A SHOW about the late, great, Scottish folk singer Hamish Imlach is being performed at Rutherglen Town Hall this month.
It reminds us of when Hamish and fellow folkie Josh Macrae were at Glasgow Airport to meet Soldier Blue singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, billed as "America's Roving Cowboy", and Blind Gary Davis, the black blues great, who were flying in for a folk festival. Naturally Hamish and Josh went for a few libations first.
At the terminal Hamish asked Josh: "How will we recognise them?"
Josh replied: "A blind black man, a Cree Indian and a cowboy? If we don't recognise them, Hamish, I'm giving up drink."
JOGGING continued. Says Glen Elliot in Elgin: "When limbering up for my first Glasgow marathon a spectator made the following observation: 'Heh auld yin, the last time I saw legs like that, there wis a message tied tae them'."
On the boos
THE GLASGOW International Comedy Festival kicks off a week today. We are still trying to track down which comic was describing an appearance in Glasgow and recounted: "The act on stage before me was so bad that the crowd was still booing him half way through my act."
ARMY units returning from Germany reminded one old soldier that, when you served with the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR), families moving abroad with you were unofficially knows as "excess baggage". He added: "When in BAOR there was a lot of time where not much happened. Truth be told nobody really believed that Ivan was going expeditionary and would visit Germany. If the politicians believed it they would have given us some ammo."
HERALD readers held their breath this week when a clue in the paper's crossword was "Cardinal has no trousers." Was this going to be another shocking revelation?
Fortunately it was a reference to a cardinal point on the compass. South. And thus the answer was "Slacks". Phew.
A FOOTBALL fan who watched the big game on the telly this week phones to tell us: "I think Sir Alex Ferguson could do with a holiday.
"I've heard you can't beat Madrid this time of year."
A READER tells us his daughter's magazine had been asking celebrities various inane questions including: "If you could have any superpower, what would it be?"
He was taken with the chap who replied: "China."
OPINION is divided on whether Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president was a force for good or bad. One left-winger in a Glasgow pub last night was trying to impress a young woman by telling her: "Chavez was my hero. So much so that I had his initials inscribed on my bathroom taps. Do you want to come round to see them?"
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