I’ve been having a rant!


Our son, and one of our friends, seem to compete as to who is the more verbose ranter. Start either of them off on some subject close to their heart, and only a yawn or a mechanised nod or shake of the head will be possible as your contribution to the discussion!

The subject can be about politics, the media, religious beliefs, education; in fact the subject doesn’t really matter! Give them a chance and off they go on a verbal rampage on any nearby ears! It is only when a burst of laughter permeates the air from one of the listeners, that the spell can be broken.

So why am I blogging about this?…..I don’t normally rant unless I find idiocy around, mainly in our political leaders!

I started on a letter to our local newspaper recently, about the dramatic upset to local businesses (including ours) because of continuous disruption to traffic flow in our area. They are in the middle of the construction of a link road to a motorway, and I have pointed-out  many times that this will drain local potential cutomers to the large shopping malls.

The letter got longer and longer and eventually covered two closely-typed A4 sheets. The editor was delighted when I sent it, and they did an editorial piece based on it.

I lambasted the local politicians and executive who are prepared to give us the pain, but without any foreseeable gain, with their senseless wasting of money on worthless, inconvenient or over-priced  projects. I await to hear if there are any replies, either personally or via the Letters Page.

It doesn’t really make any great difference to the present state of affairs, as the money has largely been spent, but perhaps it might make them sit-up and think a little more before they rubber-stamp the spending of hard-earned money…which is ours, after all!

So, I have succumbed to being a ranter……….what do you rant about?

What a pantomime it all was!

We have just come in from a performance of the pantomime Dick Whittington, another superb bit of light-hearted nonesense by the ‘Kirkie’ Players.

To have such a wonderful bunch of young and not-so-young children and adults come together for nine performances, to a packed house each time, is a great indication of how the different generations can work together. The joy and excitement on the faces of the audience indicated how much they appreciated it.

So the next time someone complains about the youth of today, just tell them to come to Lenzie, or  thousands of other venues and clubs up and down the country, to see how good our young people can be…..Fear not of the future….

Troublesome threesome?

I recently went to the dentist and had a tooth removed, to go on a plate….no problem. However at the same time, she (dentiste?) must have caused some trauma to the one directly below. This started to become very sensitive to touch, and a subsequent visit to a young, newly-qualified dentist bore no great fruit as he could not be sure of what was causing it….so with the original pain from the extraction gradually subsiding, I now had a rather worse pain!

However, being the brave boy that I am, I have put up with it, but am now struck with the malady called ‘radiators-in-the-house-not -working,-possible-leak,-and-maybe-large-expense-to-get-floors-lifted-to-check’ syndrom.

……so what can still go wrong to make the triple?…..no suggestions please!!

Blooming cold!

Did the ‘New Year’ thing, and went for a walk over the snow-covered local Lenzie Moss nature reserve. At one time it was an area where peat was cut and the outlines of the cuttings are still plain to see. This is now not done, but the area is protected, as well as a small wild forest. Often in the winter it is boggy and difficult to walk on, but this year the frost has kept it easily-accessible for walking. Beautiful…but the air was extremely cold……..now Winter’s here, can Spring be far behind?