REMOVAL stories, and Mary McNeill tells us that the chap who fitted her new cooker told her about a similar job he carried out the other day for a lady in Oban.
Says Mary: "He had been away from her house for several hours, having taken the old cooker with him, when he received an anxious call. Did he still have the old cooker in his van ?
"The customer required its return as she had left the steak pie for the dinner in it."
AS the council plans to redevelop Glasgow's George Square, Jimmy Kennedy reminisces: "My lawyer brother was walking across the square behind a young lady when all of a sudden her red knickers fell to her ankles. With only a minimal break in her stride, she stepped out of them and walked on without glancing back.
He guessed that her face might well have been a matching colour."
WE conclude our scramble stories with Alan Duncan going even further back in time to back-court singers in Govan who serenaded windows in the hope of a few pennies being thrown out to them.
Alan says there was the occasional tenant who, if they didn't like the quality of the singing, would heat up a couple of pennies first before throwing them out, in the hope of watching poor performers reacting badly to their fingers being scorched.
Hungry for success?
THE statuesque singer Adele will sing the theme song of the new James Bond film. It was very caddish of a reader to ask: "Is its title The Pie Who Loved Me?"
WE mentioned 96-year-old Andy Coogan, former Japanese prisoner of war, who is talking about his autobiography Tomorrow You Die in Edinburgh's Waterstone's store tomorrow night. Andy tells how the painting and decorating skills he learned in the Gorbals served him well after the war in Canada. Walking in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, he watched a Chinese gentleman making an awful hash of painting his store.
Says Andy: "At lunchtime, he put the paint down to go for something to eat. I couldn't resist it. I picked up the brush and in no time had the job finished. He got the surprise of his life when he came out."
CURATOR Peter Black at the Rembrandt exhibition which has opened Glasgow University's refurbished Hunterian Gallery couldn't believe it when a guest at the opening ignored the Rembrandts and asked: "Is it Farrow and Ball?"
Turns out she was praising the colours on the newly-painted gallery walls, rather than the art.
Only momentarily taken aback by her reference to an upmarket paint firm, he replied: "No, it's Dulux. But if you're interested, I can get you the shade numbers."
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