SCOTTISH INNS, BARS AND TAVERNS
Here we feature The Kenilworth in Edinburgh's Rose Street. Internally it is quite magnificent, with all the grandness seen in many of the other nearby pubs in the capital, like the Cafe Royal, Guildford Arms and the Abbotsford.
The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh
Aug 2014 News cartoon - smart water as a criminal deterrent and life form
SMART WATER - IS CIVILISATION AT RISK?
YOU MAY HAVE seen some signs in and around your area saying something like, 'WARNING - THESE PREMISES ARE PROTECTED BY SMART WATER', and you may have wondered what Smart Water is. It is, it seems, water containing some DNA, the exact DNA mix being unique to the premises being protected.
DNA, as you may well know, is life's building-block, and here at Scotland's online tourist guide we have discovered that some of this Smart Water DNA has been found to mutate. Indeed, in some cases actual life-forms have been created, tiny amoebic-like organisms. Although Top Secret, we understand that in one case a blob of intelligent slime was seen to crawl along a floor and attack an intruder. Would we kid you?
Scotland's Online Tourist Guide
August 2014
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THE REFERENDUM
In September 2014 - just next month - Scotland will vote on whether it is to remain as part of the UK or become an independent country.
While there are many arguments for and against, it surely makes sense for Scotland to be governed from within Scotland, not from Westminster, which is quite far away (not far enough away, some may say!). It simply makes good business sense, for smaller economic 'units' are far easier to run that huge conglomerates. It is way too easy for these huge conglomerates to lack efficiency and miss things, like Scotland. For at times it does appear that Westminster has forgotten about us. Especially when you see that tens of thousands of Scots now have to beg for food to survive. And that's why I'll be voting YES.
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I'VE RECENTLY TAKEN to 'rescuing' things from the bin-store in the flats where I stay. When I'm disposing of bags of rubbish I find it nigh impossible not to have a right good look at what else is in there. Only last week I discovered a hi-fi system, complete with speakers. I dragged it up to the flat, gave it a good clean, and tried it out. It worked. Sort of. Wasn't quite the quality I had hoped for, and after giving it shelter for a few nights I decided I no longer wanted it and quietly smuggled it back to the bin-store.
DURING GLASGOW'S COMMONWEALTH Games a number of roads and paths have been closed-off. It's funny how you miss walking in a certain place. One of my favourite walks is on the Clyde Walkway near the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre; there's just something about walking by water that appeals to me. It's also an area full of memories. For it is here as a child that the police ejected me and a few chums from a berthed ship. 'It might sail off with you still on it,' said the policeman, as we scampered off. The docks were our playground. It's where a chum fell off his bicycle as we cycled past the old riverside warehouses, where we tentatively explored the entrance to the disused pedestrian Finnieston Tunnel, and where I climbed the Finnieston Crane. In those days the crane wasn't fenced off, and so up the ladders I climbed. It was to my utter shock that on opening a door to one of the 'huts' on top of the crane I discovered an old man in there. Certainly I climbed down much much faster than I had climbed up. So, while the 'Games have been good for Glasgow, I very much look forward to those fences coming down and paths being reopened.
GLASGOW'S COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Glasgow has surpassed all expectations as to how it would present and deal with the Commonwealth Games. It has been quite simply the bees knees or, as some Glaswegians might have said, 'Definitely better than no' bad.'
During the games the city was besieged by hoards of visitors, many of whom ambled through streets in huge groups behind someone carrying a flag. It's not yet clear if these people thought they were actually taking part in some sort of Commonwealth Games parade or if they merely needed guidance from the flag-bearer who would ensure they didn't wander off on their own and become hopelessly lost. I suppose following someone with a flag on a tall stick is nothing more than an adult version of having your children roped together and secured to you by their wrists so everyone sticks together.
Glasgow did in fact become so full of visitors that at times it felt like Edinburgh during The Festival, and Glaswegians perhaps got a small taste of what it must be like for those in Edinburgh who can find it difficult during those festive frolics making their way through the hoards to simply get on with their lives.
 A GLIMPSE OF GOVAN
Magnificent stone-carved entrance to Fairfield Shipyard's old offices in Govan
Govan ferry leaves from Glasgow's Riverside Museum in 2014
Govan's old dry dock
Statue of Sir William Pearce
The grand stone-carved entrance to Fairfield Shipyard's old offices.
The Govan ferry leaves Glasgow's Riverside Museum in the summer of 2014.
Govan old dry-dock, with Glasgow's Science Centre tower in the background.
Statue of Sir William Pearce, opposite the Pearce Institute in Govan.
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