After a night of wild winds and heavy rain, the weather disappoints this Hogmanay. I'm looking for the dramatic; thunder and lightning or rain crashing down in torrents. Actually, my preference would be mirk, a fog slipping in from the Clyde, dreich, gloomy skies and a deathly chill at the end of the old year. Anything to induce a bit of melancholy and the nervous chill you get at the back of your neck and tips of your fingers when you're enveloped in ghostly memories.
Instead, the clouds are a mix of light and dark greys, which part often to reveal a cold blue sky. Govan Road is busy with traffic and shoppers racing to get the last packets of puff pastry and totties.
Manage to make the bank on Water Row before it closes for its lunch hour followed by a queue along at the Royal Bank.
A young man in his early twenties is two in front of me and when he reaches the counter, he pulls out a plastic bank bag with a torn up £20 note inside. Can he get it replaced? It's still got the silver strip 'hing and everything. The teller asks what bank issued it? The boy has about 6 or 7 bits and, smoothing a piece out with his finger, answers, "The Clydesdale".
"You'll have to take it to them . . "
She's interrupted by the man right in front of me who strides forward saying, "Have ye got to take torn up money to the bank it came fae?" She's nodding. "Cos Ah've got torn up money an a'."
The boy looks round at the man, "Huv ye?" The man's pulls his money out of an envelope and shows them. Ripped to shreds.
Ha! What's been in the air over the weekend? Torn up money, twenty pound notes? How came this to be?
In Govan X shopping centre, Margaret, in creased black trousers and a grey quilted jacket is regaling Linda in a trackie with the cairry oan that happened over Christmas, "Ah'll mobile phone 'er!"she calls out as they part and Linda, lifting her heavy plastic farmfoods bags, laughs and says, "Happy new year Magrit when it comes."
Happy New Year Govanites wherever you are across the globe, and remembering those upon another shore and in a greater light. A' ra best for 2013 from the heart of Sunny Govan. x
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