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.

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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.

Secret Road Sign

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

Click on the image to enlarge.

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!

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]

 

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”.

Purple (TM)

[Picture of package stating that Purple is a trademark of 3M]WE WERE SENT THIS AMAZING PICTURE OF SOME PACKAGING.

The packaging is coloured purple, and there is a small statement:

“The Color PURPLE is a trademark of 3M”

Can this be true? Do they own that film by Speilberg that had Whoopie in it? Do they own rights to Price’s Purple Rain?

Things are getting worse when a company can trademark a colour!

Is using Purple piracy? A copyright infringement? Downright theft?

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