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A marriage made?

A Division Burns Supper was taking place and the Glasgow Humane Society had taken a table.
So there I was enjoying myself with a number of my friends including Eddie (a lifeguard) when the pager goes.

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A man threw a goose into the river at the Kings Bridge. It was flapping about trying to stay afloat (bred in captivity). George raced to the spot and grabbed the goose—a vet from Glasgow University Boat Club carried out an examination and it seemed OK.

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John Byrne the great Artist and Playwriter went to the Glasgow School of Art in the 1960’s as I did, John just ahead of me. I was always in awe of and inspired by John and so it was with great excitement that I took part in the filming of his magnificent “Your Cheating Heart” which according to todays newspapers is being released on DVD today—can’t wait. Also involved was the equally great Peter Broughan of Riverman, Your Cheating Heart and Rob Roy fame...

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On the 15th August 1934 Bennie Parsonage was called to the Monkland Canal to search for a man presumed drowned. 

Youth Drowned in Monkland Canal in Vain Swim for Liberty.
Barlinnie Break Thrills Large Crowds - Five Captured After Prompt Pursuit.

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The World Famous Bettys Bar
Glasgow’s Lord Provost was taken to a dockland pub while visiting Murmansk in Russia. Locals were huddled round their glasses of vodka ignoring our beloved provost as no one seemed to know or care about where Glasgow was; until someone mentioned Bettys Bar; then all the Russian sailors gathered round the Provost shouting about and toasting Bettys Bar; yes, all the sailors had heard of Bettys Bar.

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In May 1941 heavy and continuous rain fell for three days in the Clyde catchment area, the rain gauge in Glasgow showing 2.65 inches for the period. As the catchment area is about 1,500 square miles it is estimated that about 200million tons of floodwater passed down the river in three days.

The River level rose very quickly and the consequent turbulence caused the piling along the south bank downstream of the weir to give way. The water worked its way in behind the piles quickly scouring away part of the foundations of the south abutment and within a few hours the downstream half of the abutment collapsed into the river taking away support from the south gate which was translated downstream thus releasing the impounded waters. Temporary measures were put in hand the south gate was restored to its normal position and the escape of water through the south span was thus checked. On the north side of the river a retaining wall adjoining the north abutment collapsed on account of scouring action.

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