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  2. Yon's a bam, but a minor league bam compared to whit they've got in America.
  3. Now don't think you'll often see those two subjects on the same page. Look forward to seeing more of your work, samsamerican.
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  5. Has there ever been a more infantile P.M.? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-brexit-news-live-extension-letter-latest-second-referendum-vote-deal-a9163446.html
  6. Hope you have a fabulous time, Tam. The pies sound super.
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  8. Perth for a few days. last time I was here glasgowwestend was blocked by the PerthLibrary, you folk must have been on your best behaviour for a few years. was in Suffolk for five nights, train to Perth had a change in Peterborough and there the change in temperature was quite noticeable, temp must have dropped by fifteen degrees F. First walk doontown had tae make sure Murray's was till in business, outstanding Scottish Baker two years in a row. Bakery products are great, Murray's Scotch pies are mouthwatering. Met some English folk that wurnae too bad.
  9. ploughing on but these bloody windows are proving a right challenge. must have painted and repainted and still not happy or anywhere near finished. I need a beautiful muse and 4 gallon of red wine
  10. hopefully significant stockpiling is taking place, there are of course some medicines that cannot be stockpiled for any length of time
  11. Ha ha. You can't cover everything. Thanks, Yonza.
  12. Congratulations! You sure put in a ton of work. When I lived in the west end, someone once said to me that "the west end is just a lot of neutered cats, sitting on front door steps, and wondering what the point of life is". I thought it was a strange thing to say, but from then on I couldn't help noticing all those cats, that had previously barely impinged on my consciousness. I don't know if they were neutered or not, though.
  13. Glasgow West End Today wrote a feature about our big birthday. http://glasgowwestend.today/2019/10/06/blog/ They also made a film. https://tinyurl.com/y3cjka9s
  14. How can people be so stupid? Four of my prescribed medicines that I take every day are on the list.
  15. yep, thats the list, scary, hopefully it will be prioritised with brexit supporters at the end of the queue
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_byygue6gs A dose of cold hard reality
  17. https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-list-of-medicines-affected-by-no-deal-brexit/ So very long list of commonly prescribed medicines on this list. Including Doxycycline the antibiotic used to treat, among other things, pneumonia. Anticonvulsant, antipsychotic drugs also listed and dugs used to treat cancer and Parkinson's. Very frightening.
  18. The UK Government being run by disaster capitalists. Unbelievable.
  19. Rachel Johnson, Boris's Sister, last night on Radio 4 actually said BJ under pressure from individuals who have invested billions in shorting the £ on assumption of no deal - she actually said that, out and proud. So, your children and grand children's rights to free movement across the EU, your rights as workers, the economic well being of the UK is being trashed so that some very rich people can win a bet.
  20. Well as judgements go that was the most sound thrashing a court could ever deliver. Unlawful prorogation, unlawful advice to the Queen, unlawful attempt to avoid parliamentary scrutiny. Unanimous verdict by 11 of the most senior law lords and Lady Hale wearing her spider brooch as a wee nod to Robert the Bruce :-)
  21. The West Highland Railway from Mallaig to Glasgow via Fort William, has been a 'bucket list' ambition for me for a long time. Saturday was predicted to be a fine day, so I decided to get out and do it. It's also on the bucket list of many tourists who come to Scotland, and this could cause a problem in the height of the tourist season. You want to get a window seat, facing the front, but if the train is packed with tourists, you might end up with an aisle seat, and your back to the engine. Hopefully, there would be far fewer tourists in late September. The bus pass allows you to get half price train travel, but only in Strathclyde region. So, you can use it for the train to Oban, which is in Strathclyde, but not to Fort William and Mallaig, which are in Highland region. So, this was going to be the most expensive outing yet. I'd get free travel between my home and Glasgow, and also on the bus from Glasgow to Fort William, but then I'd be paying full fare for the rest. There's a bus service between Mallaig and Fort William, but it's pretty restricted, and didn't fit in with the itinerary. So, I'd get the train to Mallaig. I expected that I'd just spend a couple of hours or so in Mallaig, before catching the West Highland Railway train back to Glasgow, but as I was idly thumbing through the Cal-Mac ferry timetables one day, I noticed that there was actually a ferry from Mallaig to Armadale in Skye. Now, my travels around Scotland have turned me into something of a 'ferry bagger'. I 'bag' ferries the way some folk bag Munros. It's easier on the hips. I've done five since June, and this would be number six, if it was doable, and it was - just. The ferry leaves Mallaig at 1400, arriving at Armadale at 1445. I could disembark, and spend a few minutes of my first visit to Skye taking a couple of photos, before joining the back of the queue to board the ship again. The ferry would arrive back in Mallaig at 1545, with 20 minutes to spare before catching the 1605 train to Glasgow. Cost of return trip, just £6. It was going to be a day of 'firsts'. First time in Mallaig, on the Armadale ferry, and isle of Skye. First time on the West Highland line, including twice across the Glenfinnan viaduct, between Mallaig and Fort William. Glenfinnan is the viaduct made famous in Harry Potter films. It would be my first time across Rannoch Moor, one of the wildest places in Scotland, with no roads or villages for many miles. I'd heard that red deer were often seen from the train on the moor. That would be another first, if I saw one. I've seen nine roe deer on my travels, this year. Five individuals, plus a group of two adults and two fawns in a field of sheep, in Mull. Since they're mainly nocturnal, and mainly woodland dwelling, making it hard to spot them, you're left with the impression that there must be an awful lot of roe deer in Scotland. But, I've yet to see a red deer. It was my first time through Glen Coe from the south, and it was just as spectacular as when I traveled through it from the north earlier in the year. I took a few pics through the window of the bus, but wasn't optimistic about the results. I made a mental note of the relative positions of the chair lift, visitors' centre and Glencoe village for next year. The 0830 Fort William bus from Buchanan Street was 10 minutes late leaving, and lost another 10 minutes en route, due to a lot of passengers getting off and on along the way. So, it arrived in Fort William at 1156, which left no time for any sightseeing. It was straight to the railway station to get the 1212 train to Mallaig, arriving at 1334. On approaching the Glenfinnan viaduct, half the passengers got their cameras out, and started snapping away. I took a few pics, one of which turned out half decent. After Glenfinnan, the train passed by Scotland's deepest loch, Loch Morar. I'd expected it to be larger, for a body of water over 1,000 ft deep. The schedule was tight - too tight, maybe. I was trying to cram a lot in. I had just 15 minutes in Mallaig, before catching the 1400 ferry to Armadale, in Skye. It took 45 minutes to do the crossing, and I had 5 minutes on Skye to take a few photos, before boarding for the return trip. The weather was just about perfect, and there were a lot of tourists taking photos. There seemed to be a lot of Germans and Americans, but very few Chinese, compared to early summer. On the train back from Fort William, through Rannoch Moor, the sun began to flirt with the mountain tops, and the gloaming seemed to add to the ethereal magic of the place. I had thought that Rannoch Moor was my best chance of getting my first sighting of wild red deer, and so it turned out. About half a mile before Rannoch station, a group of four red deer hinds came into view, about 200 yards away. So, that's another bucket list item ticked off. By the time the train reached Ardlui, it was pitch black. October sees the start of the winter timetables. With far fewer bus, train and ferry services, and fewer daylight hours, there won't be any opportunities to do long distance outings with multiple connections like today's itinerary. It's a summer thing, really.
  22. Two destinations today - North Berwick and Dunbar. I'm getting gallus. I'd never been to either. There was a good bus service to both from Edinburgh, a bus every half hour. I decided to go to North Berwick first, then on to Dunbar, before returning to Edinburgh. North Berwick is the headquarters of the Scottish Seabird Centre, yet another hidden gem. Like the St Andrews aquarium, it's a 'tardis', and much bigger on the inside than you'd guess from looking at the outside. Maybe 'iceberg' would be a better analogy, as the hidden bit is underneath. There must be many visitors who think that the ground floor cafe and gift shop is all there is to it. But, the real action is down below. There's an admission charge of about a tenner, but it's well worth it. There are remotely controlled cameras on the neighbouring islands where the seabirds breed, including Bass Rock. You can control the cameras and zoom in, and see the results on a big screen. The kids loved it. But, that wasn't the best of it. There's a theatre, which I didn't know about. I was passing by, and a very welcoming young lady with a beautiful smile asked if I'd like to come in. I didn't want to, but even a pensioner like me can't resist that charm. So, I did, and was given a pair of 3-D plastic glasses to put on. I was a bit sceptical about this, but did as suggested. Now, I've seen every episode of the BBC's Blue Planet, and loved them all. You'd think documentaries about marine life couldn't get any better than that. You need to see this. It's made by Jacques Cousteau's son and narrated by Daryl Hannah. It's all about whales and dolphins (and Florida manatees). But, it's the 3-D thing that blew me away. Maybe I'm just an old fogey who's unacquainted with this stuff, and today's youngsters know all about it. But, this was like something from the 'Twilight Zone'. The close ups were far closer and detailed than anything in Blue Planet, but at certain points in the film, the whales and dolphins appeared to be swimming around in the theatre. I had no idea that such technology existed. Of all the hidden gems I've found on my travels, this was far and away the 'hidden gemmiest'. Outside the Seabird Centre, I could see the Bass Rock to the east. It looked as if it had been whitewashed, but that was obviously due to all the gannet guano. 'Guano' is a technical term for 'droppings'. 'Droppings' is a polite term for shite. On to Dunbar. I got the biggest fish and chip portion I've ever had for £7.60. It was so big, I couldn't finish the fish. That was a first. I often don't finish the chips but never leave any fish, but this fish portion was huge, and the seagulls got about a quarter of it. And, the chips were actually a bit 'crunchy', in contrast to the usual soggy pale chip shop chips. I don't remember the name, but if you're ever in town, it's just off the western edge of the High Street, and has a board outside saying it was established in 1916. There's a museum in town that is dedicated to John Muir, who was born in Dunbar, and emigrated with his family to the US in the 19th century, aged 11. It's the house he was born in. He returned to Dunbar to revisit relatives as an adult. He is revered in the US as being one of the pioneers of environmental activism, and was the driving force in the establishment of the US national parks. He is particularly associated with Yosemite, in California, which is near to where he lived. In the past, Dunbar castle was one of the most important castles in Scotland. Today, it's a decrepit ruin, and bits keep falling off it, so visitors aren't allowed. But, you can still get lots of good photos.
  23. Pat

    TransEurope Cafe

    Goes completely against notion of places being enjoyable and attractions for tourists rather than money making opportunities.
  24. Scottish Courts have deemed the proroguing unlawful. Now the Supreme Court. It's like the most fanciful soap ever.
  25. Fair play to the speaker and his pre proroguing speech, didn’t miss the shambles
  26. Yes, disgraceful that we cannot have the slightest space without some moron wanting to build soulless bloody flats
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