Digressions

Mr Glasgow: a tribute to Jack House

There wasn't much that Jack House didn't know about Glasgow

Jack House sitting in George Square, Glasgow Picture courtesy of The Herald & Evening Times picture archive. Photosales website Jack House: author and restaurant critic I intend to write a more in-depth biography of Jack House, and I would be grateful for any stories, photos, anecdotes that you may have about this remarkable man. In the meantime, here is a brief synopsis of his career. Jack House has been called ‘Mr Glasgow’ by many Glaswegians, a title well-deserved for a man who wrote so much about this city.

Glasgow Necropolis: Houldsworth Mausoleum

Statues scuplted by John Thomas (1813-1862)

Houldsworth Mausoleum A video I made some years ago when I was learning Linux. Created using Kdenlive video editor and Libreoffice Impress (similar to MS PowerPoint). Full credits are shown at the end of the video. At the start of the video I mentioned that the Glasgow Necropolis was officially opened in 1833, which is correct but the first jewish burial was that of Joseph Levi in 1832. The first christian burial was that of Elizabeth Miles in 1833.

Thought Bricks Course

This free positive thinking course may guide you through these troubled times.

Photograph above by William Farlow The power of positive prayer with Thought Bricks This is a quote from the creator of the Thought Bricks course, Bernard: There is no doubt at all that the contents of this course are surprising, especially to those who have not yet realised the mighty, magnetic, drawing and attracting power of directed thought. There are many, of course, who have known theoretically about this, but who have never applied it, or done so only at infrequent intervals and in a vague, experimental way.

My Wee Angel

I was convinced that I was being followed….

The stranger was just a few steps behind me… I often walk the streets of Glasgow at night, and never felt any fear. I reasoned that if I worry about being attacked, my fear and timidity would be apparent and then I would attract the very undesirable attention that I am trying to avoid. Besides, I’m a tough lady and handy with the pointed end of my umbrella. So, head held high, and striding quickly along the Gallowgate, I headed for home, tired and alone.

The Lucky Bag of Freebies

Some free software and useful websites.

We all like freebies. Try this goodie bag When I was a lad the local baker shops used to sell us kids what we called ‘lucky bags’. These contained broken biscuits, stale cakes and buns. They were served up in a big white paper bag and this veritable feast only cost 3d (three old pennies, pre-decimalisation) and contained more than enough to feed two hungry boys. I was particularly fortunate because my mother was a friend of the lady who ran the small shop which was part of Milanda Bakeries.

Afraid to Die

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one. (Walter Payton)

Photograph above by Sean Estergaard The feeling of dread was overpowering… I’ve always been uncomfortable with the eerie glow of moonlight and as I looked up at the cold building, I couldn’t shake off my uneasy feeling. I remember that I was sitting on my sofa and thinking about a dear friend of mine who had went through a very slow and painful death. I must have dozed off and when I opened my eyes again I was at the foot of stone steps that led up to this foreboding dismal place.

Out of your body, or out of your mind?

A personal experience of OBEs

“If I ever had an out-of-body experience - I’d try to come back to a different one.”" –Tom Wilson Is astral travel real or fanciful mystical jargon? There have been countless books and articles written about out-of-body experiences (OBEs), or what some authors term ‘astral travel’. Some of the writers dress up the experience in fanciful mystical jargon. Other writers offer more practical techniques that, they claim, could lead to a conscious OBEs through regular practice, as opposed to uncontrolled nightly travels.