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  1. Campbeltown. You wonder why it exists. Hard to imagine a more remote town of comparable size (pop. 5,000) on the UK mainland. Its heyday was in the Victorian era, when it had a fishing fleet of over 600 boats, a shipbuilding industry, and so many distilleries, it earned itself the name 'Whiskyopolis'. Times have changed big time. No ships are built today, the fishing fleet has virtually ceased to exist, partly due to EU quotas, and just one distillery remains. It's a 4 hour 10 minutes drive from Glasgow. But, you have to go far to the north, up to Inverary, before you can turn south to the Mull of Kintyre. That's because the sea lochs, Fyne and Long have to be circumvented. They don't call it 'Loch Long' for nothing. It's a journey of discovery. So many 'hidden gems' of coastal villages, like Ardrishaig, for example. There were far fewer tourists than on my other trips. I think that's mostly because Campbeltown probably isn't on the 'to do' list of most tourists, but I also noticed fewer tourists on the more 'mainstream' part between Loch Lomond and Inverary. I think the tourist season has peaked. I expected that most of the passengers on the half full bus would be going to Campbeltown, like myself. So, I was very surprised when more than half of them got off the bus at Kennacraig ferry terminal. Kennacraig services Port Ellen and Port Askaig, on Islay, and also the small island of Colonsay. The ferry to Port Askaig continues to Colonsay, then on to Oban. Total journey time is six and a half hours. I've become something of a 'ferry bagger' and intend to do that trip some day. Campbeltown has some impressive architecture. It used to be said that the number of churches almost equaled the number of distilleries. Maybe it's a compensation thing. Many of the churches have eccentric architecture, as if they were trying to outdo each other in order to attract the faithful. One has a spire that completely dominates the church, and looks like a lighthouse. Most have other uses today. One is a heritage centre, but it's only open Mon-Thu. The museum is only open Mon-Fri, so I didn't get to see either of them. Behind the museum, there's a memorial garden to Linda McArtney, with a bronze statue of her sitting on a rock. It's out of the way, and easily overlooked if you're a casual visitor, but well worth the effort to find it. Next to the shut museum, there's a delightful looking art deco cinema house, which is believed to be the oldest (1913) purpose built cinema in Scotland still showing films. On the way back, the bus stopped for 10 minutes at Inveraray, and passengers got out to stretch their legs and do whatever else you can do in 10 minutes, like down a half and a half in a pub. I had a walk round and noticed the 'Vital Spark' berthed at the pier. I don't know if it's actually one of the ones used in the TV shows, or if it's just a replica for the tourists. It's a lot smaller than the impression you get from the television shows. Arrived back at Buchanan St bus station at 7.10 pm. It was a long time on a bus, but I liked this one enough to do it again some time.
  2. Nice pics. Heck, the last time I was in Millport, Yuri Gagarin had just become the first man in space and Harold MacMillan was Prime Minister. Can't decide on the next 'weather permitting' journey. The forecast for Saturday is looking decidedly dodgy. Campbelltown, Dunbar and North Berwick, or Rothesay to Dunoon through the Cowal peninsula are all possibilities. I knew tour buses went on ferries, but didn't realise service buses did likewise. But, there's a bus that travels from Rothesay to the north coast of Bute, then gets on the ferry to the Cowal peninsula, and then on to Dunoon. Sounds like an interesting trip.
  3. First good weekend weather for a while, so decided to get out and do the 55 miles of coastal road around Arran. I'd only been in Arran once, for a few hours in the 80s, and I still don't know what I saw. I had expected Brodick, the 'capital', to be an actual town, instead of a row of detached houses punctuated by the odd hostelry and shop. It's much more developed today, but still not what I'd call a proper town. The 0945 ferry from Ardrossan took 55 minutes to make the crossing. It was late leaving because of the sheer number of tourists. I thought the Oban-Mull ferry was crammed, but this was really crammed. Oddly, most of the passengers seemed to be Brits, while most of the Mull ferry passengers seemed to be foreigners. The bus to Blackwaterfoot on the west coast going via Lochranza on the north coast was also crammed, with some passengers not able to get on. This created an additional delay, and the bus was half an hour late leaving. As a result, about 8 tourists who had intended getting the ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig on the Mull of Kintyre, had to watch the ferry sail away without them from the bus. They weren't best pleased. Total time for the round trip was two and a half hours. The south of the island was unimpressive - just rough pastureland that you can see anywhere in Scotland. The north was more scenic, but not in the same league as the Highlands. Overall, I felt slightly let down, but it was still a worthwhile day out. Whiting Bay looks like a nice place to retire to, but Lamlash has more pubs and shops.
  4. Thanks, Pat. Afraid Iona isn't doable in one day. The Skye trip is definitely daunting. Makes the Glasgow - Inverness - Fort William - Glasgow trip look like a dawdle. You're right about St. Andrews, but for me the traveling is more enjoyable than the destination, and it's not the most scenic trip. I still can't get over Glencoe. I'll pick out some pics and you can select your favs.
  5. Second attempt at getting to Tobermory yesterday. I only recently found out that the bus pass allowed you to get rail concessions, but only in Strathclyde region. Up to 10 miles, and it's £1 for any single journey, and £1.50 for a return (off peak). Beyond 10 miles, and it's half price. I thought Strathclyde region was history, but it still seems to apply for some things, like transport. Not being sure about the boundaries of Strathclyde, I googled for maps, and found that Oban was in Strathclyde. Some maps show Mull as part of Highland region, while others show it in Strathclyde. I'd have guessed Highland, but the more 'official' maps claim it for Strathclyde. Train single to Oban from Glasgow is £26. Since I'd never traveled by train to Oban, I opted to shell out £13 just for the novel experience, and get the bus back. First problem was that Queen Street station is currently undergoing what looks like root and branch reconstruction. It's a building site, and it's lost it's ticket office. Got help from the temporary information booth, and was told that there was a ticket office situated outside the station, so that was me sorted with the ticket. Next problem was that the train divided at Crianlarich, with the front part going to Oban, and the rear part going to Fort William. I've had this situation several times in the past, and there has always been a sign board on the platform designating the front part beyond this point. Not so, today. Either someone forgot, or they don't do it any more. So, I walked right up to the front two carriages, just to be sure, but all the seats appeared to have reservation tickets on them, so had to walk back and get on further down, hoping it would be okay. The train was absolutely crammed, mainly with foreign tourists, and the only seat I could get was facing the 'wrong way'. I hate having my back to the engine, and the sight of the world streaming past in that position has often caused me to feel travel sick in the past. Just another quirk my brain seems to have. Before we got to Crianlarich, the conductor informed all the passengers with tickets to Oban, that they would have to move to the front two carriages, otherwise they'd end up in Fort William. I told him I'd seen all the reservation tickets on the seats, and he said that didn't matter if they had 'Queen St' on them as they had not been taken up, so I could sit on them. What the hell is that all about? Lots of people book tickets for trains, then don't bother showing up, keeping passengers with tickets from using them? Sorry, but that just doesn't compute with me. When I reached the front two carriages, I still couldn't get a front facing seat. All the available seats were facing the 'wrong way'. It seems I'm not the only one to prefer travelling on a train facing the front. Just to cause me further annoyance, six raucous 20 and 30 somethings got on the seats surrounding me. They had all been drinking, and it was still only 9.15. I felt a tap on my shoulder. Big guy, 30ish, sitting next to me drinking a can of Strongbow, and judging by the 'merry' vibe, he'd had a few. "Haw, buddy . . . could ye swap seats wi' ma pal doon there (points) so that we kin sit the gither?" I was pleased with my self restraint in declining his proposal without swearing. Well, that's the last time I'll be getting the train to Oban. The scenery on the bus routes is far better, too, and bus and train take almost exactly the same time to get there. Add in the £13, and it's a no brainer. Bus every time. The Oban to Craignure ferry takes 50 minutes, and there's a connecting double decker bus at 1.20 waiting to take passengers to Tobermory, which also takes 50 minutes. There's another service, at the same time, which goes in the opposite direction, to Fionnphort, the ferry terminal for Iona. That takes an hour and 40 minutes. There's no way to get to Iona and back in a day, though, as that's also the last bus back when it returns. However, you could simply do the run to the ferry terminal, and stay on the bus for the return. You'd see a lot of Mull. That's one for the future. Tobermory has a population of around 1,000, but it punches well above its weight as a tourist destination. There's a distillery, with visitors centre, and free samples of their product, an aquarium (not great), museum (tiny, but interesting), umpteen bars, hotels and restaurants, including an Indian and Chinese/Thai, craft shop, outdoor activity shop, fishing gear shop and that's just the ones I remember. It's photogenic, and I took about two dozen pics to add to the ones I took on the ferry and at Craignure. I'll probably go back some day, but I won't be getting a train.
  6. Easiest one yet. Edinburgh to do the zoo, castle and Royal Mile. I've got mixed feelings about the zoo. The giant pandas were off limits because they are being rehoused. There's aye a summat. There were quite a few other enclosures that were vacant due to reconstruction. I walked through the walk through monkey enclosure and guess what. No monkeys, and no explanation. It wasn't as if they were playing hide and seek with the visitors, which many exhibits seemed to do. They just weren't there. On the Tripadvisor page, it's claimed the zoo has 1,000 exhibits. There's nothing remotely like that, and that's the main criticism of the zoo. There simply aren't enough animals. After 15 minutes walking, including through the enclosure with the invisible monkeys, I had seen just meerkats (they're such cute little buggers) and penguins. They could do so much more with it. For example, there's a very large field with just three zebras in it. They could have added wildebeest, antelopes, buffaloes, warthogs etc, and called it something sexy, like 'Serengeti'. It would have made it much more interesting, and wouldn't have been overcrowded. Same thing with the wallaby enclosure. Just five or so wallabies of the same species when there are umpteen species in Australia. On the plus side, a lot of work and planning has gone into the actual physical layout of the zoo. What the zoo lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. It is heavily into the conservation aspect, and many of the animals, such as the Asiatic lion and Sumatran tiger, are critically endangered. The animals all have much roomier enclosures than I remember from my youth, and that's a good thing, but it also means they can hide away in a corner, and never be seen. I may be the only visitor today who saw the Sumatran tiger, just a tiny patch of brown and black stripes about the size of a football, visible through the vegetation about twenty yards away from the path. The first few comments about the zoo on the Tripadviser page are from visitors who visited today or yesterday, and they're not complimentary. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186525-d213530-Reviews-Edinburgh_Zoo-Edinburgh_Scotland.html On to the castle, which I'd never visited. You have to expect that if you visit on a sunny Saturday in July, it's going to be rammed with tourists, and so it was. As I joined the insanely long queue for a ticket, the one o'clock gun went off. After buying the ticket, I thought that would be the end of queuing, but there was a further long queue inside the castle to see the Scottish crown jewels. I didn't bother. I added lots of pics to the ones I took in the zoo, and that's about all. I actually found the view from the castle rampart across Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth, to Fife the most interesting bit. There was a telescope with a map next to it detailing all the islands and other features that were visible. The Royal Mile was worth walking, but too touristy for my liking, with the obligatory bekilted bagpiping busker. An okay day out. 6/10. No idea where I'm going next.
  7. I don't know if Boris is fit to be PM or not, probably not. But, I do like mavericks. However, there are mavericks and mavericks. Trump's a maverick, but he's also dangerous and dishonest. He probably meets the criteria for a psychopath. The stories I've read about how he cheats playing golf are disturbing. Boris is the antithesis of the 'snowflakes', and that's a brownie point for me. He has a healthy disdain for political correctness, and will constantly get into trouble because of it, because the PC snowflakes control most of the media. I hope he doesn't compromise, but he's probably not PM material. Time will tell.
  8. Was talking about my bus pass rambling to the workmates (yep, still a cooncil worker, and I'll keep at it until they decide to put me out to pasture), and someone suggested that there was a bus from Glasgow to Skye. I knew about it, but had looked at the timetable and seen it wasn't doable. Turns out, the situation is the same as the Oban route, in that there are two different companies operating, and you may not get the timetables for both buses on the same page. The buses are the 915 and the 916. The 916 can be done if I get in very early to Hamilton railway station. The bus leaves Buchanan Street at 0650 and arrives in Uig, on the north west point of Skye at 1350. Then, there's 55 minutes to stretch your legs, get a pint and something to eat, and get the same bus back at 1445, arriving in Glasgow at 2213. It's a heck of a long time on a bus, but I've decided to take a crack at it. But, not today. I've taken a week of my annual leave this week, and decided to do an 'easy one'. Today, it was St Andrews, mainly because I've never been there, but also because a nurse who was attending me during my colonoscopy said it was 'fantastic'. At just 2 hours and 36 minutes from Glasgow, it would be a dawdle compared to the Inverness, Fort William, Glasgow adventure. No hitches, this time, and I arrived in St Andrews at 1155. It's a lovely place, a mixture of old and new, with the emphasis on old. There were a lot of graduates in their black gowns getting photographed, and lots of well dressed proud parents. I was surprised how near the golf course was to the town. Tiger Woods could have driven from the course to the town centre. There's a golf museum, but that didn't interest me. The ruined castle had a £9 admission charge, which I was not going to pay. The ruined cathedral was very impressive. It must have been a huge building in its heyday, and you wonder how people back then could have built such a thing. There's an aquarium in the town, which I decided to visit. £12 admission charge, reduced to £10 with a concession card. From the outside, it looked pretty small, so I had the feeling I was going to be slightly ripped off. But, it was a lovely experience. Compact and bijoux. Although it's called an aquarium, it's also a reptile house, and has huge Atlantic seals, penguins, meerkats, marmosets, tarantulas, and a colony of leaf cutting ants. Highly recommended if you're ever in town. I tried uploading a picture or two, but got the message that I was only allowed to upload 501 kb. I've no idea what that means. I guess I'll always be a computer numpty.
  9. Second outing today, and another one that didn't go to plan. Decided on the Glasgow-Inverness-Fort William-Glasgow run. There's a change at Perth for the Inverness stage, for which the timetable allots 5 minutes, except the connecting bus had 'broken down', and there would be an hour's delay, which was actually an hour and 15 minutes. Cut a long short, I got into Inverness with 5 minutes to spare for the Fort William bus. It took two hours to 'do' the Great Glen, and arrive in Fort William. I noticed that Ben Nevis still had patches of snow near the summit. I had two hours to do the tourist bit, which is probably generous. Fort William is charming, but there's not a lot going on. Basically, just the High Street. I thought it would be a harbour town with lots of fishing boats, but it wasn't. There's a pier, but few boats. I visited the museum, which was better than I expected for a small town. It has about 8 rooms, all of which are packed with exhibits, including the 'birching table' and birch, which was used for miscreants. It has two holes in it for the birchee's (is that the right word?) arms to go through, and they were tied together under the table. I think it said the last birching that took place was in 1948, a teenager who had broken into a shop. It was sunshine and showers all day, but the clouds parted for the sun as the Glasgow bus left Fort William. The run between Fort William and Glencoe was the most stunning scenery I've yet seen, particularly at Glencoe. I'd only ever seen it on television, but it doesn't compare with actually being there. The mountains were truly 'majestic'. That's the only word. I saw a red deer stag road kill at Bridge of Orchy, but although I keep an eagle eye for wildlife, I've seen remarkably little on my two trips, despite doing several hundred miles through what ought to be perfect woodland wildlife habitat. I saw one roe deer today - 10 minutes outside Glasgow, on the motorway verge, and a hare at Quarter village, outside Hamilton. I didn't see a single live mammal in the Highlands, not even a rabbit. I've ticked off Inverness and the Great Glen, and probably won't do them again. But, if I can get a sunny day, I'll do the Fort William run, and stop off at Glencoe to get some photos. It's a magical place. Apparently, someone went up and down Ben Nevis in a model T Ford.
  10. Got mine six years ago, but hardly used it. Decided to make an effort, and googled some timetables. Had to be doable in a day, as I didn't want to bother with B&Bs. I was surprised at what could actually be done. For example - Strathaven - Hamilton - Glasgow - Inverness - Fort William - Glasgow - Strathaven. A long time sitting on a bus, but as I've never been down the Great Glen or visited Fort William, it had an appeal. Even more ambitious was Strathaven - East Kilbride - Kilmarnock - Ardrossan - Brodick (ferry) - Lochranza - Claonaig (ferry) - Tarbert - Portavadie (ferry) - Dunoon - Gourock (ferry) -Glasgow (train) - Hamilton (train) - Strathaven. I'd have to leave the house at 8.10 am, and I'd get back in at 11 pm. Cost of ferries £14.50, and trains £8.60. Seemed like a good deal. For a starter, I decided on something less arduous. I could get to Oban, take a ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull, and a bus to Tobermory. I'd have 1 hour 40 minutes in Tobermory, before I'd have to get the bus and ferry back to catch the last bus back to Glasgow. I'd been to Oban a couple of times in my youth, but never been to Tobermory. First problem was that the open air bus station in Oban town centre was closed due to it being their 'charity day'. The town centre was taken up by dozens of tables, a pipe band led a parade etc, so the buses were disrupted. I read the notice on what would normally have been the stop for Glasgow, which told me on which street the temporary bus stop could be found. But, as I was unfamiliar with Oban, it took me some time to find it. But, the next problem was the killer. I went to the ferry terminal ticket office, to get my ticket, only to be told that the ferry was delayed by an hour and a half. The weather was fine, so it must have been a mechanical problem. So, the Tobermory trip was no longer doable. There was no way I could get there and back again to catch the last bus if the ferry was an hour and a half behind schedule. So, I had a few hours to kill in Oban before getting the bus back to Glasgow. I took some pics, had an excellent al fresco fish supper, a pint of Guinness in a bar, and a wander around town before getting on the bus back. The bus from Glasgow to Oban had gone through Glasgow airport, Erskine Bridge, Ardlui, Tyndrum and Crianlarich. I assumed that it would be the same return journey, but the bus back took a different route through Inverary and Arrochar, missing out the airport and the Erskine bridge. It was even more scenic than the first route. Apparently, buses whose 3 digit number ends in 7 go the Tyndrum route, while those ending in 6 go the Inverary route. And, if you google for the timetables, you might not get both buses on the page. It's two different companies, although both have the Stagecoach logo. One company leases. When we got to Glasgow, I looked out the window, and saw Crow Road. It looked exactly like Crow Road at Dumbarton Road, so I got off the bus, intending to get a train from Partick to Hamilton. I could see the railway bridge over the road going to Partick station less than 100 yards away. Except it wasn't. It was the bridge over Great Western Road going to Anniesland station. Crow Road at Anniesland looks uncannily like Crow Road in Partick. So, I found myself on Great Western Road, and just jumped on a number 6 bus to East Kilbride. Don't know where I'm going next. I've never been to St Andrews, which is a 2 hour 36 minute run from Glasgow. It's 35 years since I visited Edinburgh zoo, and I've never been in the castle, so that's on the bucket list. Back to Oban to 'do' Tobermory, or around Arran, Mull of Kintyre, and the Cowal peninsula. I'm starting to get the bug.
  11. Awful to watch. We did seem to have more than our fair share of historic building fires in the UK last year, although if you added them together, they wouldn't come close in significance to the Notre Dame fire. There was the five star Mandarin Oriental hotel fire in London on June 6, the Glasgow School of Art fire on June 15 , followed by the August 28 fire in Belfast's iconic Bank buildings, which was Primark's UK flagship store. On September 2, a fire seriously damaged one of Liverpool's most famous landmarks, the Littlewoods Pools building. Both the Belfast and Glasgow buildings were near the end of lengthy refurbishment and reconstruction, while the Mandarin hotel had just finished the most extensive restoration project in its 115 year history a week earlier, costing £185 million.. The Liverpool building had lain empty since 2003, but just three months before the fire, it had been announced that it was to be converted into a major new complex, including film and television studios. I've heard a lot of people express the opinion that the Glasgow School of Art Fire must have been arson. A report on the much less damaging 2014 fire concluded that a projector ignited flammable gases from a foam canister, so there's no suggestion of arson in that incident. But, the report on the second one is likely to be inconclusive, as it appears to have started in the roof area, which then collapsed. A google came up with this - independent fire safety consultant Stephen Mackenzie (speaking about the School of Art fire) "If the fire started in a roof, which then collapsed, then they are never going to find the source". The Belfast, Liverpool and London fires also appear to have started in the roof area. Buildings appear to be particularly vulnerable to fires when they are undergoing lengthy and extensive refurbishment or reconstruction. 'Hot work', such as welding, is an obvious ignition source, but you know when that's the cause, and no such work was underway in any of the buildings at the time, although two online catering websites I read suggested several days later that sparks from welding equipment were believed to be the source of the London fire. I haven't seen confirmation of this from any more authoritative sources, and it sounds like a rumour. Work had finished on the hotel, and this would be quickly established as the cause if welding equipment caused it. Electric cables are another potential source. However, the 'temporal coincidence' of the fires, in addition to the other shared similarities would suggest the possibility that the fires, or at least two or three of them, may have been caused by a serial arsonist. Something the police might call a 'line of inquiry'. A long shot, perhaps, but worth looking into. Three of the four buildings were being refurbished and reconstructed, one just finished and two almost finished. Scaffolding affords an intrepid arsonist with the means to break into buildings. Another possibility is that he was actually employed on the sites. Either way, any incendiary device planted would have a timer to ignite the inflammable material, such as petrol, hours or days after it was planted, giving him an alibi. He could even arrange to be on holiday in a foreign country, when it ignited. The fact that all four fires appear to have started in the roof area is very strange. It's not the ideal place to start a fire if you're an arsonist, since fire spreads upwards much more readily. But it might be the best place to secrete a time delayed incendiary device to minimise the chance of it being discovered, firefighters on the ground might have a harder time dousing a roof fire, and it would be much more likely to result in a collapsed roof which, as the fire safety consultant above stated, would mean that investigators would not be able to pin down the source of the fire. However, in the case of the Liverpool building, police stated that it appeared to be a 'case of deliberate ignition'. In other words, arson. Notre Dame cathedral was also undergoing extensive reconstruction, and was surrounded by scaffolding. The fire started in the roof area. I admit it seems very far fetched that a serial arsonist responsible for some, or all, of the UK fires, might also be responsible for this one. The French authorities are investigating it as accidental. But, it's not out of the question. On the 19 January 2016, the Ritz hotel in Paris caught fire and was extensively damaged at the end of a £200 million three and a half year restoration and refurbishment project. It had been due to open in just two weeks time. Too much coincidence is not coincidence. At the very least, the police should get the details of everyone who worked on these restoration projects. If the same name comes up twice, he's probably the arsonist. Three times and it's definite.
  12. I bought a new telly with built in digital receiver over a year ago. Couldn't get it to work in digital. The screen was 'pixilated', indicating that the signal strength was weak. This is probably due to the aerial being in the attic, rather than on the roof. Had to revert to analogue mode. The switchover, when it came here in South Lanarkshire, was a two stage process. Lost BBC2 after the first stage. Bought a set top box to see if it helped and it made no difference. Now lost the lot after the second stage and haven't had a telly for two weeks. Still get very poor pictures and sound, but totally unwatchable. It appears still to be in analogue mode. Have been through the instructions umpteen times to try to put it into digital mode, but no luck. Still paying my licence fee by direct debit. Now got to the stage where I'm thinking of chucking the telly in the wheely bin and cancelling my direct debit.
  13. I don't think it's even the original Wombles, more like a Wombles tribute band. If they get bottled off, will they clean up the stage before they leave? Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is angry that the Wombles have been booked for this year's festival. He said: "I've got about 25 stages and managers and bookers for each of the stages. I can't control every single one of them but I do get cross about that kind of thing." The fancy-dress band will play an hour-long set on the Avalon stage on Sunday 26 June, presumably featuring their nine hit singles and tunes from four gold albums. The brainchild of the Wombles band, British music writer and composer, Mike Batt, responded: "He probably doesn't realise what a fantastic live act the Wombles are. "Uncle Bulgaria told me he thinks Mr Eavis is probably perfectly aware that festivals like his are so popular because they offer an eclectic mix for everybody. "It isn't very nice to think that you have been booked at a festival where you aren't welcome, but we hope Mr Eavis will pop along to the Avalon stage on Sunday to check out the reaction for himself. "Contrary to what he says, the Avalon is a substantial stage and there is huge excitement about the Wombles' appearance.. "We might even give him a glass of Madame Cholet's special dandelion cordial.".
  14. There was a similar thread from a new poster on here protesting about the possibility of Wetherspoon's getting the old Salon cinema. If I were a west end resident, I'd have welcomed a Wetherspoon's. In the end, G1 got it, called it some pretentious name, like 'The Bookclub' and started charging £3.40 for a pint of ordinary beer. The price has probably gone up in the meantime. Of course, no one's forcing me to buy it, so I don't. Not so long ago, Wetherspoon's were reported to be interested in buying what was then Club 500, just south of Partick X, behind the Three Judges. Instead, the owner of The Lismore and Oran Mor outbid them. Anyone see a pattern here? The west end's most influential pub owners aren't exactly cosy, judging by past threats of litigation, but they seem to be of one mind when it comes to keeping out a popular pub chain which might show up west end pub prices by offering the same beer at 60% of what the rest are charging.
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