Scottish Health

[Picture of sign for Maw Broon's cookbook]THE BROONS ARE VERY MUCH PART OF THE SCOTTISH IDENTITY, BUT SO IS HEART DISEASE.

I was amazed to see that someone has written a cookbook using the fictional cartoon character of Ma Broon.

The sign advertising the fact provided more amazement — just look at the heart-stopping contents of Ma’s frying pan!  [Click on the picture to enlarge].

[Picture close up of Maw Broon's Frying pan]

If that is what we Scots are supposed to eat — if that is our traditional country cooking straight from the But’n’Ben — then no wonder we are so notoriously unhealthy!

Things are getting worse when we can celebrate such a poor diet.  Things are getting even worse when we need a cook book to tell us how to cook high fat high cholesterol heart-clogging dishes!

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Recdurrant

[Picture of Recdurrant notice]I AM UNSURE IF THIS IS A NEWLY DISCOVERED PLANT OR IF IT IS A “TYPO”.

I was visiting a garden centre when I noticed the sign, so I just had to take a snapshot with  my mobile phone camera [as usual, just double click on the image to enlarge it].

It seems so authoritative, RECDURRANT — but maybe it is actually meant to read “REDCURRANT” as my spell-checker keeps trying to tell me. If so, things are getting worse when something like this can go unnoticed and uncorrected for so long.

Bollards

[Picture of a Golf bending a bollard]BOLLARDS ARE SOFTER THAN YOU THINK.

The council put bollards up to try to stop cars being parked in particular areas, but it is not working on account of the fact that bollards are made from cheap soft plastic rubbish!

[Picture showing close up detail of bollard bending parking]

The moral of the story is to drive slowly at the bollards to bend them out of your way, allowing you to park wherever you want.

Council tax money well spent!

Car Parking Twist

[Picture of angled car parking in Glasgow]IN GLASGOW’S IRONICALLY NAMED PARK AREA, CARS ARE PARKED AT AN ANGLE TO THE PAVEMENT.

The entire enterprise seems to be to narrow a wide road to aggravate drivers and perhaps slow them down.

There can be no other explanation; if the cars were “normally” parked in a parallel fashion to the pavement, there would be just as many cars parked, but the road would be much wider for cars and vans driving past.

[Diagram of cars parked]Consider the diagram above.  Fig 1 shows the current angled parking. Fig 2 shows normal parallel parking, and the top figure shows both combined.  Hopefully, this diagram shows that the cars take up the same length of kerb regardless of the angle of parking.  The only difference is how much car is sticking out into the road.

Not only does this restrict a perfectly wide road, but it creates a couple of new dangers: cars parking in like this often touch the very high kerbs at the offside bumper, and parked cars have to reverse into oncoming traffic to leave the parking space.

Each bay is a pay-and-display earner for the council.  It would make no financial difference whatsoever to change the angled bays back to normal parallel ones.  It would widen the road for vans, improve road safety and reduce bumper scrapes for car owners in icy conditions.

However, common sense does not prevail in councils, and so the people who have to suffer are the ordinary tax-payers.

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