Strange Death In South Lanarkshire

The youngest member of the family has recently started to learn to drive. Near Drumclog there is an expanse of reasonably wide, flat, straight road with good visibility, the main traffic at weekends being the bizarre vehicles on their way to being thrown about at Kenny Telfer's 4x4 track.

My driving tuition tends to start off with a lot of start/stop driving. At one our stops I looked to my left and spotted the strange image below.

warning of death

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Which seems a little bizarre until you turn around and look over the road...



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Positive Music

The last post was quite sad, part of my lifetime's hinterland fading into the past. This one's much happier.

Click on the video below and enjoy...



Didn't that make you feel happy? Although I will have to apologise now for planting an earworm in your head...

Click through for more...


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Tant's Dead

Updated 26/2/12 - see bottom of post


I heard this morning that one of those distant but ever-present characters that we all have in our lives has died. Tant has passed away at the age of 87. To those of us who knew him, it's amazing that he reached that age, or anything like it: Tant abused his body unlike anyone else I've ever known.


His name wasn't really Tant, but very few people ever called him Angus except ironically. The only explanation I ever heard for the nickname was that it was due to a childhood speech impediment. Certainly he was difficult for strangers to understand or at least comprehend, and conversation with Tant often involved a lot of grunts and whoops.


When we moved to the village in 1965 he was already one of the local worthies and part of the folklore. He had no regular job, but worked around the farms, digging ditches, shifting things from here to there, anything that required a heavy manual effort and not a lot of thought. I worked alongside him a couple of times and he could certainly put in a fair bit of graft for someone built like a withered stick.


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The Wisdom Of Alfie Hall

Almost exactly 46 years ago, on 13th February 1966, the nation settled down to listen to the latest antics of its favourite midget. Yes, Jimmy Clitheroe was back on the air!

But who would have expected that Alfie Hall, Jimmy's idiot companion, was about to explain why the welfare state was fatally flawed?


(Click on Danny's photo and wait a few seconds to hear the wise words.)


There you are, that's why the social security bill is now £200 Bn per annum.


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Let's Play Hunt The Scapegoat

Some of the more reviled professions are populated by people who entered them for the noblest of motives: many new law students imagined  themselves defending hopeless but worthy cases in court or using arcane points of law to fend unfriendly corporate attention away from weak  communities; journalists joined their first newspapers ready for the big scoop that would bring down the politician who himself had set out on his chosen career path with a mission to improve the world; even some baby estate agents must have thought that they could spend at least part of their lives bringing joy to new homeowners.

The fact that they almost all eventually turn out variously as reptiles, lizards, scum and thieves is an unfortunate result of the corrupting effects of money.

However, even I can’t think of any noble purpose in becoming a banker. As far as I can see they just seem to be motivated by greed right from the start.


But even bankers deserve fair play.


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