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Archive for August, 2008

Strawberry Fields

Posted by Jackie on August 21, 2008

Strawberry Fields is a kid’s clothes shop on Great Western Road. Around the shop window these funny things are stuck into the mortar, and I’ve been meaning to take close-up picture of them for ages!

The West End is a bit notorious for “yummy mummies”, and this is one of several rather posh and expensive kids shops.

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Shawlands Bowling Club

Posted by Jackie on August 20, 2008

Whenever I think of bowling I always think of an English village green type of place. It has surprised me to see so many bowling clubs around inner city Glasgow, including a concrete green at the foot of a tower block! This one is in Shawlands, on the south side, which is one of the more desirable of the south side postcodes as far as property prices etc go.

Edited to add: If you’d like to see some more fit and sexy Scotsmen, I highly recommend today’s post at Edinburgh Daily Photo.

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Hutcheson’s Hall

Posted by Jackie on August 19, 2008

Hutcheson’s Hall is the building where the art exhibition (from a couple of days ago) was held. It is now the regional headquarters for the National Trust for Scotland. The ground floor consists of an NTS shop, and upstairs is where they have visiting exhibitions.

The building was founded by the Hutcheson brothers, two Glasgow lawyers, who left funds in trust to build a school for poor boys and orphans and also a hospice for old men, which was originally on Trongate and known as Hutcheson’s Hospital. The present building was built in 1805.

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Banner

Posted by Jackie on August 18, 2008

My last photo from the Piping Live! festival shows a banner with the festival’s logo. I really like the black and white silhouette, and you can see they managed to squeeze in a ‘Glasgow: Scotland with Style’ too.

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Piping-inspired art

Posted by Jackie on August 17, 2008

Near George Square, another feature of Piping Live! was an exhibition in Hutchesons Hall on Ingram Street of art that had been inspired by particular pipe tunes. The people working there said that I could take one or two pictures as long as they weren’t for commercial use – as I don’t make a penny from this blog I’m assuming that it’s OK to post a picture here as it’s certainly not a commercial site. But if anyone from the NTS, Hutchesons Hall or Piping Live! thinks otherwise, just let me know!

Some of the art work was really lovely, and it was really interesting to see how differently the brief had been interpreted. My only minor niggle was that by the side of the pictures there was an explanation about the particular pipe tune which had inspired them, but no information about the artist.

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15 minutes of fame!

Posted by Jackie on August 16, 2008

It must have been very exciting for this schools band that not only were they performing in public, but they were also being filmed. It must have been a really big deal for them, and a great memory.

Personally, I wanted to borrow the guy on the right’s fluffy microphone. There are a few cobwebs at home I can’t quite reach! 😉

In yesterday’s comments there was a bit of discussion about the different kilts being sported. As far as I could tell most of them wore this red tartan, but a very few had a blue or green ones, so I don’t think it was that each of the kids were wearing “their” tartan as there actually were only a couple of different ones. I’m wondering, as the band is made up from Oban schools, if the different tartans might relate to different schools? I’ve never heard of schools having their own tartan, so I could well be talking rubbish – if anyone in the know knows, do leave a comment and enlighten us all!

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Oban High Schools Pipe Band

Posted by Jackie on August 15, 2008

The only actual formal ‘set’ from Piping Live! that I got to see (as opposed to random practising) was this band, the relatively recently-formed Oban High Schools Pipe Band. This was apparently the first time they’d performed at this sort of public event, and I thought that for youngsters they were really good. I think there were around 20 kids in the group, but this close-up was my best picture.

I reckon I’m going soft in my old age. I remembered when I was younger and played in school orchestras and whatnot, and when these guys came marching into the performance area I must admit I had a little tear in my eye. What a wuss, I blub at anything!

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tuning up

Posted by Jackie on August 14, 2008

For all of you who think that bagpipes sound like a caterwauling cacophany, you can see here that they were trying hard to improve things. This guy was going round each individual piper in his band in turn, tuning each pipe with the help of this handy little gadget.

In other utterly unrelated news, having been saying for months I was going to do this, I have finally started up a new daily photo blog, featuring the photos I took when I lived in Sibiu, Romania for 3 months last year. The first post is today – check it out at Sibiu Daily Photo.

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a quick practice before the gig

Posted by Jackie on August 13, 2008

For the next week I’m going to show some of the pictures I took today at Piping Live! In George Square each day between 11 and 5 there is free entertainment, with lots of pipe bands strutting their stuff. I got there about 15 minutes early, and found four bands in various parts of the square warming up, much to the delight of the tourists, though if you’re not a fan of bagpipes then it’s probably not the place to be – four bands practising simultaneously was quite a sound!

Unfortunately I only managed to stay for the first band’s actual set. I know I’m a student and have a lazy reputation to maintain, but I did actually have to go to work!! But I was happy that I was able to wander around and take some more informal snaps too.

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National Piping Centre

Posted by Jackie on August 12, 2008

This building is the National Piping Centre (with the right hand part of the building being the wonderfully-named Pipers Tryst Hotel). There isn’t usually a marquee out the front, but this week (as heralded by the yellow sign) is the Piping Live! Festival all week in Glasgow, where the best pipers from around the world converge on the city. Details of the festival are on its website here. I’m hoping to get to a few of the (free!) events so will try to take some pictures of the action!

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