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Kelvingrove Park’s BIG bins arrive earlier this year – amidst disturbances

Pity they weren’t there a bit earlier, they could have been filled with some REAL RUBBISH, then just sent to the incinerator.

Have to confess I thought about cycling to Kelvingrove yesterday, but the time I wasted thinking (it’s hard for me) meant I had to go the ‘lazy’ way, which turned out to be just as well, since my trip includes the cycle route that cuts through the park.

4 pm would have seen be head for home, so it looks as if I made the right choice.


Looking at last year’s post, it looks as if the BIG bins and mess didn’t really arrive until the latter part of May, after a bank holiday.

They seem to be managing without the mobile CCTV unit (so far).

Kelvingrove Park Big bns

Kelvingrove Park Big bins

Incidentally, the park was glorious today, and busy rather than crowded.

In fact, I was surprised at the above scene I pictured, as this was lunchtime.

There was an interesting article title last year, which appeared to suggest wealthy ‘West enders’ don’t consider themselves ‘Glaswegians’.

Of course I noticed this… being a poverty-stricken East ender myself 😉

‘Glaswegians make litter’ – west end resident hits out at state of Kelvingrove Park after bank holiday

However, I’m also fair, and when I read the article, despite being inserted between single quotes, the title phrase is NOT a quote from the resident, or at least does not appear in the article.

Tut tut…. surely not a bit of ‘clickbait’ phrasing in a GlasgowLive article headline?

20/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , | 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

Honourable mention for… piping and juggling

I took these pics at the start of the Christmas stuff in Glasgow, not of the subjects, but purely to carry out some camera tests, having decided to play around with my usual setting for ‘hand held low light’.

I had been tricking the camera into preferring high ISO (but with the really high values locked out), slowish shutter speeds (but keeping away from really slow and shaky speeds), and wide apertures. It can do what it likes with aperture, since I know there’s really no point in not using wide apertures – stray into smaller settings, and the other two compensate, and the results are never good (for hand held).

I’m not going to comment on their abilities, since I’m told it’s not ‘PC’ to say anything negative about someone doing something you can’t do yourself. I’ve never even tried to play the bagpipes, and have yet to find the ‘magic’ that allows one to juggle.

But they do try, and it seems a shame not to give them a mention.

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler

And a bit wider.

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler

And… just one more.

Taken in a hurry as I turned to move on – I think it came out best of this test.

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler

Buchanan Street Piper Juggler


What’s that in the background, on the litter bin?

Is it an Orwellian 1984 reference?

George Orwell — ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.’

Well, we ARE in the ‘future’.

Buchanan Street Bin

Buchanan Street Bin

It took me a moment to work this one out, after putting it into context with the rest of view.

Sadly, it’s nothing more than one of Glasgow’s new high-tech, foot operated, litter bins.

I kid you not, but I am so used to seeing graphics like that used to indicate accelerator pedals in cars, I really struggled with this at first, and wondered what on earth that symbol was there for.

10/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Kelvingrove Park tidy and telly

Last time we had a nice weekend, Kelvingrove Park suffered a little, as some happy folks decided it would be nice to party there.

Unfortunately, neither they not the bins were ready to deal with the rubbish they generated, so they left it behind as a present for the locals.

Seems we have another Bank Holiday this weekend, and I happened to pass the through the park a little earlier this time (Saturday as opposed to Sunday), and noticed that while the visitors still seemed quite happy to drop their litter where they stood on the grass, many more seemed to be using two new and rather large bins (the other one is off to the left, out of sight of the pic), which were better suited to the volume than the usual litter bins in the park,

I’m not sure if this was actually for the litter, however I noticed evidence that there may have been an earlier gathering in the park for what some may refer to as ‘The Great Unwashed’, as many parts appeared to be decorated with chalked up signs referring to ‘Homelessness’, and there was a little Mobile CCTV Unit sitting in the midst of things.

Click the pic for a bit bigger.

Kelvingrove Park Tidy

Kelvingrove Park Tidy


Sorry, the CCTV wasn’t there because of the litter.

Unfortunately, I later discovered this incident had taken place on the previous day:

Teen seriously hurt after being glassed in face at park

27/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park – compare and contrast

I cycled through both my own ‘local’ haunt of Glasgow Green, and later the same day, Kelvingrove Park, and contrast was remarkable.

The warm and sunny day had brought people out into both, but it was Kelvingrove that made it into the news, again, with yet another repeat of the littering that seems to take place there every time there’s a crowd or event.

By way of contrast, the Green may not have been as crowded, it was still busy, yet there was no litter to speak of.

This news item tells the story, and is no exaggeration – I saw the mess.

Major Kelvingrove Park clean-up after sunshine rave

This pic was taken after 20:30 when the so-called ‘rave’ was still going strong, the park was full of people.

Kelvingrove Park Sunny Day

Kelvingrove Park Sunny Day

The sad thing about this pic is that it shows people do take care, bag their litter and try to use the bins – sadly, the bins were overcome, and most were like the one in the pic (and a lot smaller too), with the bags and other refuse laid around them.

Even so, that’s no excuse for the others who clearly don’t give a damn, leave their litter/rubbish where it falls, and just walk away, leaving it for others to deal with.

As they probably say “If I don’t just drop my litter, somebody will lose their job”.

15/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , | Leave a comment

This is your street. Not your personal bin.

It looks as if Glasgow is having another go at its litter louts with a new campaign.

Wandering around various burbs, I’ve come across the following sign placed high on many lampposts:

Litter Campaign Sign Not Your Personal Bin

Litter Campaign Sign Not Your Personal Bin

While I like the sentiment, I suspect the people who will really like it are the residents who are fed up with those who litter, while those who litter will just laugh at it, and pay absolutely no attention whatsoever.

While I was raised not to drop litter, and don’t – ever – anything goes in my pocket or a bag to be disposed of later, I see very few children who have been taught not to litter. And they become the adults that also have no care regarding litter.

It’s sad to walk along the street, especially with shops, and watch the behaviour of people as they leave shops.

Those leaving convenience stores, newsagents, and fish & chip shops are amongst the worst offenders.

Often unwrapping cigarette packets, the wrapping is discarded instantly without a second thought.

But the saddest sight is that of the kids, especially the smallest ones, as they come out with packets of sweets or similar treats, and these are already being opened and unwrapped as they leave the shop, and you can see they have NEVER been taught not to litter, as the wrappers are dropped as soon as they come off, without as much as moment’s thought about what they are doing. They don’t even know they are littering. Putting the wrappers in their pocket does not even occur to them.

And if the council, a community worker, or police officer DARES to pull anyone up, or issue a fine?

THEY are slated as the ‘Bad Guys’, unreasonable and oppressive, just out to make money and pick on people.

If they wanted to do that (make money), they’d be better to collect all the discarded McDonald’s packaging that fills our streets (buyers of this muck are amongst the worst, just opening their car doors after visiting a drive-through, and dropping the lot on the road), return it to source and charge them for each piece of branded litter they return.

I can dream.

23/07/2017 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, photography | , , , | 1 Comment

Thanks for the curry, but…

Having a bit of garden that faces on to the pavement brings the occasional obvious problem from the occasional passing moron.

While those who see it as a handy place to deposit their used beer bottles and cans are a nuisance, they’re nowhere near as despicable as the dog-owners who make a great play of making sure they are seen collecting and bagging the steaming pile of crap that comes out the back of their mobile muck factories, then discreetly drop that back over the wall when they’re sure no-one is looking.

Then there was the day I watched a young mother feed her pram-bound spawn some nicely peeled fruit, and decided that dropping the peel on the road was a bad thing to do, but it was perfectly alright to throw all the skins and cores into my garden before carrying on her happy way.

Then there’s the corporate sin known as MacDonald’s, which claims to tidy its disposable food packaging, but has yet to send anyone to collect its endless stream of paper/cardboard  food containers, cups, boxes, and bags I seem to be collecting.

But the strangest find was a complete ready meal, lying neatly in the border at the edge of the lawn.

The only problem with the generosity of this unexpected gift from an unknown benefactor – I can’t stand curry!

Now, if it just been a sealed pack of chips without the curry sauce, I might have gone for it.

After all, the Best before date is shown as 12.06.2014. (But on second thought, it went in the bin.)

Still, have to worry just how it landed there.

Garden Curry

Garden Curry

05/02/2014 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

The Adventure Game may wear out the country

mountain bikeYour scribe doesn’t hide the fact that he likes to feature news stories that warn about the once unstoppable march of the Wind Farm across the country, ruining the land and the view, both irreplaceable assets that the country has become dependent on to attract tourists and their wallets.

It seems that the Scottish countryside is under threat from another quarter, namely the boom in adventure pursuits, which is now booming in the north, and said to be worth some £187 million per annum, and more than £25 million to the economy of the Highlands and Islands. Organisations such as VisitScotland are actively promoting events, and activities such as mountain-biking, together with public access events, intended to bring in spectators, with crowds of perhaps 40,000 attending. One project mentioned is the Wilderness Adventure Racing Championship, missing from Scotland last year, it looks set to return to Lochaber in 2008, bringing 60 teams from 22 countries. Organisers allocate funds to clear up litter, with budgets of £5,000 being typical.

Erosion and Waste

The upsurge in activities may be a cause for concern, while conservationists are busy maintaining the flora and fauna, and the land they depend on, growing numbers of visitor’s feet are straying from the paths provided, and damaging the softer, natural ground.

Human waste, as opposed to simple litter, also become a significant problem as visitor numbers increase. Ben Nevis is quoted as one example, where such waste can remain frozen for years if left there, rather than being broken down naturally. Already implemented in the Cairngorms are so-called Poo Chutes in car parking areas, where visitors are encouraged to deposit bagged and bottled ‘waste’.

Used with care, the Scottish countryside can be enjoyed by all (even if that means it gets busy, and loses the ‘isolation’ factor), and visitors can do worse than take a moment to familiarise themselves with both the Rights, and the Responsibilities, that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides.

21/03/2008 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

£50 litter fines for schoolchildren

In a move which many will hopefully applaude, Secondary school pupils in Glasgow run the risk of receiving a £50 fine if caught dropping litter, in the latest phase of of the city’s Clean Glasgow campaign. Enforcement officers will be on patrol, targeting 12 to 16 year old pupils, and will issue the fines retrospectively, by post to the offender’s home, with a letter to their parents.

In the event that the fine is not paid, the offender will be requested to undertake community work, with failure to comply resulting in their being reported to the Children’s Reporter, which hears child protection and youth justice cases.

A Glasgow Council spokesperson said their hope was that the number of fines actually issued would be very low.

You can read more details and comments regarding the Enforcement Phase on Glasgow Council’s web page.

Your scribe thinks this may be a forlorn hope, with the evidence of the children on the streets of the east end of the city indicating their contempt for both litter laws and the police.

At lunchtimes, the secondary school pupils flood out of the school and commandeer all the fast food outlets, bakers, sandwich and chip shops, together with all the small shops that have taken to selling soup, noodles, and any other fast food that can be boiled up quickly, or zapped in a microwave. Even though there are usually a few cops on foot patrol at the time, the kids simply pour out whatever liquid or slops they don’t want from their purchases on to the pavement. Anything delivered in a paper bag or plastic wrapper is usually out of its wrapping by the time they reach the shop door, and the wrapping dropped without a thought as soon as they reach the pavement. Plastic cups and the like are also just dropped as soon as they are finished with, all without a thought or even a glance to see if there is a rubbish container or bin nearby. Why the shopkeepers bother putting lids on the cups is just a mystery, they get tossed first. The police are too few to deal with such a relative triviality, and are usually needed to move the kids on from the shop doorways, and allow the adult and elderly shoppers access.

After the school lunch break is over, and the kids have gone back to school, the main street looks like a rubbish dump, with discarded food littering the pavement, and paper bags, plastic cups, and cup lids blowing along the length of the street.

The shopkeepers should be included too, as they are responsible for handing out the litter in the first place, so they can sell the it, and its contents, as fast as possible in the time available.

Maybe… one day…

15/02/2008 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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