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edinburghsucks is back up

A contentious thorn in the sides of many ignorant and floundering edinburgh politicos, who have collectively made a laughing-stock and utter mess of Scotland’s capital over the past 10 years – good luck with version 2… and welcome back.

congregation of vapours

I’ve retired my piece on the London riots – this says it so much better.
As usual best watched full screen.

Telling piece on the “broom” nonsense

OK… now this is how you manipulate the truth

fleet street – shit creek

The long-acknowledged coarsening of british culture by the news of the world and its associated papers/competitors-in-flatulence, like the daily mail, should not, I hope, turn into a witch-hunt of “it was him/her Chief Constable, honest, I’m an upstanding MP who only welcomed them into my own home because I felt sorry for them, and anyway we can still fire you / make you resign even though you’re a brother freemason,” allegedly said Boris.

The essence of justice is “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” – UK politicians are in a very rocky place ironically, being positioned to question NI – they will throw those stones and they aren’t without sin, perhaps not individually but without doubt collectively, same as NI executives.

Hugely ironic – like foxes questioning foxes on who killed the chickens. Me M’Lud? Oh no, I simply ask the questions, my culpability-via-association in all this is – uh – academic (wipes mouth of blood and gristle).

But we are also collectively guilty perhaps of naivety to the reality of politics… both those who have always mistrusted Murdoch, alongside those who have allied with him in all awareness, in this vicarious torturing now of the hated Corporation… this sense of revenge, with smell of scapegoat to hand.

So there needs to be care taken. Let’s hope these right honourable elected first citizens haven’t forgotten the trouble over Dr David Kelly – let’s hope… there are no casualties in this round of media-political truth-averse farces, all of which will blow over soon enough anyway with snouts-in-troughs in Farmer Cameron’s field of Symbiotics… until the next shit-fan.

Suddenly, 30 years later, the Daily Torygraph get it. (Although, as a Maxwell Murdoch Barclay Bros paper, a bit of schadenfreude is in evidence…)

Jon Stewart there… what are the chances of that happening… (er, not, in the UK).

govanhill baths

As a past longtime resident of Dixon avenue, and now rather bizzarely working with a client on Garturk street 10 seconds away from my old bedsit, Govanhill pool and washhouse (steamie) on Calder street, Govan, is one of the local Glasgow / Edinburgh campaigns I regularly follow.

Not much has changed in the 10 years since it shut – but a renewed 2011 campaign will hopefully see the baths restored at last.

Rather than investing in cctv, maybe Glasgow city council would be better restoring this local health-giving facility (there’s a modern pool not too further north in the Gorbals, but that serves a different community area).

In my view, you can’t have enough opportunities to safely splash about in water. What, for goodness sake, were Glasgow city council going to do with this community-focused, beautifully-designed, purpose-built swimming pool anyway? Sell it to some shady developer who would knock it down and then plant crummy flimsy shoebox flats on the footprint?

Ah… silly me…

Govanhill Baths
Centre for Community Practice
NORD architects
dalry baths edinburgh – a similar-vintage Edinburgh local pool still in use

momus has an interesting reminisce about the citizens theatre, not far away

all watched over by machines of loving grace

Monday May 23

Essential viewing.

Adam Curtis blog

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