Mystery Machine

[Photo of mystery machine]I AM ALWAYS SURPRISED AT WHAT PEOPLE DUMP ON THE STREET.

I saw this mystery machine dumped on the pavement. I have no idea what it might be or might have been.

A small crowd had gathered, and various theories materialised. One was that it was an ice cream maker. Another that it was a very small washing machine – perhaps a toy for a child.

I liked the idea that it was street art, but my companion reckoned it was an alien life-form ala The Daleks. What do you think?

Heterosexual Pants

[Photograph of label inside pair of jeans]HETEROSEXUAL TROUSERS FOR SALE?

These were spotted in a local Tesco store. They are clearly labelled as not being suitable for homosexual men.

It is perhaps nice to know that straight men can now begin to dress better on a budget.

ADDVENT

[Photo of hand driet addvent]AS IT IS COMING UP FOR CHRISTMAS, I THOUGHT I’D SHARE A PICTURE OF THIS TOILET HAND DRYER.

Note that it is made by Addvent

(Thanks to the gentleman from the north of the city who e-mailed it in to us, and who wishes to remain anonymous).

Merry Christmas!

Rangers New Era

[Photo of Rangers book in Glasgow Antiques shop]I RECENTLY STROLLED THROUGH AN ANTIQUES MARKET AND SPOTTED THIS ANCIENT BOOK.

Click on the picture to enlarge the image.

The book is inside a case with other antique bric-a-brac.  It is clearly an old book, judging by its dust jacket. Odd that it was entitled,

“RANGERS
THE NEW ERA”

Ironic, I suppose, considering recent developments. yes, Glasgow has a rich and varied history, and eventually it all gets washed up in bargain buckets, car-boot sales and antique shops as so much bric-a-brac.

Police Parking

police_parkingIT IS ANNOYING THAT THE POLICE DO NOT OBEY THE LAW.

The police would quite happily arrest you if you broke the law, but they do it themselves all the time. I often see police cars park inappropriately (and even thoughtlessly).  They run traffic lights, cause all sorts of problems chasing boy racers.

They are never around when things turn violent; most of the time they seem to be strolling about ASDA buying cola and cakes. I wish I were joking; I cannot think of a time I have been shopping in a supermarket that there hasn’t been at least four uniformed police wandering around, shopping for snacks.

The most annoying, though, for me, is parking on double yellow lines. They do it all the time. Every day, right outside Strathclyde Police HQ on Pitt Street, there are double yellow lines, cones and signs — and yet I have never walked past and it has been clear.

[Picture from Google Maps of Pitt Street Police HQ]There always seems to be a police car, an unmarked police car,  a van, or something else parked right outside — and as far as I can see, no tickets have been given, no fines paid, no fines paid, and no vehicle towed away. Ever.

In fact, if you go to Google maps and look at the street view, there are police bikes right outside the front door!

It is bad enough when police flaunt the rules of the road, but it takes it to another level to do it right outside police headquarters! Things are getting worse indeed.

Way of Life

[Picture of fan heater]I WAS TAKEN ABACK BY THE DISCOVERY OF A FAN HEATER IN MY LOCAL SHOPS.

It showed a fan heater, but described it as a “Way of Life”.

“It’s a way of Life”  [click on image to enlarge]

Since when has using an electric fan heater a “way of life”?

Really? This item is a consumer lifestyle choice? Ooo Things are really getting worse indeed.

Pole!

[Picture of the dancing pole in the pub]MY COMPANION AND I WENT FOR A NICE LUNCH IN THE CITY CENTRE.

It was Yates’s on Sauchiehall Street, and it was doing a brisk business; the place was filled with mothers with babies in prams, older people and some office workers.

Imagine our surprise to see a platform and pole! We were told by our waiter that these poles were used in the evening for pole dancing and lewd behaviour! We watched in horror as a toddler played with one.

As far as we could determine, the poles are for free public use, not for professional pole-dancers. This, I suppose, means that anyone, at any time, could suddenly decide to dance with one — even at lunchtime!

Pole dancing, I have been assured, is something undertaken by young women, rather than by men.  It is therefore something of symbol against which feminists rally. Does it really have to be on open public display at lunchtime? Is it actually required at all  (isn’t there an issue with Health & safety)?

Things are getting worse when pole dancing is so commonplace that it merits no raised eyebrows nor comment from mums having lunch.

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