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Print your own house….

Can you imagine the headlines in the Express and Mail about the effect on house prices?

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From the BBC

A company in China has used giant 3D printers to make 10 full-sized, detached single-storey houses in a day, it appears.

A private firm, WinSun, used four 10m x 6.6m printers to spray a mixture of cement and construction waste to build the walls, layer by layer, official Xinhua news agency reported.

The cheap materials used during the printing process and the lack of manual labour means that each house can be printed for under $5,000, the 3dprinterplans website says.

“We can print buildings to any digital design our customers bring us. It’s fast and cheap,” says WinSun chief executive Ma Yihe. He also hopes his printers can be used to build skyscrapers in the future. At the moment, however, Chinese construction regulations do not allow multi-storey 3D-printed houses, Xinhua says.

Innapropriate Shop Names

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Things I never thought I’d see…..

It’s amazing how life changes. I attended my first Dumbarton game in 1970.

Below is the teamsheet from today’s game, and indeed glorious victory, over Hamilton Academical.

teamsheetLooking from a 1970, or even a 1990 perspective, who’da thunk that this fixture would have

1) Been played at the ‘Bet Butler Stadium’?

2) Featured a player whose name encompasses the Bible, 60s rockers The Grateful Dead and….incontinence pants? (Jesus Garcia Tena)

3) Featured a player with the Christian name ‘Ziggy’?

4) Featured a player wearing number 99? (He looked a bit flaky to me) whose name encompasses a Russian Leader, The comedy character Swiss Tony and a Dundee newspaper (Mickael Antoine Curier)

Life/Art….Art/Life

I was talking with some friends today and we were remarking on how much we liked the annual ‘Christmas Gnome Mart’ in Private Eye. It’s a spoof newspaper mail order page of cutting edge products.

For instance this year’s Gnome Mart features this:

frack and this:

methAnd yet, only yesterday I was alerted to thisthis by our correspondent Stu Who?

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Where does humour end and real life begin?

 

Random thoughts…..

When was the last time you saw someone wearing bicycle clips? Or that you saw a three piece suite with antimacassars?

Pillar of Society

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Photo by Amos Chapple. Click on the image for his Facebook page.

This is the home of Maxime Qavtaradze, a 59-year-old monk, has lived a life of virtual solitude on top of a pillar high above his Georgian monastery for 20 years.

For his remarkable story and some stunning photos and a video, visit The Mail Online

It’s a Sign!

One of the things I have really missed is sharing some of the weird and wonderful stuff I have spotted and photographed. For example:

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Sign on a railing at a school in the West End of Glasgow

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The going rate for having a shit in a taxi? A bit steep I’d have thought……

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Breathing tolerated…