Sex Doll Distraction

[Picture of suicidal sex doll]A WHILE BACK I WAS ALARMED BY THE SIGHT OF A WOMAN TRYING TO JUMP FROM A TENEMENT FLAT ABOVE SHOPS ON KILMARNOCK ROAD.

This “suicide” turned out to be an inflatable sex doll being waved from the flat’s window.

Things are getting worse when sex dolls can be publicly aired in broad daylight on a main route through the city.  Grannies and children could so easily have seen this — not to mention the distraction for motorists and bus drivers!

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Tenemental Cables

[Picture of TV aerials on Glasgow tenements]WALKING ALONG DEANSTON DRIVE IN SHAWLANDS RECENTLY, I WAS STRUCK BY THE MESS OF TV AERIAL CABLES ON ALL OUR VICTORIAN TENEMENT BUILDINGS.

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These really are an eyesore; they dangle down unfixed to the building in any way.  They cast shadows in the sunshine, drip with water in the rain, and flap about in the wind. They are fixed at just two points — the antenna and the entry point (usually a hole drilled through the window frame).

Many are actually redundant, having been replaced by newer cables fitted to newer aerials that get Channel Five and Freeview Digital.

Things are getting worse when we allow tradesmen to get away with such poor quality work; cables ought to be run as inconspicuously as possible.  In this style of architecture, there are plenty of opportunities for doing this — ledges, carved features, rhones, pointing and the like.  There is simply no need to drop cables from the roof 12 -16 metres or more serving individual window entry points.  Cables could easily be grouped down and run far more sensitively and neatly using cheap and readily available cable clips and ties.

If scaffolding or tall ladders are the problem, then perhaps the cables could be brought down the outside of the property at the rear only.  Another possibility could be to use some form of trunking to collect and tidy up all the cables.  Anything would surely be better than the present situation.

Biting Costs

[Photograph of notice of charges for missed dental appointments]AT A VISIT TO THE DENTIST, I WAS AMAZED TO SEE THE FOLLOWING NOTICE ON THE WALL:

Click on the picture to the right to enlarge the image taken with my camera-phone.

It reads:

“DUE TO PRESSURE ON OUR
APPOINTMENT LIST THERE WILL NOW
BE A CHARGE FOR PATIENTS WHO
FAIL TO ATTEND THEIR
APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT DUE NOTICE
– THIS WILL BE CHARGED AT £60 PER
HOUR OR PRO RATA”

You may have noticed the bad English, but I spotted the sixty quid per hour penalty rate. This is serious money — does that include check-ups? what about cleaning?

To use “Pro Rata” does not help matters in my opinion.

I take it to mean that if you are five minutes late for your appointment, then you will be charged that five-minute proportion of the sixty quid/ hour charge — which is a fiver (it is a pound a minute charge).

Now, I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS have to wait in the appropriately-named waiting room, even if I arrive bang on-time for my appointment.  So, if I arrive five minutes late, and I am placed for 10 minutes in the waiting room, what will happen?

Why can’t I charge the dentist for his lateness?  If my appointment is for 10am, and I arrive five minutes early, I ought to be seen at 10am.  If I am kept waiting, I would reasonably expect some reciprocity — perhaps on a pro rata basis?

Things are getting worse when National Health Service Dentists feel that they can get away with this sort of thing — and to add insult to injury, the notice is contained within a golden frame behind glass, and soundly mounted on the wall. This dentist must have a lot of free time — perhaps occasioned by too many missed appointments?

How Women Get Fat

[Picture of Take a Break magazine - Men make Women Fat banner]FINALLY WE HAVE THE ANSWER TO WHY WOMEN ARE FAT.

It must have taken scientists years of meticulous study, but they have found the reason for feminine obesity, and they chose to publish their findings in the most eminent of journals – “Take a Break”.

Click on picture taken in local newsagents shop to enlarge.

Yes, the answer is summed up on the front cover top banner: “Men Make Women Fat”.

Things must be getting worse when magazine covers can make claims such as this — along with the “Proof”.

The truth is that most women think they are fat because of role models pushed through the media since Twiggy was invented to sell teenagers a lifestyle, a look and products galore. My advice is to take a break from reading such trashy magazines.

Stone Me!

[pciture of stones for sale in shop]IN A PET STORE RECENTLY, I SPOTTED SOME ROCKS FOR SALE.

I could barely believe my eyes at the prices of stones! Click on the picture to enlarge. The prices tags on the shelves range from  £2.99 to £29.99.  It is hard to believe that people would buy stones for their rockery, rabbit run or fish tank that costs so much.  In fact, why people cannot take a stroll in the park, at the beach, on holiday or in their garden is the real question.  Things are getting worse when people buy a handful of rocks costing nearly £30 each!

Maybe that is why councils never seem to fix pot holes these days — its the price of the stones!

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