Sunday, 13 March 2011

Schipka Pass down, and a walk through Barrowland

Welcome to my wee photoblog on Glasgow, where we feature the joys and unjoys of walking and cycling through a fascinating, beautiful and often badly run city. For the blog's origin see the 'Introduction' post -
An alphabetical list of all posts so far can be found at the end of this post
Today is 28 February and we are taking a walk down to the Gallowgate to have a look at some rubble.

First of all though, here is the Schipka Pass in  the Gallowgate as it was in  early  2010. I said in the  Calton photoblog I posted last year -
'This is one of the many parts of Glasgow that the City Fathers wish would just disappear - no sense of humour these guys, and no time for loose cannons either'

And indeed it has disappeared - the pass and the row of shops beside were  destroyed by fire on 17 February 2011, thus opening up  a valuable (ripe for development) gap site between London Rd and Gallowgate. the cause of the fire (as of 8 March 2011) is unknown, but such fires are not uncommon in Glasgow and are routinely described as 'mysterious'.

here is the STV film and report -
Here are the BBC Pics and report-
And here is a YouTube video of it being demolished -

At the time, I thought this pic of the road sweeper was the interesting thing here - but it was the buildings behind that were of interest
Now back to 28 February 2011 and beginning the walk down Gallowgate
The long-hidden foundations of the Gallowgate on the left of the debris
Molendinar St across the road
A mannequin surveys the scene
Looking up the Gallowgate - we'll be taking a closer look at that  kiosk on left later
We're going to take a diversion up Molendinar St now
Entering Bell St
We follow Bell St on the left to the end
Looking back down Molendinar St
The prettily named Little Dovehill - looking down on less prettily named Gallowgate
Looking back down Bell St
The plaque looks to be wearing into 'Social Worker Vices'
Now at end of Bell St - looking north up Hunter St
Now dropping down McFarlane St to the Gallowgate
Motorists Beware!!
Like most of the pubs round here, Bar '67 is for the Celtic fans. ''67' of course refers to Celtic's European Cup triumph. All of the team except one outrider from Saltcoats were from Glasgow, indeed from the east end I think - what was virtually a local team won the European Cup. That will never happen again.
'Defending Irish rights in Scotland'. The current official narrative of Scotland is of a  tolerant welcoming nation - there are many, including many of Irish descent, who would say if so, then this is a very recent story
Forthcoming entertainment at the Emerald Isle
Cafe India: pizzas, kebabs, burgers, curries. Welcome to multicultural Scotland
We're now going to cross back over and head into Barrowland - the Barras - down Gibson St
The Glasgow Cafe
The Wash House
Now in Moncur St
Now in Bain St
A wee walk up to take a look at Stevenson St
Heading back to Moncur St
For some reason the sign points away from Bill's store
Calton Entry with a map of the Barras
Coming into Kent St
London Rd down there
Note van approaching from Ross St
Cafe Mark? and Mark's Quality Rolls
Ah, Cafe Market. Things are not always as they seem at first glance.
BBC investigative reporter Sam Poling and her camera crew were attacked in the Barras a few weeks ago, while investigating the illegal trade in tobacco, See

For the European - indeed worldwide - context of this incident and of organised crime in the Barras,  see the Panorama programme of 7 March 2011, Smoking and the Bandits

You can also see the attack here

The Barras is an odd sort of tourist attraction, as many traders do not wish to be photographed, a normal tourist activity elsewhere in the world. It has been described  as one of  the biggest markets for counterfeit goods in Europe.
In 2009 Strathclyde Police launched a massive 80-strong raid here netting £2.5 million worth of  counterfeit goods.

For the Glasgow Shopping Guide view see
And for a more upbeat  view of the future of the market see
Baled potato and hot pea - that must be some pea
The Potters House Church is a pentecostal church, one of many  throughout the world. See
and for their beliefs see
The ubiquitous 'Pharaohs Gold' poster is here strategically placed the promise of Timland and that of the church
The rather sinister face belongs to the pub which this used to be: in a reversal of the accustomed process - the poet Robert Garioch wrote a poem about how the Kirk used to convert sinners and now the sinners convert the kirks - the pentecostalists and evangelicals  are converting the sinners' establishments into churches
The Japanese flag is possibly in tribute to Celtic's great player Nakamura. Some Celtic fans used to chant about him eating Chow Mein and voting Sinn Fein, probably news on both counts to the player
For my memories of this pub (I used to collect his war pension from my father here) see the Calton entry
Glasgow has a large Polish community
Great Dovehill
The scarf at bottom right would indicate that this is an anti-Rangers poster I suppose
Moir St, where we're heading
Looking back
Now in London Rd
Looking back into Moir St
Polish shop and bakery: great bread
Newer, brighter houses
Heading back to Glasgow Cross
Looking back up London Rd
Glasgow's Fire Surround Centre
For a view of what the Pass used to look like from here see
Note artwork above restaurant
Now at Glasgow Cross and a shrouded Tolbooth Steeple
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For previous posts see
Bad Posters
Bellahouston Park
Bellahouston Park 2 : After the Pope is Over
Botanic Gardens
Bridgeton Cross
Buchanan St
Burrell Collection
Cessnock / Kinning Park
Churches (Working/ Non-Working), Temples Mosques etc
Citizens Theatre
City Centre
Climate Change Demo
Clydebank 1
Clyde River Festival
December 2010: Dusk, Dark and Dawn
Edwin Morgan
Evolving Odeon
Festivals and Fetes
Forth and Clyde Canal 1
Forth and Clyde Canal 2
George Square
Glasgow Cross and Argyle St
Glasgow Green: the 2010 Scottish Junior Run
Glasgow North-West By-election 2009
Glasgow Piping Festival
Glasgow's Sikhs
Gorbals 2
Gorbals 3: Saltmarket to Tradeston
Govan Underground to Ibrox Underground: 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Stadium Disaster
Grow Glasgow
Hampden Park: Dundee United v Ross County Cup Final 15 May 2010
Hidden Gardens: Glasgow Harvest at Tramway
Hillhead / West End
Hunterian Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park: Sledging
Kelvingrove Park: the Fountain Vandalised
King's Theatre to Glasgow Cathedral: a November Walk
Lobey Dosser day
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Mela 2008
Mela 2010
Paddy's Market: the Last Day
Queen's Cross and Firhill
Red Road Flats
Red Road Flats 2
Red Road Flats 3
Ruchill Park
Save Otago Lane 16 October 2010
St Enoch Centre
Sighthill Stone Circle
Sighthill Summer Solstice 2010
Sighthill Towers Before the Fall
Sighthill Towers After the Fall
Single Parent: Trials of an Extra part 2
Swingergate Day 2: Tommy and Gail Sheridan on Trial
Swingergate Day 11: 'How's He No' Gettin' Drapped Aff?'
Swingergate Day 28: A Large Pinch of Salt
Swingergate Day 37: Andy Coulson doesn't slip up
Swingergate Day 45: Waiting for the Verdict
Swingergate Day 46: the Last Day
Swingergate: Sentenced
Taggart: Trials of an Extra part 1
Tommy Burns Tribute
Alexander Greek Thomson
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 2: the Egyptian Halls Part 1: the Interior
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 3: the Egyptian Halls Part 2: the Interior
Townhead to Duke St St to George S
Welcome to Glasgow: the Dalmarnock Rd
Welcome to Glasgow 2: the Yoker Rd
We're Not being paid Enough For This: Trials of an Extra Part 2
West End Festival 2010

Reviews of Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know


'I love it - I'm giving this copy to a friend and buying another for myself' - Darren Adam, Presenter, Radio Forth, 17 November 2008

‘It’s a great wee book’ – Stephen Jardine, introducing Edwin Moore on Scottish Television’s Five-Thirty Show

'A fantastic book' - Scott Wilson , talk 107 Breakfast Show host (see In Memoriam talk 107)

'A great read' - Dougie Jackson, Drivetime host, Smooth Radio 105.2


'Despite its apparently humorous format, this is a serious and extensive dictionary on all things Scottish; from Jean Redpath to Lorne sausage, from Flodden to the Corries. Is particularly good on history and minutiae. There's a useful chapter on famous Scottish legal cases and another on literature. Excellent' - Royal Scottish Legion, Feb 2009

'This is the ultimate Scottish reference book' - Waterstones Christmas catalogue, 2008

'This is a fascinating look at the history of Scotland: its languages, politics and great achievements, from its origins in the ancient landmass of Laurentia 400 million years ago, to devolution and Billy Connolly. Edwin Moore has collected a thousand important facts about this beautiful country, covering Scottish history and culture, correcting misconceptions, and examining the mysteries of haggis and bagpipes with insight, warmth and impressive attention to detail' - The Good Book Guide, November 2008

'This is a recipe for revealing how horribly ill informed you are about your country. Although, if you are skillful, you can nod sagely as you read some new fact and mutter 'Ah, yes!' as if recalling the information from your excellent schooling. Where else will you find a real recipe for making haggis from scratch side by side with a potted biography of David Hume; a section of the Declaration of Arbroath and the curiously touching fact that Lulu was only 15 when she had a hit with 'Shout'? The whole thing is of course, silly - but oh so addictive.' - Matthew Perren, i-on Glasgow, December 2008

'. . . well crafted and witty' - Bill Howatson, Aberdeen Press and Journal, 18 October 2008

‘While most of Edwin’s entries are entertaining and scholarly – he writes like a Scottish Bill Bryson – it is when he takes an interest in the backwaters of history, the details lost down the back of the sofa, that he is at his best’ – Jack McKeown, The Courier, 27 October 2008

'History, it is said, is written by the victors. Trivia, meanwhile, is written by the guys with the smeared spectacles and the breathable rainwear. The first discipline is linear and causal; to quote from Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, history is “just one f****** thing after another”. Things look different, though, when viewed through the prism of trivia. The past is reduced to one big coleslaw of fascinating facts that in their randomness tell a more mixed-up tale entirely.
The first approach leads to big, frowning books by the likes of Tom Devine and Michael Fry. The latter results in small, cheerful books such as Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin Moore’s valiant attempt to navigate the more trivial contours of enlightenment and clearances, crown and parliament, dirt and deity.
Moore proceeds from a sincere and controversial first principle: Scotland is really a rather pleasant and interesting place. . .As a work of popular scholarship, though, it’s in a different league to the Scottish novelty titles that get stocked next to the bookstore tills as potential impulse purchases, those little handbooks of parliamo Caledonia and regional braggadocio, such as Weegies vs Edinbuggers.' - Allan Brown The Sunday Times, 21 September 2008

'In his book, Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, Edwin celebrates all that sets us Scots as a race apart - our language, law, flora, food, and of course, our people. From our poets, architects and inventors, to our artists, entertainers and fighters. But he doesn't shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of our history. . .' - Robert Wight, Sunday Post, 14 September 2008

‘We think we know all about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Union of the Crowms. However, according to Edwin Moore, author of , Scotland: 1000 Things You Need to Know, we’re still in the dark about many aspects of our history and culture. . . The Big Issue looks at 20 of the most astonishing examples of secret Scotland.’ – The Big Issue, 18-24 September 2008

'What's the connection between Homer Simpson and Larbert, and why are generations of lawyers grateful to a Paisley snail? Need to know more? Author Edwin Moore has gathered 1000 facts like these about Scotland in a quirky new book. Brian Swanson selects a few favourites. . .' - Scottish Daily Express, 13 September 2008

'The palm for Christmas-stocking books seems to have passed recently to popular science, with best selling titles every year such as Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? This year there has been a gallant attempt at a historical fight back. Scotland: 1,000 Things You Need to Know(Atlantic Books, £12.99) asks (and answers) such post-turkey questions as ‘How many kings of Scotland died in their beds?’, ‘Who on earth decided that the Declaration of Arbroath was the cornerstone of modern democracy?’ or ‘Why is iron brew spelled Irn-Bru?’ Mark Mazower,History Today; The Best of History in 2008, December 2008

'A real treat for the serendipitous Scotophile' - Reginald Hill

FROM THE INTERWEB (on the new paperback edition)
Book of the Month, May 2010
'Whether it's Scottish lochs or Enlightenment philosophers, the facts of the devolution referendums or the mysteries of Irn-Bru, myths will be debunked and truths revealed in this light-hearted but rigorous overview of Scottish history and culture.'

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