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Postby Ronnie » Thu Sep 02, 2004 11:58 pm

Thanks, Allan. Comments much appreciated.
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Postby james73 » Fri Sep 03, 2004 12:35 am

Ronnie wrote:A walk along the rooftops


Happy talk


Rust never sleeps


Back door man


BTW, can you name who originally recorded these songs?



A walk along the rooftops - The Blue Nile

Happy talk - Captain Sensible

Rust never sleeps - Neil Young

Back Door Man - Willie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf



Right?




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Postby Ronnie » Fri Sep 03, 2004 1:56 am

james73 wrote:
Ronnie wrote:A walk along the rooftops


Happy talk


Rust never sleeps


Back door man


BTW, can you name who originally recorded these songs?



A walk along the rooftops - The Blue Nile

Happy talk - Captain Sensible

Rust never sleeps - Neil Young

Back Door Man - Willie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf



Right?




James H


Thanks, James
There are 12 titles altogther. And note the use of the word "originally", which kind of rules out multiple answers. So, of the four you submitted, two are correct.
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Postby james73 » Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:09 am

Took a trip up the other day. I haven't seen the plans for this area but I did
read somewhere that this project would introduce "two new canal locks" which
suggests to me that the canal will have a drop lock under Craighall Road,
similar to the one on the canal at Dumbarton Road in Dalmuir. Anyone know
any different?


Payne Street. Craighall Road is now shut as a through road, and the traffic
coming uphill are re-directed into Payne Street.
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Payne Street looking East - the two trees which where here are gone.
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Payne Street looking West - lots of mess
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More mess at the west end of North Canalbank Street.
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The structure at the left is the pedestrian underpass - don't know if this is
to be obliterated. This underpass featured in an episode of Rab C Nesbitt
(Series 2 - "That's Entertainment")
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The unused M8 underpass that was to form the North Glasgow motorway. Why
are they digging down there?
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Just to the right of the above picture there's an awful lot of water lying.
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Spiers Wharf - the retaining wall at the left is revealed for the first time
in over 30 years.
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Spiers Wharf - temporary dam.
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Postby thecatsmother » Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:12 am

Did anyone see in the papers at the weekend (one of the free ones, so either The Extra or The Glaswegian) that all the fish got killed at Spiers Wharf and Pinkston Basin. The Waterways folks are investigating, but it looks like the distillery may be the cause, possibly by a leak in the main sewer (as they say they don't put anything directly into the canal or basin) allowing grain contaminated water to leech into the canal, which removes the oxygen and kills the fish.
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Postby Closet Classicist » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:19 am

James 73 Re your post:

Took a trip up the other day. I haven't seen the plans for this area but I did read somewhere that this project would introduce "two new canal locks" which suggests to me that the canal will have a drop lock under Craighall Road, similar to the one on the canal at Dumbarton Road in Dalmuir. Anyone know any different?


Just saw this and yes I know what is happening. Glasgow City Council wants to re-link Port Dundas with the rest of the canal network after it having been lopped off in the sixties or fifties (they ran out of money for the millenium link to do this) and in doing so create a little Venice on the hill for Glasgow (have a look at the Fountainbridge part of Edinburgh to witness its transformation which GCC would dearly like to emulate). Unfortunately this isn't as simple and straightforward as just bulldozing the channel back through the infilled section because when they realigned the roads they also put in the main electricity cable supplyling Glasgow's north city centre under it (must have been something to do with Pinkston power station being located here). This is a huge cable and it gets so hot it is permanently encased in an oil cooled housing. To move something like this is not only expensive you run the risk of disconnecting many business's etc from the national grid and just imagine the compensation you'd have to pay. So the alternative option is to drop the canal under the road which explains the locks. Have to say I think all this is a bit daft as if you are visiting by boat you will have to navigate two docks only to end up in a cul de sac! Glasgow architects RMJM are building the first batch of new housing up there but haven't seen anything on the design front yet. Thanks for the photos!

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Postby james73 » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:17 pm

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Postby cumbo » Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:19 pm

Spiers wharf

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Postby motman » Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:51 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/gla ... 392778.stm
I suppose we'll now see a rush to put up 'social housing' :twisted:
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby conn75 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:59 pm

I love the canal. I spent my high-school years cycling and fishing on it around Bishopbriggs/Cadder. I got a bike for Christmas having not had one for well over a decade and it's great to be back out there. I cycled from the city centre to my parents house last weekend along the canal and it's good to see all the development going on along it.
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby Dugald » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:54 pm

I enjoyed reading your comments about cycling on the canal paths Conn. I have cycled along them and enjoyed it many times, but I've also cycled on it and not enjoyed it. I haven't been on it since about 2000, and the last time there, while on our way to Balloch via the bicycle trail, which hugs the canal part of the way to Bowling, we had two punctures, the result no doubt of the cycle path being absolutely loaded with broken glass, especially the parts of the trail going through Clydebank and Glasgow (we got onto the path beside the Kelvin Hall). This is too bad because it's an ideal cycle path; I hope it has improved since then. It's good to hear positive comments about cycling around Glasgow.
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby conn75 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:57 pm

Funny you say that because I've got the canal run to Bowling and the trail to Loch Lomond earmarked for some point this year. I'll remember to take a puncture repair kit!
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby Josef » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:28 pm

There was an HG walk from Bowling to Speirs Wharf (and beyond) a few months ago, Dugald, and I don't recall any broken glass on the route, so they may well have cleaned it up since your last visit.
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby Dugald » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:19 am

conn75 wrote:Funny you say that because I've got the canal run to Bowling and the trail to Loch Lomond earmarked for some point this year. I'll remember to take a puncture repair kit!


I hope you manage to make these rides Conn, because the west end of the canal is just loaded with lots to admire; and perhaps there's no need to worry about punctures since it seems, according to Josef's post, that the glass problem may have been removed. I might point out too, that I always used skinny tyres which are much more easily punctured.

If you go on the ride to Loch Lomond it would be better if you don't go alone. We had a bit of a problem around Renton/Alexandria with some pot-smoking youths. We reported this to the police in Balloch and the told us they'd had several similar complaints and intended to do something about it. Don't let this put you off... if you're fit you'll have no trouble dropping the youths!
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Re: Forth and Clyde Canal

Postby conn75 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:24 am

Haha, sounds like a laugh.

There's plenty of jakeys on the canal along through Possil, etc. Usually harmless as long as you say hello.
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