasgowLive

13/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

There’s a crocodile hiding under the Charing Cross bridge

I have to confess to being fairly lazy, so when I come to Charing Cross I tend to slide across the footbridge over the road rather than negotiate the multiple pedestrian crossings provided there, or worse, run across the various roads if I can’t be bothered waiting for the elusive little ‘Green Man’ to make an appearance.

I don’t usually approach from Woodlands Road either, so got to see bits of the footbridge which are usually well out of sight for me.

And that’s when I spotted the crocodile.

Since I don’t seem to have come across in any random posts about murals, I’m guessing most have missed it too, and it’s not made its way into any obvious lists either.

Same street artist as the tiger down at the Clyde, near the suspension bridge.

I should also add that it doesn’t look quite as good as this in real life.

Sadly, some moron with a can of paint added their own crap to the work, so I removed it.

Charing Cross Crocodile

Charing Cross Crocodile

23/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Damn! Kelvingrove’s not that far from Charing Cross

I used to go for some fairly long walks, especially when I had long days to kill – 3 hours out, and 3 hours back can eat up a day, especially if you mess about while stopping to take pics.

Not sure what’s changed, but while I still walk a few miles most days, the long ones seem to have melted away as I can’t find the time for them.

One ‘extension’ I pondered, but never followed, was the stretch from Charing Cross to Kelvingrove.

I often looked along St Vincent Street, or Sauchiehall Street, but always turned around, remembering that I still had to walk back home after getting there.

I never checked the distance, but it’s only about a mile, or 20 minutes, so would actually have been fine – but it just felt a lot longer when I ran the route in my head.

I’m not sure what the walking distance would be (maybe I’ll have to step it out one day) but I do know that between the bus, or the bike, the distance travelled is between 7 and 8 miles. However, unlike those two routes, which have to wander around a bit to suit the roads, walking can be considerably shorter as it can be more direct, so would be less than either of those alternatives.

The view below shows the route I wandered along when I decided to take a wander through Kelvingrove Park after leaving the museum.

By the time I got to the memorial at the Park Circus gate (the houses right of centre), it seemed daft to head back, so I just carried on to Charing Cross.

While this was not even the most direct route, it seemed to take very little time, and would have been even quicker/shorter had I left the park at the Claremont Gardens gate, and headed to Charing Cross from there, which is almost a straight and direct route.

Kelvingrove To Charing Cross

Kelvingrove To Charing Cross

22/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Maps, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Charing Cross at night

Not particularly interesting, but having seen so many pics taken from the walkways over Charing Cross, I had to have some of my own, since I was passing over and carrying a camera that would do it.

The only problem was that this was before I had done any trials to find out the sort of setting that worked, so this was going to be largely reliant on the camera’s brain rather than mine.

As it was, most went in the bin, and I found that I still had more successes than outright failures, mainly due to having been told how to set up the camera to take over all setting if a shot was being shot at a silly ISO or crazy slow shutter speed, but this also means that attempts to produce light trails are seriously defeated, as the camera looks after things, even when set to ‘Manual’.

Now I know how Tiff Needell feels when complaining about certain traction-control system that don’t turn off, even when ‘turned off’.

The first one stayed because of the Mitchell Library.

Charing Cross Night 1

This one survived the cut thanks to the ambulance that drove through the scene.

Charing Cross Night 2

The last one was just amusing, with the semi-circle of cars caught waiting in the centre – I always hated getting stuck there if it was busy.

Charing Cross Night 3

10/01/2014 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment


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