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ncdominie

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University maths teacher; amateur of geology and poetry; ignorant spectator of history, politics and most other things. Uaireannan beagan Gàidhlig cuideachd. Same handle on the bird site.

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Just spent a few idle minutes down the oddly fascinating rabbit-hole of England's ancient judicial offices, and I can report with some sadness that no Earl of Sandwich has ever served as Master of the Rolls.

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The newly rebranded House of Gods on Glassford Street, with its guardian demons.

Is it like Yubaba's bathhouse, I wonder, where eight million kami come to refresh themselves? Or is it a lodging-house for the wandering small gods of the old town?

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@RogerBW Window-shopping worshippers dropping in to speak eagerly to sales acolytes: "I'm looking for a basic thunder god, with good general pantheon compatibility; I need them to be cool with intoxicants but opposed to heterosexual marriage; also I'd prefer if their feast days operated on a lunar calendar. Oh, and they should run Linux.

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Back from getting a filling, and: why do they insist you wear a pair of outsize sunglasses while they're doing dental work?

(My best guess is that it helps the dentist focus. Any squeamishness about drilling holes in a human being is presumably reduced when that human being resembles Bono.)

DarkGalloway, to Scotland
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Fading evening light at the eerie Moat Knowe, High Baltersan. Looking like a scene for an M.R. James tale.

ncdominie,
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@DarkGalloway Do not excavate the knowe in search of an ancient crown...

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awaits the inevitable email from Republic demanding to know how much Kensington Palace paid for their Photoshop licence and calling a vigil to insist they switch to GIMP

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(Really not sure the British republican movement is geared up for the threat of a royal who can edit her own image. In constitutional-monarchy terms that's basically the Singularity.)

thisismyglasgow, to glasgow
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Love this unusual little gushet building I came across when passing through Cumnock in Ayrshire yesterday. I particularly like its bottle-like shape.


ncdominie,
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@thisismyglasgow HES tells me that's the coat of arms of the (defunct) Earl of Glencairn over the door and not, as I thought seeing it from a distance, the face of a gray alien...

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@thisismyglasgow Maybe a gray alien wearing a jousting helmet, then?

ncdominie, to random
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Reminded that in the 1820s it became impossible to fight fires in Glasgow at night because the private Water Companies were legally obliged to let their pipes be tapped but not to maintain a supply of water in them, and they turned the pumps off overnight to save money.

... Anyway, I'm sure that building so much social infrastructure on top of Facebook is going to continue to work just fine.

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If you follow me, partly or solely, for the photos, may I ask a favour?

I've been asked to put some prints in for a charity auction (details tbc) and I have no idea which of my photos, if any, other people actually like.

Advice, positive or negative, would be welcome...

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Watching the synthetic outrage over imaginary "religious no-go areas" with interest.

Imagine if a fundamentalist sect were given licence regularly to close public streets with militaristic shows of force in order to assert their cultural and constitutional supremacy.

I'm sure the UK Right would be lining up to condemn it.

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Ah f*ck. Positive Covid test with a bonus helping of symptoms. Not going to be a fun week.

If I've not given it to anyone else then I guess the masking's still been worth it; but.

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Above and below.

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Another Golden Age of Steam Hype scheme that I wish had caught on: towing fast canal boats with a wee steam loco running on the bank.

John Macneill carried out trials in 1839, reaching reported speeds of 20 mph; sadly there don't seem to be pictures.

https://falkirklocalhistory.club/locomotive-power-used-on-the-forth-and-clyde-canal/

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The Athenaeum (26 October 1839) speculated excitedly that "thirty, forty, or fifty miles an hour will become as practicable on a canal as on a railway".

(Spoiler: it didn't.)

The regular swift boats on the Forth & Clyde carried a sickle-like blade on the prow to cut the towlines of obstructive slower boats.

I shudder to imagine what Victorian engineers, with their blithe approach to safety, would have mounted on a 50 mph steam-hauled canal express...

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TIL that there is a village in Galloway that was founded in the 1780s by a tiny apocalyptic cult, many of whom are buried there; and if that's not a folk-horror set-up I have no idea what is:

https://www.crocketford.org/our-history

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thisismyglasgow, to glasgow
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In March 1941, the neighbouring areas of Clydebank and Glasgow were extensively targetted by German bombers, leading to the death of over one thousand people and much damage. One of the areas hit was the Kelvin Way Bridge in the city's West End where an exploding parachute mine sent two of its four groups of sculptures into the river below, including this one of War (right) and Peace (left).

Cont./

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@thisismyglasgow Any idea where the spare arm is now? The Scotsman (9 May 1995) suggested there was some uncertainty about who legally owned the arm; maybe Isobel Scobie, who first spotted it in the silt, got to keep it as an unusual garden ornament...

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Today's encounter in the Necropolis: Hugh Tennent Tennent, grandson of Hugh Tennent, himself the grandson of Hugh Tennent.

(Industrial dynasties, would it have hurt you to insert the occasional Trismegistus or Melchizedek, just to help the rest of us keep count?)

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Hugh Tennent Tennent is best known as the first Scottish brewer to produce a Continental drink popularised by the Germans who led fashion in Glasgow catering — lager.

It's usually dated to 1881 or 1885, but going by the adverts sales started in 1889.

He died the following year.

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puts down chisel

If you wanted to specify line breaks, sir, you should have specified line breaks. Here in the monumental masonry trade, sir, we are not mind readers.

wipes hands on apron

Seriously, sir, in a couple of centuries' time who's even going to notice?

thisismyglasgow, to glasgow
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Love this stained glass on Ross's Original Bar on Mitchell Street in Glasgow. It's housed in Gordon Chambers which was designed by Burnet, Boston and Carruthers. It was built in 1905 and I presume this is also when the stained glass dates from.

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@thisismyglasgow Looks right for the period. Those faintly shield-like designs seem to have been fasionable: it reminds me faintly of this one in the Assembly Hall of the Royal Technical College building (1903) on George St.

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