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.

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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.

Douglas Street Parking Chaos

douglas_streetROAD PLANNERS HAVE GOT IT WRONG ON DOUGLAS STREET, GLASGOW.

Douglas Street is a steep hill, it is one-way going up. Nevertheless, the designated car parking bays are angled awkwardly.

This causes chaos at rush hour as cars wanting to park have to drive up beyond the bays and reverse in to the angled spaces.

It would be far simpler if the angled bays were the other way, of if parking was parallel or perpendicular (there is sufficient space).

Things are getting worse when the obvious is missed by so-called town planners and traffic managers!

Noisy Neighbours!

[Picture of Evening Times headline noisy neighbours]NOISY NEIGHBOURS ARE HITTING THE HEADLINES.

Quite right too; there is far too little consideration for others these days. If it’s not the extreme noise from car stereos, it is parties and generally noise from neighbours.

There is a fashion these days for sanded original floorboards, and this may well be the principal cause of noise.  In the old days, there was always a runner, rug or carpet, and in later years, wall-to-wall carpeting dampened impact noise.  Even modern day laminate floors are better than bare floorboards because they are laid on sound-absorbing underfelt.

Painted plaster is another problem, wallpaper is better, blown vinyl or woodchip better still. Curtains instead of window blinds help reduce echo and reverb – it all makes sense. Dropped ceilings in rooms with tiles and shiny surfaces (such as kitchens and bathrooms) are a good idea too.

The worst case — as you can guess — would be a flat with bare floorboards, roller blinds, mirrors and shiny surfaces.  The best would be one with thick absorbent wallpaper, lots of soft furnishings, curtains, tablecloths, cushions, headboards, towels and the like.

These are common-sense changes to décor that make a huge difference to both air-borne noise and impact noise — and which would make a big difference to occasions such as parties.

However, partying in communal gardens (in the back court) in good weather is anti-social if it drags on too late. Parties that spill out onto common landings and stairs as equally annoying.

DIY and other noisy activities — such as playing music — should never be done too late or too early.  Find out about your neighbours — it makes a difference if they are all old and deaf, or if they are on night shift, have small children and so forth. Tailor your noisy activities to suit your neighbours.

[Pic of evening times newspaper headline cracking down on neighbours]It is never a good idea to be too involved with neighbours, people who live close to each other have important privacy lines that must not be crossed, but a civil neighbourliness is better than not caring at all and treating your home like a campus accommodation.

It is good that the council is finally doing something about this major problem. Perhaps they will also look at the poor car parking, the parking in lanes, the dumping of rubbish at the front (on the street and pavement), the inconsiderate hedge owners, the littering and more besides!

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.

Needless Carelessness

GLASGOW IS A TOUGH PLACE, AND SHAWLANDS HAS A FAIR SHARE OF THE CITY’S TROUBLED SOULS.

[Photo of syringe]I took this photograph with my cameraphone across from a primary school in Shawlands. Yes, sadly it is a syringe. A needle discarded by a drug addict.

Goodness; things are getting worse when school children, toddlers, pets and everyone else can be stabbed in the foot by a discarded, and probably infected, hypodermic needle on a busy pavement.

[pic of syring on pavement]

 

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.

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