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Print your own house….

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

printed house

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


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)


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?


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


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:


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


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


Breathing tolerated…

Alien Concept

Simon Parkes is an ordinary kind of guy. He’ a driving instructor and a Labour councillor in Whitby, Yorkshire.

He probably does most of the things that a normal self employed councillor would do……

For instance, he says has sex with an alien, who he refers to as the Cat Queen, around four times a year. He also  claims to have fathered an extra terrestrial lovechild called Zarka and says having sex with the alien has caused tension in his marriage.

Councillor Parkes, 53, claims his “real mother” is a 9ft green alien with eight, stick-like fingers who appeared to him in his cot when he was six months old.

The Mirror has a report about the story here

And just before you dismiss the whole thing entirely, have a look at this article from this morning’s Herald.

*Cue the theme from the Outer Limits*

Wattie McConnachie

Who? I hear you say.

Surely you’ve heard of Wattie who won the Brig o’Turk International Wife Carrying Championship at the weekend?


Taking Sides?

I haven’t commented much on the Syrian civil war, or as it seems to be playing out, Hezbollah v al Qaeda.

Once again though, I see that the USA and the UK look like they are going to become involved in a foreign war with no clear strategy or plan.

Thank goodness that we have Tony Blair the Middle East Peace Envoy acting on behalf of ‘The Quartet’ (The USA, Russia, The EU and the UN). Surely he will make everyone see sense?


Mind you, maybe we should listen to Tony who has such an impeccable record of involving himself others in military conflicts on a completely false pretext with no real plan an ethical basis on sound intelligence and with a clear strategy.

Now correct me if I’m wrong here because I am a simple soul.

Didn’t the West intervene in Afghanistan as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks, planned and orchestrated by al Qaeda?

Wasn’t this also a reason put forward (as well as the bogus ‘weapons of mass destruction’ excuse) for bombing Iraq and killing thousands of civilians?

al Qaeda were indeed the baddies. They were the enemy of freedom and democracy and had to be defeated at all costs.

Jump forward a decade and now we have Blair, Bill Clinton and John McCain urging Obama and co to arm al Qaeda!

As a free bonus in all of this we get an instant plunge back into the freezer for Cold War II as Russia are funding the Syrian government.

Maybe if Bin Laden was still alive he’d have made the Queen’s birthday honours list?