Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Ah! So THAT’S where Glasgow is…

Don’t think I need to add anything:

Sometimes tourists have a bit of a skewed idea of what Scotland is like – there’s way less haggis hunting, kilt-wearing or ‘och aye the noo’-ing that they’d maybe expect.

Now a hilarious map has reflected just how shaky people’s concept of Scotland really is. And we can’t help but feel that Glasgow has been just a little bit sidelined.

A fake ‘Visit Scotland’ map on Reddit that shows how they think tourists view Scotland – and our colleagues at Edinburgh Live pointed out that it’s basically, a thin corridor linking Edinburgh to the Highlands.

And Glasgow? Well, it’s literally been plonked in the sea with a question mark next to it. Don’t worry, we won’t take personally…

A hilarious fake tourist map of Scotland has left Glasgow seriously sidelined

Glasgow via Reddit

Glasgow via Reddit

Of course, this comes as no surprise to anyone who saw my earlier pic of Nessie – how else did she get here? 🙂

Nessie In Glasgow

Nessie In Glasgow

24/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment


Cat vs Dog

Cat vs Dog

26/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

I’m going to bed early tonight

(Actually, that’s not really me.)

26/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Pavlov’s Cat failure

Since I recently posted a successful depiction of Pavlov’s Cat showing how the famous experiment SHOULD be carried out (being conducted by the cat, of course), I thought it only fair to post an illustration of how NOT to carry ot this experiment, unless you actually WANT to fail miserably.

Pavlovs Cat Failure

Pavlovs Cat Failure

This seems appropriate 🙂

Expert Ignore

12/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

I went to Yorkhill – and all I got was signs

Yesterday was (almost) interesting after I had to go to Finnieston in the early evening.

Rather than just head straight back home once my business was done, I took a chance as thunder boomed around (with no lightning, or rain) and decided to walk through Yorkhill (the part behind Kelvin Hall at least) and on to Partick, since I’d sped through the streets in the past, but never on foot.

Sad to say, as regards the part I walked through, there didn’t seem to be any ‘Points of Interest’. The buildings/tenements all seem to be fairly plain, and I didn’t see any decorative features or architectural variations.

Notably, the area was home to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, referred to locally as “Yorkhill” or “Sick Kids” when it was in operation.

Today, as of 2015, the facility has become The West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital, a healthcare facility created to house the remaining outpatient service’s and the minor injury unit of the Western Infirmary (replaced by a large hospital campus elsewhere). This lay nearby, but was closed a few years ago, and has now been razed, as noted in my ‘concrete block’ posts.

A classic entrance sign still exists on the approach road to the old hospital.

While I understand those who object to such artefacts being removed, I’m also more of a realist than the idealists.

This sign SHOULD be removed and preserved in one of Glasgow’s museums.

Instead, I suspect it will just gradually decay where it is, be vandalised by some morons one day, or maybe even be stolen and sold by a rogue ‘salvager’ for a profit. However, I doubt it could be removed like that, and the sign;s construction means the whole stone post it is attached to would have to be taken, or a very careful removal and reconstruction carried out.

Yorkhill Sick Children Hospital Sign

Yorkhill Sick Children Hospital Sign

On a lighter note, there was a more modern sign seen just along the road.

Yorkhill To Let Toilet Sign

Yorkhill To Let Toilet Sign

01/08/2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Kelvingrove’s secret tunnel system tested for ‘Childfree’ days

If you’re looking for a reference to the real ‘International Childfree Day’ then look here

Otherwise, join me in a little wishful thinking 🙂

Those familiar with Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will (or should) be aware of its ventilation system, basically a system of tunnels built into the stonework, with the outlets, or vents, covered by large grilles, some of which are plain, and some of which are decorative.

Some say, they form a network of tunnels leading to the basement, and secret places, such as a nursery, or maybe even a restaurant (with a very ‘special’ menu).

I can’t hide the fact that some people’s ‘cute’ kids’ behaviour is quite the opposite for others, and screaming kids stamping their feet, or racing repeatedly from end to end the central hall as if they had OCD, do little to enhance the daily organ recital.

Few parents seem to care these days, afraid to do anything to curb theirs sprogs for fear of scarring them mentally, for life, and dooming them to years inside the social service, or even prison, system.

However, I did spot one particularly considerate parent testing Kelvingrove’s tunnel system recently – and one smart kid, who had clearly worked out what was going on, and making good their escape.

Kelvingrove tunnel grille size test

Kelvingrove tunnel grille size test

As the grilles are securely fixed in place…

It was necessary to carry out a practical test, to determine what size child could pass through the grille spacing.

Kelvingrove tunnel grille size test 2

Kelvingrove tunnel grille size test 2

The remaining pics of the test results weren’t pretty (if you think that opening in the grille is smaller than the kid, you’d be right, and getting it through wasn’t easy, neat, or tidy, so I thought it better not to include them.

However, we did receive this pic, claimed to show the exit of this tunnel (after a few interdimensional jumps).

Slide end

Slide end

Oh well, we can always dream/hope 😉


I wanted a pic of a complete/undamaged grille, but this isn’t possible at the moment, since the museum’s information desk was moved from the centre of the central hall, and set up in the corner across from the grille seen above, blocking the view.

However, the same grille appears on other vents fed by the same ventilation tunnels which run through the building.

This is one of a pair which lie on either side of the organ.

Interestingly, there are others nearby, but they are not in plain sight, and are simply made of a plain mesh, finished in gilt.

Kelvingrove ventilation grille

Kelvingrove ventilation grille

01/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow’s second dinosaur exhibition drew to a close today – could there be controversy?

As Trixie Joins Dippy and leaves the city, there’s a rumour of shocking news.

A new discovery threatens to overturn all we thought we knew 😉

Dinosaur Problem

31/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Nightvision – not as new as you think

Years ago…

Nightvision 1917

Nightvision 1917

31/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, military, World War I | , , , | Leave a comment

Did I just witness the birth of a new custom at Kelvingrove organ recitals?

I’ve been attending the daily organ recitals in Kelvingrove regularly for some time, probably not quite a year, and while I can’t be there on a daily basis (I have to travel there and back, for a nominal 30-minute performance) I have tried to make a continuous week, but so far, failed miserably.

However, it means I know the format, the pieces, and the performers, and even how the response (of the audience) varies over time.

But, today was different, and I have no idea why.

In the current year’s worth of attending, I have NEVER noted the audience to applaud when the performer arrives on the balcony.

I’m always there early (unless I make a mistake), so I know this is not normal. Even I would have noticed if this had happened in the past year.

In fact, normal generally means nobody notices, until the music starts, and sometimes (depending on how ignorant they are) even that doesn’t seem to be noticed by some.

So, did he pay them?

Or did he organise a bus to bring all his family and friends to cheer him on?

It was just… odd.

I wonder if this was the first of a new custom?

We’ll have to wait and see if there is a repeat, or if this was a one-off special.

This was William R Hutcheson at Kelvingrove today – organist of Clark Memorial Church, Largs. It’s a big church.

Kelvingrove William R Hutcheson

Kelvingrove William R Hutcheson

With the Linda McCartney exhibition is at Kelvingrove, many of the recitals include a Beatle’s number.

In this case, the selection was ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’.

I’ve come to realise that while any piece can be played on the organ, not all make the trip well – but I’m glad to say that this one did, and I hope it makes further appearances.

24/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Vegans, support your local butcher

I’d almost suggest this butcher was a great guy, but…

He spoiled it right at the end.

Vegan Friendly Butcher

Vegan Friendly Butcher

If you don’t know why, then brush up on your spelling/grammar.

Otherwise, I’d say this was a classic.

(I might even fix it if I get a spare moment later, I think it deserves the effort.)

I might even give him a (single) free pass for the bad grammar. He might be helping the Bank of England’s campaign to upset vegans too 🙂

The new £50 note will contain animal fat, because the only viable alternative would be palm oil

05/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your bus journeys will never be the same

After reading this post and looking at the pic.

Your bus journeys will never be the same 🙂

THEY are already here!

THEY are watching you, every time you get on one of ‘their’ buses.

And THEY’RE pink, just to make you think THEY’RE cute.

From now on, you’ll always think THEY are staring at you whenever you sit in from of one THEM.

THEY are always watching

THEY are always watching

22/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

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