Caroline Leitch on Bute recalls: "In the 1950s one of my aunts was enjoying a look at a bride in the wedding car when the shower of coins in the scramble landed in her shopping basket. Being a kindly soul, she distributed the coppers among the outstretched hands of the surrounding children, but I sometimes wonder what her fate would have been if she'd tried to do a runner through the streets of Govan with the takings."
Key to success
"EVEN after 20 years of marriage, my wife's still a real good looker," said the chap in the Ayrshire golf club. "No matter where I lose my keys, she can always find them."
"DID you see on the news that the body of Richard III was found in a car park?" said the chap in the Glasgow pub.
"Not surprised," said his pal, "I've always said they should have better exit signs."
FORMER Fleet Street editor and radio presenter Derek Jameson has died. We well remember he brought some glamour to Glasgow when he was based here to present his late-night Radio 2 programme. He had a roguish charm and the newspapers at the time reported that he got more letters from listeners than all the other BBC radio shows put together.
An insider at the Beeb told us Derek had merely made up that statistic, told the newspapers with a straight face and they obligingly believed him.
Just keep moving
OUR removals stories remind Derek Manson-Smith in Glasgow about the upright piano in his first-floor flat that took four men to carry it in. Says Derek: "When I next moved, I offered it to Goodwill but was concerned when two wee men, one built like a fridge, turned up with their van.
"The fridge stood a couple of steps down from the landing while his mate tipped the piano onto his back and provided a steadying hand as the fridge took off down the stairs, around a right-angle turn, across the hall, down the front steps to the van where he backed up and gently popped it in the back. 'The secret', he said, 'is not to pause once you start.'"
AMONG the excellent canvasses for sale at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts exhibition is Glasgow-based artist James McDonald's award-winning Jam Piece. It's a mouth-watering portrait of a strawberry jam-laden bread piece. And the inspiration for the picture? James had dreadful dental problems, he tells us, and for a while all he could eat was bananas and jam pieces. Who says artists don't suffer for their art?
The exhibition opens at the Mitchell Library on Sunday.
A READER writes: "So Fred Perry won a Grand Slam more than 70 years ago. Does that mean neds will be wearing Andy Murray shirts towards the end of this century?"
WE note the e-petition on the Downing Street website urging the Government to reconsider changing the operator of the West Coast Main Line rail service has even attracted signatories from Shetland. As the nearest rail line to Shetland is said to be in Norway, that's impressive backing.
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