August 24, 2014

wee-bit-breid said: What does an ice cream with Irn Bru taste like? How different is the taste of the native Scottish drink from the one that's imported across the pond?

Oh, it is glorious. There is nothing better on one of those rare sunny days. Vanilla ice cream, preferably from the Queen’s Park cafe or the University Cafe… or other such local cafeteria places where they do that particular mix of ‘homemade’ ice cream. Get it in a glass and pour over the Irn-Bru. Let the bubbles settle, get a spoon and savour the delicacy of an Irn-Bru float.

And the Irn-Bru that we have here is very different from the version sold in the US market. Because, according to the US government, it contains a banned additive, which seemingly causes no harm to the rest of the world. Of course, this is the same government that classifies pizza as a vegetable, so make of that what you will. Given that Scotland is one of those countries where Coca-Cola is not the number one soft drink, my own theory is that if the pure version of Irn-Bru was to be sold in the US market, it would be so successful that it would be a threat to Coke’s position in the market. If you’ve ever read the Mark Thomas book ‘Belching Out The Devil’, you’ll know what extent the proprietors at the Coca-Cola Company will go to, to ensure that they remain number one.

Anyway, the sun is out and I’m away to the Brooklyn Cafe for lunch, where I may just have an Irn-Bru float.

August 21, 2014

36 hours in Glasgow.

By the New York Times.

August 19, 2014
(or gin)
This Byres Road fishmonger sure does know their market.

(or gin)

This Byres Road fishmonger sure does know their market.

August 19, 2014
Some excellent use of the blue plaque scheme in Glasgow.

Some excellent use of the blue plaque scheme in Glasgow.

August 19, 2014
"Hi, can I get a bottle of Chandler and a couple of packets of Phoebe please?"
Needless to say, the proprietors of this store were not amused with my chat on Saturday night.

"Hi, can I get a bottle of Chandler and a couple of packets of Phoebe please?"

Needless to say, the proprietors of this store were not amused with my chat on Saturday night.

August 19, 2014
Informative graffiti, and questionable spelling, in The 13th Note.

Informative graffiti, and questionable spelling, in The 13th Note.

August 5, 2014
Are you watching the independence debate tonight? Here’s a bingo card! Hell, turn it into a drinking game if you wish. Just make sure you’ve got some Irn-Bru chilling in the fridge if you do indulge, as you may end up utterly butchered.

Are you watching the independence debate tonight? Here’s a bingo card! Hell, turn it into a drinking game if you wish. Just make sure you’ve got some Irn-Bru chilling in the fridge if you do indulge, as you may end up utterly butchered.

July 24, 2014

In case anyone outside of Glasgow was wondering what the weather here is like currently.

July 23, 2014

Political implications of the Queen’s Sports Day aka the Commonwealth Games aside, I mean forgetting the lands conquered and people enslaved in the colonies, the athletes competing here in my city, and their fans, should be heartily welcomed and congratulated for everything that they did to be here. Of course, even the English athletes know that they will get some booing but as one admitted, “if you can’t be the hero, you might as well be the pantomime villain”. It’s glorious weather and for all its faults, we’ve a city to be proud of. Let’s try and be positive and put on a damn good show, yeah? Excellent. Now, I’m away to put some Irn-Bru in a glass of ice cream because it’s utterly roasting here.

July 13, 2014
I love it when new signs fall off to reveal long-lost ones. Charlie Rocks on Byres Road… which was once Cafe Antipasti… was once Taylors Chemist.

I love it when new signs fall off to reveal long-lost ones. Charlie Rocks on Byres Road… which was once Cafe Antipasti… was once Taylors Chemist.

June 19, 2014

Went to watch the England v Uruguay match in the Glad Cafe tonight. This got the biggest cheer.

June 18, 2014

Peter Capaldi delivers a message to the Glasgow School of Art.

June 18, 2014
Yet another wonderful sign at Gallus.

Yet another wonderful sign at Gallus.

June 18, 2014
The CCA really should know better…

The CCA really should know better…

June 17, 2014
Good luck to Belgium in the World Cup. Even though they beat us at Hampden last year, their fans were arguably the loudest travelling support I have ever witnessed. Then they held up this banner which made me like them more.

Good luck to Belgium in the World Cup. Even though they beat us at Hampden last year, their fans were arguably the loudest travelling support I have ever witnessed. Then they held up this banner which made me like them more.

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