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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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!

Concertina Door Notice

I WAS CONFUSED BY A NOTICE IN GLASGOW.

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I thought it stated: 2HUACS — but what could that mean? If I had been coming form the opposite direction, it would have read, 4ORCES.

Only when you are facing directly in front of the door is it possible to read the actual message: 24 HOUR ACCESS (by which time, it would probably be too late).

Thing are getting worse when everyday life is made more difficult by the addition of cryptic conundrums in street signs.

Deposit on a Car

[Picture of car covered in bird poo]WHAT A SHAME I THOUGHT WHEN I SAW THIS CAR IN SHAWLANDS THIS MORNING.

It is completely covered in bird droppings. It seems to have been parked under the railway bridge for a while by the looks of it.

I climbed the stairs to the railway station, and took a picture from up there. Click on the pictures to enlarge the image

[Picture of car covered in bird shit]

I cannot image how the owner will feel when they arrive back to fetch their vehicle!

Today is Special

A BLACKBOARD SIGN OUTSIDE A GASTRO PUB IN GLASGOW CAUGHT MY ATTENTION.

[Picture of Gastopub sign in Glasgow]I just had to take a photograph with my trusty cameraphone. Click on image to enlarge.

It states:

“TODAY’S SPECIALS

CURRIED COCONUT WINGS £3.50
STICKY ANGOSTURA RIBS £4.50
HAGGIS BONBONS £2.95
HAGGIS, NEEPS+ TATTIES £5.00”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have never known a coconut to have wings. In fact these specials are notable for being very special indeed.  Most peculiar indeed.

What made me laugh the most was that the dearest thing on the menu is the most normal and most mundane. Haggis with turnip and mashed potatoes is a standard, basic, Scottish meal.

Bonbons indeed!

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.

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