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Within the space of a week, there have been three significant fires in or around Glasgow (there may have been others, but these are the ones I’m aware of).

The most recent was at a Land Rover car dealership in Motherwell. This fire was thought to have been started deliberately, and has been estimated to have cause about £850,000 of damage.

Just the day before that there was a fire in Hamilton in a disused hotel, the Hamilton Town Hotel. This building was due to be demolished to make way for a new £7m hotel.

And final, last Friday night, the fire which I’m sure you are all aware of, the second fire in the space of four years at the internationally renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The fire this time was much worse, and in fact spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue.

At the time of the fire last week, the Mackintosh library (an A-listed building), was being restored in a project estimated to be costing £35m, was due to reopen next year.

Thankfully in each of these recent fires, no-one has been injured. However when it comes to the impact of the fire on the surrounding area and community, the fire at GSA has by far had the greatest impact. Many have expressed deep sadness, and used words such as ‘devastating’ and ‘shocking’, to describe this latest fire.

We still don’t know what caused this latest fire at GSA, and it’s also unclear whether any of the building will need to be demolished, or whether it’s going to be possible to save it.

GSA has been an iconic part of Glasgow for so many years, that for those of us who consider Glasgow to be home, it seems hard to contemplate our city without those beautiful buildings anymore. So let’s hope that once again, GSA can be rebuilt from the embers, and come back restored to its former beauty once again.

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, and one other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Forfar
  2. Liverpool
  3. Motherwell
  4. Paisley
  5. Alloa
  6. Bellshill
  7. Largs
  8. Bourneville
  9. Cardiff
  10. Sheffield

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Bridies
  2. The Beatles
  3. Work
  4. University
  5. Family
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ice cream
  8. Chocolate
  9. Closed
  10. Cutlery

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

Today was a the funeral of little Caden Beggan, aged 6 who sadly lost his battle against meningococcal septicaemia last Tuesday. I’m sure many of you have been following his battle on Facebook, and have been deeply moved and challenged by the daily updates from Caden’s dad – He has written from his heart, sometimes expressing his anger at God, questioning why God allowed this to happen to his precious son, but also showing immense strength and composure as he told of the emotions and feelings of the whole family. Having said all that, the one overriding thing that always shone through it all was that they believed God was with them and was still watching over Caden.

I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Caden, however I know someone who did. So while I can’t comprehend the pain and grief both he and Caden’s family and friends must be feeling at this time, I know God is with them and giving them the strength to get through these darkest of days.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3)

Caden’s funeral took place this morning in a church just a few yards along the road from my office. So I must admit that although I was in my office all morning, my thoughts and prayers were definitely with those who gathered today to celebrate Caden’s short life.

Caden may be gone, but we can be thankful in the knowledge that he is now free from illness and pain, and with God in heaven. He may not have been here on earth for long, but what an impact he’s had on so many of us. So rest in peace Caden. I’m sure you’ll never be forgotten and I know we’ll all get to meet you one day in heaven…

I don’t know whether it’s because of what I’ve been focusing on in my blog posts this last week, I found myself doing something on Tuesday that I’ve never done before, and it even surprised me when I did it!

When I was out on Tuesday lunchtime for my daily walk, I came across a homeless person who was asking every passerby for money. In these situations I must admit I usually do what many folk do, I keep my head down, ignore them and walk on. Well Tuesday was no different as I did walk on past her, however this time I did apologise to her for not having any money I could give her.

I continued on my walk and by the time I got round to the local supermarket a few minutes later, I had decided to buy the woman a sandwich and a drink. This shocked me as it’s just not the kind of thing I usually do – I usually much more hands-off, being far more likely to donate to a charity which will help folk, than actually do something proactive myself.

Anyway, having made my purchases, I met one of my friends from work as I was leaving the supermarket, and we started walking back to our office. There are several routes back to the office from the supermarket, so my friend asked which way I usually go. I told her but then added that I wanted to go a different way as I’d bought a sandwich and drink for a homeless person I’d passed on my way there. She told me that was a really nice thing to do, but thinking about it now, didn’t seem very surprised!

When we got to where the homeless lady had been, she was nowhere to be seen. My friend told me that at least I’d tried to do something good for her…

As we continued walking back to our office I spotted the homeless lady sitting on the ground in the main shopping area. So I went over to her and gave her the food and drink I’d bought for her. She was very grateful and told me I didn’t have to do that for her, and as I started to leave her she said, “God bless you“…that brought a tear to my eye.

It felt good having done something for that lady, even thought ultimately it wasn’t much to me. However it did seem to mean the world to her, and that was what really touched me more than anything.

It is true what they say, that sometimes the smallest word or action from one person can mean the world to someone else.

Go on, do a good deed today!