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There is a light at the end of the tunnel… hopefully its not a freight train! (Mariah Carey but also Half Man, Half Biscuit)

June 1, 2018

And so, dear listener, I had an interesting experience last week with social media. On Facebook I posted a couple of photos of my back garden which seemed to generate about fifty responses. 🙂

In the blog I mentioned the armed police raid which took place just yards from me at twenty past six last Thursday morning. It was witnessed by my neighbour who was indicated to be quiet by a gun toting polisman as they entered the nearby block of about six studio flats.

(I live in a semi which is one of the nice things about Summerston – the variety of housing)

Kenny the shed pimp, about forty minutes later, saw the police dog van and the standby ambulance move away from their ‘safe’ position in another street round the corner.

But comment was there? None.

I caught a police drugs raid on one of those reality TV progs a couple of nights later. Are we now so used to the police doing that, that we feel that these are part and parcel of everyday life – particularly in North Glasgow where folk are shot dead at busy traffic lights on the Maryhill Road?

How close was it? Well in TV they seem to measure everything either as a comparison with Wales or a football pitch.

It was as close as the distance from the edge of a Welsh centre circle in the opposition’s half to a Welsh penalty spot. That close!!!

Anyway, I did my first prostate cancer information talk for some time and I did it in Kilmarnock Job Centre and I enjoyed it. 🙂 I do like an audience. And they were mixed and good and laffed at the right times. 🙂 Yes. Just cos it’s about cancer, doesn’t mean I can’t get a laff from an audience. And some interesting questions in a slightly quieter area afterwards. I am, as is well known, a believer in sharing – in ‘proper’ sharing – and that’s what happened. People become aware of something about a work colleague that they never knew before and they offer some help – and it’s accepted.

And I didn’t know it but I was doing a co-presentation with a local lad but we worked well as a team. He was Lennon to my McCartney or, for younger people, he was Pixie to my Paloma.

If anyone out there knows of an organisation who would like a prostate cancer presentation then contact me one way or another, and I’ll put you in touch with the appropriate people.

I took the train down, which was nice – city centre to town centre – and it’s a road I’ve travelled on a few occasions (to Rugby Park or for AJ and R’s naming days) so it was nice to look at the countryside. One downpoint.

One helluva of an ‘earthy’ smell at Kilmaurs. I had to keep looking at the sole of my shoe – just in case.

Moving swiftly on.

I renewed my Partick Thistle season ticket this week – £290 – and I hope to go to more games this season that last.

I mentioned this last week but my moods and blood pressure are streets better than they’ve been for some time.

Me and Aidan Turner – both happy to be lusted after. 😀 😀 😀

I am happy. 😀

And finally, I was reminded of one former student this week (The Vampire Slayer who is now resident in Italy) when
I saw in a tabloid newspaper that police in Edinburgh had started to use a cut-out police officer (not sure what he’s made off) to encourage cars to slow down. 🙂

The VS’s scoop with the same story was approximately ten years ago, only it was in Bishopbriggs. Cracking story tho’. 😉

And I’d a very nice mail from a student (B) of some time back (who is now resident in the States) who had tremendous journalistic potential but is now involved in something much more spiritual. How did she show that potential? She wasn’t afraid to ask questions. When she turned up.

Tioraidh, still wearing that badge (especially for the presentation) and still keeping it simple

iaint850, shazaming it like Monica Lewinsky

B (see above) was one of the first two students (not the ‘usual suspects’)that I told of my alcohol issues (post Cold Turkey) and we had spoken of a few things (in Room 211) that were maybe better suited to social care and the messages that I got from her recently were good and I brought her up to date on me and she finishes by saying ‘I look forward to reading your book’ and I don’t think she meant the academic idea I had planned for post PhD; but maybe a proper version of the one I wrote post Cancer. It got knocked back by agents and publishers but maybe there might be a way to combine the two; or is that too ambitious?

We’ll see.

If rock music gives rise to air guitars does country music give rise to air fiddlers? You will be fiddling along with the Charlie Daniels Band, introduced by Marty Stuart at the Grand ol’ Opry in Nashville and not Kinning Park.

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