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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9 thoughts on “A Head Start

  1. Crikey, not sure about those floating heads – they’re a bit Stephen King-ish!

    What’s more spooky even, is we were just talking about those Kelpie heads, as we did indeed do a double take on them charging down the motorway last Saturday. I managed to get a couple of awful photos of them through the windscreen – didn’t realise you could get up close and personal. We did think they were rather splendid mind.

  2. Wow! You were quick off the mark Chrissie. I started a bit quicker than I intended…must have too much time on my hands. 😆

    I have to admit the kelpies are pretty spectacular. I was surprised how big they were when up close. I will set up a gallery of photos to let you see a bit more of them.

  3. Anonymous

    “Writer’s block”; we can only dream.

    • Ah…Mr.P. How can I tell it was you? You must be the only person who turns up as “someone” on such a regular basis. I was sure you would have cracked the simple signing in process this time but alas it was not to be (sigh).

  4. Hi. Thanks for the update and visit. Those Kelpies look splendid; the jury’s still out on the Kelvingrove heids…….

  5. Many thanks for taking the trouble to pop in Iain…especially after all this time.

    The heads are just a wee bit disconcerting. I suspect the inspiration came from the most common expressions found on the faces of Scottish international football managers over the years…painful. 😀

  6. Goodness! I’d best not have been in the Nag’s Heid just before coming across those or I’d have wondered if they’d come in seatch of the fish i’d taken from their weaters all those years ago…
    Spectacular though…

    The floating heads….no.

  7. And there was me thinking Falkirk was dull when in fact it’s now packed with interesting stuff. They look pretty amazing given scales by the people standing at the bottom

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