Rangers New Era

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

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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.

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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.

Secret Road Sign

[Picture of bus stop hiding u turn sign]WHAT A STUPID PLACE TO PUT A ROAD SIGN.

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On Pacific Drive down at the BBC and opposite the SECC is a bus stop. For some unknown reason, the bus shelter is some distance away from the bus stop itself. The strangest thing is that there is a road sign (no U-Turn) obscured by the bus shelter!

It is impossible to see this road sign.

The entire arrangement is not very well thought through; the street lighting pole could have been incorporated — either for the bus stop or the No U-Turn sign.  The shelter ought to be nearer the bus stop. Things are getting worse when a simple uncluttered space can be turned into a mess by the so-called city planners.

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.

Aimed at Bolt

[Picture of Billboard from Durex]AS OLYMPICS FEVER GRIPS US, I WAS SENT THIS PICTURE OF A BILLBOARD.

It appears to show the Olympic rings, but they are actually contraceptives called “Performa” by the company, Durex.

The tagline reads:

Bolt – Not every man wants to be the fastest in the world

Usain Bolt is the fastest male runner in the world, and I suppose one could take this as a light-hearted joke, but I have trouble with it.  They are not official sponsors of the games as far as I can tell.

It seems to me that they are abusing the Olympic rings, and indeed the name of an athlete to promote something that has nothing to do with sport.I don’t even get the joke angle — how does using a condom slow you down? I can only imagine that the act of finding the condoms, unwrapping and putting it on is a damper on the heat of the moment. What a great advertising concept — our products disrupt your foreplay and takes the “pan off the boil” so that you have to basically start the passionate build up all over again. Heaven help the advertising industry!

Things are definitely getting worse when anything can jump on the Olympic bandwagon. I bet the Olympic rings would attract young children to read this ad – and then ask questions. Thanks Durex – maybe it’s the fault of parents for having children instead of using your product.

Elvis is Alive?

[Poster of Elvis Presley playing Glasgow SECC 2012]IMAGINE MY SURPRISE WHEN I SAW AN ADVERT FOR ELVIS PRESLEY LIVE IN CONCERT IN GLASGOW.

I had to stop dead in my tracks to check the date first of all. Yes, it was dated for the 11th of March 2012!

The poster reads:

LAST UK TOUR OF
ELVIS
PRESLEY
IN CONCERT
“A concert you just
cannot afford to miss”

and goes on….

“ELVIS – the best concert I have ever
been to – The King is still alive”

Now, as far as I am aware, Elvis A Presley lived from 8 January  1935 to 16 August  1977. And he never played the UK. It doesn’t say this concert involves a tribute act, or a lookalike. It seems that it is the real Elvis!

Things are getting worse when long dead pop singers can fill a 12,500 auditorium, or when some form of conspiracy, sleight of hand, impersonation, trickery, zombie magic or con-artistry can attempt to pass off their act as that of someone else.  Who exactly gets all the dosh this concert generates? Frankly I am too bewildered by this for words!

Random Cola Pricing

EVERY TIME I BUY COCA COLA, I AM SURPRISED BY THE PRICE.

[picture fo cola at 155 for 1.25lit][picture of big size coke for £1.50]I was in Sainsbury’s recently, and noticed that the big 2 litre bottles were £1.50.

However, in the next aisle, the smaller, “sharesize” 1.25 litre bottles are priced at £1.55.

Yes – that’s right, the smaller bottle costs more.

It gets worse; the even smaller 500ml size is £1.75 or two bottles for £1.50 —  and often supermarkets sell two 2 litre bottles for £2.00 of two-for-one at £1.50. A 330ml can costs 61p.

The price per litre can vary from 8.8p to nearly 22p. In the same shop at the same time. With different special offers, sales, discounts and the variety of purchase options (boxes of cans, four 2 litre bottles shrinkwrapped together etc), it is anyone’s guess what the cost will be.

It gets worse when one orders a glass of Coke in a pub or restaurant; it can cost almost anything! It makes no sense. Pubs often sell the stuff in pints — which confuses matters even more.

Teetotallers can pay a lot more that alcohol drinkers in pubs — for a drink that can be bought for a lot less in a corner shop.  Soft drinks are not always priced on menus in restaurants – and it often a shock when the bill arrives.

Look, it’s just flavoured fizzy water, does it have to be so expensive? Something ought to be done: we need a coke ombudsman.

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