Sunday, April 24, 2011


First of course a very happy Easter to you all.
I am, dear reader, in Glasgow. Not the city of tenements and grey gloom that my imagination and memory held. I did come here 32 years ago for Charlie’s birthday party. All I remember is that we spent a few hours after dark in bars somewhere on Sauchiehall street. I was in no fit state to appreciate or really remember what I was seeing.
This time I have come as part of my districts delegation to the NASUWT conference here. As I might have mentioned before, I am not a desperately earnest political animal but this year I feel the need to be counted. Smiley young prime ministers feel that it is alright to mess around with my pension and bugger up an education system that has stood the test of time. I don’t think that saying nothing is the sensible option.
In between the cut and thrust of political debate there has been the odd hour to explore.
Imagine my delight at the city I have found. Full of iconic buildings and great charm. Justifiably proud of its wide open spaces. Choc a bloc with museums and galleries full of stuff that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Add to this the fact that it is a very cycle friendly city as well and I have been able to sneak trusty (and sadly neglected) bicycle with me. I have flitted through the cityscape and along the river Clyde in the …. I was going to say Mediterranean sunshine but if you went abroad over Easter seeking good weather you have missed a treat at home….in the flag splitting sunshine.
Here now, have a look.
I am off to hit the streets.

There’s been a murder in Maryhill….

(that last for fans of Taggart and Barrel Hands Boyd).


louise wall said...

Glad you had an enjoyable time.

Dave said...

I can understand why there is need to change pension plans but is not fair to change something you "signed" up for. Your retirement plans and expectations were based on your original contract. The changes should only apply to new employees. We had a similar situation in the Civil Service. Good the see the Dawes being put to good use and Glasgow is very good for cycling. You can go all the way up to Loch Lomond on trails.....if you have time.

startare said...

Cours camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi! Keep up the fighting spirit.

sablonneuse said...

Hope you told those politicians a thing or two!