Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

In praise of double-decker buses

A lot of people seem to have nothing good to say about buses and public transport.

I beg to differ.

Peugeot CC bus view

Peugeot CC bus view


Peugeot CC bus view too

Peugeot CC bus view too

Thought for the day…

Summer bus pass

Already in my pocket 🙂

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

Glasgow Science Centre still gooey

I haven’t been on the ‘other’ side of the Clyde for ages, and didn’t realise that the goo which ran down the roof on outrhottest June day ever (last year) was still there.

The original story at the time had indicated it was to be cleaned off once things cooled down, but that clearly didn’t happen.

The temperature hit 31.9C in Glasgow, which weather forecasters round up to 32C. Thursday beat Wednesday’s record as Scotland’s hottest day in 23 years.

Temperatures triggered speed restrictions on rail routes in central Scotland and roads melted in Aberdeenshire, Moray and Fife.

The “weatherproof” membrane on Glasgow Science Centre’s roof melted and dripped black “goo” down the building.

Thursday has become Scotland’s warmest day of 2018 so far.

Sharon Lyons from Glasgow Science Centre said: “As Scotland enjoys ‘taps aff’ weather, the weatherproof membrane from our roof is quite literally melting.

“The structural integrity of the roof is completely sound, but we are left with a bit of an unsightly black goo on the roof.

“When we return to typical Glasgow colder climes, we shall set about cleaning it.”

Science Centre roof ‘melts’ on hottest ever June day in Glasgow

I thought I’d missed seeing this phenomenon as I didn’t get over that way for ages.

Still there…

Glasgow Science Centre goo

Glasgow Science Centre goo

Looks as if the goo expanded enough to move the roof tiles.

Glasgow Science Centre roof detail

Glasgow Science Centre roof detail

Although the BBC article referenced (thankfully) has no Comment Moron Section, I do recall noting this on some other articles at the time, and it was the usual tripe as morons demanded someone be fired for making this ‘mistake’.

Yup, THAT’ll fix it.

23/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Oops, there goes summer, here comes winter

I sometimes wonder if we should just cancel autumn – it seems to last no time at all.

I noticed this a few years ago, when I was setting up a work bench to process a huge amount of print/film images, with the intention of bring a few thousand examples into the digital age.

Thing were going fine until I found I needed some carriers to hold odd-sized strip of film and negatives, and a lot of small ‘contact’ prints – a lot of the material had come from a Glasgow photographic studio (long gone and demolished).

Unfortunately, it took me a few days to make the trip to buy these goodies, but that short delay led to the end of the project – which has yet to be revived, despite all the stuff still sitting on the same desk.

After buying the extra bits needed, the date changed from October to November… and that year, and just about every year since, I think it’s almost as if some McNastie weather god throws a switch and, over the course of only a few days, we go from “It’s a bit chilly, but I can still work in an unheated room” to “Who are you kidding? Work? I can’t even feel my fingers after a few minutes!”

It looks as if we’re heading rapidly towards the day that damned ‘Cold’ switch is thrown for this year.

The temperature is set to plummet over the weekend – but is it cold enough for snow in Glasgow?

The saying is winter is coming is true for the coming week as temperatures are set to dip to 1C overnight on Saturday and Sunday.

The Met Office is reporting Scotland is set for wintry showers – meaning frost and snow – towards the end of this week and into next.

Snow could hit Glasgow this weekend as temperatures plummet

It will be interesting to see if the usual whining travellers are already practicing their moaning about how the weather has upset their plans, and how the council was not prepared and didn’t do anything to keep THEIR personal routes cleared before everybody else’s.

Want to bet they haven’t read (or will choose to ignore) that Glasgow City Council has not only got its plans in order already, but that this year CYCLE PATHS will be given priority?

Specifically… (DAMN! They’re really only beginning the East City Way – but then again, most of the cycle paths here are on shared footways)

The cycle routes to be given priority status for the first time are the South West City Way and the West City Way and its link with Kelvingrove Park.

Under a pilot programme, the routes will be gritted or cleared alongside the city’s priority 1 footways.

Last year winter gritting began on 29 October and extended through to April after the arrival of the so-called “Beast from the East”.

The new winter plan will involve the clearance of 900km (559 miles) of roads, footpaths and now cycleways.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “As ever, we always seek to refine and improve our plans and people can have faith that we are prepared in case the worst happens again.

“I am delighted there will be greater support for those who travel to and from the city centre by bike.

Gritters to ‘prioritise’ Glasgow cycle paths this winter

We really need to be more honest, and instead of pointing mockingly at the Council for traffic problems in cold/snowy weather (or worse, joking about what can be a killer), start pointing at the morons who think it is clever to go out and travel in weather condition that are just not safe. Darwin at least removes a few of them every year.

I wonder if they are the same people who go wandering in the hills and mountains wearing t-shirts and jeans at this time of year, then feign surprise when the Mountain Rescue teams have to risk their lives to go get them down before they die>

I really couldn’t find a good weather joke, but this is probably better.

Cold Grumpy Cat

Cold Grumpy Cat

25/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to wave bye bye to summer

Leafs around treeForget the calendar, and official definitions. Just use your eyes and you can see when summer begins to make serious moves towards the exit, and autumn begins to makes its presence felt.

It’s coming up for four weeks since I considered autumn to have arrived, and although I’m not particularly keen on Americanising (even now, my American spell-checker is telling me I should be using Americanizing) the English language, that doesn’t mean every instance is bad, and one of their appropriate terms is the use of fall when referring to autumn, because that’s inevitably what happen to most of the plants and trees as winter begins to loom on the horizon.

Although the weather was warm and sunny back then, the trees knew better, and as headed to and from the shops, there was a steady fall of leaves from tress all the time. Not great heaps of the things, and the lightest breeze was enough to blow them away, so that most folk wouldn’t even have noticed them – most folk walk around with their eyes and ears glued to their mobile phones, and only come out of their self-imposed trances when they bump into something, or someone else doing the same.

However, it was all change last night, as I wandered to and from the shops once more, and as I walked along the tree-lined avenues… Who am I kidding? As I tried to ignore the traffic on the main road I have to walk along, I was up to my knees in dried-up brown leaves, piled up along the pavement by the wind from that passing traffic. Given the amount of leaves I was pushing my way through, the trees looked far from bare, but it won’t be long until their foliage has gone, and there will only be the chilly view of bare branches keeping me company.

I’m already looking forward to spring – not that I have anything against the natural appearance of winter, just the just the chill that comes from not handing over the shirt from my back to the gas and electricity companies, I need it help keep me warm.

21/09/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment


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