Jump to content
Pat's Guide to Glasgow West End


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by tamd

  1. 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.
  2. I don't know who yonzabam is, I thoroughly enjoyed the post, so many places I have missed; not at all jealous but a wee bit of "one day". Weird as it might be but Hollow Horn came to mind, very quickly while I was reading. He was great at finding, or having a different view of very ordinary things and he was great company. Another person who came to mind was a man frae Greenock, and a lunch with him and Pat...were we in a museum(?) just cannae mind. Last time I was in Perth I left the nieces and caught the bus for downtown. It was a Sunday, no regular buses and the driver never mentioned my fare; I had put , I think it was two pounds and away we went to a number of small villages, time spent for the round trip was better than 2 hours....had my camera and took many photographs, don't think there was one worth keeping, lots of hedges and such. Saw my COPD doctor. She is moving out of town (Chatham to Woodstock Ontario). She re-newed my inhaler presciptions for a year and I asked if she was being a bit optomistic; she shrugged.
  3. Sam: I will need to do a bit of reading.
  4. Three years before another General Election; yes it can occur before the three years but that happening appears to be in the hands of England. Looking ahead and seeing an England parliament which will include a small number of ridings in Scotland represented with limited debate time tapering off to an era of "no voice". Associating with the US of A will produce a bigger military but far diminished manufacturing. New Labour will elect a majority and will be led by someone from Missouri, quite possibly another Truman. Imports from China will exceed 90% of all that is used in the UK, this figure will include food, chopsticks and Halal meat will be commonplace. Aberdeen Angus will still be bred but in secret. The breed will be banned except for that which is produced for the upper crust of society. Those people involved in the illicit trade of the banned breed will be given three days to surrender and if they do not cease and desist the top third of Scotland and the western isles, except the ones owned by Americans, will receive a thorough doing with nerve gas. And I am thinking of a trip hame, Autumn, a Sunday bus frae Perth to the surrounding communities will be a for sure....a grand child or two for a driver and a wee tour, Almondbank (the new(er) shooglie bridge, Scone, Paisley, Bannockburn, Inverness, and, if at all possible, the monastery on Kinnoull Hill, etc, etc, etc.
  5. Question: Is Ken Macintosh, MSP a member of the Labour Party ? Could find no party affiliation n the link but a search engine says he is a member of labour cooperaativ And Foulkes seems to be advocating another national vote.
  6. PAT: Brextic and all the ins and outs are confusing for many of us living away...it appears, TO ME, that Scotland, Northern Ireland and now Wales are opposed to exit. The thing about my including Wales is because of one Welsh MP who did challenge for the leadership of the Labour party as is not a huge supporter of Corbyn....wondering if Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland could put in a joint request to stay......solicitors from all three could become billionaires if hired to negotiate that sort of deal....
  7. More than an hour wandering from site to site and I will need to look at the "Long Committee" sometime later. Cannot find what I was looking for but will continue the search. Fascinating stuff and I did wander into areas which have nothing to do with the question; Daniel O'Connell was born in the eighteenth century, a wee bit before independence. Did a tiny bit of reading on Wiki; not all bad but a place one should be careful of. Britannica is safer ground and that is where I discovered the three mentioned by Sam, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan; knew they voted for Home Rule and learned they had been part of the nine counties. Also figured that the seven I was wrong about might be because it appears that Fermanagh and Antrim became one. The "Home Rule" bill introduced and passed by the Asquith government did have the approval of the English House of Lords (1914); however it did come with the "suspended" tag until WW1 was ended. I did read about the 1921 decision but more interesting was the Sinn Fein win with 69% of the vote in 1919. My reading says that Lloyd George would have accepted that victory but the English House of Lords would not. The number of executions after the Easter Rebellion seemed to add to the want of self rule rather than decrease the ardor (always thought there was a u ). Also had a review of the McPhilemy book, "The Committee" and the law suit brought about by brothers who should not have been mentioned....had no idea that one of the reasons for settling out of court was to protect Timbrel, whom I would think was still a member of the British Parliament. Will continue my search on the weekend.
  8. Sam I will try to find it.
  9. ay Pat, i'm somewhat aware of what is going on today, just thought to mention a wee bit about a different version of the vote after the civil war.
  10. Ireland:- I am no expert and it is only in the last few years that I have some idea as to reason(s) for the split between De Valera and Michael Collins. But someone here wrote that the the North (Ulster) voted to remain withing the UK. I did a fair bit of reading because I had been of the opinion that The Republic paid no money for their freedom but a further reading tells me that of the seven counties in the North, five actually voted to secede; a deal was made where The Republic allowed the UK to hold onto all seven and the financial slate was wiped clean. And as an aside: not a huge fan of Joyce, I do wish he had translated Finnigan's Wake but, I think in Dubliners there is a (eulogy maybe) which points right at Collins; beautiful piece of writing and as Morley Callaghan wrote in his "My Summer in Paris", the last part of Ulysees could have been spoken by, James' Missus.
  11. Might give that a shot, depends on Kindle. I was lucky with "Sophia Kahn", found it on sale, book stores having a difficult time......and a good day to all.
  12. I have twelve pages to read, one of those books I do not want to finish. Writer is English, parents from Pakistan. Central character is a practising Muslim, five prayers per day, and wears the hijab. The book has real humour and I have done a lot of reading while visiting Tim Horton's for coffee, laughed out loud a lot and enjoyed the serious sections also: last time I was this impressed with a writer was when I discovered Denise Mina and "Exile". Title of the book is, "Sofia Khan is not Obliged"...had that as a "tag" but got an "error".
  13. I have twelve pages to read, one of those books I do not want to finish. Writer is English, parents from Pakistan. Central character is a practising Muslim, five prayers per day, and wears the hijab. The book has real humour and I have done a lot of reading while visiting Tim Horton's for coffee, laughed out loud a lot and enjoyed the serious sections also: last time I was this impressed with a writer was when I discovered Denise Mina and "Exile".
  14. tamd

    Happy Easter

    Didnae know where else tae post....on holiday, in Perth...booked car tae be picked up at Glasgow Airport, showed the man my confirmation and I thought I had a bargain, £1,000 for 19 days, it is what the confirmation said....man said it was a mistake, real price £4,400 and something about tax...needless tae say I have been doing a lot of walking....wanted to spend a bit of time in Glasgow and Manchester but all travel is being re-thought...someone in Canada sked about the weather and it is fine for me, had tae laugh because Ridgetwon, very recently, had an ice storm..just noticed that this computer, like my ain, sometimes spells ridgetown wrong... Came tae buy heatring aids and prices here have doubled in the past year and a half.....now about the sme as Ontario....you lot are hand in hand with the americans over bombing, a shame really but Blair did the same thing.....governments are afraid of the US and people are afraid of insurance companies... PS cannae get on with my IPad, am now at the wonderful Perth Library
  15. a wee bitty learnin....a "Joyce" character says a ""deoc an dorius" and my immediate thought was to the song, the song sung, perhaps spoken, many times at 4A Ruthven Place, Perth. The Scots spelling is a wee bit different and on a personal note, by the time I was leaving any festive occasion, the "wee wifey" would have been long out of mind.
  16. Joyce:- typing "Joyce" is to remind me to stay on topic....will give it a go....Had to open the kindle, couldn't remember the title of the story I am reading, one from "Dubliners", The Dead I hope. Took a few pages but when Gabriel and Gretta are ready to retire, YES, Joyce will get yah, I hope. I have read "That Summer in Paris", Callaghan, it is the summer when Callaghan met James and Mrs. Joyce....(cannae remember her fist name). Morley speaks of the last four paragraphs of Ulysees, describes them as a soliloquy and writes that after meeting Mrs. Joyce he saw her, in those paragraphs the inspiration for Molly Bloom's words: I see Gretta as Mrs, Joyce, a woman much loved by her husband.
  17. tamd


    The Fall:- I wrote a little piece about Fall and our local, weekly paper printed it. I doubt the paper (Independent News) has a circulation of four thousand and it prints only local happenings, not provincial, national or world events. A lady sent e-mail to me, said there was no doubt in her mind that my favourite season had to be the Fall and that I wouldn't argue with. No idea where Rory is going to visit but one of the places worth visiting in the Fall is Point Pelee National Park, the birthplace of thousands on Monarch butterflies. They arrive from Mexico in the spring lay their eggs or whatever which turn into caterpillers. Point Pelee is rich in milkweed and that is what the Monarchs feast on. They leave us in the Fall and head south, destination for most is Mexico and their first hurdle is Lake Erie.....my understanding is that their life cycle is one year and they make a one way trip either to Mexico or Point Pelee. Another thing about fall is that the month of October is the busiest month for tourists visiting Niagara Falls and that bit of info came from a man who does sightseeing tours for a living; he also told me that the tourists in October are eighty to ninety percent Chinese......and Fall is the start of hockey.
  18. I have wanted to for some time; Parnell, Michael Collins, Brendan Behan, Sheridan, Swift and so many others. Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor has been made into a TV series and I have watched quite a few episodes, so if I do get to Ireland I will surely visit Galway.....will see what the doctor says on Thursday.
  19. Sam that is too bad, one of my daughters bought the kindle for me and I took to it right away but I do admit to visiting Book Brothers often. It is, for me, typical of many second hand book shops, a couple of weeks ago I picked up a Rankin, was sure I had read everything he wrote but no, this one is new to me. Pat, the snow here is now past a joke. When I walk, as I need to because of the car wreck, I cross a small field along one of it's edges and because of the snow I have to stop at least once in order to do a bit of deep breathing.....and it has been quite cold though not as bad as what we experienced in Ottawa.
  20. Lily, the Caretaker's daughter is now in my kindle....Dubliners '99cents" dlievered.
  21. Three to nine inches of snow due today and I am/might be getting a lift to Chatham for a breathing test. Chatham has a tremendous used book shop and this thread has made it obvious that I need to re-read, "The Dubliner's"....it's been so long ago that I keep thinking that the book was titled, "Dubliners" as opposed to "The Dubliners".
  22. Finnegans Wake: evidently it was first published in a, perhaps more than one, monthly publications under the heading, "work in progress". Morley Callaghan, a Canadian writer wrote, "That Summer in Paris" and the "summer" was the time when Joyce was working on Finnegans Wake. Morley and his wife met with Joyce and his missus and Morley shines the light on a side of Joyce often overlooked. I will look for "The Dead"....Anjelica, one of those performers who never disappoint....
  23. Didn't know what tags meant and typed F. W. which was not accepted. First year English, T. A. was Sister Jerome and the prof was Schweigal; almost certain that spelling deserves the red line. Lectures were done on TV. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was my introduction to Joyce. A little better than fifty years has passed but memory not too bad. First assignment we were told to write anything we wished as long as "it" pertained to what we had taken up until then: I received an F. I talked to the Nun and she said, "you wrote a play". And I had, had Prince Hal discussing with Falstaff, four of the short stories we had taken. I told her that she had said we could write whatever we and she told me that she assumed anyone attending a university would have known that the assignment called for an essay....the prof told her she should allow me to re-write. Portrait was somewhat forgettable for me but because Joyce was held in such high regard I later tried Ulysses, gave up and made a half-hearted attempt to read F.W. Eventually, probably some years later, I read his short stories; "The Dubliners"....not a big fan of short stories but I remember liking a couple by Joyce but much preferred F. Scott Fitzgerald. At some point during class it was mentioned that three "artist's" changed the whole direction in whatever field they practised. Igor Stravinsky, music, Pablo Picasso, artist and James Joyce, literature: cannae see it in any of them. The F.W. copy I have has a forward by "Seamus Deane", general editor for the works of Joyce in Penguin; and he is Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. F.W. is supposed to tell the history of Ireland, it contains a lot of sex and I couldn't find either. And talking to many people I know I have discovered only two people who have read F.W. cover to cover. Both read it because it was assgned and one, when I asked what it was all about, said, "haven't a clue" and he graduated with honours,went on to earn an MBA....so nothing wrong with his head. The other is a retired school teacher who finished grade 9 when he was twelve years old. His university degree had a double major and, difficult to believe but his double major was Latin and Greek; he now speaks six or seven languages....clearly not an idiot. I told him that I was giving F.W. andother try and he said, "why, I had to take it and would never have read the damned thing if I had had a choice. I don't think I will try again with F.W. because a Hans C. Anderson children's story comes to mind....the ending tells that a child recognized that the King was naked.....and....reading that Joyce took fourteen (or so) years to write his masterpiece makes me think that he was very fortuante to have a patron, a lady who supported him and his family...and...he had a brother named Stanislaus and THAT surprised me....
  24. And I have not only never read him but I must confess that the name is/was unknown to me. I have just, once more, quit trying to get anything out of Finnegans Wake.
  • Create New...