Dilemma – Don’t Get Me Wrong??!!

Don’t get me wrong
If I’m looking kind of dazzled
I see neon lights
Whenever you walk by

Don’t get me wrong
If you say hello and I take a ride
Upon a sea where the mystic moon
Is playing havoc with the tide
Don’t get me wrong

Don’t get me wrong
If I’m acting so distracted
I’m thinking about the fireworks
That go off when you smile

Don’t get me wrong
If I split like light refracted
I’m only off to wander
Across a moonlit mile

Once in awhile
Two people meet
Seemingly for no reason
They just pass on the street
Suddenly thunder, showers everywhere
Who can explain the thunder and rain
But there’s something in the air

Don’t get me wrong
If I come and go like fashion
I might be great tomorrow
But hopeless yesterday

Don’t get me wrong
If I fall in the ‘mode of passion’
It might be unbelievable
But let’s not say so long
It might just be fantastic
Don’t get me wrong

Just heard that song for the first time in ages, sitting at my desk, headphones on pretending that I’m working!!

I’d forgotten how good it is, so uplifting, it conveys the buzz of a new romance, how wonderful to have that feeling?

That lyric .. Feeling kind of dazzled each time he/she walks by .. magic!

There’s a girl I know, kind of, I’ve known her on/off for years, We know about each other’s histories, children, life’s but we don’t really really know each other.

We got chatting on an online dating website a few years ago, she disappeared quickly. I don’t think she was too taken by me when I told her that she was a no-nonsense kind of girl.. c’est la vie .. but I still think that I was right!!

Anyhoo .. we’ve had the odd contact over the years and she reads my gibbering on here, so she knows more about me and the way that I think than I know about her, although she does keep a blog and posts very rarely.

I like her, she’s bright and caring, hard-working and honest. She’s had her own cross to be bear but she carries it with pride. She’s a survivor.

Now as fate would have it, she sits 50 feet from me in the same office .. we’ve had kitchen conversations and lunch at the cafe across the road … she’s a lovely girl and even nicer in person.

I walk past her on the way to the kitchen to make my hourly cup of tea.

As I pass her, I deliberately keep my head straight, it would be wrong not to, but often find myself sneaking a glance.

Now and again, she looks up and she smiles and I like the sparkle in her hazel eyes.

Don’t get me wrong!! 🙂

I wrote that the other day, a bit of dilemma about posting it .. I wouldn’t want to create an awkwardness.

But I write what I feel, its open and honest, and is well intended and if she reads this I hope she takes it as a compliment.

Just cos you like the sparkle in someone’s eyes doesn’t mean anything else .. right!!

And now I’m justifying myself like a pure tube!! 🙂

It’s Friday, its 3pm and looking forward to the weekend although I have no plans.

I now have both of my daughters living with me since Laura fell out with her boyfriend and moved in during the week.

She wasn’t working yesterday and the wee darling had my dinner ready for me coming home and had ironed 10 of my shirts.

What a girl .. I wonder what she wants!!! 🙂

Whatever you are doing, have fun!


Its been bloody long week I can tell you!!

A new job kind of does that,  stuck in documentation and not able to access the systems and then running just to stand still once you get in there and try to familiarise yourself.

Actually its not Friday yet,  but it will be in 20 minutes or around the time I finish this.

Life is mad eh ..

I’ve just been chatting to some girl on a dating site,  then on the phone for an hour this evening .. then we disagree on some stupid point and she hangs up … what is that all about?

Are people not allowed to disagree and offer an alternative opinion these days?

Okay so it was regarding Scottish Independence,  not exactly trivial.

But some people obviously can’t understand the details or allow an alternative view even for the point of discussion and rationalising their own thoughts.

Personally,  I’m in the NO camp,  not that I’m completely against the idea of being independent from England.

I kind of like the notion of not having a monarchy and the remnants of a failed class system.

But we’re not getting that,  for reasons of trying to keep some factions within the YES side, its not real independence as Scotland will retain The Queen as head of state.

Thats not real independence is it?

Don’t get me wrong,  I actually quite like Lizzy,  she seems like a nice old lady and I’m sure Charlie is too,  but the rest of them and their over-privileged roles and handouts from the public purse?

I don’t think so,  get out and make a living like the rest of us.

My main reason for being in the NO camp is .. when I go to buy a car,  or even a toaster,  I read the blurb and I know what I’m getting.

For me,  it seems that Mr Alex Salmond is so hell bent on forcing his opinion of an Independent Scotland down peoples throats that he hasn’t taken the time to clarify exactly what we are getting.

For example .. he says that we will retain the pound and states this as if its fact.

When in fact there is no guarantee of that.

The YES campaign also states that Scotland will remain part of the EU.

Oh yeah,  based on what?

The EU legislation is that independent nations must reapply,  even the small print of the YES campaign now say they will reapply immediately after a successful election.

But,  what they don’t say is that all it takes is one negative vote by an existing member for the EU membership application to be rejected.

The YES campaign then fail to tell their potential voters that the Spanish First Minister has already indicated that he will veto the Scottish application because he does not want Catalan to be able to use this as part of their independence campaign.

This YES campaign largely hangs on the notion that “Its Scotland’s Oil” but is it?

Actually the oil is within UK waters and at the moment the UK Gov sell the rights off to the oil companies who extract the profits and minimise their taxes .. do you think that will change in an independent Scotland?

If Scotland were to keep the oil rights,  there is no guarantee how long the oil will last and what then?

I love being Scottish,  for a small nation we have given the world so many inventions Penicillin, Radar, Television, the Telephone ( Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh in 1847.

And lets not forget Whisky or Irn-Bru!

But my main reason for being in the NO campaign is that although I love being Scottish,  I actually love being British and I’m proud of everything this country has achieved over the years.  Being British is an extension of being Scottish in my book.

I think we have a damn fine legal system that we have given to the world,  where innocence is presumed instead of guilt,  an NHS system that is busting at the seams,  but tell me any other nation with better healthcare that is free for all?

So please don’t give me any of the gung-ho rhetoric based on William Wallace and Robert The Bruce.  Thats the level that Mr Salmond attempts to appeal to,  people who have some historic bias against England-shire and can’t see that what is being offered is as flawed as a buying a second-hand car without the logbook and an MOT.

What next .. they’ll be painting their faces and doing a Braveheart.

Which incidentally was a highly entertaining film but factually nonsense!

But sticking with the Independence vote ..  come to think of it .. I love being from Glasgow,  so what next?

Independence for Govan?

Well all of that was written 2 hours ago .. its now 2:20am and that chic phoned back to tell me how much she disagrees with me on independence.

2 hours of disagreement .. how much disagreement can you get?

She was obviously sitting with Google and some pro-yes Propaganda.

It’s all about opinions!

Tomorrow, Saturday that is,  just to highlight my love of all things Scottish,  I’m off to do part of the West Highland Way from Drymen to Tyndrum,  about 41 miles in total just cos I love that part of Loch Lomond more than anywhere in this world including The Maldives, Rome, Barcelona, London, Paris and even Edinburgh!

Freeeeedom!!!   🙂









Will you?

Hows it going?

Well if you’ve been reading my trials and tribulations over the past few weeks you would know that I was just finished with my current project and had left the last bank I worked for on Tuesday this week.

The past few days I’ve been doing security checks for a new bank I had the offer of a job with and great news all done and dusted and they’ve asked me to start next wednesday.

Really delighted about it .. although disappointed that I didn’t get a week in the sun .. bummer!!

Really looking forward to the weekend now and planning to celebrate big style.

Tonight going to Celtic Connections with my cousin Gerry,  a few bands including Blue Rose Code are being filmed for the BBC and looking forward to that although its not really my cup of Tetley.

Tomorrow,  taking the girls for dinner in the Merchant City then to see my favourite musical West Side Story at The Kings Theatre.

Bit of a contrast .. but thats what lives about!

Oh yeah today .. in-between catching up with domestic stuff taught myself how to play this gem from the mid-80s .. haven’t heard it for years but is still fantastic.

Love the sentiment of the lyrics,  the anxiousness before that first kiss and that stunning sensual sax solo.


It’s Not Business, It’s Personal ….

Friday …. Yaaaaay!!

Been a busy week, helping my sons get his uni project soted out for its submission deadline monday night.

I’m still on the clock at my current role so I’ve been tidying up a few loose ends and making sure everything I’ve done is stored in their change management system.

But I finish here on monday and frankly the sooner the better as I’m just clock watching now.

It’s been a bit tough when the non-EU workers on project are sitting beside me are still going to be here for another 6 months and are now working on a separate but related project.

Why is that I asked?

Apparently its because my contract is as an individual, whereas these indivuals are contracted through a 3rd party company and their contract runs until June this year .. so their here and I’m history.

That sucks .. I don’t care about the bollocks excuses .. its plan wrong.

It’s wrong because here are employment laws in place to protect UK/EU workers, this company are ignoring them.

What do you do?

Make as much futile noise as possible and get yourself a bad reputation?

That would be shooting yourself in the foot and they know it, they rely on it, they don’t want you making a noise, cos if you do then they will say that you are the big bad R word .. it will affect your future employment .. and no-one wants that.

I’ve already complained to my MP and planning to arrange a further meeting with him in the next week or so while I have some “free time”.

Meantime, theres no point dwelling on things you can’t change and I’ve been focussing on things I can.

I’ve been busy getting the CV updated and out there.

Had an interesting call on monday and an interview with another bank last night, so I’ve spent quite a lot of time over the past few days prepping for the job interview.

I’m self employed and will still be employed by my own company so can’t join on to the benefits system.

Not that I’d want to.

Being self employed, I earn pretty well, have a bit of spare cash in the bank and over the past year I’ve been living it up, lots of concerts, modernised the house, took the kids on a cruise.

All good fun, but it would be really short sighted and quite frankly stupid of me if I didn’t have a few cash reserves and the mortgage paid off!

But I’m a working guy, I expect to be working and if not pulling in a wage at the end of the month, or at least raising a company invoice and filling the coffers then I feel that there is something missing, like I’m not functioning properly.

its particularly tough to know that I don’t have a wage coming next week while these fuckers do.

Yeah yeah, I know its just business and its not personal ..

You think?

Well its affecting me personally, so its fucking personal!

Sunshine On The Clyde!

Friday again!

Where are the weeks going?

Been a mad few weeks since the trauma of 2 weeks ago, I didn’t really mention it on here apart from that I’d had a really shit weekend.

I don’t really want to go into it, but truth is I was smacked in the face while I was looking the other way and left bruised and marked.

The physical side of that was bad enough, but trying to figure out why has been completely stressful.

I’ve not been sleeping well and have lost over half a stone, even my skinny jeans today are falling off me.

Thats the last I go to a friends works night out when they’ve been drinking since 5, it was a disaster.

Anyways, I’ve had great support from a few friends who have listened to my woes and made me tea, they’ve been a great help and its really appreciated.

Thankfully, things have settled down a bit, I slept well last night and feeling back to my old self.

Moving along …

Tonight, supposed to be meeting Stephen and Pete for a few drinks, but no definite plans as yet.

I’m not really too bothered, I like to know in advance what I’m doing and if people can’t make the effort ..

Tomorrow, The Proclaimers at The Hydro .. can’t wait .. they were superb when they opened this years T In The Park.

These 2 geeky hibs fans from Edinburgh have captured the hearts of the nation and now open most rugby, football or national team events.

Theres even been a musical and a film based around their songs, I haven’t saw either yet, but will need to get round to having a look.

My favourite Proclaimers song is Sunshine on Leith .. okay, its a bit Scottish and is completely cheesy … But the sentiments are very genuine and wouldn’t it just be great to have someone who gave you that feeling, that you knew that you’d always want to be with them?

Tomorrow, with The Proclaimers at The Hydro there will be Sunshine On The Clyde.

Whatever you are doing, have fun!

Sunshine on Leith

My heart was broken, my heart was broken
Sorrow Sorrow Sorrow Sorrow
My heart was broken, my heart was broken

You saw it, You claimed it
You touched it, You saved it

My tears are drying, my tears are drying
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you
My tears are drying, my tears are drying

Your beauty and kindness
Made tears clear my blindness

While I’m worth my room on this earth
I will be with you
While the Chief, puts sunshine on Leith
I’ll thank Him for His work
And your birth and my birth.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Breaking Bad – From Glasgow!

Hey .. its the weekend!!

This Sunday the first of the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad are shown in the USA.

Thankfully saving me finding an illegal download site, Netflix is showing them 24 hours behind in the UK … Yaay!!


I don’t watch a lot of tv, but this show had me riveted with its descent of the mild mannered Walt to become the drug baron Helsinborg, not only does the story have wonderful dark humour, but is fantastically shot with a great soundtrack.

At this point Walts has taken control of the drug empire, his wife Skyler has shown him how much money he has made, then as he retires, his brother-in-law DEA agent Hank has just realised that the drug-baron he seeks has been under his nose the full time.

Just noticed that the actress Laura Fraser who plays Lydia the Logistics manager who distributes the drugs to the global users is actually from good old Glasgow …. Go Laura!!

I’ve no idea how this is going to pan out, and neither did the cast apparently .. but one thing I know is that its going to be a roller-coaster.

Can’t wait!

If you don’t have Netflix in the UK and don’t see the reason to pay the subscription .. this justifies it alone.

The second clip below where Walter is diagnosed with cancer and faces his fear and changes his life is one of the most tragic yet inspirational monologues I’ve ever heard.

Fear is the enemy. Face it, Conquer it

Whistle For A Date?

Friday, lets start with a smile, hope you like the following wee ditty I cribbed from the Fratellis Whistle For The Choir

Sing with me …


Whistle For A Date?

Well it’s a big big city and it’s always the same
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name
And your age, your weight
What you do for fun and if you’re keen to date?

I’m 40 something and got lots of free time
I’ve got a car and money but need a partner in crrime
And its true, ooh ooh, that I could be the guy
To put the ooh in you

So if you’re female, why not drop me an email
And tell me more, or less, about yourself
It could be time to leave the shelf

And you know me, no you don’t even know me
But if you like to laugh and play and dance all day
A guy like me’s just irresistible …

Cribbed from the Fratellis