Welcome to my wee photoblog on Glasgow, where we feature the joys and unjoys of walking and cycling through a fascinating, beautiful and often badly run city. For the blog's origin and an alphabetical list of posts see the 'Introduction' post -Today is 17 November, Day 28 of the Tommy and Gail Sheridan Trial. For our two previous visits to the High Court, see
|Heading down our usual Bridgegate route to the High Court: no Anwar crosses our path today.|
|Clock is lit up - winter is here for sure.|
|The trial is getting more bizarre by the day; recent highlights include Bob Bird, the Scottish editor of the News of the World describing how he stripped to his underwear to watch a secretly recorded video of Tommy Sheridan. From the Scotsman -|
'A "cloak and dagger" meeting was arranged and Mr Bird met a man who turned out to be Tommy Sheridan's best man George McNeilage at an address in Pollok, Glasgow, where he was asked to remove his clothes. The court previously heard that Mr McNeilage was worried that Mr Bird would be "wired". Mr Bird told the High Court in Glasgow: "He said 'I'm Tommy's best man', at which point my blood ran cold as I thought Tommy Sheridan was going to burst into the room with a video camera." Mr McNeilage then showed him a videotape and asked for £250,000 for it, the court heard. Mr Bird said he considered the tape of interest.'
SeeAnd today will see revelations about how the NOW's psychic agony aunt (now former resident psychic, she didn't see that coming) got in touch with Sherry to warn him the paper was after him - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/11/18/tommy-sheridan-perjury-trial-psychic-agony-aunt-tipped-former-msp-off-about-newspaper-s-24-7-surveillance-court-hears-86908-22722625/
Said Mr Bird: 'As a psychic agony aunt, she did make a lot of predictions that did not come to be true'. Wonderful.
|The revolving door of Scottish justice|
|The alley between the new and (on right) old High Courts; Glasgow Green in the distance, where those guilty of capital offences were hanged|
|Pretty cold this morning, and salt has been spread about the entrance; a wee pile has been left on one of the stone balls|
|Here they come|
|Some sort of exchange happens between the figure passing on the right and Sherry. . .|
|. . . a friendly one obviously. The figure seems to be hovering just above the ground. Perhaps it's Clarence the Angel from It's a Wonderful Life, though Sherry's favourite Jimmy Stewart movie is probably Mr Smith Goes to Washington|
|Goodness what a terrible picture; apologies all round|
|The media go off for coffee; the large pinch of salt remains|
|Heading back along the Bridgegate; cheap clothes the Paddy's Market end, modern galleries at the further Merchant City end, where they probably describe this environment as 'edgy'|
|A message in stone; an old Debenham's ad|
|Legs 'n' Co - described itself as a 'Gentleman's Club'. . .|
|For the 'hotel' along here see previous post|
Back home. This is my copy of Edward Aveling's The Student's Darwin (1881), an introduction to Darwin's Theory of Evolution. This copy originally belonged to a now-forgotten critic called Neville Lynn, who has somewhat eccentrically inscribed his ownership on the title page. While writing the book, Aveling had written to Darwin requesting permission to dedicate the work to him, an honour Darwin declined. In 1895, Aveling - who was then living with Eleanor, Marx's daughter - filed the Darwin letter among Marx's correspondence. It was later erroneously assumed for many years that Darwin had written to Marx, and that Marx had offered to dedicate Das Kapital to him.
(See Wheen's 1999 biography of Marx or just google.)
|In December 1893, Aveling wrote to Lynn asking him for help in publishing some of his plays (written under the name of 'Alec Nelson'. Lynn has pasted the letter into the book (the envelope is also here).|