Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2019

Window Wanderland, Strathbungo

Window Wanderland started in (I think) Bristol in 2015 and has now spread worldwide. It’s a scheme in which communities brighten up winter by transforming their streets into an outdoor gallery. We visited one for the first time in Strathbungo on the south side of Glasgow, and loved it. We came back with over 100 images of windows so you are getting off lightly with the selection below! I particularly liked the ones where the theme was continued over several storeys.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse (Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture) is always worth visiting, and currently has an exhibition about the life of Nelson Mandela (closes 3rd March, hurry along if you can). I don’t think I’ve ever come out of an exhibition snuffling quite so much. He was a unique human being.

Glasgow had a special relationship with Mandela. It was the first place in the UK to bestow Freedom of the City on him in 1981 (though for obvious reasons he wasn’t able to visit in person to receive the honour until 1993). In 1985 a year-long picket began outside apartheid South Africa’s consulate in St George’s Place, which was renamed Nelson Mandela Place in 1986. How it must have galled them to use that address! The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation is currently raising money to erect a statue near where the consulate stood until it closed in 1992. Follow the link to find out more.

I also loved the Three Legged Stool exhibition by design workshop Still Life. There was a collection box for recycling plastic bottle tops and some examples of what they could be turned into – stools and trays. The impressive wall hanging is Care by Poppy Nash, which highlights the feelings of over 50 people about living close to someone with a long-term health condition or disability.

The last bit

Christmas 1984

Much of February has been spent catching up with old friends over coffee or lunch, mostly in Glasgow but also in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where John and I met as students in 1979 (story here). John still has connections with the University of Sheffield and visits from time to time, but I hadn’t been back for about 25 years until this month. There will be posts on the wonderful weekend we had in due course. In the meantime, enjoy this photograph which one friend produced and which we’d never seen before: it look as though we didn’t even know it was being taken. I’m particularly impressed by our luxuriant hair, and the fact that John is wearing a Christmas hat in public without apparent coercion.

Finally, to my Scottish word of the month. In December I chose bùrach, Gaelic for complete mess – specifically referring to the ongoing Brexit bùrach. Well, guess what? As I write, the UK government is still footering about in a complete guddle. To footer: to bungle or botch. A guddle: a mess, muddle, confusion. By my next Gallivanting post we are meant to have left the EU. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen. Happy March …

74 thoughts on “Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2019

  1. Eunice March 11, 2019 / 19:19

    What a great post 🙂 I just love the windows, especially the animal ones – I’d love to see something like that, I wonder if Manchester does the same thing any time? I would have been interested to see the Nelson Mandela exhibition – I went to Robben Island several years ago and saw his prison cell left exactly as it was when he was there, it was tiny 😦


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter March 11, 2019 / 20:22

      I had a look at the list and I can’t see any having taken place round Manchester. The Mandela exhibition was very good: that must have been interesting to see his cell.


  2. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) March 6, 2019 / 15:16

    I’ve never heard of Window Wanderland before, but what a great idea! I’m partial (of course) to the mummy and that adorable little spider.


  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About March 6, 2019 / 04:31

    I like how it’s called Winter Wanderland instead of Wonderland. 🙂

    That Mandela exhibition sounds extremely interesting. I wish I could have hopped over to check it out. I remember visiting the Martin Luther King museum in Atlanta, Georgia, many years ago and it leaving a huge impression.

    Thinking about all of you and the upcoming Brexit “split”… 😦 I guess they should call it Brexplit. I’m concerned.


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter March 6, 2019 / 07:44

      We wandered in wonder! MLK, another brave man. They have such inner strength people of that stature. We are concerned too – three weeks to go and still no idea what’s happening!

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  4. ms6282 March 5, 2019 / 22:45

    Those Gasgow residents certainly have a lot of imagination- and artistic ability.
    Lovethe old photo. 1984 in some ways seems only a short time ago. Where have the years gone?


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter March 5, 2019 / 23:02

      Yes, very impressive creativity! 1984 is but a blink of an eye away. The years just rolled away in Sheffield. In some ways. I’m sure it’s got hillier since we lived there …

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  5. Suzanne March 4, 2019 / 18:14

    Adding my sixpence worth. Love art in most forms and the windows are a fab idea. The snail in particularly. Mandala, and his words of wisdom always makes me reflect on life!!
    Brexit or the lack of it is already starting to make a difference to those UK citizens who live away from the Uk.
    It’s a country we feel connected to so hopefully not too much of a negative impact on your lives!


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter March 4, 2019 / 19:06

      The windows were wonderful. As for Brexit – it’s hard to know what the impact will be when we don’t even know what it is yet. And it’s 3 weeks away! Allegedly. I despair.

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  6. Boy David March 4, 2019 / 10:50

    Hi. Just discovered your blog.Really like what I’ve read. I stay very close to Strathbungo but haven’t noticed these windows before. Think the usual Glasgow advice applies – look up!
    Cheers – from Govanhill!


  7. susan@onesmallwalk March 2, 2019 / 16:31

    Anabel – I am so enjoying your language lessons. My grandpa used to speak Gaelic to me, and I am sure a word or two he spoke is one you are teaching me today! (also love the bright header photo on your blog – springtime??) -Susan


  8. BeckyB March 2, 2019 / 11:03

    your Scottish sums it up perfectly . . . . goodness knows what it going to happen.

    loving the photo of you both :-), and I have not heard of the Winter Wanderlands before, what fun. I wonder if we could do this for HODs?!


  9. Su Leslie March 2, 2019 / 09:12

    I absolutely love the windows. An excellent idea and so many really clever works. The wall-hanging is beautiful too. I shall have to see if I can coping out more about it.


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