GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
«02-07May2022»


Glasgow, may 2022

Photos © Ruud Leeuw


 

For decades I enjoyed Billy Connolly's programmes on television, for his travels, his humour & laughter. Thus I came to know about the murals in Glasgow dedicated to him, and some time later I learned that Glasgow has a unique array of murals and urban art all over the city!
A few years ago I decided a visit to Glasgow was in order, but it had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, finally the moment had arrived!
I was pleased to find that there are many more things in Glasgow to be enjoyed, but it was great to search for the murals as a 'leitmotif'!

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Schiphol’s misery. Took us 2 hrs to pass thru security, shuffling in line with boarding cards printed and only handluggage.
People with suitcases to check in stood upto 6 hours in line, and some missed their flight. Hot summer ahead.

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Finally at the gate.

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Grateful for just a short flight, 1hr05, compared to 2 hours in line for security!

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Except for the day of our departure we had to take 'Scottish Mist' in account, but that's the way to experience Glasgow!

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We stayed in the 'IBIS Styles, Glasgow West (Waterloo Street), only 2 blocks away from Glasgow's Central Station.
The Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, in front of the Gallery of Modern Art here in Glasgow,
has become iconic..

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Small but clean and affordable, in a quiet area (office buildings), centrally located and offering a good breakfast.


 

STREETPHOTOGRAPHY

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Covid-19 health workers.
We broke with Covid-19, but did we or is this just a break and will the Corona virus return later this year?
Quite remarkably, we did catch the Corona virus in the very full KLM flight going back home, in spite of vaccinations
and a booster. It is said that now we caught the virus, without much harm, we are best protected. But for how long?

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Both taken at George Square
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Kilts & a kid


 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY on display

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GLASGOW'S PHOTO GALLERY & BOOKSHOP

I struck it rich at the Glasgow Gallery of Photography, which I did not even had on my radar! Excellent selection of books.

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Photography by Khaled Akacha, 'Photography from Syria'.
Khaled Akacha is a Syrian media activist and writer who resides in the city of Idlib. He uses his photography to
report and document what is happening in his country of Syria. See MyBlog_2022Q2

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In the huge basement the printed results of an 'Open Call'-streetphotography event. Amazing work!

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Adress: 57 Glassford St, Glasgow G1 1UB

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Excellent collection of streetphotography submitted from all over the world.

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ERIC WATT PHOTOGRAPHY

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'COMING INTO VIEW', PHOTOGRAPHING GLASGOW LIFE ¬ in Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum'.

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Eric Watt's photography, documenting Glasgow

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I love these retrospective photo exhibitions; pity there wasn't a catalogue or book for sale of his work.

Eric Watt's passion for amateur photography led him to spend his free time on the streets of Glasgow, taking images of the city and its people.
This exhibition displays some of his most striking images showing Glasgow from the late 1950s to the 1990s.
Many of the most engaging photos show children at play in the streets and parks, but Watt also documented the adult world in all its complexity.
Work, leisure, faith and politics are recorded with affection and curiosity. What stands out most of all however is Glasgow itself and the way the city changed over time.
www.visitscotland.com/ - - - /coming-into-view-eric-watts-photographs]

Eric Watt Photography , Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Queen's Park Camera Club

Eric Watt Photography , Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Glasgow has a long running tradition with urban art and murals

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I did find a book to order online: beyondwords.co.uk/coming-into-view-eric-watt-s-photographs-of-glasgow


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The ones that got away.. 'Transmission' seemed like something with an exhibition inside but was closed, no information.
'Streetlevel', next to the Glasgow Print Shop, wasn't open when I learned about it the day before we left. Next time!


 

 

SHELTER FROM THE RAIN

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Merchant Square on a quiet moment, with restaurants and also open for events (festivals & fairs).
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St. Enoch Centre

St. Enoch Centre is situated at the junction between two of Glasgow’s most famous shopping streets, Argyle St and Buchanan St, St Enoch Shopping Centre.
It was originally opened in 1783, as a grazing area for sheep, and since then it has seen some of Glasgow’s finest landmarks come and go.
St. Enoch Railway Station first opened its doors in 1876 and the St. Enoch Hotel followed in 1879. The St. Enoch Hotel was closed in 1974 and the site was used as a car park until 1985 when initial work started on St. Enoch Centre, the first shopping centre of its kind in Scotland.
Since opening on 25May1989, St. Enoch Centre has allegedly been among some of the most well known shopping destinations in Scotland.
The new St. Enoch Development 2021 marked a new chapter for St. Enoch Centre with an expansion of 140.000 square feet, all under one (glass pyramid) roof. The project is part of an ambitious £40 million development to transform the east end of the shopping centre.

 

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Bunny

 


 

 

BILLY CONNOLLY

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SCOTIA BAR
It was Billy Connolly that brought us to this bar, or actually a tip by the Cabbie that drove us into town.

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The Scotia Pub, est. 1792!
Glasgow’s oldest pub and a Billy Connolly watering hole, drinking with his buddy Gerry Rafferty.
Ada on a pint of Aspall cider and me having an Old Jock Scottish ale. Cheers!

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When Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly played together as The Humblebums.. Am a great fan of both!

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en.wikipedia.org:_Gerry_Rafferty
en.wikipedia.org:_Billy_Connolly


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We noticed work by Billy Connolly in the Castle Fine Art Gallery (96 Queen St, Glasgow, G1 3DN) and stepped inside.
I would like to buy some art by him some day...

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Besides work work by Billy Conolly (and other fine artists) I noticed paintings by another hero of mine: Bob Dylan!
I hope to return one day with some money to spend and able to afford the really great art here on display!


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Another visit on the trail of Billy Connolly.. I'd read somewhere online that portraits of Billy Connolly were on display
here at the People's Palace but the top floor, where it might have been, was closed for renovations. I did 'get' his
'banana boots' in a display which I knew from his performances shown on the telly. Designed and made by Edmund Smith.

 


 

NECROPOLIS

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I never miss a good graveyard: Glasgow's Necropolis.
The main entrance is approached by a bridge over what was then the Molendinar Burn. The bridge, which was designed
by David Hamilton, was completed in 1836. It became known as the 'Bridge of Sighs' because it was part of the route of funeral processions (inspired by the Bridge of Sighs in Venice). The ornate gates (by both David and James Hamilton)
were erected in 1838, restricting access onto the bridge.

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This is a 37 acre cemetery, full of wonderful architecture, sculpture and relating to the 50.000 people remembered here.
Tours are organized, no doubt sharing fascinating stories, and revenues by donations are used for restoration work.
www.glasgownecropolis.org

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She started to walk away when I approached, I asked here to reposition herself, explained I needed her flowered leggings!

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The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, Scotland. It is on a low but very prominent hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo's Cathedral). Fifty thousand individuals have been buried here. Typical for the period, only a small percentage are named on monuments and not every grave has a stone. Approximately 3.500 monuments exist here. [¬Wikipedia]


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Following the creation of Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris a wave of pressure began for cemeteries in Britain.
This required a change in the law to allow burial for profit. Previously the parish church held responsibility for burying the dead but there was a growing need for an alternative.

Glasgow was one of the first to join this campaign, having a growing population, with fewer and fewer attending church. Led by Lord Provost James Ewing of Strathleven, the planning of the cemetery was started by the Merchants' House of Glasgow in 1831, in anticipation of a change in the law.
The Cemeteries Act was passed in 1832 and Glasgow Necropolis officially opened in April 1833.
Just prior to this, in September 1832, a Jewish burial ground had been established in the north-west section of the land. This small area was declared 'full' in 1851. I did not visit that part. [¬Wikipedia]

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'Charlie's Tennant of St. Rollox'. Died 1st October 1838, aged 71.
Erected by a few of his friends as a tribute of respect.'

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Alexander Thomson designed a number of its tombs, and John Bryce and David Hamilton designed other
architecture for the grounds.

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GATE CRASHING ON ART

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Walked in on 2nd year art students (Glasgow School of Art) preparing for their opening night this day. Good stuff!

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Haunting, isn't it..? I really liked her work.
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'Bitter Sweet', GSA Year 2 Painting & Printmaking, 147 North Street, Glasgow.
OLIVIA FOSTER (Curator) - MURRAY YOUNG - MICHAEL RAPHAEL - RUBY STEWART - CLAUDIA LANGLEY -
ELIAS GILES-BOOK - SUZANNE MCGHEE - MATTHEW CASEY - ISHBEL ANGUS - FELIX BODE -
VICTOR FLAVELL - LUCAS ALLAN - SARAH MACSPORRAN - EMELA GRAHAM - MEGHAN
JOSEPHINE - EVANGELOS GAVRILL - HONGIL YOON - MARGARET-ANNE DOCHERTY -
LENA LEE - MANUELA DAVIES-VENGOECHEA - CHARLOTTE GEEKIE - ERIN O'SULLIVAN -
LOUISE MCGUNNIGLE - CLARE HARPEL - REBECCA LAVERTY - LIC MICNEIL - OLIVIA THOMPSON

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Pop-up event, 'Bitter Sweet'; GSA Year 2 (Glasgow School of Art) 'Painting & Printmaking'
Enjoyed that, inspiring!

 


 

 

THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

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Walked into the Mitchell Library while we were passing by for we noticed a sign that the Ayewrite festival started that day.
This 'Ayewrite festival 2022' sounded interesting, but the receptionist could not offer any onformation. Online I read it offered a live programme of over 200 events, tickets were on sale, and was held across 3 weekends, 6-22 May.
Facebook offered "Aye Write is Glasgow's annual book festival, bringing writers and speakers from across Britain and beyond to the heart of Scotland's largest city." Which did not provide me with much more information, so we gave it a miss.

The Mitchell Library is impressive.
This Edwardian Baroque temple of books was established in 1877, and boasts a vast array of windows, columns and a splendid bronze domed roof with ornate detailing.
Perched atop this divine dome is Literature (or Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom), a bronze statue by Thomas Clapperton. An extension building was created between the years of 1972 and 1980.

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We had a look around and sat down in the café for a refreshment.
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'Aye Write'

 


 

 

WALKABOUT FOR BOOKS

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Voltaire & Rousseau Bookshop, on 12 - 14 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB. No use browsing here..
The other one, Thistle Books (55 Otago St.), seems to have gone, we couldn't find it.
Better go to the nearby Caledonia Books. This is an established store selling secondhand and antiquarian books,
with a notable non-fiction section. Bought one photobook here I was pleased with. Took the nearby subway to the hotel.

 

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Bought some nice books here at Waterstones.
This one @Saunchiehall Street is better than the one at 174-176 Argyle Street.

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Lunch at Waterstones.
One can find the photobooks section up the stairs, right in the tophand corner. Excellent selection!

The café in the basement is better than on the top floor, where I stood next to the controversial Scottish comedian
Frankie Boyle ordering a coffee; but he avoided contact, so I let him. On the top floor food was sold out, the waiter did
not tell me about the café in the basement, I found it when I went looking for photobooks. What a stupid asshole, right?

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I amassed a good selection of books here in Glasgow, at Waterstones, WH Smith, & Caledonia Books (on Great Western Road)

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Waterstones on Argyle Street, good selection of paperbacks, not many photobooks.
Among the portraits is one of Ian Rankin, one of my favourite crime writers!

 


 

MORE GLASGOW WALKABOUT

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More 'Glasgow walkabout', here's one of many bridges over the river Clyde (the Portland Suspension Footbridge)
for the murals (see my PAGE TWO, link at bottom page) at the Clydeside Legal Graffiti Wall.

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Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington in front of Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art (which I did not get round
to visiting it, another one for a future visit to Glasgow).

The equestrian Wellington Statue is a statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. It is located on Royal Exchange Square, outside the Gallery of Modern Art near the end of Ingram Street and was sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844.
For the best part of 140 years, the statue stood on its plinth without much fanfare, but that all changed in the early 1980s, when a traffic cone mysteriously started appearing on top of the Duke of Wellington’s head.
At various stages, the city council has removed the cones and tried to come up with schemes to halt the practice altogether. Despite such attempts however, the cone has remained for over 30 years, and whenever a cone is removed, it is only a matter of days before a new one appears in its place.
It is clear that the statue with the cone on its heid has become one of Glasgow’s most iconic images and in 2011 the ‘Coneheid’ statue was named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten most bizarre monuments on Earth.
Tripadvisor]


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Eric Watt photo, as it was displayed in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery exhibition.
Patrick Central Station (Patrick Hall Station), opened in the 1890s.

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The historic fronts are fast being torn down & replaced by modern high rises, esspecially along the river Clyde area.

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A Dutch connection: Jan Herman van Roijen, the Netherlands Ambassador (1997)

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Bizar! Is this a display, as a warning, or did that bicycle actually get 'salvaged' for parts?

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A public foodbank.
Foodbanks are a sad necessity in many cities & towns in Europe these days; the divide between rich versus poor is becoming
ever greater, even the poorer middle class have to resort to foodbanks occasionally to supplement their shopping.

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William 'Bud' Neill (b.05Nov1911–d.28Aug1970) was a Scottish cartoonist who drew cartoon strips for a number of
Glasgow-based newspapers between the 1940s and 1960s. Following his death, his work has attained cult status with
a worldwide following. [¬Wikipedia]

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'The fictional Calton Creek (Calton is a district of Glasgow) was an outpost of the wild west, supposedly located somewhere in Arizona, but its inhabitants were all Glaswegians from the Calton area and spoke with Glasgow accents.
'Lobey Dosser' was the pint-sized, whiskered Sheriff of Calton Creek who, assisted by "El Fideldo" (Elfie), his resourceful two-legged horse, strove to maintain law and order and protect the citizens against the evil plans of 'Rank Bajin' ("rank bad yin/one").
The character names drew heavily on the Glasgow vernacular and were often only comprehensible to Glaswegians. [Wikipedia]

Statues-Glasgow_Scotland on Tripadvisor

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This statue of Charles Rennie Mackintosh was been unveiled in Glasgow on the 90th anniversary of his death.
The memorial, created by Kelpies sculptor Andy Scott, marks the completion of a £60m regeneration project in Anderston.
The artwork was commissioned by builder Sanctuary Group and was revealed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
It is located the on corner Argyle St and Elliot St (Finnieston, Glasgow West). Source: www.bbc.com/news/

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (b.07Jun1868 – d.10Dec1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. His artistic approach had much in common with European Symbolism. His work, alongside that of his wife Margaret Macdonald, was influential on European design movements such as Art Nouveau and Secessionism and praised by great modernists such as Josef Hoffmann. Mackintosh was born in Glasgow and died in London. He is among the most important figures of Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style).
en.wikipedia.org:_Charles_Rennie_Mackintosh]

 

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The 'Homeless Jesus' statue. A large life-sized bronze sculpture by Timothy Schmalz next to the
church just off Buchanan Street shopping precinct.
I came across an identical statue in Rome (Italy) later this year, see my Travelogue Rome 2022.

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'The Old Schoolhouse', converted to a nice pub / restaurant.

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'The Old Schoolhouse'

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Kelvingrove Bridge (with a subway station nearby)

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Took a picture of the 'Warden' while he was taking pictures..

 

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM

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I had a superb visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Grandioso!
The gallery is located on Argyle Street, in the West End of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin.
The original Kelvingrove Museum opened in the latter half of the 19th century. It was housed in an enlarged
18th-century mansion called Kelvingrove House, to the east of the current site.

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What an amazing place!

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. It reopened in 2006 after a three-year refurbishment and since then has been one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions.
The museum has 22 galleries, housing a range of exhibits, including Renaissance art, taxidermy, and artifacts from ancient Egypt.

Kelvingrove was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11Jul2006 after a three-year closure for major refurbishment and restoration. The work, which cost around £35 million, was one third funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and one third by public donations to the appeal, and included a new restaurant and a large basement extension to its display space to accommodate the 8,000 exhibits now on display. [¬Wikipedia]

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From 2006 to 2009 the museum had 5 million visitors!

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'Dutch Art - how a small country's gift for trade created a Golden Age of great and popular art.'
The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters (Vecellio's Madonna
and Child with Saint Jerome and Saint Dorothy, Rembrandt van Rijn, Gerard de Lairesse, and Jozef Israëls), French Impressionists (such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt),
Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists and exponents of the Glasgow School. ¬Wikipedia.

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'WANKER, Masturbate & Be Proud'

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Mr Shitsex, 2000 by Grayson Perry

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#OnReading

 

GLASGOW CENTRAL

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Glasgow Central (Scottish Gaelic: Glaschu Mheadhain) is one of two principal mainline rail terminals in Glasgow, Scotland. The railway station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 01Aug1879 and is one of 20 managed by Network Rail.
It is the northern terminus of the West Coast Main Line 640 km north of London Euston).
The other main station in Glasgow is Glasgow Queen Street.

With just under 33 million passengers in 2017–18, Glasgow Central is the twelfth-busiest railway station in Britain and the busiest in Scotland. According to Network Rail, over 38 million people use it annually.
The station is protected as a category A listed building. [¬ Wikipedia]

In Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins, the station was one of only ten to be awarded five stars. In 2017, the station received a customer satisfaction score of 95.2%, the highest in the UK.

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Video recording of an interview

 

GLASGOW SUBWAY

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In 1890 the Glasgow District Subway Company was successful in its application to build & operate a small
(6 and a 1/2 miles) circular underground railway around the West, Central, & Southern areas within and bordering the City of Glasgow.
Opened in 1896, it ran a fleet of cable hauled, diminutive, trains, propelled by a winding engine in Scotland Street, and served 15 stations dotted in a rough circle around the city.
The first trains consisted of 30, cable gripper cars, built by the Oldbury Railway Carridge, & Wagon Co Ltd.
In 1898, twentyfour, 4-wheeled trailer cars were added. But these gave poor riding and 14 were subsequently rebuilt to become full length trailer cars.
There were no points anywhere on the system, or railed access to the surface depot at Broomloan Road, Govan.
For maintenance, the cars would be lifted from the tunnels, via an access pit, by a crane within the depot building! The company head office was in St Enoch Square (the building is now a coffee shop).
Source: glasgowsubway.com

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Glasgow subway: Inner Circle and Outer Circle.

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Deep thoughts..

 

MORE WALKABOUT

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Tennent's Breweries, Est. 1885.

Look backward into Hunter Street, onto Barrack Street
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More walkabout through some unglamorous parts of Glasgow.

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The Barrowland Ballroom (also known as Barrowlands) is a dance hall and music venue in Glasgow.
The original building opened in 1934 in a mercantile area east of Glasgow's city centre, built by Maggie McIver, the 'Barras Queen'.
The area and the ballroom are named after the Glasgow Barrowland market.
The building was completely rebuilt after being largely destroyed by fire in 1958, and reopened on 24Dec1960. The front of the building is decorated with a large animated neon sign.

In recent years the ballroom has become a concert venue with a capacity of 1.900 standing, known for its acoustics and its sprung dance floor.
Simple Minds filmed the video for their 1983 single, 'Waterfront', at Barrowlands.

Between 1968 and 1969, three young women (Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald and Helen Puttock) were found brutally murdered after nights out at the Barrowland.
Similarities between the murders led police to believe that they were the work of the same man ('Bible John'). The man made contact with all 3 women at the Barrowland Ballroom, before escorting them home and raping and strangling them within yards of their doorsteps. All three women were menstruating and their handbags were stolen. An investigation failed to find Bible John, and the murders remain unsolved.
Wikipedia]

The Barras, Glasgow
The Barras Market

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The Glasgow Barras, a street market but apparently mainly open in weekends.

'The Barras' is a major street and indoor weekend market in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland.
The term "Barra" is Glaswegian dialect for "barrow" relating to the market's early years where traders sold their wares from handcarts.
Founded by James and Margaret McIver in the interwar years, several of the smaller 1921-era market halls still bear the McIver name.
'Barrowland' is sometimes used to describe the district itself where the market is located, which is actually officially known as Calton.
It is also known for its large concentration of pubs and shops devoted to fans of Celtic Football Club.
Wikipedia]

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Traders Tavern, a sports bar offering live music. I was fascinated by that derelict wall.

We entered the Green Park at Maggie McGiver's Gate, (marked as '1880 - 1908', see below).
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Margaret 'Maggie' McIver (b.09May1879 - d.1958) was the founder of the Glasgow Barras, a street market in the Calton
area, in the east end of Glasgow. Initially an area of street markets, it became a permanent site when a roof was added to protect the stalls from bad weather and it now has over a thousand stalls within 10 markets. It is also the location of the Barrowland Ballroom, one of the city's main rock and pop venues.

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People's Palace, unfortunately the art on the top floor (with the Billy Connolly portraits) was closed for renovation.
For decades now I found that upon visiting England and Scotland you encounter on a daily basis issues of 'closed',
'no longer available', 'under repair/renovation', 'not delivered/sold out', 'not working', et cetera.
So another one for the list '#NextTime'. Also the nearby Barrowland Park with its art walk, and maybe check out
Calton Books.

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The large terracotta Doulton Fountain in front of People's Palace (under some much needed renovation).

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Clutha & Victoria Bar, in support of Ukraine ('Stop Putin's War!')


Trongate, crossing King Street / Candleriggs

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View on the South Portland Street Suspension Footbridge over the river Clyde and the Graffiti Wall here.

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Bridges over the river Clyde
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FOOD

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Lively place: Mezcal. Trendy restaurant offering Mexican-inspired specialties & cocktails (104 Hope Street).

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The best French Toast I had in a long while!
@MAYZE Coffee & Food (974 Argyle St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8LU), west of the M8.

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Scones & coffees at Morrisons, a convenient place to rest our tired feet.

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Dinner at the Bombaywalla Indian Streetkitchen for dinner. Poppadoms to start with, followed by Biryani.

 

 

ENDING

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Very convenient: in the lobby of our hotel we had this gadget and within 5 minutes a
cab pulled up in front of the hotel for us to bring us to the airport! While there was a loooong line
at the taxi stand at Glasgow Station (our fare was a little more expensive probably, fixed rate £30).

'Bye, 'bye!
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This bronze sculpture entitled 'Citizen Firefighter' was unveiled in Glasgow city centre in 2001.
It was sculpted by Kenny Hunter, one of Scotland's foremost sculptors who was born in Edinburgh and studied at
Glasgow School of Art. He has works displayed in collections all over the world, including Paris, New York and Hamburg.

 

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