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.
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?
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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.
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
The grand stone-carved entrance to Fairfield Shipyard's old
The Govan ferry leaves Glasgow's Riverside Museum in the summer
Govan old dry-dock, with Glasgow's Science Centre tower in the
Statue of Sir William Pearce, opposite the Pearce Institute in