Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Lost computer games

Classic, lost, computer games the world has probably spent far too much time trying to beat/play.

As usual, the problem with WordPress is that it doesn’t allow any imgur galleries to be embedded, and since the whole point of these gems is visual, I’ve had to grab them.

The huge original images really are very good, with more detail than these small grabs reveal.

The originals can be found here: https://imgur.com/gallery/QmYxA4d

Lost Computer Games

Lost Computer Games

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04/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , | Leave a comment

The evolution of Dippy the Dinosaur

With the current interest in dinosaurs and exhibition of Dippy the Dinosaur in Kelvingrove, I couldn’t really leave out this cartoon I tripped over – like all the best humour, it’s simple and clever.

How Dippy Evolved

 

Dippy R to L

10/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

King Dippy?

Looking through the viewfinder, which has a slightly different view from the eye line, I spotted Dippy’s head framed by one of the magnificent (and original) chandeliers in Kelvingrove’s foyer.

Given last week’s news about this exhibition having gained the largest number of visitors to date, for any Dippy venue, I moved around a bit, and positioned things so the chandelier looked almost like a crown on Dippy’s head.

Dippy Crowned

Dippy Crowned

As I’ve noted before, the weekends are mobbed, and I’m sure the organ recitals are more muted and kept quieter. Not sure if this is some edict from ‘on high’ for some reason, or just the effect of so many people in the foyer, but one visitor did comment on how quiet it seemed to be to her.

However, no such problem with my hearing during the weekday recitals, when there are fewer bodies in the foyer, and the volume is noticeably greater. That said, the organist playing is not one if the quietest either, and I’ve come to realise he’s one of the best that visits.

Kelvingrove Week Day Dippy

Kelvingrove Week Day Dippy

Correction

Last time, I mentioned the odd green lighting of the organ, and how I missed the usual purple highlighting.

Seems the purple lighting is actually located on the balcony, below the organ, so does not come from the green light shining from the foyer.

As can be seen in this quick shot I grabbed, the purple light was just not switched on last time, but is in this pic, where you can see the former green light has been set to produce a red/orange on this occasion (I’ve inset a larger clip at bottom right, as it is so small in this pic), but is barely noticeable, as the purple uplighting it so strong (when it’s on).

The foyer lights have usually been purple too, which is why I (mistakenly) thought they were responsible for the strong illumination, but they are clearly just used to add a little effect lighting.

So, I learned a thing 🙂

Kelvingrove Organ Lighting

Kelvingrove Organ Lighting

08/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Today is Cake Day

The first post I did for this day, stands repeating 🙂

26 November.

I don’t think I need to say anything.

I just enjoy being one of those people who can stuff cakes in their face all day –  and not put on weight.

I suppose the downside of that genetic feature is possibly meeting the same ending as someone who said “Let them eat cake” during a certain revolution – and becoming intimate with Madame Guillotine.

I found a pic of a 23 layer chocolate cake.

23 Layer Chocolate Cake

23 Layer Chocolate Cake

Then I found a 24 layer version.

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

But both were missing something.

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

And…

Weapon of choice.

Art Deco Cake Fork

Art Deco Cake Fork

26/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Invisible woman spotted in Argyle Street

This was odd.

She was standing on this little plinth in Argyle Street when I first ‘saw’ her.

And she was STILL standing there when I passed the same place on my way back home a few hours later.

Maybe she had nothing better to do?

Argyle Street Shoes

Argyle Street Shoes

11/08/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow Green parties on (Nice sky too)

I was in Glasgow Green again last night, and more than a little surprised to see the same party back there on another lovely evening.

I’d assumed (obviously wrongly) that what I’d seen on Sunday night was the tail end of something that had taken place over the weekend, and I’d just caught it winding down as music was being dismantled and bundled into a van.

Not so.

This was Monday night at almost 9 pm, and things were as they were on Sunday.

(Oops – This may NOT be normal behaviour after all, as I’ve just realised this was a holiday weekend. Guess I’ll gave to check another evening – but the heatwave we enjoyed Sun/Mon had also gone today, as it cooled and rained on the Tuesday).

Glasgow Green More Fun

Glasgow Green More Fun

That’s a nice sky captured over the People’s Palace.

I also took the opportunity to wander along to the office block I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

UnseeFor me, it was the defining moment of the phrase “What has been seen cannot be unseen”.

No ‘dirty women’ there any more.

I knew that anyway, since this is still on my way home if I’ve been wandering anywhere near the river and the city centre.

Greendyke And Charlotte Street Corner

Greendyke And Charlotte Street Corner

As I noted yesterday, this is an interesting building, with those ‘flying’ windows extending beyond the building wall, and that inverted triangular structure on the roof, which I’m guessing is a water storage tank.

08/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Is this really Glasgow Green?

Ever since I was a little kid, I had it beaten into me to stay away from Glasgow Green, especially if it was late at night, or dark.

And to be fair to those warnings, in their day they were probably fair warnings too, at least going from what lurks at the back of my mind as regards local newspaper stories (remember them?) from the time.

Even when I worked in Glasgow for a time, it was still somewhere to be wary of, although the council was well underway with their plans to tidy it up and return it to the decent people. I recall one evening I was there a little later than usual, and turned the corner from Greendyke Street to Charlotte Street (there’s an interesting office block on that corner) and ran into a “Wire Brush and Domestos Moment” for my eyes as a hooker broke away from a hunting group on that corner and set after me! If you’ve ever had anyone describe how drugs or a hard life ages someone, she was the classic illustration – and a short tank top and mini skirt on a woman who might have been 30-something but looked more like 70-something is NOT NICE. Especially if chasing you.

Fast forward to present day, and the change on the Green is remarkable.

I find myself there at various late hours, and still get a surprise finding normal, ordinary people using it for recreation, running, cycling, or walking with their kids.

Yesterday was a prime example, as there had been some sort of fun and games taking place, but I wasn’t there until after 8 pm, hoping to get some pics of a spot I hoped would be deserted. It was (almost), but even at that time the Green was still full of people just having fun.

Glasgow Green Sunday

Glasgow Green Sunday

There’s always one wally who has to run into your scene once you’ve composed it!

Glasgow Green Sunday

Glasgow Green Sunday

Even though this sort of scene is now the norm on the Green, I just can’t get used to it, and it still takes me by surprise when I’m there at times I would once have given it an extremely wide berth, and see it like this.

To give you an idea just how hard the ‘old’ image is set in my mind, I have a book of images of Glasgow from 1988, and the author of that volume was already saying much the same about both the city and the Green, which underwent real changes around the time of the Glasgow Garden Festival.

Amazing. I managed that without having a kick at the dopey 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and their non-existent ‘Lasting Legacy’.

DOH!

07/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

More flat earth fun – they may have a version of multiverses

I managed to have some fun with the flat earthers last week, following their insult to Scotland made when they reportedly took over a shop in Inverness.

I spotted some more fun this week, with diagram showed how the flat earth (the one with an ice wall around its edge) could be shown to have the equivalent of multiverses, or something, and how there could be many flat earths, all unknown to one another, and presumably unreachable.

Flat Earth Multiverses

Flat Earth Multiverses?

 

06/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Catbutt – it’s so fluffy

So, it’s not my pic, but who cares?

If I have to spend my time mainly catching pics of catbutts disappearing into the distance, I might as well take a moment to give the better looking ones a mention.

Oh, and don’t miss that little cat nose, just visible in the distance.

Catbutt Sleeps

Catbutt Sleeps

11/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Today is International Fun at Work Day

26 January 2018 is International Fun at Work Day.

More specifically, the date varies as this day falls on the last Friday in January.

I think this one is fairly easy to understand, and is probably also easy to take part in.

But…

While it wasn’t around when I ran a small business with some other colleagues, I thing it might have been a tad contentious if it had.

I’ve mentioned the one that put himself in charge, and he was a miserable sod without an original thought in his head.

On a day such as this, I can almost hear him moaning about ‘lost production’ and wasted time.

He enjoyed doing this anyway, and while he would put lots of effort into finding out where such things could be found, his abilities evaporated when it came to utilising or minimising such things. While he expected such things to be reported to him, other than moaning about them and pointing to the manager concerned, he never proposed any useful changes, or allocated any budget or resources that might have helped.

Representing this through the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party seems quite appropriate – I hope other work in a better environment.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party

26/01/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Today is officially… Cake Day!

26 November.

I don’t think I need to say anything.

I just enjoy being one of those people who can stuff cakes in their face all day –  and not put on weight.

I suppose the downside of that genetic feature is possibly meeting the same ending as someone who said “Let them eat cake” during a certain revolution – and becoming intimate with Madame Guillotine.

I found a pic of a 23 layer chocolate cake.

23 Layer Chocolate Cake

23 Layer Chocolate Cake

Then I found a 24 layer version.

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

But both were missing something.

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

And…

Weapon of choice.

Art Deco Cake Fork

Art Deco Cake Fork

26/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

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