Yesterday’s news that train tickets in the UK are to rise by 3.2% by 2015 came as a shock to most people, who already pay through the nose for a less than reliable service.
Taking to the streets to gauge public opinion on the price increase, this journalist for STV News ended up with one of the single most honest reactions he could have hoped for.
This is one of those stories you need to re-read just to make sure it’s authentic.
The Daily Record is today reporting that a recent complaint was made to Aberdeen fire chiefs regarding the vinyl based Saltire flags which were stuck onto the front of two of their fire engines.
They were placed on the new vehicles to mark the merger of Scotland’s eight brigades into one, but the mere sight of the St Andrew’s cross on the fire engines enraged one member of public so much that he/she made a formal complaint and they were duly removed. It’s thought that the complaint was politically motivated as it’s been suggested that the person, (with far too much spare time on their hands), saw the flags as being a sign of ‘pro-independence’.
Really? The St Andrew’s cross is now offensive to people? Shall it now too find it’s way into the same bracket of offensive flags such as the Swastika, Confederate or White Power flags?
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Stuff which what we found interestin’.
Soldier shot in the head by a sniper gets Military Cross – (C4 News)
Stifler looks out the ice skates for Goon 2 – (SPR&R)
The seven most overused words on the Internet today, (can I add to this list ‘legend’, ‘hero’ and ‘genius’) – (Cracked)
A blog featuring drawings of The Simpsons by UK artisits – (Laughing Squid)
Two theories as to why Americans have stopped gaining weight – (i09)
A zombie cupcake cookbook might be the key to making your Halloween party a success this year – (Geeks Are Sexy)
A Scot appears in court after allegedly brandishing a black pudding in an aggressive manner – (STV News)
Thousands of farmers in Sri Lanka have been struck by a mysterious kidney disease – (BBC News)
For the two of you who read this website regularly you’ll know we have more than a passing interest in unexplained phenomenon; UFOs, Yetis, the paranormal, Kim Kardashian.
This footage is more exciting than most as it was shot in our own home country of Scotland and the UFOs were accidentally filmed by a dashboard mounted camera on a mountain rescue vehicle during a blizzard.
(via STV News)
So, so much has been written in newspapers and Internet blogs recently about the ‘Occupy’ protesters around the globe and the problems and hassles they’re causing. If opinionated journalists aren’t wading in with a full character assassination on the way they look and smell then right-wing
fuckwits who doodle graphic novelists are suggesting they be exported out to the front lines.
Of course the one constant here is the complete failure to understand the reason(s) the protesters are demonstrating, there’s been virtually no in-depth examination or reports from the mainstream media and here’s another fine example, this time from an STV news item claiming that the Glasgow branch of the ‘Occupy’ movement is costing the city’s council a whopping £45 a day.
In response to a request from councillors, Robert Booth, executive director of land and services, revealed that the set-up cost of the camp, including providing fencing, toilets, lighting and a water supply, ran to £1800. Weekly running costs are expected to amount to £160, bringing the total over three months to £4040 – an average of nearly £45 a day.
Shouldn’t really be any bother to the Labour run Glasgow city council, £45 a day is mere couch change when you consider that they’ve just forked out a ‘golden goodbye‘ to the chief executive of City Building Glasgow, Willie Docherty who’s set to fill his bank balance with a pawltry extra £615,000 and let’s not forget that Glasgow city council along with Scotland’s other 31 local authorities have in the past two years paid out £65m in severence pay.
Two years…£65m…that’s £32.5m a year…which is £2.7m a month…which is £675,000 a week…which comes to £96,000 a day! Ninety six thousand pounds a day over the last two years for golden handshakes and golden goodbyes to overpaid arseholes who have exploited the public purse for their own financial ends. (BTW even at it’s most average total Glasgow city council alone have forked out around £3,000 a day in the last two years).
Aye, but see they smelly, jobless, hippies camping oot in Kelvingrove Park they’re costing Glasgae council £45 a day, the bastards!
(via STV News)
Stuff which what we found interestin'.
Gaming company Gearbox honour the death of a gamer by having Borderlands robot Clap-Trap read out a special eulogy – (Destructoid)
Carlos The Jackal back in the dock for charges of murder, claiming he’s killed 2,000 people – (Anorak News)
Finally, an honest review of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy’s new movie Tower Heist – (Film Drunk)
Ten years of Internet domain name disputes, including Wayne Rooney – (BBC News)
Sportscaster has a ‘touching cloth’ moment live on air when he experiences an earthquake.
The search for a John McClane Jnr, for the new Die Hard movie, is now down to four – (Slash Film)
A mystery aircraft was seen plunging into the sea off Angus in Scotland – (STV News)
Jealous husband fed steroids to wife to keep her fat and housebound – (The Mirror)
Stuff which what we found interestin'.
Celebrities with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tattoos on their nostrils are all the rage – (Buzzfeed)
There is going to be a Top Gun 2 and the writers behind Thor are penning the script – (Film Drunk)
Ex-Brookside soap actor was a getaway driver for a hit-man who gunned down a father of four – (Daily Mail)
Canadian stabbed man in Glasgow because he thought he was a ‘zombie’ – (BBC Scotland)
It’s been the question on everyone’s lips since it was released. Will the iPhone 4S blend?
Staying with Apple. A ceremony involving 40 people was held in Penang to reserruct Steve Jobs – (Asia One)
A new book claims Hitler and Eva Braun survived the war and escaped to Argentina – (Sky News)
Maratho runner given running medal after race rival caught a bus – (BBC Scotland)
If you have no idea what the Street Pastors scheme is here’s a brief explanation: A group of volunteers, (church going Christians), who roam around cities at the weekend responding to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets offering first aid if needed and flip flops for women who have sore feet from walking in high heels. Basically they try to ease late night tensions by simply being Christian.
The scheme is already in place in 13 locations in Scotland, including Aberdeen and Inverness, and is now set to expand by placing patrols in Banchory, Dundee, Glenrothes, Kirkwall, Nairn, St Andrews, Tain, Oban and Wick. What’s interesting to note is the expansion is being backed by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. (Mmmm, so your not lending money to small businesses but you are funding Christian based schemes instead. Interesting).
This project has actually inspired us to set up our very own late night guidance scheme, (which we hope will also be funded by the banks), we’re going to call it Street Bastards, we’ll be offering rum to any sober or drunk people we meet and assisting them back to our ship, so that when the awake from their alcohol induced slumber they find themselves at sea and are then contractual obliged to serve at least two months as crew members. Huzzah!
Reporting Scotland, BBC’s daily evening national news programme for thousands of Scots who are consistently treated to a variety of ‘technical issues’ and redundant history news stories in every edition.
But this time they went all out. Thank you Reporting Scotland.
‘Today ze weather vill be cloudy in Scotland, wiz a chance of Heil!’