Glasgow Gallivanting: October 2019

Rainbow over Nethy Bridge

Strictly speaking, the rainbow above should have been in last month’s Gallivanting post. It was taken on a visit to my cousin on the last weekend of September, by which time the post was written and scheduled. However, it’s too good to waste! That’s it again below, along with a much feebler effort from Argyle Street in Glasgow. We had a lot of rainbows in the early part of the month, but every time I whipped out my phone they instantly faded. I liked this shot though, becuase it shows I wasn’t the only one making the attempt.

Riverside Museum / Street art

Riverside Museum, home of Glasgow’s transport collection. The Rest and be Thankful is a pass at the top of a steep climb on the A83 through the Arrochar Alps

The Riverside Museum down by the Clyde is somewhere we pop into often, but our latest visit was briefer than normal. We were on a hunt for street art! The railway arches opposite the museum have recently been given a makeover with 27 graffiti artists contributing. The murals are quite hard to photograph because it’s difficult to get far enough back without throwing yourself into the traffic on the Clydeside Expressway, but John did his best. NB a wean is a child – short for wee one and pronounced wane.

Walk round the other side of the arches and there is more to see. The project is led by the SWG3 arts venue which is also covered in murals. (SW stands for Studio Warehouse and G3 is the location’s postal code.) The area has so far kept its post-industrial look, which makes a change from similar sites nearby which have been covered with more and more student housing.

Edinburgh – Cut and Paste at Modern 2

Now that the Festivals are over, and there are fewer tourists around, it feels safe to visit Edinburgh again! We were meeting our friend Jim there for dinner one Saturday and went over early to see a couple of exhibitions. The best of these was Cut and Paste, 400 Years of Collage at the National Galleries’ Modern 2. Previously known as the Dean Gallery, Modern 2 was built as an orphanage in the 1830s and converted to a gallery in 1999. It makes good use of its grand staircases and high ceilings. The large sculpture shown below begins in the café on the ground floor and rises almost the full height of the building. The coloured tiles are in the Ladies – even the lavatories are artistic!

Cut and Paste was interesting and ended with two fun exhibits. Edinburgh resident Craig W. Lowe (b. 1982) covered his childhood wardrobe with stickers. The door was on show and we were encouraged to emulate Craig by sticking our own stickers to the museum’s entrance gate.

These days, of course, collages can be digital. Cold War Steve is a project by Christopher Spencer which started as a series of photographs of the Cold War era with Eastenders actor Steve McFadden (in character as Phil Mitchell) inserted into each one. Brexit has led Spencer into even more surreal territory with a series of dystopian photomontages peopled by politicians and celebrities, always with Steve looking utterly disgusted and bemused. Confused? There are some good examples on the Twitter feed @Coldwar_Steve which might help.

Harold, the ghost of lost futures

The collage above was created specifically for this exhibition and I can’t even begin to explain the significance of most of the characters – though the more I look at it, the more I recognise. Can you see Stephen Fry, Tom Jones, Kathy Burke, Alan Bennett, Slade, or Phoebe Waller-Bridge for example?

The tuba-playing Harold is a character from Neighbours. The ghastly yellow figure is Kingsley, surely the scariest football mascot ever. He belongs to Partick Thistle and I’ve even had my photograph taken with him after one of my guided walks. Eek! Everything is going to be alright is from an artwork by Martin Creed which is on display at Modern 1. It’s quite good fun looking for points of reference once you start. I should add that I have downloaded the montage legitimately – it is available on the Cold War Steve website in return for a donation to mental health charities.

Scotland puts on a show for family visitors

My sister and her husband were up from London visiting my mum this month, and were lucky to get amazing weather when we went to Irvine, Troon and Lomond Shores.

John’s Aunt Anne, along with two of his cousins and their spouses, also visited Scotland from the south of England, staying at Loch Monzievaird in Perthshire. (Don’t pronounce the Z!) We went to meet them for lunch in Crieff and enjoyed a walk round the loch later. Once again, it was a lovely day with Scotland looking its best.

Both Mum and John’s Aunt Ann turned 93 in October. Happy birthday to two fabulous ladies!

GlasGLOW

For the second year, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is hosting GlasGLOW, a Halloween sound and light show (on till 10th November). We went on the second night – there are a few highlights below. I particularly liked the pumpkin patch with lanterns carved by local schoolchildren, the three scarecrows, and the Pumpkin God. There were a lot of Brexit jokes – spot the pumpkin with the European stars!

The last bit

I like to have something quirky for The Last Bit! One Sunday, we had a beautiful autumnal walk in part of the Carrick Forest. That deserves a post of its own – coming soon – but for the meantime I’ll share the quirky towel dispenser I found in the Ladies of the café at Loch Doon. I assure you, I still have my hopes and dreams intact.

I’m not exactly an award-free blog, but I’m usually so far behind with the posts I want to write that I don’t have time to take part in awards and challenges, as is the case here. I’d like to thank Flavia Vinci for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Flavia is Italian, but works in tourism so travels the world taking stunning photographs. I definitely recommend you take a look at her blog – try one of my favourite recent posts, Iguazú Falls.

Finally, to my Scottish Word of the Month. The clocks went back at the end of October, it’s dark by 17:30, and temperatures have started dropping below zero overnight. It’s time to coorie in or snuggle up. October has been a colourful, outdoor month for the Gallivanter – I’m not sure November will be the same. Have a good one!

93 thoughts on “Glasgow Gallivanting: October 2019

  1. notesoflifeuk November 10, 2019 / 13:30

    I’ve only been to Glasgow once for a brief stay (though I do intend on returning), but I did see some wonderful street art whilst I was there. Wonderful rainbows and thanks for sharing these wonderful images with us 🙂

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 10, 2019 / 15:21

      There is an official mural trail, but I’ve never followed it, either seeking out individual ones that interest me or coming across them by chance. There are lots of wonderful thinks in Glasgow, I hope you make it back here some day!

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  2. Kim of Glover Gardens November 9, 2019 / 21:24

    I love your monthly roundups! So entertaining, and so much to learn about…thank you for this public service. And now, I’m off to coorie in with the cat, because it has gotten a little chilly here in Southeast Texas. 🙂

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 10, 2019 / 08:46

      Thank you, Kim! Happy to think I am providing a “public service”. It’s a lot colder here now as well, definitely time to coorie in with a hot bowl of porridge / oatmeal this morning.

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      • Kim of Glover Gardens November 10, 2019 / 21:17

        I’m headed to London, which I think is a bit colder than here…so I’ll coorie in with a cuppa. 🙂

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 9, 2019 / 14:29

      I have heard of Finian’s Rainbow but never seen it. It reminds me more of I Can Sing a Rainbow which I knew in my youth as a Cilla Black song, but which I think was originally Peggy Lee.

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      • Steve Schwartzman November 9, 2019 / 18:17

        I saw a live performance of Finian’s Rainbow when I was about 18. The story is corny but the show has several good songs.

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  3. ms6282 November 9, 2019 / 12:29

    You’ve been busy – even more than normal by the looks. Good shot of the rainbow. And the light show looks neat. (Does anyone ever use that word these days? Was flavour ofthe month when I was a young teenager)

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      • ms6282 November 9, 2019 / 14:30

        Well, I think he’s a similar age to me!!

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          • ms6282 November 9, 2019 / 15:40

            Used to love the Young Ones. I certainly knew a few students like Nigel and the others when I was at University. Not me though – at least I don’t think so ………

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  4. Ann Coleman November 7, 2019 / 20:28

    I’m glad you shared that fabulous photo of the rainbow, even if it was taken last month. Some rules were made to be broken!
    I also loved the street art and comments on Brexit (I live in the States, and trust me, we have our own political woes here), but I especially liked the sign in the bathroom. Puppies, kittens, hopes and dreams are certainly not for flushing! I guess someone thought we just needed a reminder.

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 7, 2019 / 22:15

      Oh I know, it’s hard to decide which side of the Atlantic has worse problems politically! The very first commenter on this post pointed out that the hopes and dreams poster was based on posters on Virgin Trains. Let’s call it the flattery of imitation rather than plagiarism! I liked it anyway.

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