Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Yesterday a bin lorry [garbage collection truck] careened along a busy street through a crowd of pedestrians in the centre of Glasgow killing 6 people and injuring others. It appeared the driver was slumped over the wheel when it happened.

As stated by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon:

"Glasgow, this morning, is a broken-hearted city. 2014 has been such an incredible year for this wonderful city. The Commonwealth Games were such an outstanding success. But it's a year that's been book-ended by two unimaginable tragedies, The Clutha at the end of last year and now this awful tragedy."

It has been a bit of a shock for those of us who live in the city: there, but for the grace of God go any one of us. 

When Mairi was over today we noted the sobering fact that either of us could have been in the city centre doing some Christmas shopping at the time of the accident. As luck would have it we were not.  As Mairi said "I couldn't go because I had to collect Harriet." On the other side of the coin, I couldn't go because I had Harriet with me.

Be that as it may, here is our Wee "Angel", with a clean face (rare!) and minus her halo!

There are many reports of ordinary people on the spot who rallied to help. Is there something special about Glaswegians who, it has been observed, rally in adversity?  No ... I reckon most people in other cities  would do the same.


Later days: 

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