Digging Around Argyle Street

[Picture of Archaeologist car]SOME THINGS STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. THIS WAS ONE OF THEM.

I have to confess that I have always supposed Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones character in “Raiders of The Lost Ark” was a vain attempt to glamorise the profession. I am sure I am not alone in thinking that really, these days, archaeologists are a bit dry and stuffy, and employed by universities and museums.

Who knew they were zipping about in four-by-fours!  Who knew they had emergency mobile numbers to put on the side of their off road vehicles! Who knew they could be female? In Argyle Street Glasgow? Outside Tesco? Is this Glasgow’s answer to Lara Croft? Consultant Archaeology? Who would have guessed!

My, my things might be getting better after all! Go Girl!

[Archaeologist 4x4 Glasgow]

Insurgent Restaurant

peshwariIT WOULD BE NICE TO BE OUT OF RECESSION, AND TO HAVE OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN.

I think I saw a sign today that there maybe hope. A green shoot of recovery is when a new shop opens — and a good sign is when it is something brand new and untried, something risky.

It would be nice to think of the Afghani people getting ahead without us; they get such a bad press, and seem so helpless and incapable — yet, here we have Scotland’s First Afghani Restaurant just about to open on St Andrew’s Drive. Afghani people have travelled here and managed to acquire a restaurant between two fancy Italian restaurants.

That really is something!  I wonder what the food will be like.  Good Luck to them, I say!

Things may be getting better…?

Lost!

[Poster for Lost stuff - Glasgow City]I WAS QUITE STRUCK BY POSTERS PUT UP AROUND SAUCHIEHALL STREET.

It seems that luggage has been “lost”. Everything is gone — except for paper, pens and an artistic sensibility. Please double click on the image for an enlarged view.

Rosie doesn’t merely list what’s missing, she draws pictures: a Large Grey and Brown tweed bag with pirate lining with an H&M light brown ladies’ mac., multi-coloured checked cardigan, leather ladies’ clutch purse with a Chinese design.

From this, I get the impression that Rosie really does want her bag, cardigan, coat and purse to be returned — she’s offering a small reward, bless.  Sad fact is, she’s been robbed of her luggage.  Will these posters work? Who knows, I sincerely hope so, but cynically, I don’t think she stands a chance.

Things are getting worse when we have to reward thieves to return our stuff, when we have to appear kind and genuine (and quirky, funky or arty) to pose no threat. I hope this is an elaborate sting by the Pitt Street Polis — my, what a story for Taggart, eh?

The Price of Sectarian Wine

THIS IS NOT JUST WINE, THIS IS SECTARIAN WI[Picture of wine display at M&S]NE FROM MARKS AND SPENCER.

I noticed the prominent display of wine near the check-outs on Sauchiehall Street’s M&S.  Named “Vin de Pays du Gers”, this tipple would appeal to the Gers fans, and is competitively priced to compete with the more usual swally, Buckfast.

Things are, however, getting worse when M&S decide to price this wine at £16.90 for ten.

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