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I can’t find my car!   Leave a comment

Same Sunday, after having won the treasure hunt, at about 11pm, I decide to go back to the city centre to bring my car back home. I pefectly remember the street and the park, but as soon as I walk around the corner, I can see only an empty place. I don’t believe my eyes… my car is not there anymore! The first thing I think is that I was not allowed to park there, but I checked twice when I parked. I will have to pay a fine and a lot of money for the tow-truck.
I walk in Argyle, to find a place to ask for the telephone number of the Police. I have the emergency, but I think it’s not the case. It’s almost midnight, and every place is closed. After a while, I find a fast food, about to close. They have no police number (who believes them?).
I find a little column with "Police" text on it. There are some in Glasgow. They have a screen and a keyboard, and it’s possible to find useful information for the security of the citizens. At least, that was what I thought: in fact, when I ask for the police stations, it shows a beautiful map in which I can only realise that the nearest station is quite far. And surprisingly, there are no phone numbers.
I try in another open fast-food, and eventually they give me the number. I phone immediately, explaining that I can not find my car. They ask me the place and the plate, and after a short wait, they tell me that at the moment it does not result that my car has been removed by any authority. But still I should wait for the morning after, in order for them to check better. They tell me to go home and wait for them to call me there. I walk home, it takes to me half a hour.
At home, very sad, I wait for a call on my mobile, but the bell at the door downstars rings. It’s the police. I open the door of my flat, and I can hear some girls laughing and talking. I think that some of my neighbours are arrived together with the police. But I have never seen them… strange.
Instead, I see the three girls, quite young and very nice, are dressed with a bulletproof jacket and a helmet. They tell me thay want to bring me to the exact place in which I left my car. I wear my jacket and I follow them.
After a couple of minutes driving, they stop the car quickly, on the side of the road. They tell me to stay in. As I look on the left, I see a Police van. The three girls run fast towards the van, there is another policeman already there. Then I can see there is also a guy, probably drunk, trying to escape. They altogether catch him and put him into the van.
I was very worried, as someone moved/stolen my car, I was with the Police at late night, but in that moment, I smiled. "We are in Glasgow, no doubt!", I thought.
After some minutes, the girls get on the car again, as I am waiting for them. I ask if everything is ok: they confirm me so, but it is clear, since they are already laughing together. For them, it is nothing different than "ordinary administration".
We start again driving towards the place were my car was supposed to be, but when we pass in front of the Police station, they decide to stop there, telling me that it’s better to get some of my details before.
In a completely empty room, with only one desk, one of the police-girls starts to ask me every detail of my day, including when and where and why I parked there. Then asks my details, and everything about my car. It really sounds to me that my car was stolen.
After about half an hour of interview, another police-girl came into the room. She tells me that my car is safe in a car park. Oh, Jesus! She explains that the council removed my car because they needed space in that street, as that evening there was a firework show in a park near there. Since my licence plate was foreign, the guy wrote the uncorrect number on the report, so they have not found my car before.
Back on the car with the Police-girls, they drive me to that car park, in the middle of which I see my car. After goodbye and thanks to the Police, I eventually drive home by myself.
 
What a night!
Matteo

Posted November 20, 2006 by mtcerio in Adventures in Glasgow

Treasure hunt!   Leave a comment

On Sunday afternoon, starting from 2:30, Cami and Paola organised a treasure hunt. Actually, I must say that their work started two weeks before. We met at the Central Station, platform 10. All the partecipants, in teams of 3 people, should have brought paper and pen, a torch, a map of the city, and all the proper clothes to walk and run, even under the rain. Fortunately, it was not the case. They gave us the instructions and the first clue. My team was composed by Ana, Pau and myself.
With very clever hints, they sent us to the information centre, then to a bridge on the Clyde, where the clues where hanging from, then to the Merchant City square, then to the Catheral, the Cinema, a fish and chips shop, the Kelvin terraces, to finish the hunt in front of the university.
In the meanwhile, we had to take pictures in some weird situations, to earn more points. Some of the funniest:
– kissing an old lady;
– with a scottish girl, properly dressed;
– with a taxi driver singing;
– in an Irish pub, dressed like dring St. Patrick’s day.
Of course, my team was able to take all the pictures we need. Indeed, we won the game, finding the treasure 1 hour before the others! 😛
Congratulations Paola and Cami! We all had fun! Very nice idea and organisation!
 
The podium was at the Primary, at 10pm, and our prize was a woderful bottle of 12 year old whisky!
But my evening was just started…
 
Matteo
 
PS: Have a look to the photo gallery!

Posted November 11, 2006 by mtcerio in Adventures in Glasgow

Sabry and Alba in Glasgow   Leave a comment

During the last weekend, Sabry and Alba have been here. Not only "here" in Glasgow, but "here" in my flat! It has been funny! They arrived on Friday evening, and we went for a burger as soon as possible, then pub in Ashton Lane.
On Saturday we had a very busy day. We went to Edinburgh, and while they visited the castle, since I have already been twice, I decided to take the tour of the Mary King’s close. The "close" in Edinburgh is a very narrow street in the Old City, around the Royal Mile, surrounded by tall buildings. There are many of them. One of those, titled to Mary King, has been used as a foundation of a new building, the City Chambers, in 1753. The close remained beneath the building for a long time, as it was used by very poor people centuries ago. In a guided tour of 1 hour, a woman dressed like Mary King is bringing you into the secrets of that mysterious place, telling some stories about the life of that time, and showing how the people used to live there. I really enjoyed it.
After the trip, a proper dinner in a fine Scottish restaurant was mandatory, as well as a pint at the Waxy O’Connors.
The morning after we visited the Pollok house, and then walk in the city centre, to help them buy some souvenirs. They had to leave Glasgow in the early afternoon, and I had to join my team at the Central Station for the first Glasgow treasure hunt!
 
Matteo

Posted November 11, 2006 by mtcerio in Adventures in Glasgow

I have my car!   1 comment

Finally, I have got a car here in Glasgow. Thanks to my parents, who wanted to take a trip across the Europe (?), I can drive to the cinema when it’s raining, or around Scotland when it’s sunny. It may mean never… Ok, I’ll drive around Scotland even if it’s not completely sunny.
Someone told me that a car in Glasgow is useless, since everything you need is very close, and you can walk. It might be true, but having a car is very, very, very, VERY comfortable.
Someone else told me that it was hard to drive with the steering weel on the wrong side of the car… nothing true… it’s even better because I have the gear shift on my right hand.
 
So, thank you mum and dad!
 
Matteo

Posted November 6, 2006 by mtcerio in Adventures in Glasgow

Per una volta, Prodi   1 comment

Seguire attentamente le istruzioni:
1) Create un file qualsiasi
2) Chiamatelo «Prodi»
3) Buttatelo nel cestino
4) Cliccate su «Svuota il cestino». Comparirà la schermata di conferma eliminazione file, che chiede: «Eliminare definitivamente Prodi?»
5) Adesso potete rispondere «Sì».
Non serve a niente, ma aiuta a iniziare bene la giornata.

Posted November 3, 2006 by mtcerio in Uncategorized