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“Elsie Tanner’s heart is where a feller’s wallet is – and the bigger the wallet, the more heart she’s got.”

May 16, 2019

And so, dear listener, I have decided to take a wee break in a wee while and go away for a few wee days and go to wee Arisaig, where I’ve never been before, but I have booked some time in a wee hotel. I won’t say when as I suspect some of you may have links to an OCG (to quote Reevel Alderson the other night but did he say that for a bet?) 🙂

I always enjoyed working with Reevel. 🙂

I had been talking for some time of getting away now that settlement things were settling and Kyle of Lochalsh had been discussed as there’s a wee hotel just next to the wee station and just along from the wee pier but that would be quite an expedition with a possible overnight in Inverness.

Then, one afternoon last week, I was walking through Queen Street Station and I saw Arisaig on the destination board and saw that it went through some very nice places and thought….that’s the very place and went ahead and booked it. 😀

Skippy, where is Arisaig?

I discussed some of this with the blogmeister the other night in Tinderbox but I was coffeed out my nut by the time I left the coffee shop. By the time I got to my car, I was fine for driving but I decided to nip into my local Phillie for a fish supper. It wasn’t the usual young lady behind the counter and while she was wrapping up the tasty treat, she happened to comment;

‘There’s a fly, son. I hate flies. Do you know, they’re constantly regurgitating. I hate flies.’

I paid my £5.20 and left.

And then I got in and switched on the TV and it was a cooking competition programme and there was
at least two people cooking scallops in various ways. I left the fish and just ate the chips.

Sometimes, I do feel there’s something missing from my life. 🙂

And finally, I have had my first ever storm in a Twitter tea cup (and thanks Tricia W for that phrase).

It was all to do with the Natalie McGarry case and a well-known cybernat was talking rubbish about the BBC. The complaint was that the court reporter had explained that Natalie used to be an SNP MP but not that her husband was a Tory Councillor.

Well, said I, foolishly, that won’t have been mentioned in court because it won’t have had any bearing on the matter.

Aye, but she paid for a holiday for him and her.

Well, yes, that would have been mentioned but that would have been because he received that as her husband.

But he’s a Tory councillor and they never said that………..and so it continued. But not for too long as I left the house and when I looked again I had quite a lot of support including a former Daily Record editor and a couple of lawyers…………but there are times when you wonder………

And attention to the possible fraud had been drawn by two prominent female Independence supporters but that wasn’t mentioned in court either.

Tioraidh, still wearing those badges even if it is too warm for that jacket but if it means keeping it simple, then it’s worth it.

Iaint850, and not the only one who worries about drinking too much coffee. 😉

So, BAFTA recently suggested that dramas, soaps and comedies should feature more chat about climate change and I thought about recent conversations I’d had with friends and others. They included marriage break up (but in a perfectly straightforward way), cancer (similarly), drug use and homelessness (with some very funny stories in there), my grand-daughter’s dance class’s annual show (looking forward to it), house sales (those I’m involved in as well as somebody else’s), the travails of Partick Thistle (well documented)…..oh, ‘and isn’t it nice today?’

This is not to deny climate change, but if soaps, dramas and comedies are to have people discussing this, then, if it is to reflect the world out there, much of it will be denial and ill-informed and will involve people flying out to Spanish resorts for the sun. Let’s leave it to factual programmes (but drop the ill-informed Vox Pops) rather than impose an agenda on what is supposed to be fiction, reflecting life as we know it.

Therefore, I watched Corrie for the first time in ages. Ken Barlow is still alive and interfering; his son Peter is in a rehab unit which doesn’t want him to have contact with the outside world (eh?); Carla has physical and mental health issues but is portraying her character like an extra in a Hammer Horror movie (can the straitjacket be far behind?); and Steve’s taxi firm has financial problems. And, bloody hell, is that Rita’s foster daughter behind the bar at the Rover’s? BAFTA, you would have your work cut out bringing existing attitudes into 2019, let alone introducing climate change.

This was the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2007. It’s probably still on the jukebox at Roy’s Rolls

Spot the Bucks Fizz gag and there are absolutely no innuendos.

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‘Massachusetts shark attack victim ‘dies doing what he loved.’’ (BBC World News)

September 27, 2018

(And Social Media was jolly inventive as to what that might be)

And so, dear listener, we begin with a journey back in time. Every so often Social Media flings up a wee memory and a wee re-post of one rather special event did bring back memories to many people. 🙂

Alien Wars in the Arches in 1994 – a battle between Aliens and Marines and people who paid to get in to get scared. The memories were basically of people so frightened that they were willing to grab complete strangers to protect them or to hide behind them. Most people just wanted to get out of there. And eventually did. 🙂

There were rumours that some of the best of Glasgow’s young teams went in there to prove how hard they were and were never seen again. These after all were real Aliens. These were real underground arches.

Do you have any memories?

They’d been used previously (The Arches not the Aliens) in the Year of our Culture, 1990, for something called Glasgow’s Glasgow which was a representation of the history of Glasgow and in the way that everyone knows someone who was the dead body in the lift in the opening sequence of Taggart, everyone knew at least one actor in Glasgow’s Glasgow, which took some of the fantasy away.

And then I went on to become a zombie for M&D’s one Hallowe’en and I, then, genuinely understood the fear felt by the punters in Alien Wars. But this time I was doing the frightening.

But I do know someone who worked on Alien Wars. And suddenly a lot falls into place. Maybe she and I should have a chat about what’s NOT in our CVs 😉

It wasn’t the good Dr W altho’ she, at one time, was certainly an Arches regular. I went to an event there once with her (not a club night) but something else. She pointed out a woman who she said was Head of Security and a good friend of hers. She had one of those looks that could strip search you from about six feet away.

Happy daze. 😀

And now over to Skippy, our Royal Correspondent (being an Australian republican) as he watches Princess Meghan at a royal event.

‘Bloody foreigners, coming over here and closing their own car doors.’

But it is with sadness that I note the passing of John Cunliffe, the creator of both Postman Pat, and Rosie and Jim. Rosie and Jim I know of but never really watched, but I watched both Postman Pat and his fierce rival for ratings – Fireman Sam. Indeed at one stage, my ex-wife, our son and me were privileged to watch the stage versions of both TV hits and rather good they were. Am I correct in thinking that John Hurt or Ian MCKellen played the title role or is memory playing tricks with me?

But I mention social media a lot in today’s show and hopefully the Royal Mail will continue. Cunliffe, himself, explained much of the attraction of Pat’s character to children;

‘The postman to a child is someone who brings birthday cards and birthday presents.

‘They are not aware that he also brings tax returns and bills.’

I like sending cards to people.

And finally, I did watch some of Bodyguard. I wasn’t that taken with it but I’ll do no spoilers. There’s probably people still out there who haven’t got round to watching it yet.

There’s probably folk who don’t realise yet that we, as the United Kingdom, have voted to leave the European Union. 😦

I wasn’t mad keen on the bodyguard himself nor what he was scripted to say, ma’am.

But it was that last bit on the open park in London that annoyed me. The suicide bomber bit where everyone and his/her auntie was trying to talk him out of it….whatever it was. They did send for a negotiator but no show. And then, whilst I was prising my eyes open with matchsticks (I burn candles and incense), it hit me.

If only they’d sent for the late, great Blanche, Deirdre Barlow’s mum.

Some of you may remember this scene.

Can I say that many AA meetings are open and altho’ I only went to four (and a couple of those were slightly different e.g. the one at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood) much of this is more accurate than many other representations I have seen on TV. If you have/had a sibling or another member of the family who goes to the meetings, ask if you go can as well….or maybe to a different one. ‘Anonymous but not invisible’.

And then, as you keep watching the clip, the dirty washing begins to emerge 🙂 It’s actually much better than any of the Bodyguard. 🙂

Yes, Blanche would have sorted them out. She’d have sorted the Aliens out as well.

Cya, still wearing that badge (and the sky remains big) and still keeping it simple.

Iaint850, happily getting to grips with volunteering.

So, just a quick mention about the football and that’s to be expected after last Saturday’s victory over Queen of the South (an answer to a well-known pub question). Twice Thistle were a goal down and twice they came back and then scored what proved to be the winner.

Indeed a similar match to the one attended by AJ and e a couple of seasons back.

On the way in I was told, ‘that lassie is giving away free soup.’ I went over and asked what it was. I was told, ‘I think it’s lentil’ and I think it was lentil too. I hid my unfinished cup behind a floodlight pillar. I didn’t want to hurt the lassie’s feelings.

Didn’t quite make it to Dunfermline this week but I hadn’t quite allowed for the game going to Friday night. Tapadh leibh, BBC Alba, although not going because of that change, I was able to see it on BBC Alba.

Given that I happen to be playing The Waterboys as I draft this, I thought I’d go out on one of their tracks.