Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 11:00 – 16:00
|Nacas “Wolf” Starkno
|Princess Leia Organa
||TIE Pilot – ANH
I attended what appeared to be the latest Big Glasgow Passive Smoking Convention as a punter on the Saturday. The retailers room of the event was pretty small (I did at least two laps in under 10 minutes) and crowded making it unlikely that there was much room for the costumers inside. Unfortunately the weather was rainy for the first few hours and remained dull and cloudy for the second half of the day which meant that those in attendance were pretty much stood in the one area for the duration, just outside the entrance which seemed to be the most popular area for smokers to congregate.
It looked like a long day, although the flow of people wanting photos seemed fairly steady, but I’m not overly surprised nobody seemed to be in hurry to return from the lunch break…
Robin House, Alexandria 14:00 – 15:00
With one of the patients recently having had passed away and the family preparing to leave for the funeral, the resultant air of melancholy over Robin House meant that this ended up being a short, quiet, event with a few photos before we de-kitted.
I’ll just refer you back to the closing paragraph here, as to why for this cause the effort is still worthwhile…
Loch Lomond, Balloch 13:00 – 15:00
After what appears to be a break of a couple of years (actually four since I last attended it) we were invited back to Lomond Shores by the BOBATH people to once again loiter near the finish line of their 20-odd mile charity cycle ride. Unfortunately despite the presence of the excellently New Hope-ish lift which we discovered the presence of too late to make any use of last time round and the hours of fun it could have provided, the day got off to a poor personal start with a ROMfx related snafu leaving me pretty mute for the duration.
Despite the variable weather the lake shore was fairly busy and as you’d expect we were intercepted for photos before reaching our designated base of operations albeit mostly by one sizeable family of visitors who pretty much monopolised our time initially what seemingly wanting an endless rotation of photos on multiple cameras and phones with the patrol, ONE AT A TIME, much to my, and at least one other awaiting family’s chagrin. Actually “rotation” is quite possible the most accurate term as I’m fairly sure some of them had a minimum of three photo before we moved on which in itself only led to their horde of children orbiting us for much of the rest of the day.
The day seemed somewhat busier than previous occasions. I’m not 100% sure because the times of our presence seem to have varied on each occasion, but I ascribe this to us usually being asked to arrive when the main body of cyclist are due and getting out when only the stragglers remain; unlike this time when we were there an hour early to allow time to change, meaning we were out while for the majority of those taking part were arriving at the finish.
Once again it’s worth pointing out how well the BOBATH organisers look after us, with plenty of space and tables for changing and a veritable shopping bag each of snacks, their efforts are hugely appreciated…