A Head Start

New blog…new first post. Bad time for writer’s block then.

Only kidding.

Given that I’ve been running from blog to blog like a headless chicken for the past couple of years I thought that a new start with a post about heads rather appropriate. And what better heads to start with than our local Kelpies. Guarding the new eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal these two massive steel horses heads dominate the flatlands north of Falkirk. They are truly magnificent and I would recommend a visit.  The original concept was that they move up and down with the canal lock system. Now, these are not just big heavy steel heads, these are e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s-l-y big heavy steel heads and moving heads of that nature makes for e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s-l-y BIG forces. These are forces which clearly state..

“Look out below we’re coming down!”

So…the long and short of it is that the engineers said…

“Don’t be such feckin’ eejits…of course it won’t work!”

These gargantuan structures border the M9 motorway at Grangemouth and are unmissable – as you swerve into the central reservation at 70mph screaming…

“What the **** was that we nearly ran into!”


Not only could they be considered hazardous to the unsuspecting motorway traveler but one might also question the choice of malignant shape-changing water spirits as suitable guardians to welcome the canal faring mariner given their predilection, as legend has it, to luring passersby to their watery doom. Having said that canal travelers might well be advised to be even more wary of the evil wee “sprites” rolling out the “Nag’s Heid” at closing time at the Weegie end of the canal.

Talking of the Weegie end of the canal J and I took ourselves off to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for a wee look around. What did we find? More heads…in fact lots of disembodied heads all floating around high in the gallery space.  Most looked rather miserable, no doubt jealous of the new cool (and more popular) “heads on the block” at the other side of the country.


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