Posts tagged “Glasgow

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A walk in the west

I had to go and get some keys cut up at Anniesland, but the hint of rain had made the air so fresh that I took the waterproofs and set off for a four-hour walk through Glasgow’s West End.

And sure enough, by the time I’d come out of the hardware shop, the drizzle was on. I braved it for a few minutes but finally stopped to take shelter under some trees and don the waterproofs. It occurred to me that I’d passed this pond so often along Great Western Road, but had never taken a closer look._MG_9831

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On my way back were the colourful scenes at the front of tenement blocks.

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No walk though the West End is complete without a stopover at Hargan’s Dairy. Re-exposed to the elements for almost a decade now, the 1960s lettering is peeling fast.

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Mural at Kelvin Bridge

Mural under Kelvin Bridge

Mural under the staircase at Kelvin Bridge


Squinty (from Glasgow Nights series)

Squinty Bridge in the distance

Squinty Bridge in the distance

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Getting closer to Squinty Bridge

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Squinty Bridge up close

Squinty from the other side

Squinty from the other side


A place of useful learning

A place of useful learning

A place of useful learning


Old in new

The old, as reflected in the new.

The old as reflected in the new

The old as reflected in the new


As I see it

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Girl on a bridge

Girl on a bridge


That red suits you

That red suits you

That red suits you


All of a sudden, murals

Spotted on a recent walkabout in Glasgow.

Glasgow appliances

Glasgow appliances

George Street

George Street

Former Templeton Carpet Factory building

Former Templeton Carpet Factory building

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Leo

 


Bridge over the Clyde

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Work on the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge began in 1851, but after the masonry towers had been completed and the main suspension chains erected, the south tower split from top to bottom.

Extensive repairs and renewals were carried out in 1870 and again in 1926, but the masonry towers built in 1853 are the oldest surviving elements in Glasgow’s Clyde bridges.


Benches I have known

Benches make me think of open-air places: public parks, private gardens, lakes, beaches, picnics, sports, places in the city where you can have your lunch on a warm day…

But also the workbenches used by artisans, the schoolbenches used by children, the (back)benches occupied by politicians, the pews where churchgoers kneel, maybe also the judge’s (figurative) bench.

The solitary bench is a familiar image, showing splendid or melancholy isolation, often set in beautiful landscape.

A bench on one’s own, on the edge of the crowd, may be pretty melancholy too, but there’s something so forlorn about a broken bench, or a bench that’s made for conviviality but left empty.

Here are a few of the many benches I have come across recently.

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Solitary bench on the Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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Picnic table and cottage on the Isle of Mull (Scotland)

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Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

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Old town, Rhodes (Greece)

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Inside the ferry on Lake Como (Italy)

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Church benches (Como)

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Glasgow

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Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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John Street, Glasgow

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Venice

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Venice

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Kumrovec, Tito’s village (Croatia)

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An upturned and broken bench near Sermoneta (Italy)

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A luthier at his workbench (Naples)

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Vincent’s bench

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A bench in the sun

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Bench in high water (Venice)

 

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Bench at the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery (Glasgow)

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Museum bench

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A place to sit between takes (filming with Brad Pitt in Glasgow)

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On a day-trip to Sermoneta

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Still waiting for Brad in George Square, Glasgow

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Contemplation at Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)

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A bench is a place where you can change your shoes…

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…and air your armpits…

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…and have your wedding shoot (Hanoi)

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Benches at Scotland Street school, Glasgow

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Schoolchildren at their benches in a village in Northern Vietnam

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Guarding the benches at George Square (and still waiting for Brad)

Check out Where’s My Backpack for this week’s travel theme: Benches.


Drizzle

 

ImageWatching the drizzle from the number 40 bus

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Drizzle on Sauchiehall Street

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Drizzle on Piazza Italia

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Drizzle on the Clyde

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Drizzle at Glasgow Green

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Watching the drizzle from the Winter Garden

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Braving the drizzle at the People’s Palace

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(Ex-)Templeton Carpet Factory in the drizzle