THE late, great Irish rocker Rory Gallagher is remembered in an art exhibition at Partick's Mansfield Park Gallery later this month, as artist Alec Galloway was lent Rory's battered Fender Stratocaster to paint it on canvas.
It reminds us of when Rory was one of the favourite acts at the Glasgow Apollo in the 1970s. An inebriated fan staggering into the Apollo, picked up a pile of leaflets advertising the Wombles and as Rory began his opening number the fan stood up in the Apollo balcony, rained the leaflets down into the stalls and sang: "Remember you're a womble!"
The famous Apollo bouncers showed their caring side by promptly throwing the fan out through the emergency exit.
Prime Minister David Cameron and LibDem leader Nick Clegg held a joint press conference yesterday to re-dedicate the Coalition Government. But as one cynical political observer told us: "If I had a pound for every time David Cameron said he was going to sort the country's problems out, I'd be rich enough to live under a Tory Government."
THE AMERICAN website we mentioned which highlights shopping stories also included a tale from a supermarket assistant in St Andrews who said a wee local woman asked her if she was American. The girl answered: "No, I'm English."
The little old lady, rather confusingly, then asked: "Why?"
Three years later, says the assistant, she has still not come up with an answer.
THE news from America is that the CIA has foiled another underwear bomb plot, this time in the Yemen. A reader at Glasgow Airport heard a fellow traveller tell his companion who was reading the story in his newspaper: "That's all we need. It will only be a matter of time before airport security start giving you wedgies when you check in."
ODD translations continued. Gordon Airs in Bridge of Weir recalls: "When the Chinese published The Grapes of Wrath, it was translated as The Angry Raisins."
All present and incorrect
WE are told about a recent meeting held in a west of Scotland council department when apologies were offered from two members of the team – they couldn't be there as they were attending a Maximising Attendance course.
Change of plan
THE news that American businessman Bill Miller has withdrawn his bid for Rangers, throwing the club's future further into doubt, wasn't met with sympathy by everyone yesterday.
One non-Rangers fan declared: "The people of Afghanistan and Iraq must be in awe of Rangers. They've been trying to get rid of the Yanks for years, yet the Bears managed it in four days."
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