Looking Down with some Degree of Nostalgia

The Kyles of Bute in Scotland’s Cowal Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the whole world.   In Glasgow when I was a child (in the olden days) it was a tradition  to take summer day trip on “The Waverley” paddle steamer. This annual treat was called “goin’ doon the watter“, though my English mother never allowed such Glaswegian dialect to be spoken in her presence!  The steamer left from the  Broomielaw dock in the centre of Glasgow, sailed down River Clyde out to the Firth and over to the Kyles of Bute.  A kyle (in Scottish Gaelic, a “Caol” or “Caoil”) is a narrow strip of water; this one separates the northern end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal Peninsula.  When I was teaching, we used to bring  kids here for a week’s field studies trip every year for about 10 years.  We stayed in an education centre, formerly a Victorian millionaire’s house,  in the village of Colintraive. When I look at this photograph I can pinpoint exactly where it was;  it’s tucked in behind the trees on the shore of the bay on the left, by the wee white buildings you might just make out. […]

A Very Musical Chair

This Very Musical Chair was, and probably still is, in the oldest surviving Music Hall IN THE WORLD.     I discovered  Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon Music Hall a couple of years before I left Glasgow. It is being painstakingly restored by enthusiasts who also put on regular Saturday afternoon shows in true Music Hall tradition to raise funds. They provide a unique entertainment experience.   The history of the Panopticon makes fascinating reading. If you have 5 minutes to spare then I would recommend clicking on this link. But if you are very,very busy, then here’s a short extract: …..This was an audience that had for generations cut its teeth on the barbarous practice of public punishments and executions, which in Glasgow had been the only form of legitimate entertainment from the 1550s to the 1750s. Consequently the Glasgow audience evolved over the generations into a merciless mob who literally left no turn un-stoned. In Britannia Music Hall the turns (acts) could find themselves pelted with shipyard rivets, nails, rancid turnips and horse manure, whilst urine might rain down on them from the balcony. However, if the turn appealed to the Britannia’s audience, they would be rewarded with thunderous applause and […]

Feet of Clay

Feet of Clay   I saw these large stone feet on the grass in a park in Glasgow. They have no ankles or heels, nor are they attached to legs. They have no plaque beside them with the name of the sculptor and no description/explanation.   What are they for? What do they signify? Why are they there? What deep meaning do they convey?  Have they tip-toed there by themselves??????? Will they be there tomorrow? I don’t suppose any of these things really matter if a work of art catches the attention. They are self-explanatory in that they are a pair of big and incomplete feet. And they are very big and they are fun. I’d like to share them with you  for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge: Legs & Feet from Cee.    

Steps and Stairs

Here are some pictures of Steps and Stairs for this week’s CFFC . I hope you like my selection. (I don’t think I have any pictures ladders, so I’ve shortened the title and omitted that part). This first one was taken using my iPhone last week on a visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester:   This one was taken on a visit last year to The Lighthouse, an arts venue in my home city of Glasgow:   The rest of this week’s pictures were taken in Malta:        

Go Glasgow

Thanks to two people this week for Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Cars, Trucks or Motorcycles To Cee as always for all she does to encourage us.  And to fellow blogger The Girl That Dreams Awake whose excellent post of a motorcycle this morning prompted me to take this first image. I was on my way to the marina today to watch the nesting terns when I saw this BMW motorbike:     This second picture is from a couple of years ago and shows an official Rolls Royce of Glasgow City Corporation now on display in the Riverside Museum of Transport:  

City Skylines: Glasgow

Thank you Cee for prompting me to look out a few pictures of my home city of Glasgow for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge .          

The Great Scottish Run

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Admiration  I really do take my hat off in admiration of the many thousands of people who train hard (or at least a bit) in order to run in a race to raise money for charity. I took these pictures a few years ago as a spectator at The Great Scottish Run which is held every year in Glasgow. Its a real fun day with participants ranging from what I would call “proper” runners, to keen amateurs, to people on stilts and clowns, all running to the cheers of the crowd and sometimes to the skirl of the bagpipes.      

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