WE wondered where you could get a pint in Paisley for £2.23, and Calum MacKinnon tell us: "In 1987 I was living in Paisley when St Mirren won the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1959.
One pub had a banner outside stating that all drinks were at 1959 prices. However as we entered through the sea of people trying to get a cheap pint we discovered that, yes, they were selling drinks at 1959 prices – but only if you had 1959 currency to pay for them.”
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WE asked for your tram stories, and Norman McLean in Ayr told us: “A young gent boarded a tram shortly after it left Anniesland Cross. ‘Do you realise that I had to run 100 yards to catch this tram as it left early?’ he declared.
“‘See the driver,’ retorted the conductress. He gies oot the prizes’.”
GORDON Cubie in Bearsden says: “My late uncle used to tell of the Glasgow woman who was very apprehensive of the tram rails in the middle of the road.
“She asked a conductor if she would get an electric shock if her foot touched a rail. “‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘But only if your other foot touches the overhead cable at the same time’.”
Date with destiny
THE reason we asked for tram tales is because next year is the 50th anniversary of the last tram to run in Glasgow. David Macleod in Lenzie, whom we suspect might be a Hearts fan, reports: “Another notable 50th anniversary is coming up next year – the 50th anniversary of the 60th anniversary of Hibs last winning the Scottish Cup.”
ON the vexed question of the Scottish Government’s plans to bring in a new Bill on sectarianism, Charles Currie hears community safety minister Roseanna Cunningham on Radio Scotland declaring that she would not proscribe any individual song in the Bill, but would expect arrests “when singing gave offence and could cause public disorder”.
A worried Charles asks: “Does this mean an end to the long and illustrious career of Sydney Devine?”
SOMEHOW that leads us to the Government’s Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland advertising for “Apprentice Boys of Derry Heroes of the Great Siege Museum Project – Development Manager”.
But you don’t have to worry about such a job being divisive – all candidates have to fill out an equal opportunities monitoring form to gauge how many Protestants and how many Catholics apply for it.
AS ithers see us. A reader in America sends us a newspaper cutting of an alleged joke which states: “Two men are on death row. The warden asks them what they would like as a last request.
“’I’d like to hear the bagpipes one more time,’ said the first man. “‘Very well’, said the warden. ‘And what do you want?’ he asked, turning to the second inmate.
“‘To go first’, he replied.”