Welcome to Glasgow. UK Border Force style.
July 25, 2014, 9:24 am
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As Glasgow does its very best to embrace the world, through its hosting of the XXth Commonwealth Games, with great success so far, spare a though for seven American teenagers who arrived at Glasgow Airport last night to help a friend of mine who has, for many years, run a youth Summer activities camp on the shores of Loch Lomond.

These seven volunteers had obtained their Visas in plenty of time and two were already on Scottish soil, through the barriers, when the third innocently replied, when asked the purpose of her visit by UK Border Force “Oh, we’re here to help out at a summer camp, as volunteers.”

Cue flashing of red lights, extreme “computer says no” warnings and loud cries of “you’re fucking nicked”.

The two despots on UK soil were immediately returned to the cattle pen that is UK Border Control and were summarily despatched back to the land of opportunity at 9am this morning.

The reason?

Volunteering is considered to be ‘working’ and they didn’t have Work Visas, they had Tourist Visas.

We’ve had a look at the US Visa website and can find no mention of this (apparently it’s a recently introduced ruling).

UK Border Force.  I hope you’re feeling good about yourselves.

Brilliant attention to technical detail.

Well done on stopping what could possibly have been a massive terrorist invasion.

Or a complete destruction of the UK Economy.

Alex Salmond will no doubt point out that this was UK Border Force, not Glasgow Airport or anything Scottish whatsoever.

As for the poor kids at summer camp who are now seven organisers short.  Send UK Border Force a postcard from Loch Lomond, eh?  They probably don’t get many good wishes.


It’s nearly 20 years since the legend that was 1576 started
July 23, 2014, 4:48 pm
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Wanna join us?

The only criterion is that you were staff, supplier or client.  But friends will be welcome too.

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Sign up here or email me.  You should know my email.  Or comment below.

The ultimate dilemna?


(Source:  Spotted by Fraser McBlane)

Pope Ratzenberger:  “Oh Lord and Father please let Mein Germans lift der World Cup tonight.  I am your loyal and ever faithful servant.”

Pope Francis:  “Oh Lord and father, seeing as your previous loyal and ever faithful servant didn’t quite deliver on that front please let the Argentina lift the world cup tonight.”

Mark Gorman: “Oh Lord and Father if it helps I have £10 on Germany at 6/1 and a tenner on Thomas Muller for top scorer at 20/1.”

July 5, 2014, 12:42 pm
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The famous Dakota roast shellfish as modelled by Amy Gorman

The famous Dakota roast shellfish as modelled by Amy Gorman

Song of the year (last year)
July 2, 2014, 9:28 pm
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Kacey Musgraves.    Merry Go Round>

New favourite bands
July 2, 2014, 4:54 pm
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The internet.  LA neo-soul.  Pure class.

Acts of random violence in this video but another great groove.

And here’s Cucurucu by Nick Mulvey.  Simply gorgeous.

This is what we thought of Manic Street Preachers.
July 2, 2014, 1:10 pm
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Boring.  We left.

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