I Don’t Think I Care What Happens To Other Humans…

Set fire to your mates…

Whilst reading two BBC news articles for Scotland today it made me wonder if there is something seriously wrong with me.

The first article tells of two men who have admitted setting fire to a stolen car in an Aberdeenshire supermarket car park while people were still sitting inside.

The second article talks about an animal charity calling for the licensing of air guns after a cat in West Lothian was left injured after being shot three times.

Look what you’ve done to me you evil f***ers…

I quickly skimmed the first one, thought “idiots” and moved on without giving it a second thought or feeling any sympathy for the victims whatsoever.

The second one got me so angry and I felt genuinely upset for the poor cat.

What does this say about me?

It made me think of all the bad news stories I see each and everyday and how I don’t often give a damn or care about the people involved. Yet as soon as an animal is the subject of the story then I show both interest and emotion.

Am I a bad human?

Bright eyes, burning like fire…

Another example would be today when I was walking along the pavement and saw a dead bunny rabbit that had obviously been hit by a car and somehow crawled out to take refuge under the bushes. There didn’t appear to be any apparent outward injuries and it simply looked like it was asleep.

I felt so sorry for this poor little creature and it stirred more emotion in me than it does when I read in the news about people being struck by traffic.

Do I not care what happens to other humans?

COYR (Come On You Reds)…

I’ve never been a big football fan. Give them all a ball so they don’t need to fight over the same one is usually my opinion. However, if I was to be fan then my local team would be Aberdeen Football Club (The Dons) who, for the first time since I can remember, are actually doing quite well. As well as many other recent successes the team will be playing to win the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday 16th March.

Dons fans paint the town red ahead of League Cup final…

To say that Aberdeen fans have gone a little crazy is perhaps an understatement. As reported in the Evening Express on Saturday 15th March, statues have been draped in red, shops have been putting out red bunting, butchers and bakeries have added Dons-themed treats to their menus with Sheep Are On Fire pies and cakes. One of Aberdeen’s biggest shopping malls, Union Square, rebranded themselves “Ewe-nion Square” for the weekend and fans have also written songs, created videos and as reported in the Daily Mail there is even a  Cup Final Anthem. I really hope they win but since music is more my thing than football I thought I’d offer out a few “Red” themed songs that the fans could sing on the terraces to will their team to victory and possibly use to celebrate afterwards…

“A Red Letter Day” by The Pet Shop Boys

“…all I want is what you want…”

“99 Red Balloons” by Nena

“…this is what we’ve been waiting for, this is it boys, this is war…”

“Red” by Daniel Merriweather

“…you took something perfect and painted it red…”

“Red, Red Wine” by Neil Diamond

“Old Red Eyes Is Back” by The Beautiful South

GOOD LUCK!

Putting The i In Inside…

My dual screen computer monitors reflecting inside my own eye…

Computer monitors inside an eye...

iEye

One day I took my classic iPod, put it inside a frame and set it on my kitchen floor for this photo and then applied a vintage effect…

Vintage - Carbon

iArt

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Inside.

“So much of life happens inside something. A house, a car, a sleeping bag, a UFO. Finding images of a thing inside something else can be a very powerful compositional tool. (Or an excuse to photograph your baby in long-term storage. Or both.) Showing things relative to other things allows you to emphasize a particular subject (a ship in a bottle), show juxtaposition (a clown drinking in a bar) or abstract themes (oil in a puddle). The “inside” idea can be as wide-open as your imagination wants to make it. From the simple to the absurd, it works on almost any level.” Josh, Daily Post

To see previous entries please look at the archives or click on Weekly Photo Challenge in the category cloud on this page.

Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

What’s The Word On The Street? Betting Shops, Pawn Shops & Empty Shops…

Something needs to be done about the state of our High Streets. Especially Union Street in Aberdeen. I know there are all sorts of projects in “talk” stage but come on –  is it that difficult? The longer it is left in the state that it is then the worse it will get, surely?

I moved to Aberdeen over 15 years ago and the main thoroughfare – Union Street – was a bustling city centre, a strong beating heart at the centre of Aberdeen – The Oil Capital Of Europe. That is a stark contrast to what it is today – empty units, bargain pound shops, betting shops and pawnbroker type shops.

I know the world has changed and the way we shop has changed. I accept that the increase of online shopping has resulted in the demise of major retailers such as Woolworths and also that most big retailers want to move into fancy new shopping centres such as Union Square. I have no problem with this and I quite happily spend most of my lunchtime wandering around the shops in Union Square. However, it is leaving these empty units on the high street and allowing other “pop-up shops” to easily take up the space.

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

Aberdeen ( Past & Present ) by Steve McPherson

So, Aberdeen City council have “plans” to rejuvenate Union Street by pedestrianizing it, creating a civic square blah blah blah. Wealthy businessmen such as Sir Ian Wood offered, on a plate, £50 million to Aberdeen City Council for them to go off and “decorate the city” but they couldn’t pull their fingers out and decide on what paint to even use and they lost the lot!

Now, “what if” I was in charge ( yes, God help us all! )

I would take a complete U Turn and go back to the olden days. I don’t mean re-introducing horses and carts or wearing top hats and tails to go shopping, what I mean is bring back all the independent shops to the city centre. All the little boutique shops that are hidden in side streets who have survived these changing and hard times need to come back to the front – that’s how Woolworths started off after all is it not? These type of shops offer unique products & services that can’t easily be found elsewhere and would surely bring back the bustle to our high streets.

Using Aberdeen as an example, shops such as Nova GiftsPeapodJuniper & Millsom and Main* to name just a few. Sure, the fact they are small may mean they cannot afford the rent it would cost to be on the high street, so, instead of the councils spending all their money on the coffee and biscuits they have during their “rejuvenation meetings” they could lower the rents for the units on the high street to an affordable price for these small businesses.

Just my thoughts – but what do I know?

I think the image I have included sums up this post quite well. It is a photo I made of merging Aberdeen past and present.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and “your High Street”.

*Millsom and Main have recently moved onto Union Terrace, 10 metres from Union Street and have seen a major increase in profit!

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

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Putting Things In Perspective From Someone Else’s Perspective…

Perspective

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Perspective.

“Perspective is important to every photographer. With the creative use of perspective narrowed down through the lens of a camera, a bit of gravel can look like a barren desert landscape or a few trees can trick the eye into thinking you’re deep in a centuries-old forest. Who hasn’t seen real estate photos that inexplicably make a house and its rooms look several times bigger than they really are? Photos aren’t objective — they show what we want them to show.” Ash, Daily Post

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Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

If George Osborne Is Getting The Bus To Aberdeen Then He Needs To Read This…

WAIT AND SEE: An artist’s impression of how Chancellor George Osborne could look waiting for a bus to meet Alex Salmond in Aberdeen. Artwork by Mhorvan Park

WAIT AND SEE: An artist’s impression of how Chancellor George Osborne could look waiting for a bus to meet Alex Salmond in Aberdeen. Artwork by Mhorvan Park

ALEX SALMOND BUYS BUS TICKET FOR GEORGE OSBORNE TO TRAVEL TO ABERDEEN as reported in the Evening Express on 21st February

Being a frequent user of public transport  I have some advice that I would like to offer the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he uses his ticket to come to the Granite City.

This advice is not just for MPs but for anyone who travels on public transport.

Be prepared…

Okay, so you’ve checked the timetable and you now know when the bus is due to arrive. You’ve checked where the nearest bus stop is and worked out what time you should leave so you can get to the bus stop in plenty time and you’ve then walked all the way to the bus stop.  It’s safe to assume that by now you know you will be getting on a bus quite soon so why, oh why, do some people still wait until they are standing in front of the driver to get their money/ticket ready. Come on people, don’t hold up all the prepared people standing behind you in the pouring rain and BE READY TO BOARD! Learn from air travellers – they practically wave their boarding passes above their heads like Olympic flags as soon as they enter the airport.

Be courteous…

If there is someone less secure on their feet than yourself waiting in the queue then please let them get on the bus first. Bus drivers are not usually the most considerate people in the world and they never wait until everyone is sitting comfortably before moving off. This is normally fine for people with a secure footing, however, for those not so steady on their feet, if they are not seated in plenty time they could end up kissing the back window in no time as the driver speeds off.

Give up your seat for....men with stick weilding penises, giant babies, hemorrhoid sufferers, armless ladies & ladies with lollipop breasts...

Give up your seat for….men with stick wielding penises, giant babies, haemorrhoid sufferers, armless ladies & ladies with lollipop breasts…

Always give up your seat for priority travellers. If you can’t grasp that concept then don’t sit in those seats in the first instance.

Choose your seat wisely…

If the bus is not too busy then keep at least one empty seat between you and the nearest passenger. Don’t invade their space unnecessarily.

If the bus is almost full then sit next to the first person with an en empty seat next to them. If you don’t then that person will be left wondering why no one will sit next to them…”Do I smell?”…”Do I look mean?” etc.

Once you have found your seat and are ready for your journey, don’t put your rucksack/suitcase/purse/kitchen sink on the seat next to you so that no one else can sit there – this is not a Forrest Gump movie  and that seat is not “taken”.

Your fellow passengers…

By all means listen to your iPod but don’t have it blaring. I don’t force people to listen to my taste in music so why should others be forced to listen to yours.

If you sit next to someone with headphones on – don’t speak to them. THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU!

If you must chew gum then just chew it. No one wants to see it so keep your mouth shut and don’t show it off. Don’t crack it and definitely don’t stick it under the seat when you are done with it.

What other people do on their phones is private so don’t try to look at the text message they are currently reading or writing however tempting it might be…

Don’t be gross!

What I mean by that is don’t pick your spots, your ears or your nose and most certainly don’t perform any other bodily function that most people consider an “indoor” activity and absolutely not appropriate for public transport.

Ssssshhhh – use your “inside voice”. No one else wants to hear how boring your conversation is so just take it down a notch or two, okay?

Have a pleasant onward journey…

This is not a quiz show buzzer...

This is not a quiz show buzzer…

If you know exactly where your end stop is then don’t press the “dinger” a micro-second after it’s left the stop before yours. Travelling by bus is not a quiz show. The fastest finger won’t get the opportunity to become a millionaire and everyone will still get off the bus safely even if you just sit on your ass and wait a few more minutes.

Never get out of your seat whilst the bus is turning around a corner. This will only ever end up with you falling over and most likely landing in some other passenger’s lap. Other passengers do not appreciate unwelcome lap dancers.

Thank the driver…

On the buses...

On the buses…

After all, they have provided you with a service.