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Food fit for a king

I forgot I’d forgotten all about this gem

Promising ‘Food fit for a king’, we have to assume the king succumbed to starvation long ago, as The Indian Place has been closed for years, which is how long I tried to get a decent pic.

I’d come to forget about it for many of those years as the building was covered with scaffolding, and although I’d tried, I couldn’t get a decent pic of either the sign above the door, or even the façade.

But, a recent wander down that way (in daylight!) revealed the place was in the open, and almost in clear view.

My favourite part is still the sign above the door, with its ‘Food fit for a king’ statement.

The Indian Place Door Sign

The Indian Place Door Sign

There’s now a decent view of the façade too.

The place was up for sale or let for a while, hence the two vertical straps over the right part of the sign, but it looks as if they’ve given up (or somebody pinched that sign).

Looks as if the larder was upstairs, and some of the fresh food was left behind!

The Indian Place

The Indian Place


April 24, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Boots boots boots

You can’t even give some things away, or even depend on the light-fingered brigade pinching them when you want them to.

There’s a building site in full swing on London Road at the moment, and I’ve passed this pair of boots sitting (standing?) in the same place for more than a week now, not being touched or even disturbed by anybody.

London Road Boots

London Road Boots

February 26, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

When London Road was yarn bombed

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting, is a type of graffiti or street art that uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. So no damage such as that inflicted by Banksy and his wannabe waster mate vandals, and clean-up costs for their victims.

I forgot all about this pic I took on London Road after wandering through the Barras on my way to the People’s Palace and a walk on Glasgow Green.

I’d read about this stuff, and also some nice ladies that don’t actually yarn bomb as such, but just like to knit stuff for fun, and dress up things where knitting would not normally expect to be seen out of doors. They’ve been featured in the news.

I don’t know if there are any more examples of this around, at least I haven’t come across them if there are.


London Road Yarn Bombed Poles

London Road Yarn Bombed Poles


January 29, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Crappy story found about Dewar’s whisky plant at the end of my street

The Dewar’s whisky plant that features in this dirty story is not that far away from me, and while I used to pass it quite often when out for a walk, it seems that I can say that this became less so in recent years as I walked, or even cycled, along the Clyde Walkway which passes behind it.

There was a time when I used to do a fair bit of custom electronic control system design and build for some whisky plants around Glasgow, but Dewar’s was not one. I did visit the place once with the boss, as we tried to get some work in there, but the place was like something from far distant past compared to the plants we were working in then, labour-intensive and with little electronics or automation (then, at least).

Even so, it will be hard for me not to think of this story whenever I pass that way, and the sort of scum that they are unfortunate enough to have in their employ there.

I’m just going to quote this one, and not even try paraphrasing:

Bosses at a world-famous whisky factory have launched a “whodunit” probe after human poo was left on 
the floor.

Managers at John Dewar & Sons in Glasgow are grilling factory workers in a bid to identify who left the mess in a ­control-room office.

Sources claim the “dirty protest” comes after bosses at the plant – owned by Bacardi – instigated a security crackdown to stop workers helping themselves to booze.

The firm yesterday branded the stunt “disgusting” and said a thorough internal probe would be carried out “to get to the bottom of it”.

They said no contamination of any of their famous products took place.

A source at the plant told the Record furious bosses at the London Road factory had been studying worker’s log-in 
details in a bid to narrow down the list of 
potential culprits.

He said: “There had been leaving drinks the night before and maybe there was a bit too much alcohol taken by someone.

“It was discovered first thing in the morning and nobody was claiming ­responsibility for it. It was found by one of the management in an area off the 
bottling factory.

“It’s a really big area and people are in from very early in the morning so there are lots of people coming and going.

“They got it down to a shortlist of around five or six people who they think are the most likely culprits and have been pulling them in for interrogation.

“The offending article was removed quite quickly but they were saying afterwards they could have tested it for DNA.

Via: Poodunnit? Bosses at whisky factory launch investigation after dirty protest on work floor

Like I said in a recent post, you can probably recognise me easily in the street. On the basis that you never really know just how weird the people you might be next to could be, I’m the one walking with his arms out, to keep everybody away!

Although I took some pics of the factory fence a while ago, which is a custom job with the company name rendered in every section of metalwork, (and notable for the correct use of an apostrophe in that name), I’ve never taken a pic of the building itself though, but luckily there was one taken only a few days ago:

John Dewar and Sons geograph-5446431-by-JThomas

John Dewar and Sons

July 16, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Given up on repairing this crash barrier

There’s a barrier on London Road that seems to have been crossed off the ‘Repair List’ (or perhaps just moved to the bottom) as it seems to be pointless repairing it, such is the desire of some drivers to crash into it.

There’s a 40 mph limit on this road, and the fairly tight bend is approached shortly after a set of traffic lights. I used to work nearby and travelled this section regularly. Cars are much better now, but even then, as a regular I knew that I could zip up to 40 mph and just drive around this curve safely, while most others would brake and back off, but it does indicate how fast those clowns who go crashing into the barrier must be travelling. From the start of the damage point on the barrier, it’s easy to see how they have failed to make the turn (no excuse, not even on the basis of poor lighting).

I seem to have been watching this poor barrier being victimised by idiots for years now, with regular repairs being carried out, but now seems to be being left its fate since it was usually no sooner repaired than some fool decides to fly into it.

I can’t remember when it was last mangled, but have noticed that it appears to have been years ago – and was not subsequently fixed (although it has still changed shape every now and then). Or perhaps is trashed again so quickly it just looks as if it is no longer being repaired.

London Road barrier trashed

London Road barrier trashed

The good news for those that fly through/over this mangled barrier is that their next stop is the parking area behind an Arnold Clark Ford dealership, so they can just leave their heap there for an insurance inspection and quote (which the insurers will hopefully reject). Or run away if it was stolen (or they don’t want to be breathalysed), since there’s regrettably little for them to hit and be injured by here.

And the dealer will charge them for damaging their ‘fence’, which is slowly being deposited behind their skips:

London Road fence trashed

London Road fence trashed

January 11, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | 1 Comment


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