Single Illnesses Only

[Picture of GP Notice 1 condition at a time]THE LATEST NHS RULE SEEMS TO BE THAT YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE ILLNESS AT A TIME.

This means that if you have two illnesses, you have to make two appointments and wait in the waiting room for each ailment.

This could be a problem for people who work — especially those who work for themselves, and more particularly, men; statistics show that men are less likely to visit the GP surgery than women.

I know men who work for themselves, who don’t want to bother the GP with “trifling” complaints, and who stock up ailments until matters reach the tipping point. In short, they visit the GP when they have collected a sufficient number of problems.

This is time management.  It is cost-effective for both the NHS and the patient.

But all that has changed. For each thing, patients now have to make a unique appointment, which lasts a maximum of ten minutes.

It used to be that a mother could visit the GP, discuss her baby’s problems, and have a personal issue raised at the same visit – while she’s sat there. This is no longer the case.

Things are definitely getting worse.

Beating The Meat Thieves

[photo of security tagged meat in supermarket]I WAS STRUCK BY THE ARRIVAL OF SECURITY TAGGING IN THE SUPERMARKET – FOR RAW MEAT.

Chops, minced beef, steaks, you name it, it was security tagged. Presumably this is to foil shoplifters, which begs the question – how out-of-hand was this problem to go to the extra trouble of a new IT system?

[security tagged meat in supermarket]Did all that many people really steal freezing cold raw meat? Did they hide them down their trousers or up their jumpers? I shiver at the very thought! Imagine the irony of being caught stealing some tagged mince, and being tagged as a criminal!

Things are getting worse when this sort of thing has to happen. Whatever’s next – a pin number and password to get a pie?

Worn Shoes Rule

[Public notice from council]I SPOTTED THIS NOTICE BY THE CITY COUNCIL TODAY, BUT I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT.

It simply states that

FOOTWEAR TO BE
WORN AT ALL TIMES

Doe this mean that new, unworn shoes are not allowed? It surely cannot be asking people not to walk about Glasgow in bare feet.

My, things are certainly getting worse.

Fire Exit, No Really

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP FIRE EXITS CLEAR.

[Picture of fire exit with many signs]I spotted a Fire Exit recently, and was struck by the number of signs.  Four fire exit signs and four keep clear signs. It is as if they really, really mean it — and yet it was nearly blocked by a large street bin as the door would hit this bin when opened in an emergency.

How odd.

Bill Posters? Seriously?

IN THE OLDEN DAYS, A REGULAR JOKE IN COMICS (SUCH AS THE DANDY OR BEANO) WAS ABOUT BILL POSTERS BEING INNOCENT.

[photo of shop window - Bill Posters will be proscecuted]Well this old joke is alive and kicking.  But then again, how could someone resist the programmed response to a poster stating, Bill Posters will be prosecuted. I’d find it difficult to resist myself!

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Things are getting worse when companies who do not want their properties defaced by posters (or graffiti for that matter), put up the classic, “Bill Posters will be Prosecuted” poster. In this day-and-age — who’d have thought it?

 

A Shawlands Welcome

IN THE HEYDAY OF  SHAWLANDS ARCADE, CAR PARKING WAS COMPLETELY FREE, BUT NOT NOW.

[Shawlands Car Park Notice]Now that the whole place is run down, and the car park is a very scary place, you have to pay. This is part of the “improvements” promised by the council.

What amazed me the most about the car park notice was that there are no concessions for disabled people!

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Things are getting worse in Shawlands, especially if you are disabled and want to shop in the few remaining units.

Protest Backlash

GLASGOW’S BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMEWHERE NICE FOR OFFICE WORKERS TO ENJOY AN AL FRESCO LUNCH, BUT NOT ANY MORE.

[Photo of public notice at Blythswood Sq Glasgow]A Public Notice has been posted up [Double Click on image to enlarge], it states:

“The Blythswood Square Proprietors have
recently allowed unlimited access to
these private gardens. Unfortunately this
access was abused by protestors (sic) who set
up camp and a Court Order had to be
taken out to remove them.

“To ensure this style of occupation is not
repeated the Proprietors Association has
had to therefore close the gardens. This
is unfortunate that the selfishness of a
few has removed access to many.

“For several decades the gardens were
opened for all to enjoy for a few hours
over lunchtime in the summer in good
weather when the grass is dry. The
proprietors Association will revert to that
means of sharing this private garden with
the people of Glasgow.”

These gardens have now been ring fenced and gated off to the public.  The fencing is sensitive to the original style for the square, one can only hope that these wonderful gardens will be opened up in the summer next year for a few hours at lunchtime.

Things are certainly getting worse when protesting gets to this level. The camp at George Square was more than annoying, a girl was raped there.  The camp in Blythswood Square was ridiculously permanent — they caused real damage in this protest against “Global Capitalism”.

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