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I love this photo on several levels. It’s of Amsterdam which is one of my favourite cities and not just for the chips and salad cream.

There on the other side of the road is what looks like my dad’s first ever new car, a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

Java green it was.

Basic as basic could be; the only extras were windscreen wipers. There was a wee luggage bit behind the back seat where I could hide under a tartan car blanket. I used to do that when my dad took the car on the Erskine or Renfrew Ferry and he would give me the 3d (3 old pence) that this saved on the fare.

Fairly mild dishonesty I’d have thought. I don’t think there was a danger of my becoming a Craigie Whyte.

I remember touring the highlands several times in that excellent wee car. We even went camping with that as our transport to Ullapool and Nairn. The tent and all essentials packed into the boot (in the front of course). I still have the wee meths stove that we had and I still use it sometimes on my loch island day trips on the canoe.

It didn’t have a radio so maw, paw and I would sing songs or I’d play moothie……..(seriously – how my parents suffered!)

Look at the way the building is reflected in the bonnet of the other car.

Oh! and is that a coffee house?

Funny, any time I was ever in one it was usually followed by chips and salad cream……….

Thanks again to this tumblr site for the inspiration.


There’s A Trout On the Ferry!

Thoroughly enjoyed Walter and his band at the Ferry  last night. This guy can play and has played with the very best, John Mayall and John Lee Hooker amongst them.

As you can see from the pic (which I took with my phone) the drummer was playing behind a glass screen which meant that the sound wasn't blasting out thus further damaging the hearing of the predominantly male audience aged 35-60. There was so much hair and ugliness on stage that one could have been forgiven for believing that one had stumbled in to the opening scene from MacBeth! Walter's bass player was the nearest likeness you'll ever see to Jerry Springer in a wig!

Walter and his band play no nonsense rockin' blues and they are to a man accomplished musicians. Heck! I even found myself enjoying the drum solo!  

The title I've given to the photo is an actual quote from a member of the audience when trying to get Trout to turn round for a picture! I felt a wee bit out of place in the audience. I don't have an earring and I wasn't wearing a t-shirt proclaiming a long established rock act, I don't have a tatoo and I'd left all my waistcoats at home! Anyway this I think has given me the taste for going to a few gigs over the winter months.

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No More Fish Jokes!

I always liked that witty title Walter Trout gave one of his albums. A friend arrived in to my shop a couple of weeks ago and said he'd got a spare ticket for Walter's Show at the Renfrew Ferry in Glasgow (tomorrow night). Looking forward to it.



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