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Grahamedgar

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  1. Kelvin Hotel, 15 Buckingham Terrace (top of Byres Road) Perfect location, warm, spotlessly clean, friendly staff, fantastic breakfast, free parking for 3 cars at rear (first come first served) and very reasonable for the West End @ £33 per night single, currently. I've stayed here twice and would not need to consider any alternatives, which saves hours looking through Trip advisor! Come and go as you please and because the walls are so thick you don't hear any noise. www.kelvinhotel.com
  2. I'm on holiday so 5pm fine by me. See you there
  3. It's difficult for a proud Scot not to have an opinion on Scottish events even if he lives in the South of England. If it offends or causes bad feeling that should be aired and all input will cease forthwith. My roots are in the West End where I spent nearly 30 years and am passionate about it first and Scotland second. Unfortunately circumstances hold me here for a while longer. I can't see Alex Salmond being bullied by anyone incidentally, being a Scottish lawyer. I'm also not suggesting big brown envelopes were flying about either, the mystery continues!
  4. Yes the two Golf courses are going ahead, along with "the village of 500 houses" it's only the Hotel that's not being built as per original plans. Trump has a great love of money and power. "Scatland" is further down the order and only used as a tool because the Americans know Scotland is the home of golf and therefore the most prestigious. I am a golfer and your'e right Harper we don't need any more course developed on places of natural beauty
  5. Yes I am fully aware of the EU system regarding employment and clearly I personally have not inspected 1400 passports. I have always understood emloyment to be based on applicants' merits, skill, experience and qualifications irrespective of origin. It is also a fact that non British nationals spend a good proportion of their earnings in their own country of origin which clearly has less of an impact on the growth of the local economy, as stated in the programme by the head of the London School of Economics. I urge everyone to watch the programme (now on BBCi-Player to form their own opinions)
  6. Just watched the Trump Scottish golf course programme on BBC2 about the billionaire property developer from New York and his proposals for the Worlds best golf course just north of Aberdeen. Whilst aware of the project and some of the controversy, this programme brought to light several factors: 1) There should be an enquiry why Alex Salmond re-opened the proposal when the Council chucked it out. It has never happened before and one considers Trump's money may have something to do with it! 2) It's funny how the Council changed their mind when directed by Scottish Parliament. 3) The Police were shown in a bad light deservedly (but of course they are paid by the council!) 4) The people working there did not have Scottish accents so the local economy would not have benefited. Trump envisaged 1400 employees without stating where the staff originated to Alex Salmond and he swallowed it. The programme didn't mention if Miss Scotland accepted a job offer! 5) The wildlife was kicked out of their home to find new places to live. 6) Worst of all is the livelihoods of the locals being disrupted, with the associated stress, and their scenery obliterated and changed forever. (Farms don't have to be tidy and whose right is it anyway to criticise another person abode or way of life!) And just before the elections, suddenly a wind farm propsal (worth £33m to the Scottish Government) would disrupt Trump's view from the Golf Course, or more like it would reduce the amount he could charge visitors to play on it. The "best in the World" usually has "the most expensive in the World" attached to it. To think I used to vote SNP!
  7. Friday 26th is great for me, about 8pm?
  8. Hi all, I'm coming up from Southampton on the 25th Oct for 4 nights staying at the brilliant Kelvin Hotel in Buckingham Terrace again. If any of you want to meet like last time for a wee drink and a good laugh, say at the Lismore in Dumbarton Rd, or the Curlers again, let me know please, Graham
  9. I won't be up until April unfortunately, but having had a pint in most West End pubs on my last visit in August, I would recommend the Lismore (a few yards from Kelvinhall Subway Station and Partick Cross, in Dumbarton Road) as being relatively inexpensive, a great atmosphere and easily accessible. The Byres Road pubs (apart from the Aragon) are all more expensive especially around Ashton Lane. Och, every time I write I get homesick!
  10. Thanks Sam. It was great, a manual overdrive example in rare factory black with red interior and concourse condition. I sold it to towards a deposit on my first house. More sadly, Shona and I split up a year later which was my fault, because I was too stubborn for her strong will. We were just too well matched and neither would give in so something had to give! Normally I jot humourous poems, just fancied something different.
  11. An evening drive ,the decision was clear Our minds at one in harmonious song, our favourite spot we should steer Shona and I, our love so strong. Taking the Stag was an obvious choice, the roof was down, the mood was right, the excitement was evident in her voice, the engines' burble such sheer delight. Sallochy Bay was our destination at Loch lomond it better be said, Nature excelled in this creation, a pleasant place to clear your head. Tiny waves lapped the beach, the breeze was warm, the company right, the stars were twinkling with stories to teach the moon was casting it's mellow blue light. Across the loch, reflecting their glow the lights of Luss randomly flickering some of them white, some of them yellow Beacons of life always alluring. The trees behind us add to the sensation their leaves gently shimmering it's their way of communication with us, themselves, everything. They kept us company in a mystical way as if they'd invited us to that special beach and share wih them that magical bay a magic for many beyond their reach.
  12. Booze consumption is subjective along with the reasons for taking it. Everyone's different and their quantity intake can change on a daily basis. It depends on what life has thrown at them that day, that month, that year, that decade,dictates how they act with and without alcohol. Loads of happy people can consume a lot (including several shot to get them on their way) and don't feel like Rambo, Brad Pitt or anyone else. It's the ones who have a chip on their shoulder deep inside that have to be watched, and they're not always easily spotted when sober. Some women, middle aged as well as young, are just as bad as the boys, but more in promiscuous terms than aggression. Drinking to release latent inhibitions can be dangerous, drinking for enjoyment isn't. Happy sober people are happy drunk and don't cause problems. For a lighter footnote, when I was a Traffic Cop in the 70's we pulled over an old Austin A40 in Dumbarton Road. The guy fell out when I opened his door, drunk as a skunk. I asked him, back at the Police Station, why he was driving with such a large quantity of alcohol in his blood. He replied "well I was too drunk to walk!" His count was 380 milligrams per 100 millilitres (i.e nearly dead!)and he was nice as pie!
  13. Whist visiting the West End recently, I went into Anderson Street to see if my Grandads old Blacksmiths workshop was still there. There was a guy (Raymond)having a ciggy outside on the pavement. New buildings occupy the Smiddy and the disappointed expression on my face prompted him to say "ya ok pal?" I explained the situation and he said he was dead interested in the history of the area and offered me a cuppa (tea!). We went through the single unglazed door and he gave me a guided tour, including the wee showroom and a workshop where they have "classes" in the evening for anybody interested in creating their own sculpture/ornament/window/mirror with lead, staining, obscure and "wobbly" glass. It was mindblowing, showing old and new techniques. Anybody interested should go to 5 Anderson Street. You won't be disappointed.
  14. We all know about Politicians promises! Perhaps he was thinking of putting them on the tram system in Edinburgh so they could learn how not to do it!!
  15. The penal system is not nearly tough enough, which is why these crimes happen. The rapist has destroyed the mind of a young girl for the rest of her life, to me there's only one punishment and that's the rest of his life. Drink fuelled, he will do again when he's released (he will be on his best behaviour to minimise the sentence). The sad thing is that at 28 he's possibly done it before and got away with it because very few rape victims report the crime through fear, trauma and feeling disgusted. The computer parts fraudster probably wouldn't have got off so lightly in his parent country. £3/4 million in six months and planned £3.5 million fraud is clearly a lack of respect for the system. I'll bet he's spent it as well. Of course he'll change his identity and do it again!
  16. Yes they are definitely brightening up (politically correct), so may I wish you all a very Merry Autumn.......doesn't sound the same, ok a very merry Post Summer... ach....Merry Whatever!!!!
  17. Cheap booze in supermarkets has another knock on affect. The closing of pubs. When supermarket prices equate to less than half of pub prices, it's no wonder so many pubs have been closing and changing hands frequently. Social interaction on Facebook at home with a wee drink to hand isn't the same as socialising in a pub. Are the politicians forcing us to become withdrawn, apart from John Swinney? The almost vulgar profits Supermarkets make will not change. We will have to foot the bill as always, to protect the shareholders dividends.
  18. Have you noticed the card manufacturers rarely put "Merry Christmas" on the front of their cards, now it's "Seasons Greetings"so as not to offend. I always thought there were 4 seasons in a year!
  19. I think finally they lost their religion as the sidewinder slept tonight and he dreamt of a man on the moon, but not everybody hurts!
  20. I've just checked out the Forestry Commision Website and it's now called the 3 loch Forest drive (Achray, Drunkie.......yes really....and Venachar)and there's a photo showing a wee bit of what to expect. It's only 7 1/2 miles long, so I must have got a bit lost (!) or they've shortened it! There's stopping places so take a picnic. It's also now on Google Earth shown as dotted lines off the Dukes Pass. Hope this helps.
  21. All those terrific photos of Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie prompted me to offer a suggestion. It's not well known , but the Loch Achray Forest Drive is like being in a different world. Three big lochs are far reaching in the tree lined shingle road which goes on for about 12 miles! There's a wee box at the start so you can put in your donation of £2 (optional but worth it). As Autumn is upon us the trees would make some very colourful photos, with their reds and golds, allowing more of a view of the lochs as the leaves fall. I have some old photos from about 1986 (when it opened) but the quality isn't great compared to modern cameras. Spectacular is an understatement. To get there, drive through Aberfoyle and head towards Callander. About a mile on the right is a wee sign (easily missed)for the Forest drive. Well worth it!
  22. I wouldn't be happy if I had chosen a career in teaching with a "liveable" salary compensated by a good pension, only to be told "oh, you know that good pension you were promised....er, well it's like this". Politicians only look at the short term (about 5 years), partly due to budget projections and partly due to the possibility of not being re-elected. So how well will the country be in 50 or even 10 years time? A politician won't be able to rell you. All the leaders should create a long term plan for the benefit of the Nation, starting with investing in new and existing companies for long term growth and employment. Cameron expects the private sector to carry the burden, but without any significant help from him. Privatising industries back in the Thatcher period has lost them billions. Look at First Group's profit for example (buses and trains) and that's with Government subsidies that we pay for in our taxes. We were complacent in the late sixties, with car industries run by management who were not thinking ahead, although certainly enjoying the fruits of "now", and didn't involve the unions in the companies profits and projections, because they never looked that far ahead! The answer surely must be employee shares (as Waitrose has done) with nice dividends if the company is doing well. That's a win win situation.
  23. Latterly I was driving buses for Southampton University taking students between Halls of residence, city centre, hospital, Oceanography Centre, airport and the main university campus. Freshers week was dreaded and there are many good stories, but I'll tell you the shortest one. The main halls (Wessex lane) have 10,000 students quarters. The buses serving one side of the road are labeled U1A AIRPORT via University and Wessex Lane. Nobody boards the bus here in the morning. On the other side the buses are labeled U1C UNIVERSITY. At 8.30am this is where 100% of the students wait for the bus to take them to the Uni. Because they are new they still ask "going to the Uni?" just to make sure, which is fair enough, but after saying "yes" 94 times it gets boring. Especially as they obviously couldn't hear the person just in front of them ask the same question.I thought I'd try something different. The 95th passenger (the double decker capacity including standing) was a cool dude, he thought, and asked the same question. I said, "can you read?" He replied overconfidently whilst flexing his shoulders (he had large audience after all) "'course I can". I said" OK tell me what it says on the front of the bus". He got off to have a look and quickly got on to give his reply. "SCANIA" I was in stitches because he looked so serious!
  24. Willie, I like your humour too, we are possibly on the same wavelength! Harper, glad we're not in Victorian times now or there wouldn't be that TV advert for doggy denture sticks, which creases me up. It wouldn't be right for Fido to have a nice set of knashers when the missus just had lovely gums.
  25. Oh, and if you've got teeth like a row of condemed tenemants the NHS will fix them for £205....
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