Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Science centres still seem to be around

Glasgow Science Centre (there are others, but I’ll just refer to the one I’m closest to) opened back in 2001, and did seem to struggle despite good intentions.

By 2008, the happiest of the naysers were rubbing their hand with glee, and predicting the end, with closure not far off, and pointing to the laying off of 18 staff back in 2004.

Funding then was being CUT, by 40% from £1.7 million in 2007 to £1.4 million in 2008, with more cuts due in the next two years.

But we were then told that the four science centres (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen) would share £250,000 of extra funding,

The science centres are still with us, and since I can’t recall ever seeing any further stories of their imminent demise, I assume they are doing quite nicely these days.

While I don’t visit the place (it really seems to be aimed at kids), I have been nearby, and it always looked fairly busy, and was even hosting special events.

They’re even having money thrown at them…

Scotland’s four science centres have been given a cash boost of £2.63m.

The latest grant from the Scottish government comes during British Science Week and brings the total funding given to the attractions over the last four years to £10m.

The money for 2019-20 is aimed at making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) accessible to everyone.

It includes efforts to engage pupils in rural and deprived areas.

As well as an operational grant for the centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, the fund includes:

• A schools transport subsidy, to support pupils in rural and deprived areas accessing the centres

• A community subsidy, to support centres’ engagement with a greater diversity of people

Science centres boost takes funding to £10m total

I never really got the point of these centres years ago, even after having a pre-opening tour of Glasgow.

I think the name evoked a different image in my head, of a serious scientific development/research hub for businesses, as opposed to the educational places they actually are, with a completely different purpose.

Maybe a different name would have helped (me).

Something along the lines of The Big Idea perhaps – oh, maybe not, that idea didn’t work too well.

Queen Mary - Glasgow Tower - Science Centre - IMAX Theatre

Queen Mary – Glasgow Tower – Science Centre – IMAX Theatre


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

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

Two for the price of one AGAIN!

While I make the occasional trip to Cambuslang, at least it’s never as late at night as this.

A 45-year-old man has been rushed to hospital with stab wounds following an attempted murder in Cambuslang.

At around 10.20pm last night, an injured man in Braeside Place flagged down a car and asked for assistance

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the man was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital for treatment to a number of stab wounds. Medical staff describe his condition as stable.

Police are treating the incident is being treated as attempted murder .

A 29 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.

Man, 45, rushed to hospital with stab wounds after murder bid in Cambuslang

This one, however, WAS really close, and I passed the spot given about half an hour after this incident today (at least I was on a bus).

Four men have been arrested following an armed police incident at Parkhead.

Police Scotland officers swooped on the area outside the Forge Market in the east end of the city around 3.15pm today.

It remains unclear why the four have been arrested but they are believed to have been in a silver car.

Four arrested as as armed police swoop on car outside Forge Market in Parkhead

Like I said in an earlier post – maybe I’ll just go back to staying in!

I’m missing some of these by only a few hours, or less. sometimes.

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

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

Two for the price of one today!

First time I get on a bus in decades, and the very service/route/bus I used had this happen on it (at least I was on a different bus), and was even looking at the West George Street signs for some reason. as we came down the street)…

A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being assaulted while travelling on a bus in Glasgow’s city centre.

At around 5.25pm yesterday, the man was travelling on a number 2 First Bus from Faifley to Baillieston.

While in the West George Street vicinity, the man tried to stop an argument between two females and a male which resulted in him being assaulted by the male who then got off the bus at Renfield Street.

The 22-year-old man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was treated for a puncture wound to the leg before being released.

Man, 22, rushed to hospital after assault on Glasgow city centre bus

Next, although this was reported today, the incident happened last week, and at the moment, I pass Argyle Street Station (but have no reason to use it) every day I’m in the city centre, around the time given as I’m heading home…

A baby fell out of a pram and onto a railway platform after a man was headbutted at a train station.

The unprovoked attack took place inside Argyle Street railway station, Glasgow, shortly after 5pm on Thursday, February 28.

The victim, who was standing next to his partner, was holding a pram with a baby inside when he was headbutted by another man.

The assault caused the baby to fall out of the pram and onto the platform floor.

Both parties then boarded the 5.07pm service to Cumbernauld.

Baby falls out pram after man headbutted at train station

Like I said in an earlier post – maybe I’ll just go back to staying in!

I’m missing some of these by only a few hours sometimes.

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07/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

One that hits two buttons, I am there regularly, and I could be there at that time, but thankfully, usually a fair but later.

Police are hunting a man who robbed cash and tobacco from a Glasgow shop.

Around 3pm yesterday (Tuesday, March 5) he entered the ‘Shop Local’ key store in Dalmarnock Road, threatened a female member of staff and demanded money.

The 37-year-old woman was uninjured but has been left badly shaken by the incident.

The suspect is white, around 6 ft tall with a slim build and a local accent.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing with his hood up.

He left the store carrying two blue plastic bags with a quantity of tobacco and cash.

Police launch hunt for man who robbed Glasgow shop in broad daylight

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06/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

After noting one incident reported earlier today, I’ve just spotted another on, for somewhere I hadn’t visited for years, but was at the same place on Sunday – fortunately some hours after the event.

I toured the whole length of Dumbarton Road on Sunday afternoon, just to see if any of the old buildings I remembered were still there – of course, the ones I had in mind are long gone, so I ended up just looking for interesting shops – unaware of what had happened a few hours earlier.

At least I’m never likely to be there around midnight.

A 37-year-old man who was seriously assaulted outside a Partick chip shop was left with serious injuries to his face, requiring surgery.

The incident occurred between 12.05 am and 12.35 am on Sunday, March 3 outside the Blue Lagoon Chip shop in Dumbarton Road.

The man was attempting to diffuse (sic) an argument between two people. He was then assaulted by a group of other people which left him with serious injuries.

Emergency services rushed to scene and the injured man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance where he was released after initial treatment. However, he will return at a laster (sic) date for surgery.

The culprits had made off prior to police arriving at the scene.

Man, 37, needing facial surgery after serious assault outside Partick chip shop

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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

As usual, few quiet days, then the madness is back, and in the middle of the day when there would be plenty of people around.

Glad I only use this station a few times a year, and not at all recently.

A 14-year-old girl was repeatedly hit in the face by a man and then thrown into a wall at a Glasgow train station.

British Transport Police are investigating the assault on Platform 8 of Queen Street Station on Saturday 16 February.

The teenager was with three other young people when the attack happened at about 13:00.

Teenage girl hit in the face by man at Glasgow train station

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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

A few quiet days, then the madness is back.

I pass this store, fairly often sometimes, not this late in the day, and fortunately have little reason to drop in.

A teenage boy and an elderly woman have been injured after a disturbance broke out near a city centre supermarket.

Police Scotland officers were called to Tesco on Sauchiehall Street around 7.50pm last night after reports of ‘youths shouting and carrying baseball bats’.

When officers arrived a teen was found with an injured arm, and an elderly woman had fallen.

Teen and elderly woman injured after ‘disturbance’ outside city centre supermarket

Seven youths charged over disturbance at city centre supermarket

Police reassure public as seven youths charged following disturbance at supermarket

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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

A spot I am at all too often since the fire at the Mackintosh Building, but at least not likely at the time given.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an alleged robbery.

Around 9.50pm on Wednesday, February 13, a 36-year-old man was in Renfrew Street, at the bottom of the stairs that lead to Hill Street, Glasgow, when he allegedly was assaulted and robbed.

A 23-year-old man is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today in connection with the incident.

Man arrested after robbery and assault in city centre

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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

While I’ve seldom been on the street named, it’s now one I’m in regularly after the fire at the Mackintosh Building (I was there today, just passing through though), thankfully not likely as late as the time given.

It also leads to a nice viewing platform over the west.

Police are hunting two teenagers who assaulted and robbed a man in the city centre last night.

The 36-year-old was in Renfrew Street, at the bottom of the stairs that lead to Hill Street when he was approached by the pair at around 9:50pm. The man did not require medical attention at the time.

The two suspects, are white, aged between 17 and 19 years old. One was wearing dark coloured clothing and the other was wearing light coloured clothing. One of the men was carrying a small bottle of vodka with a red cap.

Police hunt two thugs who assaulted and robbed man in city centre

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Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

I may not use this station, but I can often be pretty close, and in summer at least, that time’s a possibility.

A man has been attacked by a gang of five teenagers following a disagreement at the Exhibition Centre railway station in Glasgow.

British Transport Police are appealing for information into the incident that took place at around 7.25pm on Saturday.

The 50-year-old victim was assaulted after he was involved in an argument with the five boys, all aged between 16 and 17-years-old, at the station’s booking office.

He was then attacked by the gang and left with an eye injury.

Man attacked by gang of five teenagers at train station

Man in his 50s attacked by gang of teenagers at Exhibition Centre train station

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12/02/2019 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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