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daishin and greum maol stevenson in zen monk robes standing beside a puddle in wyndford housing scheme with two high flats, grey sky and trees in backgrounddaishin and greum maol stevenson in Wyndford. Photo: Chris Leslie

“All that is solid melts into air.”—Marx

“All conditioned things are impermanent.”—the Buddha

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On Sunday morning (April 10), in the car park outside Maryhill Tesco, a young man killed pigeons for reasons known only to himself.

In the area where the covered parking ends, approximately a dozen pigeons were eating bread someone had thrown down for them. The man, who had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy in the car with him, drove out of his way to run over them, killing perhaps half of them.

Confronted by a witness, he drove away.

#KillingForFun #AnimalAbuse #AnimalCruelty #dukkha #samsara #maryhill #glasgow

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daishin and greum maol stevenson in zen monk robes in wyndford with  trees, tower bocks and cloudy sky in backgrounddaishin and greum maol stevenson in Wyndford. Photo: Chris Leslie

Today The Guardian has a photoessay by Chris Leslie about the demolition of the Wyndford high flats, with quotes from tenants including daishin and me.

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Witnessing Violence, Executions, Donald Trump & Leaving the USA

doorway with blood splattered on the ground

Five years ago today, I left America, where I had lived since 1995, and returned to Scotland. But the process of leaving America started decades before I lived there.

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In response to the questions I sent Glasgow Housing Association (soon to be renamed Wheatley Homes Glasgow), I received the following letter today. Decide for yourself how many of the questions it answers.

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image from glasgow housing association's social media, with images of smiling tenants and balloons, inviting tenants to a citywide panel

A week ago today, Glasgow Housing Association invited Wyndford residents to a “drop-in session” at the Maryhill Hub, to “have your say on GHA’s exciting new regeneration plans.” As those plans involve the demolition of more than 600 homes, and GHA’s Locality Housing Director, Linzi Heggie, has already admitted that the demolition will go ahead no matter what tenants say, some tenants of those homes were there with a list of questions.

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Yesterday, Linzi Heggie, Locality Housing Director at Glasgow Housing Association, admitted that the “consultation” with tenants as to whether the Wyndford high flats should be demolished will make no difference to the outcome.

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Wyndord tower block, sunset

Three days ago, on Monday morning, I learned that Glasgow Housing Association plans to destroy the community I live in.

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Graffiti on wall, the word ZEN with the second and third letters mirror imaged, above a painting of a spotted green mushroom, and a Fixodent box on the ground

It amuses and baffles me when street art is referred to as vandalism. If this is because of the quality of the art, it makes no sense, because the best street art — and there is a lot of great street art in Glasgow — is far superior to most commissioned “public art,” which tends towards the generic and mediocre. If it is because street art is done without permission, it makes even less sense, as most citizens have no role in deciding what “public art” is commissioned and created.

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In the last few weeks, quite a few supermarket trolleys have been strewn around the Wyndford scheme, some arranged so artfully it might be worth applying to Creative Scotland for an award. Presumably they are being taken from the nearby Tesco, but what are those who liberate them doing to bypass the automatic locking of the wheels?

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