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Holiday Snaps

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Removal – Amsterdam style!


Anybody still there?

I haven’t been here for a while but I thought I’d better do something as Ken Smith from the Herald gave this blog a mention yesterday.

I thought readers might like the opportunity to buy this exquisite item for sale in Cumbernauld:

cumbernauldThanks Stu for this.

In a West End Town


Virginia Avenue

Atlantic City New Jersey 1904 from the always wonderful Shorpy site


Click on the picture for the full sized image.

I haven’t posted a Waits song in a while. This is his song about Virginia Avenue, albeit a different one in Reno Nevada. I just read a comment about it saying that it is ‘One of the best drunk songs ever- the song seems to struggle to walk in a straight line’

Northern Lights

I don’t know if they’ve ever been so spectacular in Aberdeen. School bus driver Kristin Jonsdottir, 27, took this photograph of the Northern Lights over Skorradalur, Iceland.


There are plenty more fine photos at the Daily Telegraph’s The Week in Pictures feature.

Looking Good

This fabulous photo of the Ben and the Loch is by Dene Thomson.


For Glade Rover

I took this one at Loch Lomond Shores with the phone a couple of weeks ago.



Is it a sign?

So we’re two days after the white paper and two days from St Andrews Day. This was the sky in Dumbarton this morning…..


And further up the road in Glasgow, this was the scene:

saltire 2

You may in your rational world, point out that these are just random jet engine trails in the sky. I think it’s all far too spooky for that. It can only be a matter of time before I start to see Alex Salmond in a blueberry muffin or Johan Lamont in a tottie scone.

The Parly

Sorry to bore you with more photos. My elder daughter wanted to go to the Mary Queen of Scots Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland recently. Whilst in Edinburgh we visited the Scottish Parliament. I took these photos:


The Chamber


Nice view from the window of Salisbury Crags


I was at the Art Gallery in Glasgow last month for the Jack Vettriano exhibition. He’s an artist who certainly divides the critics. As the kind of guy who couldn’t paint a nose on a false face (And your classic “I don’t know much about art but I know what I like” observer) I quite like some of his stuff although some of it is a bit samey.

Plenty famous folk seem to like him with figures as diverse as Jack Nicholson and Sir Alex Ferguson lending from their private collections to the exhibition.

However whilst I was there I got a couple of photos. This is the magnificent exterior of the building:


And this is Saint Mungo and a couple of admirers guarding the rear entrance: