A READER taking a brisk winter's walk around an East Kilbride park heard a little boy ask his mother why there were coins in a pretend wishing well there.
She told him people threw their shrapnel in for luck.
"That's stupid," said the wee boy, to which his mother replied it was a long tradition.
So the boy asked his mother for some coins to throw in, but she tugged him away. "No son," she said, "it's stupid."
Heckle and chide
OUR tale of the late folk singer and raconteur Danny Kyle putting down a heckler prompts Brendan Ferguson in Ayr to recall another example of Kyle's mastery of the craft.
Says Brendan: "I once heard him deal with a heckler during a gig at the University of Glasgow with the classic put down: 'Yer like a lighthouse in the desert – brilliant but useless.'"
TECHNOLOGY is changing our lives in more ways than we realise. A Gourock reader tells us: "My wife received a text message from my seven-year-old son while she was doing the dishes last night.
"It said: 'Finished. Come and wipe my bottom.' So she did."
Meals on wheels
"THAT story about the Swedish driver trapped in his car for two months was amazing," said the parishioner leaving church in Glasgow yesterday.
"It won't be so amazing when they discover he ate his three passengers," his friend replied.
Pies like us
THE latest business news is that Moray-based soup and food group Baxters has bought tinned meat company Fray Bentos and is planning to move production to Scotland.
"I hear the company is going to re-label it as Frae Fochabers," says reader John Cochrane.
Glove at first sight
"AH you've got yourself a keeper there," said the chap in the pub looking at a picture of his mate's new girlfriend.
"So you think she's really good-looking?" said his delighted pal.
"Naw," replied his mate. "She looks like Alan Rough."
WE rarely get a Diary story from Monrovia, the capital of West African republic Liberia, so for that reason we forgive Douglas Wright, currently working there.
"My wife and I walked past a swanky new restaurant last night," he tells us. "'Did you smell that food?' she asked. 'Incredible.'
"Being the nice and kind-hearted Scotsman I am, I thought, 'What the heck, I'll treat her.'
"So we walked past it again."
The final whistle
We couldn't leave you without a mention of Rangers. Jim Hair in Dalry has contacted us with some breaking news.
"Administrators at Ibrox have announced with immediate effect cash payments will cease to be made to some of Rangers' top earners," says Jim. "None of the referees in question were available for comment."
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