N TROUBLE WITH THE LAW!
Have you ever been in trouble with the law? Well, I have, and before you think that I have spent some time in the clink, let me tell you what actually happened.
One Wednesday, quite a few years ago, when I came home from the Guild, I disturbed two men trying to open one of the front windows to my flat. Instead of being sensible, and knocking on a neighbour’s door to call the Police (as I do not have a mobile phone), I simply shouted “Oy!”, and the two guys ran away!
As soon as I managed to get into my flat, I immediately called the Police, who advised me not to touch anything until they had visited the “scene of the crime”! Two plain-clothed cops came, took some photographs, we had a chat (and a cup of coffee, of course), and they said I could clear up now, as they thought that the lads in question had been wearing gloves. They said they would drive around the district to see if they could spot a couple of males with guilty looks on their faces, constantly looking over their shoulders. They also said that they would send along colleagues to advise me about keeping the flat safe.
So, apart from breaking one of my windows (which a nice carpenter friend quickly came an boarded up), and apart from having to ensure that I had managed to pick up all the pieces of glass both outside on the ground, and inside on the carpet, nothing was actually stolen.
A few days later, two very large very tall uniformed policemen arrived at my door, and had a look round the inside of the flat. Then, they wanted to inspect the outside of the building, and I took them round pointing out which window they had been trying to break. As I stood there in the front garden between these two very tall cops, a neighbour from further up the road passed, and as we always did, we waved to one another, but seeing me standing there between two very large PC’s, said neighbour then looked askance, probably wondering what I had done, and whether I was being arrested!
It was very amusing, and it was weeks before I could catch my neighbour and explain exactly what had happened, and that I was not………in trouble with the law!!
Well...the intro for this section got me thinking 🤔
Amongst the buzz and noise ovrr coffee and cake in the hall of admiring the flowers 💐 and not forgetting the singing of the choir 🎶and playing of the organ🎹
I can hear a few saying 'did you see the lovely lights ✨ in George Square recently,' : 'Oh no ; not yet, Well if uou and can't , do take look on the website ' 'Wouldn't it be lovely if we had Christmas lights along Mosspark Boulevard and up the Avenue 's of Pollolsheilds ? I think I recall some at bottom of Albert Drive; I must take a walk and have a wee look ! '
Meanwhile ; 'Oh I've noticed more from Glasgow City on the website , thats great for people that can get out '
1st Thessalonians 5:12-18
Paul gives the community advice on Christian living- they are to respect and support each other. I love verses 16-18. Great aren't they?
“Christmas is Coming!” – now, different groups Respond to this statement, and how things should look We learn just how many days left that there are Before Christmas Day…………… By the light of a star
Those Wise Men of old saw the stable so bare
As on the Child’s face, these three Kings, they did stare…… But what does it mean in the world, now? To-day?
Is the meaning clear to us all, come what may?
Let’s look at it from each one’s personal view…………….
A school child, a teacher, a shop-keeper too, The Church and the Chapel, the Council, the law, The cows and the sheep, and birds that all saw
That very first Christmas; with Mary, his Mum,
That tiny wee baby, sweet Jesus, did come From Heaven to show us just how we should live, And how to look round and to others to give
A part of ourselves, be it time, cash, or goods,
To help keep them all out of these, so dark, woods……….
To learn how to part, and to learn to forget
The problems with which we think we’ve been beset
In years, in our lifetime, perhaps it was war When, most of us, didn’t know what it was for, Or shortage of money, or shortage of jobs, Indifferent health, or no coal for our hobs
These things are now past, but for you and for me There’s still this pandemic…….when will we be free?
We find it quite hard that our friends we can’t meet And have a wee blether out there, in the street
In Church, on a Sunday, we cannot sit near
Our friends and our neighbours whom we all hold dear….. Yes, Christmas is coming! So, what shall we do To celebrate this year….yes, me and you too?
Let’s think of the blessings each night and each morn We’ve had from the very day since we were born…….. The world God created, the lands and the sea, The moon, sun and stars, far away though they be…..
The folk who protect us, the Police, Fire Brigade, The number of volunteers, working, unpaid, The doctors, the nurses, our great NHS Who during this year, have made such a success
Of thinking of others, in every way,
Their comfort, their sympathy, they did display The best kind of character, and we can see How much this all means, yes for you, and for me!
So as this great festival comes once again
Let’s clasp both our hands, say a fervent “Amen!” And, yes, still enjoy all the laughter and fun While giving our thanks to each and every one
Of all friends and neighbours, the posties, the crew Of NHS ambulances, all who do
A wonderful job, and the meaning display Of the deeper meaning, on this Christmas Day!
Stark menorah branches pointing
towards a dull wash sky,
Rust edged greenery clinging.
High up a solitary leaf,
dying, holds fast.
A magpie hovers and disappears.
November chills, damped down
Leaden air void of birdsong:
no rising of the morning glory,
no sun to warm, to cheer.
Then... I gorge upon a cluster
of pink, spreading lazily across
Defiance in every bloom,
lifting winter's gloom,
no longer black or grey.
Like to share this post by Scottish traditional/ folk singer Fiona Kennedy, posted late September. ( Fiona had been and still puts put weekly Kitchen conveversation concerts on Monday 's at 6pm with various guests.
This was a post Fiona sent out informing people of a specific project and beautiful song; for Remembrance; where there is a link to here it at the end, Some people may had heard her being interviewed on the news on Radio Scotland yesterday; Saturday 7th.
Hello amigos! Very exciting news! Beautiful new song ‘Stronger for the Storm’ is being shared with everyone today. Please share far and wide, download and join us with your own version and video - you can sing, play, sign or hum along to what will be an amazing global collaborative video and charity single! This is all for 4 amazing charities - VSA (for mental health), The Red Cross (Disaster Fund), The University of Aberdeen Development Trust and The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League - all these charities, as you know, do life changing work so download the music and the track and be a part of this amazing gathering for the greater good. love Fiona xoxox
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Where you can listen to this specially written song , individual 's and groups are invited to join it on a special recording for the four charities .
Further information found here
This morning we ran 4 miles round the streets of the south side, stopping at various sites along the South Side Heritage Trail. The one we knew absolutely nothing about was the American Roller Rink. If you are thinking about going out for a walk and wondering where to go? The South Glasgow Heritage Trail is a book worth buying.
I have copied the text from the book.
The American Roller Rink
Between 1908 and 1912 the nation was gripped by a craze for roller skating or “rinking” as it was popularly known. The American Roller Rink was built on Victoria Road, between Cutherbertson Street and Kingarth Street, opposite present day Lidl. Like many other rinks around the country it was essentially a large corrugated metal shed with an impressive interior. Within a few months of opening, it was hailed “the favourite hunt of the best people in the city”. There was space for 700 skaters and 3, 000 spectators. Music was supplied by a military band that played twice daily. The rink was managed by George M. Wellis who 10 years earlier brought the Barnum and Bailey circus to the south side of Glasgow. Inevitavly, the craze for “rinking” passed. Permanent cinema buildings were opening around Glasgow and in 1912 the American roller rink was converted into Govanhill’s second cinema. The American Roller Rink became the first B.B. Cinerama.