Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

My Friday nights are now so…

Wild Cat Friday

Wild Cat Friday


19/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

A82 emu – that’s not usual

Pity WordPress deletes embedded BBC video.

Odd, as it shows it as being embedded and visible.watchable in preview mode, then it disappears when the post is saved/published.

So, not only odd, but very, very irritating.

You’ll have to follow the link to enjoy this one…

‘Road Runner’ emu filmed sprinting along A82

I spent a lot of my life driving the A82, but never saw anything as funny as this, so it earns a mention.

18/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

That moment when…

You make an innocent mistake – but realise the chances of dying in your sleep have suddenly increased immeasurably.

Die In Sleep

11/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

What does your cat REALLY do when it goes out?

Not new, but when I was pointed at this and checked the source (for better quality) I was disappointed to see it had evaporated.

So, as this is too good to miss, this lesser quality bit will just have to do.

09/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , | Leave a comment

Apparently you can escape laws by breaking them in a car

This is really just one of those posts I occasionally make just to help stop scratching my head (where there’s a high risk of skelfs), and to clear ‘boiled snow’ out of it if something has caught my attention, and won’t go away.

I recall reading an article some time ago, by someone who presumably had access to the relevant data, and was pointing out the insane number of laws being created in recent years, as if this was going to somehow stop people from doing the things they applied to.

Back then, I had been wondering why laws were being introduced (in some countries, not the UK as far I’m aware, BUT the term is in general use) for ‘Road Rage’ offences.

Like many of these ‘subject specific’ laws that seem to be conjured up in order to allow tougher sentences to be applied – think of ‘Racist Crimes’ in the UK, if that aspect can be added, then tougher penalties can be applied for a given crime – they’re simply not really needed.

For example, Road Rage (and many Racist crimes) involve assault and violence, aspects which already have existing criminal legislation on the books, and could be addressed by that, all it needed was a sentencing review to add tougher criteria.

My head developed a bad case of ‘Boiled Snow’ when I saw this…

Ministers are planning new laws to make it illegal to throw litter out of cars on Scotland’s roads.

Some 1,300 bags of rubbish, weighing almost seven tonnes, are collected from the sides of the M8 and M9 each month.

New rules making it an offence to litter from vehicles is to be included in a new circular economy bill.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said “mindless behaviour” from drivers dropping litter creates a “significant cost to the taxpayer”.

New law to crack down on roadside littering in Scotland

I’m sorry, but this just seem daft and pointless.

We already have litter laws, even if it could be argued few are ever enforced (and there is usually some newspaper ready to jump to the defence of the poor victim, claiming some overzealous officer ‘Picked on them to make up their quota’.

Although I don’t know this for a fact, I’ve been warned not to throw litter from a car as there are increased penalties for that, compared to just dropping litter.

So, one has to ask what the point of these new rules are.


Does that mean I’m currently free to throw litter from my car at the moment, as these rules are yet to be introduced?

If so, I (and everyone else) should get out there now, and make the best of this freedom, before it is taken away!



I’d like to see anyone try it – I’m pretty sure they’d end up at least with a fine, if not something more serious.

We don’t need MORE laws.

We just need the existing ones enforced (which tells you how much use any now ones for the same thing are likely to be).

Or import some Russian girl bikers…

I’d have included the Russians shooting each other for littering, but those videos are always being taken down – just imagine someone emptying a hand gun into the side of a car, you won’t be far off.

Or some Asians?

06/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Oh joy, school holidays and museums full of little kids

I’d been largely enjoying regular trips to Kelvingrove to catch the organ recitals – until the school holidays started this week.

I don’t know which is most disappointing, how the kids are allowed to behave, or how the parents with them behave, but having either land beside you during the recital means things are probably going to be ruined. And this is before we even consider those running around wild and unchecked in the galleries.

I was really sorry for an old couple who had sat themselves on the balcony, only to have 20 minutes’ worth of constant “Don’t put your head through there, you’ll get stuck” and “Don’t climb up there, you’ll fall” from one lot which, when no doing that, was constantly running into the back of my legs as if I was invisible.

Rather than moan, and I know that those with those kids will be outraged that I am daring to speak out (it’s not very PC, is it), I think I’ll just dedicate some clips I came across to those nice little ‘innocent angels’.



I think I might buy a box of these toys, and carry a bag of them… and hand them out to any that stand near me 🙂


03/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Make money from cats. It’s EASY!

Love it when these ads turn up…

Simply drop your cats into one of out pre-paid envelopes

The cash will be automatically paid into your account.

Cash 4 Cats

Cash 4 Cats

22/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Best news story title of 2019

Winner of the ‘Best News Story Title of 2019’ has to be the GlasgowLive team for this gem.

What we don’t know (and never will) is if it was carefully crafted, or just happened as the result of creating the title without spotting how it read:

Schoolgirl raced to hospital after being struck by car in southside

I’m won’t be making any flippant remarks about how it reads as there was no indication of how serious the incident being reported was.

21/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Is this what they mean when they refer to a ‘garden fork’?

I’ve been passing this scene for a number of years, and as it changes from year to year I’m sure I’ve grabbed more than one pic, but somehow never got around to using any of them.

Time for a change, and to ask the question in the title…

“Is this a real garden fork?”

Sometimes there’s more than one, so I’ve wondered if they are maybe planting one, and collection a small crop later in the year.

Garden fork

Garden fork


Bet you thought I was kidding when I said there could be more than one, or maybe even a small crop later.


I found the pic to prove what I said…

There’s FOUR.

Garden forks

Garden forks

25/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment


Since it’s Caturday and I just spotted this…

Anybody else hearing “WHACK-WHACK-WHACK-WHACK-WHACK-WHACK” coming from her head at the end? 🙂


16/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

DUH! Of course Glasgow is best if you are under 26

Some headlines make my day, and some even make me laugh, like this one…

Glasgow is the best city to live in Scotland if you’re under 26

Apparently a BBC survey and some research was carried out to find out good places to live IF you are young…

Variables considered include access to mental health care, average rent prices and levels of unemployment.

The list ranks 378 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland from highest to lowest. Comparative data for Northern Ireland wasn’t available.

Know Your Place lets you check how your local area performs in 11 different categories.

The data, which was selected by BBC News, also looks at the number of bars, pubs, clubs and music events in each local authority, as well as access to sports facilities and 4G.

The project also carried out a poll of more than 1,000 young people to help ensure that the measures used are important to them.

A second interactive tool lets you choose which categories are more important to you and shows three areas which perform well in those categories.

Where to live if you’re young: Local areas ranked for under-26s

What this survey missed!

Those of us (still) alive in Glasgow, and who are older than 26, obviously know this survey completely failed to state the real reason for Glasgow being the best city for under 26s to live in.


I’ve lost track of all the media stories that tell the world how Glasgow (and my east end of course) usually tops not tables of the BEST places to live, but to DIE, as they seem to dance with glee every time they can publish yet another article that shows Glasgow (and Scotland) usually tops tables for poverty, disease, early death, drinking etc etc etc etc…

I could waste my time digging out these more usual ‘winning’ tales, but I’ll just mention the last one – Shocking news! Glasgow is only the SECOND unhealthiest city in the UK

Over the years, I’ve mentioned quite a few similar articles in the blog, and the joy it seems to bring to some sources to run these stories with a nice big headline, just to make sure nobody missed it.

I think this is probably how most 26-year-olds see their cats, on the morning they turn 27 🙂

Hospital Cats

“Don’t worry hoomin, just go back to sleep – we got this”

10/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

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