GLASGOW'S streets are packed with joggers, but it wasn't always the case.
Author Paul Collicutt's new novel The Murder Mile is based on athletics, with the police chief modelled on Steve Ovett's Glasgow-born training partner Matt Paterson.
Says Paul: "Apparently when Matt started running in Glasgow it was so uncool he had to go out in his jeans and a shirt and pretend he was running for the bus if anyone saw him."
Any other jogging stories out there?
What a drag
TALKING of books, Edinburgh's great publishing duo Bill Campbell and Peter MacKenzie are winding up Mainstream Publishing after 35 years. We remember broadcaster Billy Kay telling us that when he handed over to Mainstream the manuscript of The Scottish World, which has anecdotes about Scots around the world, Bill Campbell memorably told him: "I'm surprised you didn't include the story about us being chased by transvestites in a rickshaw in Trang in Thailand."
Billy's honest reply was: "I totally forgot about that."
Bounced into marriage?
ON a Facebook page of memories about the Glasgow Barrowland, Maryanne Neil tells of going to a Goodbye Mr Mackenzie concert where the exuberant crowd started bouncing, Maryanne fell over, and was caught by the stranger standing behind her. She recalls: "We had our first kiss to Somewhere in China. Six weeks later we were engaged and 10 months later we got married. Now have twin girls who are 21 this year."
A lovely Glasgow love story.
Rangers have announced a new sponsorship deal with sports clothing company Puma. A young Rangers fan phones to say: "It's great to have a deal with Puma on the same day that Lord Nimmo Smith confirmed we're not cheetahs."
ALAN Lang in Helensburgh was talking to the manageress of his local Chinese restaurant who told him that she found she was very popular when she visited friends in Newcastle. Her name is Wei Ay.
"MY Amazon delivery finally arrived," said the chap in the Glasgow pub the other night.
"That's a turn-up for the books," said his pal, rather wittily everyone thought.
IT's hard selling a house these days. A reader in Argyll was looking around a house for sale when he spotted a small sign attached to the access hatch to the attic. He squinted up at it and eventually managed to make out that it read "Beware of the madwoman". He decided against going up to check, and went to look at other houses instead.
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