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Here is an image of a friendly urban fox taken last night.

Incredibly, all the snow has melted now.

Our fox is quite friendly and will usually allow humans within about 10 feet.

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This morning there occurred an unusual coincidence of weather for March in Glasgow in that (a) there was bright sunshine and (b) crisp snow after some falls over the previous 24 hours. So, I went off on my bike to nearby Rouken Glen to get some pics.

Firstly Rouken Glen is an unusual name. It is derived from Rokandmyll meaning ‘mill at the end of the rock’. It is a recreational park for southern Glasgow encompassing many acres of parkland, a golf course and boating lake.

Here is an image of a youngster out tobogganing on the golf course. Q Why was he not at school?!

Here are two images taken from the golf course looking north over Glasgow towards the Campsie Fells. Tower blocks in the middle distance.

Here is the waterfall. There is enough energy generated here to power a small hydro scheme!

In the 18th century industry was attracted to Rouken Glen as a function of the water power. Maybe we may have to go back to harness that energy?

Boating lake at Rouken Glen. Picture gives the impression of mid summer but the shores are covered in snow. There are many waterfowl present, i.e.swans, ducks, geese, etc.

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This afternoon I am presenting an overview of Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis. This is a ‘closed’ cemetery located close to Glasgow’s Gorbals area and is home to remains of about 250,000 people.

This is an absolutely fascinating site to visit.It holds the graves and headstones of of leading merchants, traders, shipbuilders and architects all of whom contributed to generating the wealth which positioned Glasgow as the ‘second city of the British empire’. There is much to interest the ancestry researcher and people interested in social history such as the high incidence of infant mortality which was a feature of the 19th century.

Entrance to the Necropolis is through an impressive, castellated Norman-style gatehouse built by Charles Wilson in 1848, currently in a poor state of repair.

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