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Vandalised mural in Greenfield Park

Greenfield Park isn’t really on any of my wandering routes, so if I ever get tos see what’s in there, I have to make a definite detour, and divert into the place.

I wandered along one of the paths that seemed to lead back to the houses, and found this mural on one of the perimeter walls, maybe backing onto some garages, but I’m not sure.

As I walked along, I spotted some sort of picture on the wall, and I’m guessing it was made by some kids from the nearby school.

Simple enough, out of the way, done by kids – but still no respect shown by the usual dross of taggers and vandals.

Click for slightly bigger.

Greenfield Park Vandalised Mural

Greenfield Park Vandalised Mural


August 4, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Looks like the vandals have finally found Tollcross Winter Gardens

One of the mildly surprising observations that could have been made over the years since Tollcross Winter Gardens and Visitor Centre were closed after the 2010/2011 storms is the lack of vandalism that was apparent over the following years.

But a walk past the building as we move into 2018 suggests this is no longer the case, and it looks as if the vandals have decided it’s worth the effort of getting to the buildings and working through the (remaining) glass.

While I haven’t counted the broken or dislocated panes of glass around the glasshouse, the MKI eyeball hasn’t noted the number of missing and damages panes being as obviously scattered around on previous visits.

Similarly, while the last visit simply noted an attack on the doors of the Visitor Centre, on this occasion the doors were noted to have been blocked off by the addition of wooden panels, making it obvious that the glass had been smashed through since that visit.

At this rate, the place can’t have many years left if it is to be saved, or it will reach the stage where it has to be cleared merely to make it safe.

Tollcross Winter Gardens Broken Glass

Tollcross Winter Gardens Broken Glass


Tollcross Winter Gardens Visitor Centre Broken Glass

Tollcross Winter Gardens Visitor Centre Broken Glass

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

Daldowie Doocot ruined by dumpers

I recently posted some recent pics of the resited Daldowie Doocot, noting how it appeared to have become neglected after the fanfare of its rescue and move, and is more likely to have drinkers smashing bottles around it than tourists dropping in for a look.

Even if they do make the effort, visitors who make the trip no longer have a car park as that had to be blocked off thanks to the attention of illegal dumpers who not only decided the secluded spot was ideal for them to carry out their activities hidden behind the trees, but also smashed the gate installed to prevent their entry.

I didn’t have the pics illustrating this to hand back then, but they turned up and a couple can be seen below, just to show I wasn’t making this up.

Daldowie Doocot Smashed Gate

Daldowie Doocot Smashed Gate

Attractive Doocot view.

Daldowie Doocot Car Park Dumped

Daldowie Doocot Car Park Dumped

And this was the time they sawed pieces out of the gate, so they could remove the chain which had been used to lock the gate, and then burst the locked bolt too.

Daldowie Doocot Sawn And Burst Car Park Gate

Daldowie Doocot Sawn And Burst Car Park Gate

April 4, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

No chance of infection in Tollcross Park, just a spot of fungus

Funny how it’s possible to wander around a place and completely miss something in plain sight.

I’d never noticed this old drinking fountain before, yet it lies near at least one path within the park.

I understand most, if not all, of these fountains have been killed off for fear of their being a potential source of infection, and sharing nasty diseases between users. At one time, they were numerous.

As can be seen, it has not only been disabled, but also smashed. Whether the latter is down to the park, or vandals, is unclear. Regardless, nobody’s going to be using this one.

Then again, it may have been a cunning plan by the scurrilous vendors of one of today’s greatest scandals – BOTTLED WATER – as they systematically destroyed all free sources of water to boost their criminal sales. But, that’s another story.

Tollcross Drinking Fountain Wrecked

Tollcross Drinking Fountain Wrecked

A wander around the remains revealed a fortunate survivor of this particular wrecking effort, including discovery of full details of the manufacturer.

Tollcross Drinking Fountain Detail

Tollcross Drinking Fountain Detail

One day, I’ll not only ready up on the definition of the difference between mushrooms and toadstools… I’ll also REMEMBER it!

So just have this bonus pic taken nearby, and we’ll settle for ‘fungus’ to save time.

Tollcross Park Tree Fungus

Tollcross Park Tree Fungus


Let’s not miss a chance to embarrass those in charge of this mess…

Which didn’t get the benefit of a SINGLE PENNY from the sham fiasco of the LASTING LEGACY of the 2014 GLASGOW COMMONWEALTH SHAMES.

Tollcross Winter Gardens January 2017

Tollcross Winter Gardens January 2017

October 19, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

There was a 10 k run for men (I forgot)

Well this is irritating, or maybe embarrassing.

I fell ‘Under the Weather’ a while back, and forgot about quite a few interesting pics I’d collected. While most are not time relevant, it seems this one was. Unfortunately, it seems I accumulated quite a few such things, and will have to dig them up and post them.

There seem to be a growing number of adverts being painted onto our pavements, hopefully a vile practice that will not grow, or if it does, will be crushed by officialdom before it becomes excessive. The only good point I see at the moment is that they are generally placed by official organisations, which can be held responsible, and are created using water-based paints with short lives.

If the same scum that spams the web decides this is a good idea (and I already see activist groups with their own questionable agendas are using the method) then we may see not only every wall, pole, lamppost, or similar have illegal fly-posted adverts slapped on them, but also the ground we walk on, and not with degradable paints either.

And the council does little to clear the existing abuse, so I doubt the culprits would have much to fear.

I may be late, and forget where I tripped over this one, such is the amount of time which has passed (well, somewhere around Parkhead or Tollcross), and don’t even remember seeing it mentioned in the news.

Hopefully NOT one of many, or of more to come. (The advert, not the run!)

Pavement Ad Painted 10k Men's Run

Pavement Ad Painted 10k Men’s Run

Maybe all this needs is a few complaints, and this might suffer the same fate as the poor chap who tried to find a girlfriend by throwing a few ‘Messages in a Bottle’ into the sea – and ended up with grumpy locals reporting him for, would you believe… LITTERING!

September 5, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Listed Partick pumping station defaced by poodle graffiti

In context, yesterday’s fun poodle graffiti effort turns out to be nothing more than vandalism of one of Glasgow’s iconic red sandstone buildings, the 1904 Partick Sewage Pumping Station in Dumbarton Road.

These criminals (usually shoplifters – have you seen the price of ONE tin of spray paint, let alone a selection of colours, I needed a seat to recover when I made the mistake of almost buying one recently) whine about being ‘picked on’ for just having a bit of fun, but I recently saw the bill for restoring a rail carriage, they had ‘decorated’ during the night recently, and while they believe they’re not damaging buildings such as the pumping station (or more likely just don’t care so long as they are first to ‘tag’ a piece of clean wall with their mark), the reality is that sandstone WILL inevitably be damaged, either by the chemicals or solvents needed to removed their muck, or by the various forms of pressure-washing that may be used to avoid chemical use.

The damage can be slight, but as was seen after the mass clean-up of the black soot that once covered many building in Glasgow, damage and accelerated erosion can follow even when care is taken.


It’s bad enough that legitimate refurbishment and modernisation of a working structure means we now have electric motors powering the pumps here, instead of the visual show the original three inverted vertical triple-expansion pumping engines with plunger pumps could be providing today.

Smelly Poodle Graffit Context

Smelly Poodle Graffiti Context

Why ‘Smelly Poodle’?

If you have to ask… you have never walked past this working sewage pumping station!

August 25, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

And the pile of charred junk was…

It’s not that often I get something wrong (AND admit it) but I did get taken by surprise while out for a wander one night, and completely failed to realise what I was looking at – until I woke up from the semi-trance state I usually enjoy while walking. Why I don’t bump into things or people is a mystery, but I don’t.

As is becoming the custom, this was found after another change to my ‘regular’ route, and once again shows that the ‘interesting’ stuff never happens when I’m around. I only find it later.

In this case, after noticing my path was almost blocked by some burnt and charred rubbish, I was puzzled about how it came to be there, and who would have dumped.

I was so puzzled I failed to notice the obvious clues at first (well, to be fair, it WAS dark AND the remains were blackened, these pics only appear ‘light’ as they have been processed to recover the image – note the lit door in the background of one of them), maybe I should have noticed things such as the jockey wheel, and bits of chassis.

But then again, a caravan without its body is a pretty rare sight – especially when not only the body, but the interior has been burnt to a crisp, and all that remains are things like a gas bottle, and odd pieces of nondescript metalwork. The rest is lightweight and inflammable, so doesn’t last long once the fire catches hold. I guess steel survives, but lightweight aluminium probably doesn’t have a chance.

This pic shows how it looked the first time I found it, although I had to go back for this view later, but I wanted to see how it looked when found it the first time, and didn’t quite realise what it was (in the dark). I thought there was more junk on the footpath, but then again, I tend to follow the kerb in my usual trance, like a ‘white line follower’.

Ex Caravan Dusk

Ex Caravan Dusk

First time around, I grabbed this shot in the dark, and it was actually the remaining piece of body still standing on the right that made me twig as to what I was looking at.

Ex Caravan Dark

Ex Caravan Dark

While not wanting to promote vandalism, arson, or fire-raising, this find does make me wonder about some stories I’ve seen in the media over the years.

According to the reporters, concerned, a caravan left on the road cannot be given a parking ticker, nor is there any legislation in place which allows either the police or council to move, or remove, it as an obstruction, unlike an abandoned car (or even a parked car!).

In fact, according to those stories, items such as caravans and trailers, if simply left in the road, cannot legally be touched or removed by either the police or the council, and must be left there – and the owner attracts NO PENALTY. (I’m not stating this as fact, merely recounting what has been written by hacks in the media).

These stories have dragged on for months, maybe even years, as the various authorities pleaded ‘Not our problem’, and upset residents whined.

Seems to me there’s an obvious solution to removing this particular problem – no need for it drag on for months or years.

July 4, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Another abandoned and derelict house is lost

I mentioned a nice Victorian era sandstone house that was razed recently, having stood derelict for decades, although not apparently vandalised: There goes another old building

There was another house across the road, a cottage that had been occupied and refurbished/modernised over the years, but had for some reason had been wrecked by vandals, and also become abandoned and derelict

This is how it looked then, back in 2014:

Hamilton Rd Housewreck

Hamilton Rd Housewreck

It was a while until my wandering carried back there (only a year after the above pic, in 2015, but I completely forgot about it), but when I did see the spot again, it looked like this:

Demolished Derelict Hamilton Road

Demolished Derelict Hamilton Road

As of now, 2017, this spot is still empty, so the house was just razed to get rid of it, not to make way for a new build (yet?)

I’ve spotted a number of these losses over the years, I now realise that in most of these cases there is some sort of story behind the loss, often some sort of accident, tragedy, or failure in the life of the owner/family.

April 11, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Morons and vandals – NOT artists

They call themselves ‘graffiti artists’ and worship at the holy altar of the ‘Banksy’.

I just call them vandals and would happily see them all locked up, or on work details cleaning their muck from our wall and street furniture.

Before anybody makes assumptions and thinks I’m a miserable sod, I have NO problem with any murals or similar that are approved and wanted in a community. Glasgow has grown a fantastic collection in recent years, and now has leaflets to guide visitors around it mural trails, and I see similar in other towns and cities.

But I have no time for those who run around thinking any piece of clean wall or similar is ‘theirs’, or that every door or piece of street furniture was provided for them to ‘tag’. They’re simply causing malicious criminal damage to other people’s property, probably with stolen/shoplifted spray paint, and costing those people money to clean up their mess.

Those behind this sort of moronic ‘campaign’ are at best double-dumb.

The one group who will NEVER see their handiwork? Their supposed target.

But it will be seen by folk who live near it, and will be ticked off and want it cleaned off, and it will be seen by the council worker who will care not one jot about it, other than to say ‘Thanks’ for keeping them in a  – unless someone takes the view that there’s no money for this as it costs too much to keep cleaning this dirt away, and fires them.

I’m not sure where I picked this one up – I was wandering around Easterhouse that day.

Graffiti Stop Control

Graffiti Stop Control

March 12, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

General Lee to die for Political Correctness

One of the things that does a pretty good job of upsetting me is Revisionism, especially if fuelled by misguided Political Correctness.

Changing, eliminating, or just destroying historic artefacts that represent events in history is no different from the book-burning and icon destruction of the Nazis – but somehow when people claim they have a ‘good and pure reason’ for doing the same thing, it suddenly seems to gain an air of respectability.

It may not be one of the ‘best’ television series of all time, but I did grow up with The Dukes of Hazzard and there are quite few icons that were born in that show, one being the 1969 Dodge Charger that was the General Lee, or just The General.

Some golfer nobody ever heard of bought the car a few years ago, and until now, was quite happy to own it complete with Confederate Flag painted on the roof, as it should be since that is the way the car appeared for many years, as it starred in the TV series.

All of a sudden, this ‘Bubba’ character has decided to destroy the General Lee and paint out the flag.

Confederate flag: Bubba Watson to paint over Dukes of Hazzard car – BBC News


Because he woke up with a conscience one morning, in tears about what the flag represented, and decided to do something about it?


He woke up in a cold sweat one morning, when he realised that the sponsors who fund his lifestyle for doing nothing more than knocking a little ball around a big garden might stop giving him money for doing nothing, in case he associated them with this supposed problem.

The actor who played Cooter in the series probably says as much I would:

I never knew nor cared who Bubba Watson was before, but now I sincerely hope he reaps the just reward for his vandalism, and his career take the nosedive he deserves for interfering with history.

Even Nazi memorabilia gets better and fairer treatment.

If the car offends him so much, all he had to do was donate it to a museum, or sell it to a museum for a dollar.

July 18, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sky high graffiti puzzle solved

While I’m not so thick as to be unaware of the obvious answer to this puzzle, I’ve never been around a site where the obvious answer was… obvious.

Wandering around Glasgow, or any other location where redevelopment is underway, there’s often graffiti (better termed as vandalism) evident on walls that there is nowhere that the vandal could have been standing. This leads to the hope that the they might have been hung over the edge of the roof, and their mates might have dropped them. But I doubt my fanciful imagination would have been rewarded, even if I had been there at the right time.

Still, I have seen some on places like bridge parapets, which don’t have – and never had – any sort of support or standing space below them just voids, so those might be more interesting to see as they are being sprayed.

The reality is boring, and while I can’t claim to hold the evidence myself, I’ve been lucky enough to come across some (archival) material that confirms the obvious.

All they have to do is break into a building, or a demolition site, and get onto the roof or the remains of a wall, and they can spray their childish tags all day (or night) long.

Although I didn’t see it, I know this was done while the building on the corner of Queen Street and Ingram Street was being demolished.

I’ll probably never catch one as it happens, simply because I’m not in the right places any more.

Wonder if any of them have managed to kill themselves playing this game?

High level graffiti

High level graffiti

March 1, 2014 Posted by | photography | , , | 1 Comment

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