It's not every day that the West of Scotland vernacular for a private part of the male anatomy surges up the popularity lists to become Twitter's number one thread topic worldwide.
But yesterday was no ordinary day in these parts and the person responsible for giving the gales the moniker "hurricane bawbag" put the Twittersphere into overdrive. By mid afternoon, T-shirts adorned with the nickname were available to buy online at up to £14.50 each. One tweeter thought it was fantastic that Scotland had christened its storm "hurricane bawbag". The tweet went on: "What does it mean? Google brings up something about boxer shorts." Close, dear tweeter, close, but not quite in the loop.
Hurricane Bawbag inspired one reader to claim: "Police warned pedestrians under eight stone not to go outside. So most of Scotland was safe."
And another wrote: "Dear Edinburgh. Please can we get our wheelie bins back? Love Glasgow.
AND a shopper who battered her way into Fraser's yesterday to buy an eye-liner was told by the assistant: "Just to warn you that it should not be left out in direct sunshine."
"Chance would be a fine thing," replied the weary shopper.
Off her trolley
It's a hectic time for shopping of course. Charlie Andrews in Greenock tells us his pal was in the 10 items or fewer queue at his local supermarket and could see that a woman further up the queue had a full trolley groaning with groceries. Says Charlie: "None of the other shoppers complained but my pal's blood pressure was rising. The cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the trolley and asked sweetly, 'So which 10 items would you like to buy?'
"Blood pressure back to normal instantly."
Driven to distraction
LAID-BACK Highlanders continued. Dave Martin tells us: "I remember being in the bar of a Lochgilphead hotel when I heard one local ask another if he could borrow his car as he had some items to move.
"'What's wrong with using your car?' he was asked. 'I've lost my licence so I don't want to be seen driving it,' was the reply."
SORRY to see the outdoor company Blacks Leisure Group in financial difficulties. It was of course originally the tent makers Blacks of Greenock which led to many a foolhardy West of Scotland man, when his partner announced she was going to slip into something comfortable, to ask: "Where are you going? Blacks of Greenock?"
Anyway reader Eric MacDonald thought it was inspired of our business desk to report that company directors had "canvassed" shareholders to support a sale of the business.
Naturally if they hold a sale to raise cash, it will be known as "the winter of our discount tents".
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