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  1. The last one has to be the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It looks just a little bit different now 🙂 Is that the wall being built in the picture? That would date the picture to some time in the 60s. Amazing photo.

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    1. It looks like they are building it there. I put it up because in the last week it reached that point in its history where it has now been gone, longer than it was up.

      It was initiated in 1961. To begin with, of course, the border was just barbed wire. The wall came later incrementally.

      Hard to imagine how much things have changed.

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        1. If it was in the East, I bet there were leaking pipes. I never made it to East Germany, but I did make Romania, Bulgaria, Slovinia and Croatia… and last of all, Albania and efficiency wasn’t the watchword.

          I often wonder what it was like in Poland though, because apparently Polish plumbers are magic!

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          1. I am very jealous. I’ve been to some of these places but all post-Communist.

            I would guess that Poland used to have excellent toilets and pipes but that all ended after the plumber exodus of 2005. I went to Poland around 2000 and the toilets were top notch. That’s a lie – they were somewhere between below par and average. Never, ever visit the toilets in a Ukrainian rural railway station. Shudder.

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            1. They were fascinating, Terry. Of course, they were all very different.

              Albania was the most closed off. Indeed we only got to go there through the university on an organised trip. Probably the weirdest place I’d ever been. It was like stepping back between 20 and 50 years. They had no contact with the outside world at all. There were no private cars and people still “promenaded” at 6 pm… Hand in hand or arm in arm. It was strange to see that. Soldiers walking down the street (which had no traffic) hand in hand. Hoxha was dead by then, but Ramiz Alia still ruled with an iron rod.

              Romania was the worst, which is why I could say with all honesty that I was relatively unconcerned when the dictator and his appalling wife were taken out and shot. I saw first-hand what they did to their country. I’m a thinish bloke and I was positively skinny back then, but in two awful weeks in their country, I lost weight. Not that I’m a fussy eater, just that there was nothing to eat. Empty supermarkets. Imagine living like that all the time.

              The Yugoslavian republics were far better. Slovenia was a delight, and Croatia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. My Hungarian buddies went on a cycling holiday in Slovenia last year and came back from it professing it to be the most marvellous place they had ever been.

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              1. Amazing photographs. I really like the imposing squares that were built during the communist era. I’m glad the communist era has ended and that nobody is building this kind of dehumanising architecture now but I always like to visit where it survives. It’s just so different.

                Did you go to Bucharest? I’ve only been once and it was a bit odd. Everybody stands and walks far too close to you, even on a quiet street. It is positively unnerving. I know that proximity varies between cultures but Bucharest seemed to be at the far end of the spectrum.

                Sounds like I need to go to Slovenia, then.

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                1. The buildings around Skanderbeg Square were all pretty imposing. The big one was a Palais de Culture kind of thing, where they did folkloric kind of shows. Interesting for the first hour.

                  As I recall the building at an angle in the foreground was Secret Police.

                  I wasn’t in Bucharest. It was a coastal holiday, very cheap…because there was not much in the way of food, nothing in the way of entertainment, no shops… no nothing really. I’m not very good in crowds and I have people pushing against me… So maybe it’s just as well

                  All over the country he bulldozed things and built socialist style housing, even in the countryside.

                  Yes, if you get a chance go see Slovenia. Amazing place.

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    2. I first went to Berlin when I was inter-railing, so about 40 years ago. I hated the place. Beggars like flies and that abomination of a wall. I lasted 24 hours and went west again, but did get to the Bode and I urinated on their wall. I recall the wine was incredibly cheap – I think everything might have been duty free ( ? ).

      When it came down I watched it on TV and I actually cried. I had followed the radio reports of Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel in the days when I trusted the MOT. I believed that people should be free. I still do.

      After the wall had come down a friend wanted to see Glasgow Celtic play in some European competition against a Czech team. Flights to Prague were rocketing up but I noticed the place was midway between Prague and Berlin. So I suggested we go to Berlin – which we did – he hire a car and go to the game. I had ( and still have ) no interest in football, but I fell in love with the transforming city of Berlin.

      Since then I have been pretty much once or twice a year to the place every year. I love it. I love the shops, the beer, the beer festival( first weekend in August ). I have seen Texas play, and been to English theatre, Klezmer concerts, the Vienna Boys Choir, Christmas markets and so many other events. My great regret is that I did not buy a flat there when they were selling for a song.

      I know the gate, the Reichstag, Unter Den Linder, etc etc. If you have not been then get there. Its a terrific and still cheap place to visit. Very cold in winter, a bit hot in summer. Just a great place to visit. It knocks Paris into a cocked hat.

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      1. One of my biggest regrets is not visiting East Germany when I was inter-railing in the late 80s. We thought about going but in the end we couldn’t be bothered finding out how to get visas or whatever was required to get there. That was our last chance – as we travelled around we saw snippets on the TV of people walking across the Hungary/Austria border. The wall came down just a few months later.

        I’ve been a few times since. I also love it. It is a bit of an architectural mess but that’s what I like about it. It’s not like any other city.

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        1. Aye, well, in fairness, Terry, we never thought there would be an end to the divide. There was always next year. There was no rush to see these things, we though, after all they would still be there in 10 years.

          I remember thinking it would be the beginning of a better world… but the war mongers soon found new enemies.

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      2. Great story, David.

        I’m not sure why I’ve never been to Berlin. I would like to go, and probably will soon. Some mates were off to a concert there not long ago and I should have gone but didn’t.

        I love Paris. It would be interesting to see if it I liked Berlin as much.

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  2. I remember years ago during a bad snowstorm, myself and many others were stuck on a steep hill just outside the village where I live. This Citroen 2cv with its 5/8” washer, tyres proceeded to pull out and drive up the hill past us all like there was no snow.

    O how I hated that car, though I couldn’t say my hatred was in any way based in envy because they’re an acquired taste that I never acquired.

    Not very environmentally friendly either, contrary to popular belief at the time but I’m sure there are tons of folk with fond memories and that’s what makes it an iconic car. As well as the styling of course which is uniquely French.

    The one in the pic looks like it’s just rolled off the production line in the shed they were made in. 😂

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    1. Yeah they were iconic.

      I always thought the French had a talent for making horribly ugly cars, but they were cute in a way too and seemed to have personality.

      I had a friend who had one. It was called Bridget! They weren’t the most comfortable ride, but they were interesting.

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      1. Yes Derek, an up market 2cv, the engine is war reparations from BMW, a flat 2 cylinder from a BMW motorcycle, the 2 cv was 600cc and the Dyane was 800 or so. The original 2cv was designed before WW2 with a Citroen engine and was designed to be built by farm labour during the winter months so very simple. The front and rear wheels use the same spring in a tube in the chassis, one for each side, story is that your French peasant could drive over rough ground with a basket of eggs and not break them.
        The gearing is such that in 4th gear it will not get up even a gentle incline.
        Great in the summer, the whole roof opens up. The handbrake also doubles as a safe place to store your handbag, looks like a hockey stick
        You can buy an alloy body for them from Lomax, they then perform very well.

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        1. Not this car, My pal bought a 3 year old one from a scrap merchant in Greenock for £70, the engine wouldn’t run properly and it was scrapped.
          Turned out to be a broken inlet valve push rod, replaced for £3, sold the car for £500, running fine.
          The gearlever looked like a hockey stick, always said a lady would use it to hang her handbag on, took a bit of getting used to for changing gear, going round a corner was a bit precareous, it leaned over like a boat, by the way the seats came out for picnics, a real character of a car and cheap to run.
          The Dyane was a bit more lively.
          see if I can get you a picture of a Lomax

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        2. Yes, I know that car; it belongs to a friend of mine who races 2CVs (as do I). (addressing Dave’s reply now…) The Dyane was, I believe, originally a Panhard design but was adapted by Citroen after they took Panhard over. Later 2CV and Dyane engines are both 602cc (Dyane has higher compression pistons); there are alo 425 and 435cc variants. No relation to BMW; their engines are the other way up (Citroens have the cam underneath the crank). Two springs in each spring can; there can be a degree of front – rear interlinking if the cans are allowed a little movement between the mountings. 4th gear? Depends on the rate of the incline and the speed at which you’re travelling. Lomaxes are fibreglass; another friend of mine used to be the nearest thing to their agent in Scotland. There’s a kit called a Blackjack that might be alloy; not sure.

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  3. Picture 4 is interesting – Blue Train and Tram in the same photograph, with the original “Glasgow Electric” symbol on the bridge. As the Blue Trains were introduced in 1960 and the last tram ran in 1962, this would probably place the photograph in 1961.

    And while pic 5 seems to show building work on the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, the wall looks to be complete, so my guess would be that it’s maintenance or repair work.

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      1. The Gate was in East Berlin, so it looks like the work is happening in the East.

        And I’ve just realised that pic 3 is the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, looking towards the Castle, with Deacon Brodie’s Tavern in the foreground on the right. I was there in October, so it should have jumped right out at me. 1961 Glasgow trams, no bother – where I was 3 months ago – Errrhhhhhh ? – – –

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        1. Aye, it’s one of those photos that still seems like yesterday, but is about 10-15? years ago; no buses go through the Lawnmarket anymore.

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      2. I have a piece of the wall from just in front of the Brandenburger Tor.

        I know it’s genuine because I chipped it off myself!

        It was August 1990 and there was a guy renting out a hammer and chisel – it wasn’t easy – that wall was built to last!

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        1. Wish I could have gone. There are now only tiny bits of it left, I understand.

          It was a time of great hope.

          Was the guy renting out hammer and chisel (not sickle) one of the budding entrepreneurs from the East?

          What have you done with it? Does it have pride of place somewhere?

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          1. I was in Berlin a few months ago. Bits of the wall are still there…but now surrounded and protected by steel fencing to stop souvenir hunters !
            Where the wall has been demolished and now built over with roads and pavements they have left inserts in the tarmac to allow folks to see the original positioning and line of the wall.

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          2. I’ve got/had a piece, it was in a drawer until the wife and daughter redecorated when I was in London as a “surprise”.
            It is possibly in the back garden.

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          3. Still got it in a drawer somewhere!

            Can’t remember much about the chisel renter but I do remember it was the biggest chisel I’d ever seen – he had to show me the correct technique or else I would probably have ineffectively chipped away for hours!

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            1. A section of the wall is located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is part of a memorial to Winston Churchill who delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech there in 1946. Also, there is a London church that was founded in the 12th century, and twice destroyed, by the Great Fire of 1666 and the London Blitz of 1940. The church was reconstructed from its ruins in post-war London on the Westminster College campus.

              It is said that on the long train trip to Missouri from Washington, President Harry Truman (a native of Missouri) discovered that Churchill was a poor poker player.

              http://www.trbimg.com/img-54a31ded/turbine/ct-trav-0111-fulton-missouri-churchill-20141230

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              1. Interesting, Danny. He was wrong about Vienna, though. It wasn’t behind the “iron curtain”. I suspect that without Stalin and the Eastern Front, they might have lost the war to Germany, or at least it would have dragged on far longer. Ironically then Stalin may have saved the western world.

                People like Churchill probably expected to win at everything. It was in their upbringing.

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                1. Odd and scary as it may be, Stalin did indeed save the west.

                  Hitler’s target was always eastward expansion. He didn’t want to fight the British Empire, he admired it and would drone on about it for hours during his “table talks”. To him it showed the superiority of the aryans over other races.

                  Had he thrown all of his forces at Britain that he had during Barbarossa, we would have been overrun no matter how brave our forces were.

                  As an aside, my daughter recently did a whole topic at secondary school about WW2 and she had never heard of Stalin! No mention of the eastern front, only the “British” bit. I suppose Stalingrad was only minor skirmish….

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                  1. That’s amazing, Lanark.

                    Back in the day I would have expected them to concentrate of the fact that the British won the war, but RECENTLY?

                    Surely we need to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the Americans, and people form many Empire countries, the Resistance in France, Free Poles… and many more. And of course the Soviet Union.

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                    1. Google Victor Suvorov for an alternative view of the war in the east.

                      Stalin was planning to “save” the west long before 1941.

                      The wily fox outwitted Hitler but got only half of what he had planned to take – and not the best half either!

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                  2. Just read both “Fromelles & Pozieres’ and ‘Victory at Villers Bretonneux’ by Peter Fitzsimons both WW1 coverage right enough with very detailed research quoting orders and despatches of the day. The Australian view of the British was not very complimentary to say the least.
                    Rough quote ‘The Canadians and the Scots fought well but the Tommies simply ran away’. Must be why we had huge casualty rates compared to the English.

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                2. It probably didn´t look that way to Churchill at the time, it has to be said, the bit about the Iron Curtain, I mean.

                  If you´re in Vienna, you could visit the Red Army Memorial – https://goo.gl/AsnKLU – in Schwarzenbergplatz. The Red Army Memorial – in German it´s called the Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee, i.e., the Heroes’ Monument of the Red Army – commemorates the thousands of Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of Vienna.

                  After WWII, Vienna was under occupation the same way Berlin was – it was divided into sectors under the control of the various Allies, and it too was surrounded by the larger Soviet zone within Austria itself. Think Harry Lime and the Third Man… I´ve pinched a couple of photies showing the occupation zones from the Wiki on the Austrian State Treaty, which re-established Austria as a State on 27 July 1955 when I myself was one week old, not that the two events were related. It´s probably worth saying that before Stalin died in 1953, none of that would have happened. So, here´s how Austria was split up: https://goo.gl/pMYRkh. Now Vienna: https://goo.gl/6mSxkY.

                  The ¨international zone¨ in the middle is what is called the 1st Bezirk – the first district, which is the core of the old city and is surrounded not by walls (any more) but by an avenue called the Ring – opera hooses, palaces, museums etc. – very classy, really. It´s many years since I lived there, of course, and where I lived wasn´t classy; though Schubert had lived, or rather died, down my street (Kettenbrückengasse – Chain Bridge Lane, approx.) , up the other way was the flea market and the Naschmarkt (sort of cognate with gnash and nibble, the Nasch in that one – you could get vittles there). The bridges used to be over the eponymous river Wien, now covered / paved over, but during the winter the Schneearbeiter dump snow down into the river along there through big gratings in the street.

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          4. I have a piece too, it’s sitting on a shelf in the bookcase in my bedroom. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news…

            I suppose we all realize that in the future they may become like pieces of the True Cross – which if you put them all together, you could make 10 Noah’s Arks out of.

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    1. I signed this petition in this link because, as an SNP member, I got an e-mail asking me to. As soon as I had signed I got another e-mail telling me that, if I’m not a member, there’s never been a better time to join the SNP! I do sometimes wonder about our organisational skills – – –

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        1. The website’s a bit screwy from the navigation point of view. Well, I think it is, anyway, though I do have form for not being able to spot the bleeding obvious right in front of my nose.

          Re petitions, when was the last time anyone in the Ruth Davidson party got up a campaign to lambaste the ESSEMPEEBAD for our crap mobile coverage? They seem to do it every year or 18 months or so, and have to be reminded that telecoms (and broadcasting) are reserved matters… it may just be my impression though, that they keep doing it, I mean.

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  4. First pic, Tris, is Cathedral Street in the fair city of Glesca. I often walked around this area when I worked in the Toonheid at my first job after leaving school. It’s changed beyond recognition now, much of the area being occupied by the campus of Strathclyde University. Judging by the clothing of the women and kiddies, I’d guess the photo probably dates from late 1950s-early 60s. I notice the women have just passed the entrance to a tiled tenement close, or “wally close” as they were universally known in the city – decidedly upmarket from those with just painted walls.

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    1. Aye Andi, the source said 1963. My mum talks about wally closes. She was born in Glasgow, but actually they have them in the better parts of Dundee too, you know!

      University campus is pretty impressive as I recall.

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  5. I thought it looked a bit Glesga too, so I did a search for Grahams Bar and came up with this:
    http://www.oldglasgowpubs.co.uk/grahamscathedral.html

    Wouldn’t disagree with you about the date. The “no waiting” sign and lack of yellow lines dates it too. Given the state of the windaes I’d guess the tenements were empty…so just before that end of Cathedral Street ( ie the Buchannan Street end) was redeveloped. Talking of which…
    https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/take-a-look-inside-glasgows-12828668

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    1. Jake, thanks for that link to Glasgow’s secret tunnels – very interesting. I was working in the area when the Townhead Interchange for the new motorway (M8) was being built and the area was changing week by week. At the time, it was fascinating to see much of the old city swept away and new developments, roads and housing, springing up. It all seems so long ago now and I sometimes still find it hard to believe that I’ve watched tower blocks that I saw built being demolished. Thankfully, the City Fathers didn’t get to fulfil their grandiose scheme of demolishing the entire city centre and replacing it with a kind of cut-price Le Corbusier forest of concrete monstrosities.

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      1. They did that a bit in Dundee, Andi (Labour council), because one of their top councillors had connection with a concrete making company.

        The knocked down the historic Overgate, built the Overgate centre which lasted for 30 years and then knocked it down.

        Still someone made a lot of money out of it.

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          1. Oh Jings… Tayshite House. What a dump.

            Built in 1975. Demolished in 2013.

            An ugly blot on the landscape. And it was a terrible building inside, suffering from sick building syndrome.

            Here’s what was said about it on its Wiki Page.

            he building often attracted criticism. It was on one occasion voted as ‘the least-loved building’ in Dundee'[9] and was described in a 2012 BBC news report as ‘a tower block regarded by many as an eyesore’.[10] Dundee’s architectural historian Charles McKean, and his co-authors of a book on Dundee’ lost architectural heritage, went as far as to state that the best views in the city were from Tayside House, because these were the only views from the building could not be seen.[11]

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            1. When it was demolished, they couldn´t just blow it up, because it was built over the railway tunnel for the main line from Dundee up to Aberdeen. Yes, that´s right, either right over or right next the tunnel, and a stupid place to build it anyway. So it had to be chewed down gradually, floor by floor, and it was gradually turned into a great pile of rubble, the one you see that digger on top of in Tris´ picture.

              I went past it in a taxi to the railway station one day when it was almost completely demolished, and it struck me that it looked better as a pile of rubble than it ever had as a building …

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              1. Yes, I passed it on my way to the gym on a pretty regular basis and what a joy it was to see it demolished bit by bit. And what a good job the builders have made of the place since.

                It’s quite spectacular.

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      2. Used to go to school near Charing Cross, and watched the Bridge to Nowhere and that bit of the M8 being dug. The route home by road used to be through the Townhead interchange too. I never knew about the tunnels, though!

        I don’t think that road – the M8 in Glasgow – would be built that way now. In Brussels, a lot of their major urban routes go underground, duplicating the ordinary roads above, really, but I suppose the geology and soil conditions are easier there than in the glacial crap under Glasgow.

        If you remember the Underground the way it used to be, you’ll remember that it used to shoogle like crazy, and some of that was down to the tunnels shifting and slumping because of the geology. I was once on one, must have gone too fast or something, it shook so badly that a bunch of passengers sitting on a side seat over the wheels landed on the floor, seat and all – and you could see the wheels going round in the space under where the seat had been…

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        1. EEEEk remind me never to use the metro in Glasgow.

          I do remember the first time I was in Brussels and in what passes for an underground station there, waiting, and seeing a tram arrive. Brilliantly, they put the trams underground in parts of the city too.

          Frees up the roads.

          It must all be in the geology (and the fact that they don’t have to spend a fair chunk of their GDP on Nukes.

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  6. Here’s a picture of them knocking down a factory off Cathedral Street to make way for The Tech,
    ( later to become the University of Strathclyde)
    http://www.theglasgowstory.com/image/?inum=TGSS00007&t=2

    The City Faithers had a thing with the architects Wylie, Shanks & Wylie and their, as you say “cut price” le Corbusier inspired vision for regeneration. Some of these Cathedral Street buildings though are now being re-purposed. http://www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk/glasgow-colleges-building-printing.

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    1. I used to frequent the hallowed halls of Strathclyde Uni, in those very buildings I may add being a ‘plumber’ and all as the Arty Farty students called us engineers. Pics bring back memories.

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        1. My dad used to grump about being an “engineer”, as the term “engineer” covers everyone from apprentice car mechanics to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His complaint was that you don’t get no respeck if you’re an engineer, basically. He was pretty extraordinary, my dad – he taught at Strathclyde, among other things, starting back before Strathclyde became a university.

          Then I went on to be arty-farty and do languages – if he was disappointed in me, he never showed it – but I’d studied scientific subjects as well, which stood me in good stead as a translator. It’s helpful, having a Scottish education, because our school education system doesn’t force you to specialize too early.

          After independence, it’s one of the strengths I think we could build on – the English class system [stereotype warning!] looks down on anyone involved in “trade”, and anybody who is anybody makes their money as a rentier of some kind, or playing with other people’s money in the City – people who actually DO stuff are looked down on, as they are by definition members of the Lower Orders and Servant Classes.

          It would please me no end for Scotland to recover some more of its unique meld of enlightenment and enlightened philosophy, both theoretical and as applied to our society, to our built and natural environments, and to our economic and financial structures.

          We must never allow our achievements, our leadership in the physical and chemical sciences, in mathematics and number theory, and now IT – in engineering in the broadest sense, physical, civil, chemical – to be talked down and trivialized by people who don’t know sh*it about it and care even less. The fact that poncy Tory gits with Public School educations, PPE degrees from Oxbridge and vastly inflated senses of self-importance and entitlement look down on all that sort of practical endeavour, on making and building real things and understanding the real world, and dismiss those who do such things as being somehow inferior, is in fact as good an argument as any for doing precisely that – because it is people like those overprivileged, poncy Tory gits who have done and are doing their d*amndest to wreck our country, and the rUK, and the life chances of anyone who isn’t one of Them.

          The focus on green energy and engineering here in Scotland is not just interesting, it’s vital. We are quite capable of leading the world in that – but we have a regime at Westminster that neither understands nor cares, and has (my analysis) set out quite deliberately to sabotage the progress we were making – think subsidies for green electricity (scrapped ahead of time), carbon capture at Peterhead (promised then cancelled), and the continuing grossly unfair levies on electricity generated in Scotland that have to be paid on every MW to support the National Grid. They seem to have some quaint notion that the further you are from London, the more you should have to pay for it to be transmitted … even to yourselves.

          Whatever Their reasons for blocking and hamstringing and undermining our endeavours in green science and engineering, if there are any over and above the usual hardness of understanding, failure of imagination, general chronic and acute incompetence, and contempt for the lesser races of the UK – such as a dogmatic disbelief in global warning anyway that They realize that even They can’t get away with voicing – those reasons do not actually matter. What matters is that They are holding us back. They, let us not forget, distrust and dislike anything that might have the Cringe-combating effect of improving the self-confidence and self-esteem of us Jockanese, making us less likely to tug our forelocks at them and apologize for living.

          Being an engineer is a thankless task in many ways: as a general rule, people don’t notice engineers’ contributions to our lives until what they design and make goes wrong. That’s something else my father used to say. He used to grump about the status of engineers generally, but he also used to work occasionally with my uncle, his brother-in-law, who was based in Manchester.

          My uncle rose very high in his organization, a very large company with offshoots all over the place in the UK, including in Scotland. He used to have some very harsh words for the posh, incompetent, Little Englander, managerial types with arty-farty degrees who were stupid enough to look down on him for not being English and for being an engineer and therefore inferior on at least two counts. Of course the usual geographical and social distributions of that discriminatory attitude always applied: you can put it in a nutshell by saying that posh gits who can’t pronounce their Rs sometimes seem incapable of not sneering at people who speak with northern English accents, among others. Or, in the words of George Bernard Shaw, “It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.” Shaw said that over 100 years ago now, of course. Plus ça change…

          My uncle used to get his revenge, though. He was often at whatever outfit he was visiting for the purpose of working up a report on them for discussion way up above their level, particularly if there were industrial disputes going on. Although he was very conservative – well, you probably would be too if your country had been taken over by the Soviets and not only had all your family been murdered, the Communist regime had confiscated all their assets – he would not infrequently recommend sacking the management and giving the workers what they were asking for.

          It must have been very satisfying for him. He never lost sight of who was actually doing the work, you see.

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          1. Wow, yes.

            I’d say one of Britain/England’s great failings is the snobbery that attends almost everything.

            It is something that just doesn’t exist in so many other places.

            I think Shaw was right. The minute people open their mouths they are put into a “class”… even before because of the clothes they wear, the car they drive…

            It’s hard to explain to a “foreigner” what that is all about. I’ve tried with friends from Eastern and Northern Europe in particular, and they have simply no idea what I’m talking about.

            I also agree that the UK government has tried to sabotage the Green energy revolution that is taking place in Scotland. But Nicola has turned north and has been discussing and co-operating with the Nordic group, where, hopefully we will find our eventual and more suitable home.

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  7. Here’s an extra from Derek:

    “As an addition, here’s a bit of in-car footage. The guy that owns the Dyane in your photo also owns the first car (mostly red) that we pull out to overtake – it’s my old car. I’m driving the green car that’s ahead of the car doing the filming.”

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