JOURNALIST Nuala Naughton is compiling stories about Glasgow's famous Barrowland Ballroom, which became one of the city's best live music venues.
A chap was showing Nuala his collection of ticket stubs, and she remarked that she never knew the Birmingham group UB40 had been a support act so often.
"No," the chap explained, "they stamped 'with UB40' on the tickets when you got a discount for being unemployed."
WE asked for stories about jogging in earlier times, and Charles Westwood tells us: "In the 1970s I was out alone for a training run one evening on Maryhill Road. An old lady at a bus stop remarked as I passed, 'You're quite right son – the bus service is terrible.'"
WE wish the Queen a quick recovery from her bout of ill health. As one reader phones to tells us: "It must be strange for the Queen to be in a hospital that doesn't smell of fresh paint."
Two degrees above
WITH Rangers and Celtic known as the Old Firm, we wonder what Northern clubs Inverness and Ross County, now in the top four, will be known as. John Murphy in Edinburgh suggests: "The Cold Firm."
TALKING of football, David McVey was at the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy junior game when an elderly supporter challenged a ref's decision and bellowed: "'I didnae see a foul there!"
But in a rare admission that the ref could have been correct, the fan added after a pause: "Mind you, I'm hauf-blind and it wis 100 yards away."
BUS conversations continued. A Stirling reader heard a teenager tell her pals with some sadness: "My life is a constant cycle of waiting for the weekend, and then doing nothing when it comes."
WE hear of a rail passenger at Glasgow's Central Station waiting for the train to Wemyss Bay who needed the loo. Just then a train from Ayr pulled in, so he jumped on board to use the on-train facilities.
Locked inside the loo, however, the lights suddenly went out as the train was being taken out of service and the driver had locked it up. Trapped in Stygian darkness he managed to pull the toilet doors open before his cries for help were heard by a passing station cleaner who used an emergency key to let him out.
And he still made the Wemyss Bay train with seconds to spare.
AS RANGERS sign their latest sponsorship deal with sports company Puma, a Glasgow historian tells us: "There is a stone carving of a puma over the entrance to the Victoria Hospital. It is said that the puma was chosen because of an old story about it carrying food to a dying animal.
"So no parallels with Rangers then surely?"
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