Welcome to blogglasgow. Its here you can discuss all things Glasgow and we do mean all things. Whether you are from Glasgow, have moved to Glasgow, or have moved from home, are interested in the city or are thinking about coming to visit. You are most welcome here.
If you have enjoyed some of the culture of the city, the sights and sounds, the shopping the food or just the generosity of Glaswegians, tell us about it.
Whether you have been to a great gig, loved some music, a film, DVD or are passionate about our football teams, share your thoughts and experiences.
I am a blogger and I have lived near George Square for three years and I only recently found out about Elia's Greek Restaurant located in Geprge Square. I guess we usually take for granted the good things we have closest to our home :) I wrote a blog post about my experience at Elia's in my blog.
Just watched the new movie Ted, starring a real live teddy bear, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg and I must say, I almost wet myself. Its hilarious.
The humour has everything for smut, stoner druggy humour, a bit of anti-semetism, rascism, prostitutes with nasty habits and a dose of Flash Gordon tat from the 80s. This is the funniest film I have seen in a while. Its a must see, though dont let the kids anywhere near it as its borderline for a 15 certificate.
The story centres around John Bennett, played brilliantly by Mark Wahlberg, who one Christmas makes a wish and his teddy comes to life. Later in life at 35 years old, John is still a stoner enjoying his life with his best pal Ted and his girlfriend Lori Collins, played by Mila Kunis. His life starts to get complicated with Lori and things get a bit crazy with Ted and Flash Gordon with both hilarious and touching consequences.
I dont want to give anymore away, but its excellent.
The number of bags of dog shit that I'm seeing especially around dennistoun is nothing short of shocking. I am well aware that this area of Glasgow has alawys and will always have a problem with dog fouling , as I've work and walked through the area for the last 15 years and it never gets any better. The thing is dog fouling eventually goes away due to weather and people walking over it BUT to now put it in a plastic bag that dos not decompose, well this is just keeping it preserved for 100yrs + come on City Council give the dog owning people of Glasgow somewhere to put their dogs shit bags. Thanks
Went to the Glasgow Green fireworks tonight with my wife and two boys, aged 5 and 8 and I must say, I was disappointed.
On arrival, we couldnt enter at some of the entrances to the park so had to walk all the way round to the arch to enter. So as you can imagine, it was busy. So we walked over through the shows towards the large screens where one would assume the fireworks would be. Extremely busy now. We got there at half seven, when the fireworks were due to start and the screens light up followed by some chatter.
When the fireworks finally started, almost the whole crowd realised they were facing the wrong way and the fireworks seemed miles away. Dont know whether this was health and safety gone mad or just where we were in the park. The fireworks were great though.
Very busy getting out of the park. I reckon there are just too many folk in there or the location of the fireworks should be changed and with more entrances and exits open. If something had gone wrong in there, it would have been carnage. Now there is a health and safety nightmare.
Just started watching Dexter and within 3 episodes, I'm hooked. Its the tale of Dexter Morgan, a Miami Police blood spatter expert who is also an emotionally blank serial killer. The back story is great explaining how Dexter was taught the skills to protect himself whilst exploring his urges and how there is the Ice Truck Killer, another serial killer in contact or taunting who fascinates Dexter.
There also cases to be solved and when he comes to get embroiled in the aftermath of his own urges, then things get really interesting.
A clever series which i would very much recommend.
Is it just me or are adverts becoming really crap now? For years we have had the go compare adverts where the opera singer tells people to go compare in increasingly annoying situations and with decreasingly funny puns. Now we are told that go compare are “saving the nation” by getting rid of their own annoying advert. The problem with this is that they are replacing him with even more annoying spokes people. Stuart Pearce is suddenly able to hit gio compare in the stomach from about 20 yards away, a great effort since at his peak he couldn’t hit the goal mouth from 12 yards out. The latest one has a decidedly badly aged Ray Mears catching him in a net. The worst though has to be the radio adverts. One has a hen pecked Glaswegian Wayne Slob wannabe telling the Go Compare voicemail about his wife being annoyed by the singer. All the while this shy retiring wife is shouting over his shoulder at the phone.
These adverts are bad, and there are worse ones, but I always thought the purpose of advertising was to entice you to actually buy their products or use their services. Can anyone say they have laughed at the Aviva ad? Or thought, “I want them to insure me”? What about Wonga? Three pensioners listening to hardcore music you say, well can I have a 3000% APR loan please? “Rimmel, get the London look”, if the London look is anorexic with a 6” gap in your teeth then count me out? Confused.com give you 1000 nectar points when you buy something through them, excellent apart from the fact that 1000 nectar points are worth less than on old 50p. Colgate inviting random idiots to talk about bleeding gums. Really? Who when ask if they wanted to do that would say yes? And why do the actors need notepads, what are they writing down “brush teeth = good. Eat bricks = bad”.
Worse than these bad adverts are the fact that joyless god botherers that keep getting the Irn Bru adverts banned. Some of these are side splitting.
Phenomenal (not banned, but censored and only alowed after a certain time)
And in this compilation of the best Irn Bru adverts at No 7 Everybody loves irn bru, and my favourite at No 4 beautiful day
These are some of my personal hates at the moment. What are your most hated adverts?
When I first heard the news that Jimmy Saville was under scrutiny about sexual investigations and the allegations of the groupie culture at the BBC with reference to DJs, TV personalities and musicians, I must admit that I thought this was over the top. Any young male who has been involved in the music business would, i am sure, dream of having a bevvy of groupies following them around gigs etc and pestering them for attention. Surely that's a given and would apply to DJs etc as well. I did think this was another example of the Nanny state.
But having heard today that the ages of those girls involved were between 13 and 16 years of age, I felt sick. This is a horrendous news story and worse still with the thoughts of the Police about more than 30 victims across the country. With the amount of time Saville was on the TV and radio, I wouldnt be surprised if there were more and that is a horrible thought.
It beggars belief that there were rumours about Saville and his deviance around the BBC and no-one did anything about it. I have since heard female DJs of the time talking about how they had heard the rumours and how they should have said something. But this means nothing. Someone should have said something and i really hope they feel sick about it.
It must have been horrible for these girls, having the time of their lives on Jim'll Fix It or hanging with a famous DJ on Top of the Pops and then have that smirking fake getting his sexual kicks out of children. Its a horrible thought and every time i see pictures of Saville's face, all i can think of is a leering, slime of a man who used 13 years olds for his pleasures. I now wonder whether some of his old pals are now feeling a bit nervous. I only hope he was the only sick bastard out of that crowd.
Have you called any company recently? Is it just my imagination or are all companies now receiving exceptional call volumes. It now seems that no matter when you phone these companies you will never be placed in a queue without there being higher than normal call numbers. When did this start happening, and how long can this be the case before these high call volumes are actually the norm. Let’s look at it another way, recently I was on a call to an insurance company named after a well known English seaside town connected with the Norman conquest of England (I’m sure you can figure out who). I was on the phone for 45 minutes, which included less than 5 minutes actually talking to someone. For arguments sake let’s take 5 minutes as the norm for a call to this Sussex based company. If their aim is to deal with customers when they call then that means that there were 8 calls in the queue before me for that person I spoke to. Clearly there will be more than one person there, but it took me 40 minutes to get to this person. So from basic calculation that means that they would have required 8 more people to deal with all those calls when they came in. SO basic (and non scientific, but logical) estimates would say then that these companies need 800% more staff t deal with their customers. How bad must their management be if they are understaffed by this amount and its “unexpected”, how do you not expect 800% increase in calls on a normal work day.
Now you may look at the above and thing what a load of tosh, but i know people that have worked in call centres and these figures are not unreasonable. Normal “call” time per customer in some sectors are between 1 and 3 minutes, which means they could have done between 10 and 40 customers in the time i was waiting. It’s time these companies stopped lying to us. There aren’t unexpected call volumes of this level; all there are is profit margins that can be improved by cutting down frontline staff that actually deal with the customer.
Think i am wrong? Play a game of "speak to the human". Over the past few weeks I have had the same experience with Esure, Scottish Power, Glasgow council, RBS, HBoS, Santander, Orange, O2. Hasting’s was the worst by a long shot, but the rest of them don’t cover themselves in glory either.
I was sad to hear of the passing of Andy Williams as he was a fantastic talent with the smooth crooning voice that was perfect for his easy listening style. He had a style and manner that with his fantastic voice, made him irresistable.
What is often overlooked is how great a singer he actually was. So as a tribute to Andy, I would like to provide a video from The Andy Williams Shown from 1968, which for me, shows just how talented he was. Just watch how he can sit there nonchalantly with his legs crossed and harmonise with one of the most popular duos of all time, Simon and Garfunkel. Please enjoy Scarborough Fair.