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NEWS that people are spending less money on home improvements reminds us of the Glasgow council official visiting a house in Blackhill, where he noted that the tenant had knocked through archways in all the rooms so that you could travel from the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom and back round to the living room.
A DUNBARTONSHIRE reader tells us he went for a haircut last week when there was a discount for pensioners.
BONKERS weather in Glasgow yesterday.
ONE-THIRD of men in a recent survey admitted to having a mid-life crisis, many of whom splashed out on sports cars or motorbikes.
IT'S not often someone from Motherwell makes the FA Cup Final, but Motherwell fan Monica McGhee will be on the Wembley pitch tomorrow leading the fans in singing the National Anthem with her quartet Amore.
POLITICAL activist and comedian Mark Thomas was in Glasgow this week for the Great May Day Cabaret he was performing in at Glasgow's Oran Mor.
FOLK in Glasgow were naturally all excited yesterday about it being a warm sunny day.
MOTHERWELL'S Liverpudlian striker Michael Higdon was arrested for an alleged assault in a Glasgow nightclub hours after being named Scotland's Player of the Year.
RETIREMENT can mean quite a life change for many people.
A BEARSDEN reader tempted out by the sun to do the first gardening of the year tells us that last summer his granddaughter raced in to tell him that there were a large number of snails on the garden path.
AUTHOR Alasdair Smith's debut crime novel The Unfaithful Seven has episodes from Glasgow pubs – including one he witnessed himself in one of the city's more challenging east end venues.
LINWOOD'S Hillman Imp – snapped throttle cable anyone?
CLYDE shipyard worker Bob Starrett has published a collection of stories and cartoons about the yards in his book The Way I See It.
FORMER Rangers star Willie Henderson told Epilepsy Scotland's charity dinner in Glasgow last week that when Billy McNeill was Celtic manager he told feisty midfielder Peter Grant before a crucial Old Firm game to go out and kick lumps out of opponent Graeme Souness.
A SMALL quantity of drugs was found by police on board the tour bus of teenage pop star Justin Bieber.
Glasgow buses can be very sociable places.
A GLASGOW reader tells us about his optimistic pal who was stopped by the police for speeding.
WE asked for your Partick Thistle stories to celebrate their league triumph, and Sheriff JP Murphy recalls: "Some years ago a young Thistle fan was walking down Maryhill Road on a day the Jags were playing Rangers at home.
HUGH Walsh in Dalry, Ayrshire, was so concerned about stories of pet dogs being stolen in the area he decided to take a walking stick with him when out with his dog in case he needed a deterrent.
READER Stephen Henson noted the growing generation gap on a night-out with colleagues when a pal ordered a pint of heavy in a smart city centre bar in Glasgow.
INTERNET dating sites are all the rage just now.
WE liked the line from divorced stand-up Maxine Jones, who appeared at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, about bringing up her sons after separating from her husband.
YESTERDAY'S item about funny things customers say in bookshops caught the eye of someone going under the intriguing sobriquet of Lenin the Parakeet.
THE book is called More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops, which sums it up pretty nicely.
SEEN written in the dirt on the back of an Asda van yesterday: "Horses in transit."'
WITH the latest problems in the human food chain surfacing at Asda, yesterday wasn't a good day for The Diary to receive a PR email stating: "Pets are flavour of the month in Lanarkshire."
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AMID the frenzied avalanche of tweets about the death of Margaret Thatcher yesterday, we noticed this one from a young person in South Ayrshire.
"THE news that bald guys may be more prone to heart disease led, unsurprisingly, to much banter in our local," says Dougie McNicol of Bridge of Weir.