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From the missing cat poster archive – Wee Cait

Found this forgotten in the archives – I wonder if the owners got lucky?

Not entirely sure exactly where this one was spotted, but it was near Shettleston.

Have to comment…

LACK of detail!

Wee Cait Missing Cat

Wee Cait Missing Cat

Coincidentally

I’ve said coincidences follow me, and one was waiting for me as I neared home after ‘collecting’ the above poster.

I saw two, maybe three, black and white kitten running around a front garden as I walked along the road, and when I reached the house concerned was greet by a pair of curious eye watching carefully through the hedge.

Of course, the other(s) had retreated to cover, and this one was just waiting to follow but was just a tad braver, so the pic had to be grabbed, and no option for focus selection, as the autofocus always defaults to the nearest objects, and my intended subject was actually behind. Still better than nothing though.

Spy Kitten

Spy Kitten

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April 13, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Shettleston’s Christmas lights – still up (but not on)

I can’t recall how long the were left on (and I’m far to lazy to look back) but I do remember it took a while for anybody to remember to switch off Shettleston’s Christmas lights.

No such problem this time, and they went dark not long after Hogmanay.

But…

This year it looks as if nobody has remembered to go collect them, and they’re still hanging up there even though we’re now eating into March.

They’re not lit, that just reflected light on the framework that making them show up in the dark.

Shettleston Christmas Lights

Shettleston Christmas Lights

March 9, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

Ice-cream so good…

Ice-cream so good – whoever bought it barely tasted it before leaving it on the seat in a bus shelter.

Maybe it was just the arrival of the freezing cold weather that put them off, as Scotland is just starting to REALLY enjoy the freezing cold air being blasted in from the east of the country, from Russia and Siberia. See Why the UK will be so cold

Or maybe they had a taste – and that was enough!

It’s not unusual, and while the media and those who like to score political points choose to insult the rest of us by claiming children in Scotland are both living in poverty AND going hungry, when I see school kids in the street, they are carrying the most expensive tiny bottles of juice, and things like this tiny tub of ice-cream, also horrendously expensive.

Worse still, the streets are littered with such bottles discarded after only a couple of gulps have been drunk from them, and the same goes for that other expensive accessory – a plastic bottle of bottled water.

Shettleston Ice Cream

Shettleston Ice Cream

This pic also confirms I’m a vampire (why do you think I take so many night pics?) – I cast no reflection in the glass side of the bus shelter!

February 27, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Shettleston church illuminated sign

This was originally just one of a series of low light or night shots, really taken just to gauge the potential of having a brightly illuminated area against a dark/unlit background. Chances of losing the background into darkness – quite high if not careful.

It came out better than expected, so it might as well get used, given the time of year.

Shettleston Annick St Lit Church Sign

Shettleston Annick St Lit Church Sign

December 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Shettleston Christmas lights

Strange to say, I almost forgot about Shettleston’s Christmas lights.

But the various routes I follow at the moment nearly all avoid the centre of the main street, although I skirt all the way around it on most days.

I did ‘remember I had forgotten’, so after going to the shops I diverted and caught them.

Shettleston Christmas Lights

Shettleston Christmas Lights

I must be getting better at this, I usually have to try hard to avoid little light trails from my hand-held shots, but these seem to (thankfully) absent.

Bonus

I had to dive through the back streets to get back on route to head home, and happened to look up and spot the local housing association office, ready for Christmas too.

Shettleston Housing Association Christmas

Shettleston Housing Association Christmas

Bonus 2 – Just for fun

I thought I’d include a pic that would usually be rejected…

Shettleston Road

Shettleston Road

This one is pushed just a little too far, and shows more shadow detail at the cost of noise and other naughty effects I try to minimise.

While it shows more of the street and is arguably more interesting, it also includes bins and rubbish, normally left out and collected on a Friday, these have been missed today, and will probably be removed during an extra bin lorry run on Saturday (overtime?).

As an aside, it also shows how little dazzle and overspill (light pollution) our new LED street lighting produces, effectively proving those who object to it on the basis that it ‘dazzles and blinds’ compared to the old yellow sodium lighting are just naysayers, who would probably complain that a gold bar was ‘TOO HEAVY’ if they were given one.

Shooting under LED lighting is amazing, and on the occasions where the old sodium lighting still prevails – it’s horrible!

In the pic above, for example, the street lights (LED) are almost invisible. Had they been sodium, then there would have been a series of mini-suns blowing out the upper parts, and everything would have been YELLOW!

December 16, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

What are we getting on the old Halford’s site?

I can’t remember the history of the occupancy of the site which was once home to Shettleston’s Halfords store.

Vague memories of some low-cost grocery shed, but I never paid attention, and it was an anonymous and featureless shell within on the few occasions I found myself inside. Halfords eventually filled the empty site with a purpose-built store, but that went too.

I did use Halfords for a while, but changing circumstances ended that. Then another change, and I want it back.

In the past year it would have been handy, as the nearest one is 5 miles away, and takes over an hour and a half to reach.

It’s a while since I passed the spot in daylight, but that meant I came across the start of a new development on the cleared ground.

No signs in evidence, so I wonder what we’re getting?

Former Shettleston Halfords Site

Former Shettleston Halfords Site

November 30, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Early presents in Shettleston

It’s not every day you walk past a rack of clothes sitting in the street, and I had actually walked some way past before my brain woke up and said ‘Whoa!”

This one probably speaks for itself, at the door of one the churches, and I almost missed the label attached.

I almost didn’t even get a second chance, as the lighting almost blitzed the writing, but I got it back.

I’m sure somebody somewhere will be upset and grumpy about this, and want to score hate points or moan.

Shettleston Generosity

Shettleston Generosity

Shettleston Generosity Sign

Shettleston Generosity Label

Pity there was nothing in my colour.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Neeb’s wheel’s – 11

Technically not really a “Neeb’s wheel’s” member since I can’t just go for a walk and find it (I think), I’m stretching the point for this one on the basis of the registration number as it’s such an old friend. It’s also been some considerable time since I last saw it.

There was a time when this appeared on much lesser cars (going by memory, I think it was on a Ford Fiesta when I first started to notice it, but there was another one around at the time, so don’t quote me on this, I could easily be getting them confused after many years), and was often in my street and nearby, but I never saw it at a house.

That said, I think the same folk (another branch) might actually be neighbours as one of the ‘big houses’ just around the corner sports cars with the same name reflected in the registrations.

Like many I’ve watched over the years, this one has worked its way upmarket, and assuming my memory is halfway right about that early Fiesta, things have certainly improved with its arrival on a shiny new 2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto.

While the true enthusiast used to laugh at the old Ford Mustang on the basis that it could only go fast in a straight line (thanks to suspension designed to cope with American highways), that’s far from true today, with pony (and muscle cars in general) all benefiting from designs based on selling in a world market when that sort of flaw would be instant death to potential sales, even with enthusiasts for the type who might be willing to ignore such a mistake.

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

I don’t give away personal details online, but things on public display are… public, so I can hint that the ‘E’ on the plate, and the ‘E’ on the sandwich board that happens to be on the right, are related.

Nice to see 8281 again, it’s been too long.

August 22, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Missed me again – but that will buff out

After I decided to let the ‘Missed me again’ joke wind down a little, and not bother with ever mangled railing that was mown down while I was not following a particular route, it seems that this has just meant the Murphy (you know who I mean, the famous Murphy of Murphy’s Law) has upped his game, and is going to try harder.

I’m back on my old Shettleston loop, which I’ve missed for a while.

Not exactly related to my ‘Missed me’ them, I’ve noticed an interesting side street where a number of white Transits are parked.

Nothing interesting about that, until you look at their wheels – nearly all have flat tyres (but only the bottom part!), and this has been the case when I’ve looked for some nights now, after spotting the first one.

Anyway, back to the real subject, and it was nice of this van to put in the effort to mark my return to some waddling along the streets of Shettleston for a while.

As an aside, I have noted a number of people look at similar crash collision damage, sneer, and point to it as an example of how rubbish modern cars are compared to the ‘tanks’ of yesteryear.

That’s a gross error and demonstrates a fair degree of ignorance.

It forgets, or ignores, that the front end of a modern or current car is designed as a crumple zone, intended to deform progressively in a controlled manner and absorb the energy of a collision rather than allow it to be passed back to the passenger compartment, and ultimately to the occupants.

Modified Vauxhall

Modified Vauxhall

Update

They’re not going away (unlike the Vauxhall, gone the next day when I passed)!

Those Transits I mentioned are coming and going (but who can tell one or more white Transits apart?), and still have flat bits on their tyres, and still only at the bottom:

Flat Tyre Transit(s)

Flat Tyre Transit(s)

For what it’s worth, the valve caps all seem to be on, and there’s no obvious damage.

We used to have something similar in our works vans, when we visited some customers who were less than careful with the dross the their manufacturing areas and let metal shaving get carried into their yard.

We’d find our tyres kept deflating overnight, and only twigged when we found small shards of metal in the tread.

Guess what – we didn’t park in their yard any more, despite the ‘favour’.

August 10, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Most useless shop ever

A little bit of fun to end the month with, I almost burst a gut laughing when I looked across the road and spotted this business/shop in Shettleston. I must have caught them on early closing day.

Wealth Management?

In Glasgow’s east end?

In Shettleston?

Who are they kidding?

Maxim Wealth Management

Maxim Wealth Management

If you believe what you read in the media, or what activists tell you, then this will give you an idea why my funny bone was enjoying itself…

Scotland’s Glasgow areas of Shettleston, Springburn, Maryhill and Baillieston have been named as being among the 10 most deprived spots in the UK.

 

Scotland’s poorest place located

Scotland’s poorest and richest areas revealed

430,000 Scots kids living on the poverty line shock

I don’t believe most of what I read (to be specific, I believe any FACTS quoted, but not any of the spin, claims, or political drivel attached), and the chances of me not collapsing to the ground in fits of hysterical laughter when an activist starts to speak are… well, ‘slim to nil’ would probably not be too far from the truth.

(Note: That’s a real business in Shettleston, but it’s NOT mentioned in, or the subject of this post!)

July 31, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Missed me – again

The recent spate of violence in Glasgow was noted not only by me (since I kind of walk through some of it), but was also flagged up by the media.

Usually, when I try to lighten things a little with a ‘Missed me – again’ post, the reason is usually down to a walking route change, and finding some errant vehicle has clobbered something on a spot where I might have been walking, had I been there at the time.

Occasionally, it has noted a shooting, or worse.

The only possible positive note has been that such things usually take place at odd times.

Not so the most recent – ATM cash stolen in ‘terrifying’ armed robbery

An armed robber dressed in a “hi-vis” jacket took at least £10,000 from a worker delivering cash to an ATM in the east end of Glasgow.

The “shocking” incident happened at about 11.55 as the 57-year-old security guard approached the Tesco store in Annick Street in Shettleston.

The robber took the money box before making off in a small white car, later found burnt out nearby.

That in order of a mile from me, or 20 minutes’ walking. Pretty close.

The notable thing was the blatant timing of 11:55 – lunchtime.

Since I’m not a Tesco groupie I don’t have any pics, and I’m not going out for one, so this handy Street View capture will have to do:

Tesco ATMs

Tesco ATMs

I gave up  ‘normal’ shopping hours years ago, and started shopping at 2 or 3 am when the first 24-hour Tesco opened in Glasgow – it’s like having the shop to yourself. While the circumstances that made that my norm have gone, I still do most of my shopping last thing at night, usually on the way home, and avoid any sort of daytime shopping if at all possible – the queues are insane.

So, while I was actually there later, there was no sign of what had happened, and I only learned of it much later, when I looked at the news.

It’s not the closest…

One incident of ‘Shots fired’ at a house half a mile away.

Or the most serious…

I didn’t know at the time, but two-thirds of a mile away I passed a dying murder victim who had just left a pub – but at that moment it just looked like a bunch of kids around a drunk mate. The truth only came to light a few minutes later as it hit the news very quickly.

There was a closer incident, the theft of a number of cars, but that doesn’t really count as it happened in the middle of the night, and nobody was involved as it was not discovered until the dealer’s opened in the morning.

Update

To my shame, I can now be classed as a ‘Supermarket photographer’…

Although laden with shopping, I just couldn’t resist the urge to  have my own current pic of this Tesco, so grabbed this as I left last night.

And a hearty ‘Thank You’ to the driver of the white car, which parked in front of the subject (the ATMs) just as I pressed the shutter.

Shettleston Tesco ATMs

Shettleston Tesco ATMs

July 30, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

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