Archive for the ‘Jeff Zycinski’ Category

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can hurt forever.

May 6, 2019

And so dear listener, you know what it’s been like over the last few weeks; the build-up, the anxiety, the analysis; and then the final ninety minutes. What drama…..

But I’ll come back to the feature length episode of Line of Duty later 😉 first Partick Thistle.

I wasn’t there on Saturday but I watched it on Twitter and some very descriptive writing and pictures. A three-nil win away to Queen of the South means that I will probably be contacting the ticket office later this week and renewing my season ticket.

Maybe it was the special training they had had this season; not just the well-publicised event of this week where all the players had to come up with the team they wanted for this Saturday; write it down on an anonymous sheet of paper; and put it in an envelope so that the management team could see who each other trusted.

What if you were the only one to pick yourself? Not so anonymous then, eh? 😀

But I put it down to another event earlier in the year not long after Gary Caldwell took over as manager and after good friend e and I had seen them in training at Glasgow Uny Science Park.

They were taken down to spend a day teambonding in a session with the Paras down at their Garelochead base. According to (only) one tabloid, after the squad thought the session was over, ‘an SAS squad swooped in to stage a mock kidnap that involved blindfolds and interrogation.’

It left one player (who I shall not name) in tears and ‘four soldiers were apparently required to capture Bruce Ntambe when the midfielder made a bid for freedom.’

Neither player has remained with Thistle but that’s not really surprising, is it?

Now do you understand the link with Line of Duty.

But first, I was at a book signing and reading last week presented by the former Head of Radio Scotland, Jeff Zycinski, and very good it was too. I’d read the book and knew the stories but Jeff tells them well. Plus I’d worked for a few weeks in Selkirk and I did love the old BBC building in Edinburgh at 5 Queen Street which was something like three buildings badly converted into one and I am convinced that there was one door that if you did manage to get it open had a brick wall behind it. 😀

However there was one OOOPs moment. 😦

Just before it started I was asked if I’d like a glass of wine? ‘No thanks but could I have a soft drink?’ only to be told they didn’t have any. Seriously. Luckily I carry a plastic bottle of strawberry flavoured water and whilst that might not be popular with Xtinction Rebellion, it helped to quench my thirst.

Apart from any other consideration, I was driving.

‘And where was this this?’ I hear you ask. In Waterstone’s the bookshop at the top of Byres Road – next to a large Supermarket called Waitrose……….OOOOOOPs indeed. 😦

And finally, there’s not much left to say about Line of Duty. It took a dive for me when Ted went renegade, went to the nightclub, escaped by a door that nobody knew existed and ended up with the OCG in a warehouse full of cocaine.

And how come he didn’t know how to delete his browser history of porn – I mean I do. (I could probably have phrased that better)

And why is there always a bent copper as part of the armed guard for the final interview?

And because it wasa full length episode (well actually 85 minutes) theer was so much time left to fill that you knew the policewomn going to the loo with Gill was dodgy.

Still……that DCS Carmichael (‘ma’am’) is one helluva scorned woman – so watch for her come the next series. 😉

But it’s just a TV drama – so ‘stop making a tit of yourselves and piss off.’

Tioraidh, still wearing the badges and still keeping it simple – a constant in the sea of climate emergencies

Iaint850, who’s tried sucking diesel and didn’t like it.

It is well known that Adrian Dunbar had issues with alcohol a wee while back and he is quite open about the fact he has attended AA meeting over the last twenty years. Apparently he has not attended meetings recently but is aware that they are there ‘if needed.’

Recently he was seen with a couple of bottles of beer and the tabloids were ‘full of it’; ‘back on the booze’ and ‘off the wagon’. Bloody hell!!! I think it’s a ‘well done’ for not drinking for that length of time; not digging him up for having a beer. I know no more than that but we know many people who had drinking problems who are now able to control their drinking.

Anyway, a lapse does not erase progress.

Let’s encourage people who make an effort and not condemn them with the first words that come to mind. Think a little about the effect that words can have.

Here’s a song about bent coppers featuring Ted Hastings;

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“Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

January 11, 2019

And so, dear listener, I want to clear up a wee misunderstanding.

What I was trying to get across last week was that I don’t feel I can call myself pescatarian after I ate meat last year and I gave the example of eating hospital food exactly twelve months ago. The non-meat alternative was a baked potato and, whilst I’m not averse to one at home when in a hurry, it was nice to have something else to eat. 🙂

It’s never been ethical or medical but I will continue to look for more options than just meat and I will continue to try more things. Last word ever. Honest injun. Eight years since you ask. 😉

I think this is particularly relevant in Veganuary (sp?) and Dry January (I think it’s called) where people are being tempted to take on an eating and non-drinking lifestyle which will find them without a lot of their usual foods for a month or bevvy for a month when they are used to a lot of drinking e.g. going for a drink or two after work.

How about just trying some of the vegan alternatives that’ll be around just now and just cutting back on the bevvy for a while?

And, incidentally, if you do have a problem with the latter, I’m easy enough to find and will do what I can to help.

And, no, so far, I have not tried a vegan sausage roll. They’d have to have built a Gregg’s somewhere near the Beatson for me to be able to do that but the response to what has been a brilliant PR campaign is that they’re quite nice but there’s a lot of pastry.

And I’ve read/seen rumours that Piers Morgan and Gregg’s share the same PR company but I’ve yet to check them out, but if you do want something tasty can I recommend the caramel shortcake at Epicures of Hyndland which is not middle class in the slightest despite its name.

And I did pay a visit to Wetherspoons this week and they’re not too middle class either but you do get a seat, no music and relatively cheap food’n’drink which is a slight difference from Epicures………but, hey, I’m young. Roll with the flow and so on. 😀

But the charity shop next to Epicures (Marie Curie?) was defo a different level from even Byres Road. There were no prices on the CDs and if you’ve got to ask the price of something, then you can’t afford it.

And just a quick word about my own health. It’s fine. 🙂

No. Some of you may remember that a wee while back I’d an MRI scan for my heart. Yes. It was exactly one year ago that I posted on Facebook that ‘there would be no blog this week as I was in the Cardiology Unit of Glasgow Royal’. Maybe that was a wee bit underplayed but I was still knocked out by the reaction I got.

Well, there was no blocked artery requiring stents and stuff but it’s more of watch’n’wait and the MRI is part of that. Well, I’ve still not had the results and when I phoned my consultant Dr J, I was told that a letter had been written but not yet signed and it was to go to my doctor. As long as it stays unseasonably mild, I’m okay. 🙂 (the weather that is)

But it was also nice to start back at the Scottish Drugs Forum and it was a real pleasure to walk in on Wednesday afternoon to ‘my office’ (on Wednesday afternoons) and to go over to ‘my desk’ (on Wednesday afternoons) to find a ‘Certificate of Appreciation for my work (so far) as a Media Volunteer and it was signed by Jason Wallace, Senior Development Officer, Volunteering and Engagement and what’s that, dear listener, you’d like to find out a wee bit more about the work that Jason does?

Well, what about this?

http://www.sdf.org.uk/meet-jason-wallace-sdfs-new-senior-officer-for-volunteering-and-engagement/

And finally, people are saying I should get out more. So in just over a week’s time I’m going to a book launch in a pub in Glasgow. Friend and former colleague and former Head of BBC Radio Scotland has written a book. Details of at least one place to buy it are given below but basically it’s the tale of Jeff’s life in radio broadcasting which is something of a passion in Jeff’s life. 😀

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-red-light-zone/jeff-zycinski/9780992926465?fbclid=IwAR1FLCPw5FcOXoBqXvMgPOhq1dynNb-9vndBVyKrydBvn4aJSFb6PrxrDM8

Jeff started in Moray Firth Radio and History tells of a competition in his early days there with a prize for spelling his name correctly. Apparently it took five days. History does not say whether Jeff himself took part in the competition.

See you a week on Thursday if I’m still invited 😉

tioraodh, still completely fine and still keeping it simple (I am a patient man)

iaint850, who can be a cheeky git at times.

Just a brief word here about Sir Andrew Murray and his decision that retirement is imminent after a very distinguished career in tennis. A sad moment.

However it took only minutes before the small minds opened up on social media saying, basically, ‘I bet he’s called Scottish now rather than British.’

FFS, Let’s just call him Sir Andrew Murray and thank him for all the pleasure he’s given us and recognise the heartache that must have been involved in his decision.

Is it me or do we have a greater number of small minds than ever before?

This is a fantastic cover version of Jolene by Janet Devlin. I must have heard it on Chris Country Radio and I suspect it was played by drivetime deejay and former colleague John Collins. Was it?

Anyone else out there that I know who’d like a plug? Both well deserved.