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Posted by Jackie on March 21, 2008

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama has been based in this building in Renfrew Street since 1988, but was founded in 1845 by the Glasgow Educational Association. It is the primary music conservatoire in Scotland, and as well as classical music, theatre and opera, also provides the only Scottish Traditional Music degree in the world.

Famous people who have graduated from RSAMD include actors Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, James McAvoy, Daniela Nardini, Ian McDiarmid, and David Tennant.

I’m away now till the end of the month, but pictures will still appear – hope you enjoy them! (and welcome if you’ve come here from the Evening Times article 🙂 )

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Evening Times building – my 15 minutes of fame!

Posted by Jackie on March 20, 2008

Last week I was interviewed and photographed by the Evening Times which is Glasgow’s main evening newspaper. Yes, they’ve done a feature about this very blog – I’ll put up a link to the online version when I get it. This building, which also houses the national papers The Herald and The Sunday Herald, is at the top of Renfield Street in the city centre.

I’m away now till the end of the month, but pictures will still appear – hope you enjoy them! (and welcome if you’ve come here from the Evening Times article 🙂 )

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Anarkali – Curry of the Gods

Posted by Jackie on March 19, 2008

Anarkali is a lovely little Indian restaurant on Victoria Road, which is where my guests usually get taken when they come to stay. It’s cheap and cheerful, bring your own booze, has naan breads the size of Wales, and absolutely gorgeous food. It is noted for the heat of the food (one time I took a friend there we were both just about ready to put our heads in the fish tank to cool down!) but it’s good quality heat if you know what I mean – heat from the combination of spices, rather than because they’ve emptied a bottle of vindaloo sauce onto the meal.

In the picture is a giant naan bread, and the vegetable balti. Normally I go for the vegetable kerahi though – that’s stunning!

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Central Station – Hellaman’s Umbrella

Posted by Jackie on March 18, 2008

Central Station is the bigger of two terminus stations in Glasgow (the other being Queen Street, a 5 minute walk away), and is the one you use if you want to take an intercity train south of the border to England. According to wikipedia it is the UK’s busiest station outside of London, seeing 34 million visitors pass through every year. Architecturally it’s quite a gem – it’s fronted by the Quality Hotel in Gordon Street (which apparently was where John Logie Baird transmitted the first ever long-distance television pictures in 1927), but is also known for this glass-walled bridge which extends the station over Argyle Street (which runs underneath). Apparently the bridge is known as “Hellaman’s Umbrella” (though I must admit I’d not heard of that name before reading wikipedia just now) as it used to be a gathering place for visiting Highlanders. Underneath are a number of shops and bars and restaurants, and also the Arches nightclub.

The wikipedia entry for the station, including another photo of the bridge showing cars driving underneath it, is here.

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Govanhill Pool

Posted by Jackie on March 17, 2008

A typical stereotype of Scottish people (and particularly Glaswegians) is that they’re unfit, lardy, and eat everything deep-fried. Certainly there are some Scottish health indicators, particularly cardiovascular disease and obesity, which are really worrying. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much in the way of leisure and fitness facilities around locally – this is the only indoor fitness facility I’ve seen round Govanhill, and it’s boarded up and abandoned. When I lived in south London a few years ago a couple of swimming pools which had been earmarked for closure were saved after local pressure, but although I understand that there was quite a lot of local opposition to Govanhill Pool closing, it doesn’t look like maintaining it is a council priority, sadly.

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Posted by Jackie on March 16, 2008

Just in case this blog was giving you the impression that Glasgow University is all former churches, dreaming spires and gothic gorgeousness, I thought I’d show you the Adam Smith Building, where my office is based. As you can see, there’s not a dreaming spire in sight (not even a concrete one).

The building is named after well-known eighteenth century Scottish moral philosopher and political economist Adam Smith, probably most famous for his treatise on “the Wealth of Nations”, one of the best-known rationales for free trade and capitalism. He became a student at the University at the age of 14, and later in his life became Lord Rector of the University. I wonder how he’d feel about having such an ugly building named after him all these centuries later!

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Sir Charles Wilson Building, Glasgow University

Posted by Jackie on March 15, 2008

Another former church building now put to a completely different use – this is now the Sir Charles Wilson Building of Glasgow University, housing a lecture theatre and reception area (those are the bits I’ve seen anyway) amongst other things.

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Posted by Jackie on March 14, 2008

I took this back in November last year when we were up in town in the dark for the Radiance Light Festival from which I showed a few pictures. The Necropolis is the very famous (and big, and scary) cemetery next to Glasgow Cathedral, and it had a few bits and pieces being lit up so we took a look (I’m not sure I’d particularly want to walk round it in the dark otherwise!). This was just one of the (enormous) headstones.

Technical details: equipment used – one dinky point’n’press digital camera, one handy nearby stone wall to rest the camera on, one very long deep breath, and lots of hoping for the best as I couldn’t see anything through the viewfinder as it was so dark. I didn’t use any colour filters or adjust the colours afterwards – the orange in the sky is purely down to light pollution.

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Posted by Jackie on March 13, 2008

Just a close-up of the gates at the entrance of Queen’s Park. And look at the colour of that sky!

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“Let Glasgow Flourish”

Posted by Jackie on March 12, 2008

This (? – I’m not sure what to call it, it’s not really a statue or sculpture!) is a piece of art inspired by Glasgow’s motto “Let Glasgow Flourish”. The motto comes from an inscription on a bell made in 1637 for the Tron Kirk, which read “Lord let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of thy word and praising thy name”. In 1663 the motto was shortened to “Lord let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of thy word” and then in 1699 it was shortened again to the more secular “Let Glasgow Flourish”.

This can be found at the junction of Argyle Street and Hope Street.

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