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The new build is an Aldi, not more flats

Remember I mentioned a new build in Shettleston, but which was a secret as there were no contractor’s boards, or any other signs around the site to give away what was coming?

See here: What are we getting on the old Halfords site

It’s more than a month since I was able to take a look, but last night was worth effort.

We’re getting an Adi – at long last.

While Lidl’s not too bad (nearest is in Tollcross, but there’s Baillieston too), Aldi means a trip to Cambuslang, Rutherglen, or the city centre (High Street), all of which are about 5 miles away.

They’re not fast at building these places – as can be seen, the place won’t up and running until November, and that’s four months away.

Having three of each to choose from I’ve found an interesting difference…

The three Lidls are always as near identical in stock as makes no difference.

However, the three Aldis are always worth dropping into just to see what they have that differs between them. Their clearances and reductions also seem to be independent, as I’ve picked up bargains in one, while the others don’t have the same items marked down.

I wonder if this will be the death-blow for the local Co-op?

Prices in the Co-op are ridiculously high, consistently ranging up to 20% more than Tesco and Asda (and obviously well above Lidl and Aldi), and the Shettleston store sold off half of its floor space not long after Tesco open a few streets away.

I walk in, walk round, then walk out after checking their prices. They tried to get me back in with their Dividend Scheme, but while that gives back 5% of your spend, it only applies to Co-op branded items.

Believe it or not (but it is true), even their ‘Reduced for quick sale’ item prices are still higher than Tesco.

Here’s the reveal for the new Aldi.

Shettleston Aldi

Shettleston Aldi

And the clue to the November opening date.

Aldi November

Aldi November

I just hope this ground/site is not jinxed.

Going by memory (pretty risky where my memory is concerned), so far, every shop that has opened here has closed within a few years, or been revamped after a while, to carry on for a few more years, then closed.

If I’d thought, I could have had a collection of photos to show the changes over the years, but it never occurred to me that the change would be so constant here.


July 12, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

‘Vaguely Soviet mural’ is gone

Sad to see the mural I dubbed as ‘Vaguely Soviet’ has gone, to be replaced by something more conventional.

See the original here: Vaguely Soviet Shettleston mural

Looks like I caught this one early, and it’s currently a ‘Work in Progress’.

Despite the appearance of the pic, it was actually quite late as I passed the scene and spotted the change, and I couldn’t see how much of the creation was still initial sketch with no colour added. I only realised this when I saw the original pic.

I’ll have to get past again, and catch the finished work.

Shettleston Wellshot Road Mural Work

Shettleston Wellshot Road Mural Work

June 7, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Things are crawling out of Glasgow’s bins

Passing through Shettleston one night, I wondered if there was maybe an unknown nuclear reactor somewhere, or if someone had been illegally dumping naughty chemicals and pollutants in the drains.

GIANT SNAILS crawling out of the bins!

There are times I’m glad I can’t afford booze.

Genetic Mutation 1

Genetic Mutation 1

At least they don’t move very fast.

Since I’d missed the face, I got a chance to make up for that mistake the next day.

Genetic Mutation 2

Genetic Mutation 2

Doesn’t look threatening at all (until it jumps on your face and smothers you).

In fact, the funniest thing about this pic is almost invisible.

Can you believe this is fitted with a ‘Safety Belt’ for the seat, to keep the fragile little mite sitting in it safe?

Maybe the REAL idea is to let harassed parents strap them in, so they can get some peace, and the kid can’t escape and wander away.

May 25, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , , | Leave a comment

There goes the Angler’s Rendezvous, into retiral after 55 years

Looks like a familiar landmark is set to disappear.

The Angler’s Rendezvous was (for me at least) a surprise reuse of one of the local ‘watering holes’ when it closed some years ago.

Unfortunate, that was so long ago I’ve no idea what the pub was called in its day.

So, although the shop may have enjoyed “55 Wonderful Years” I don’t know where the first of those years were enjoyed.

Not sure if it was actually closed by the time I took this pic – unfortunately my route in recent weeks has been nowhere near this, so I don’t know how long the sign has been up.

It was a handy place to look for bargains, even before this sale, as the owners did have a little second-hand section, and offered odd items to clear them if they hadn’t sold.

Amongst goodies I picked up there were a Gore-Tex waterproof jacket for a few pounds, some nice warm fleecy under-trousers, and an impressive pair of wellies, really handy as they had full length zippers to make them easy to get on and off.

Originally £199.99 for some reason they had never sold. Wonder why?

To use the standard expression, I picked them up AND got change from £40 too.

All handy for anyone living in Scotland!

Anglers Rendezvous Closing Down

Anglers Rendezvous Closing Down

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | 2 Comments

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


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

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.


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.


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

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