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Archive for April, 2008

Welly (1)

Posted by Jackie on April 20, 2008

Wellington Church of Scotland is next to the Round Reading Room (see yesterday’s picture), opposite the main University Building in University Avenue. As well as being a parish church, it also has an extensive programme working with international students, and also (wonderfully for us students) has a cafe in its crypt which provides cheap meals Monday to Friday during term times. In particular, their soups are fantastic – if you’re in the area at lunchtime and can cope with being surrounded by students it’s well worth a visit!

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“To be set and sown in the garden”

Posted by Jackie on April 19, 2008

An old picture, this (you can tell it’s not recent – too many leaves on the trees! Most trees are still bare, or only just showing the merest hint of new leaves). This area of grass is over the road from Glasgw University’s main building, and the formal formation of low bushes and blocks for sitting on is a 2001 installation by Christine Borland called “To be set and sown in the garden”.

The round building in the background is known as the Round Reading Room (for rather obvious reasons) although it hasn’t been a reading room for some years. It now houses some of the university’s computing services, and also some student councils.

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Spitfire, Kelvingrove

Posted by Jackie on April 18, 2008

This is another view of the spitfire (as featured on yesterday’s donations box), this time without the giraffe.

My mind is still boggled by the fact that a stuffed giraffe is exhibited underneath a spitfire. Well, I guess, why wouldn’t you?! (I’ve shown the two juxtaposed here before). Anyway – I just particularly liked the lighting in this picture.

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Donations

Posted by Jackie on April 17, 2008

In common with museums up and down the country, the Kelvingrove has free entry. I just think that’s brilliant – for people like me who don’t have an enormous income, it keeps art and culture, and the general weird and wonderfulness displayed within the Kelvingrove (like this giraffe and spitfire, which has featured on this blog before now) accessible. I haven’t been to the Kelvingrove for a while – must pop in again soon. These donation boxes appear at both entrances – museums receive government funding, but also rely on the donations of grateful visitors.

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“Lobey Dosser”

Posted by Jackie on April 16, 2008

The sign under this little statue, which can be found in Woodlands Road in the West End, reads

“Statue erected by public subscription on May 1, 1992, to the memory of BUD NEILL, 1911-1970, CARTOONIST & POET
Creator of Lobey Dosser, Sheriff of Calton Creek, his trusty steed El Fideldo, resident villain Rank Bajin, and many other characters.”

Lobey Dosser was a popular newspaper cartoon character based on Glasgow characters – there is more information on artist Bud Neil’s wikipedia page, and some examples of the cartoon strip here.

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Panopticon

Posted by Jackie on April 15, 2008

Above this amusement arcade is what I thought originally was just an example of random impressive but sadly faded and tatty architecture. Closer research though reveals that it is in fact the remains of the Britannia Music Hall, originally built in 1857, which turns out to have had a fascinating history. It was used for a number of different entertainment genres – as well as music hall, moving pictures were first shown there in 1896 – and in 1906 it was reopened as the “Britannia and Grand Panopticon”. Between 1906 and 1938 it housed all sorts of shows – freak shows, zoos, waxworks, as well as cinema and music hall – and the young Stan Laurel started out here at the Friday night amateur nights, as well (allegedly) as Archie Leech (before he moved to Hollywood and changed his name to Cary Grant).

Following the depression in the 1930s the Britannia closed, and since 1938 has no longer been used, although the stage and wooden benches are apparently still intact.

I got all this information from the website of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust, who are trying to raise funds to save and preserve the building.

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George Square

Posted by Jackie on April 14, 2008

This is a picture of the statue of Walter Scott, the famous Scottish author, in George Square. Apparently the statue was originally meant to be of George III (after whom the square is named) but following problems caused to the city’s tobacco lords by the American War of Independence that plan was abandoned. Walter Scott is the author of Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley and Heart of Midlothian amongst other things – there is a famous large monument in his honour in Edinburgh.

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Bridge over the Kelvin

Posted by Jackie on April 13, 2008

The River Kelvin runs though the west of the city. Near the Kelvingrove Museum (and with the University in the background as you can see), one of the bridges has a number of these statues lining it.

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Staircase, House for an Art Lover

Posted by Jackie on April 12, 2008

One more picture for now from the House for an Art Lover (see the twisted topiary picture from a couple of days ago – by the way I was amused to see someone finding the blog as a reslt of a search on “twisty jackie”. Hope you found what you were looking for!). This is (obviously) one of the staircases in the house – I’m not normally into dark wood, but thought this was lovely. I’m sure I could cope with something like this in my house (not that I’ve got an upstairs, but still …!).

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Ceremony

Posted by Jackie on April 11, 2008

Yesterday saw the installation of the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP as the Rector of Glasgow University. This is a 3 year position, elected by the students, and the role of the Rector is to represent students’ interests at University Board level. The ceremony took place in the Bute Hall, in the main building I have featured several times already on the blog, and was all very grand – lots of robed academics and grand organ music and suchlike.

This picture shows Charles Kennedy second right (in the red robe) listening to an address by Sir Kenneth Calman, who is the University Chancellor. The Chancellor is a similar position to Rector, except that the position is elected by graduates of the university rather than current students.

The motto on the table cover is in Latin: “Floreat Universitas Glasguensis”.

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