A Pro-Lifer in Glasgow’s West End

I finished my chips and left the cafe, and in a shop doorway two doors down was a woman in tears. I asked her what was up and she said a man had just approached her to tell her that abortion is wrong, before moving on. She told me he left her questioning if she was actually a bad person.

He was away down the road, talking to someone else. I asked him what he thought he was playing at, and he instantly got on the defence with “it’s just my opinion!”. I told him I thought his opinion was bullshit, and he needed to mind his own business if he can’t begin to understand the complexities that come with women reaching decisions like that. He said he was sorry, but it didn’t feel sincere. It felt like someone backing down, and not because he made some woman cry, but because he didn’t expect a man of my size to object to his bullshit and call him out on it. Continue reading “A Pro-Lifer in Glasgow’s West End”

“Migrants made Glasgow” – Theresa May protest outside SEC.

I received a message around 2:30 this afternoon saying that there’d be a small Theresa May protest outside the SEC at 3:30. I figured it wouldn’t be very well attended, but grabbed a quick lunch and got out, deciding to go take some photos anyway.

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As I crossed through the tunnel, I noticed a group of people behind the SSE and it wasn’t long until I found myself stood with a gathering of mothers and daughters. This wasn’t what I was expecting, so I asked one of the girls what they were here for.

“Olly Murs”

Shit.

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Visiting a Food Bank.

Today, me and Jeffels made our first visit to a local(ish) food bank to collect an emergency three-day supply of food from the Preshal Trust just over the river.

It was good to get out of the flat for a walk and embrace the good weather, as I’ve felt it’s been rainy and miserable for a little too long now.

The Preshal Trust Foodbank via Glasgow Clyde Tunnel by Lee Jones.

Getting to walk through the Clyde Tunnel was pretty neat, though a bike next time will probably be better.

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We collected our rations, and received some information of other places to go when they are closed.

Here’s our emergency three day supply. Remember, this is for two people.

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There were a couple of small kitkat’s, two tins of soup, and some biscuits that weren’t vegan friendly, so we made sure to donate those back (well, this time we did). Fortunately we have a few spices knocking about the flat, so should be able to make something somewhat more interesting out of this.

It’s heartbreaking to know that there’s so many people regularly relying on these kinds of rations.

“Latest Trussell Trust figures show a 2% increase in foodbank use on the previous year with 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis by our network of 424 foodbanks in 2015/16” – TrussellTrust.org

No Hate No Fear Donald Trump Protest in Glasgow by Lee Jones

No Hate, No Fear: Donald Trump Protest

It was pretty last minute, but I heard about the Trump protest earlier today and I took my camera and shot some of it.

I’m proud to be able to call Glasgow my home, and I hope the Scarborough protest in the coming days is just as welcomed.

 

Edited to add: If you find yourself uttering the phrase “Protesting won’t change anything!”, please take a read of this – Yes, Protest Does Matter by my pal Stephen.