Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A George Square protest by Celtic fans; and a walk in Argyle St to St Enoch Square

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. . . Oh roads we used to tread, 
Fra' Maryhill to Pollokshaws - fra' Govan to Parkhead!

- Kipling, McAndrew's Hymn 

Today is 6 April 2013, and we are in George Square where we see a protest by Celtic fans against the  'Offensive Behaviour at Football' Scottish Parliament bill which they regard as discriminatory. See 

Fair crowd gathering

Carluke Shamrock: Prince Albert above

For the full text of the speeches, see the FAC link above

Lovely dogs

Not keen on the SNP government, are the fans. Neither are the Rangers fans but there is little chance  of them presenting a united front. No chance at all, in fact

The Rangers fans think any Celtic chants involving anything to do with Ireland are provocative: the Celtic fans regard such chants as part of their culture, and regard Rangers fans chanting about their Ulster heritage as provocative. Re the legislation, the argument against is that existing legislation should be sufficient to deal with chants in support of the IRA on the one hand, and anti-Catholic chants on the other. I am not unsympathetic to the SNP view but think it has all been a bit mishandled.  See this Lallands Peat Worrier post http://lallandspeatworrier.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/graham-spiers-one-for-memory-hole.html

City Sightseeing. The lady in white  is part of the window display - she is not on the bus

A hug

For the Orangemen in George Square see

George Square 2 July 2011: the Orange Order lays a wreath at the Cenotaph

The fans are marching down the street - specifically asked not to by the police 

For the SNP in George Square see

When Worlds Collide: Botham's Great Walk, the SNP Rally, Cricket and Glasgow, Bernard Ponsonby and the Monstrosity

'TO LET' signs are not uncommon these days in Glasgow

TV reporter 

Legal Observer

Now in Candleriggs. For more on Candleriggs see

Candleriggs on Glass Night

Looking up Candleriggs to the  Ramshorn Kirk

Now following the fans down to Argyle St

For more on Argyle Street, see

Glasgow Cross and Argyle St

Looking up to Glasgow Cross, where the marchers have gone

The Britannia Panopticon, the world's oldest surviving music hall.


Note nice restrained decoration at top of two long grey slabs

Looking back

Note Celtic strips on left off to match

Coming up to Glassford St

Hare Krishna sticker - a blast from the past

'Merchant City Arts Quarter' - let's see what the posters  say

Great door; not opened often, we assume

Here we go. . .

For the long-ignored history of what we now call the 'Merchant City' and the slave plantations in the West Indies, see Stephen Mullen's fine book 

It Wisnae Us: The Truth About Glasgow and Slavery 

'Obscure History' indeed


More Celtic supporters


A captive audience

They are pretty good

Discount Stores

Debra - Working for a Life Free of Pain. Fine charity shop, once bought a nice mirror here

Argyle St Station

Petition against the Bedroom Tax

TK- Maxx - popular store, opened couple of years ago 

WH Smith - long term presence

Cops and passers by


St Enoch Centre down there; Debenhams on right

Cafe Culture in Miller St

The chap here with the trike is supporting Yorkhill Chidren's Foundation. See

From the site - 

'Yorkhill Children's Foundation provides enhanced medical equipment and resources which benefit sick children and babies who are treated at Yorkhill Hospital and within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. These can include innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities and paediatric research and training.'

Pressing on

Emptying the bins



Argyll Arcade. I used to buy my Airfix kits here at the beginning of the 60s

Sloans Market

Let's pop in briefly

Ann Summers. Let's not go there

HSBC - one of our trusted reliable  banks run by paragons of wisdom and probity. Scottish bankers eh - cannae go wrong. Until it does

Gin in Teacups. Hmm

Bank of Scotland

Carytids - aye,  we know how you feel

Frasers - Glasgow institution

Celtic shop

Mitchell Lane

Another Poundland


Now at Union St. One of the world's great buildings is quietly rotting away up on the right here. See 

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 2: the Egyptian Halls Part 1: the Interior
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 3: the Egyptian Halls Part 2: the Exterior

Jamaica St down there - another reminder of the spectre of the slaves haunting Glasgow's past

Now in St Enoch Square

Howard St. The distance between here and the High Court is a very short amble, but encompasses much of the oddness of Glasgow: a cathedral, lapdancing clubs, the Clyde, designer and rag shops; safe enough walk with care at dusk, perhaps more Arthur Machen and Neil Gaiman than No Mean City. See 

Swingergate Day 28: a Large Pinch of Salt


Swingergate Day 45: Waiting for the Verdict


The St Enoch Hotel over there beside 'Bifteki' was until recently a sad spot, tenanted mainly by addicts and outcasts. Now a budget hotel. 

The Clyde down there

Foam Centre

And so to the Underground

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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 

'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


www.Booksfromscotland.com (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.'

Also available for download on Amazon's e-book store is my 100 Brief Encounters (only £3.06!)

Here are some reviews of the print edition (published by  Chambers in 2007) -

Edwin Moore's quirky collection of a hundred encounters between (mostly) important historical figures is a gem of a book. Where else could you get concise enlightening accounts of Henry VIII wrestling with Francis I, Geronimo surrendering to General Miles, Ernest Hemingway presenting Fidle Castro with a fishing trophy or (as seen on the books cover) a baby faced Bill Clinton shaking hands with John F Kennedy. A marvelous 'little window on human history. ' - Dominic Kennerk, Waterstone's Product Planning and Promotions Co-ordinator (From the Waterstone's 'We Recommend' list for 2008)

Witty, light and packed with information -- The Sunday Herald

In 1936, in the wake of winning a clutch of gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, the great athlete Jesse Owens was snubbed by an imperious leader, on racial grounds. Popular belief would have it that the leader was Hitler, who is said to have stormed off, furious to see a black man beating European athletes. In fact the man in question was President Roosevelt, who worried that paying attention to Owens' triumphs might be a vote loser. Although Owens and the German Chancellor never talked, Owens claimed that Hitler greeted him with an enthusiastic wave. Such near-misses, shakings of hands and ships-in-the-night meetings are the subject of Brief Encounters – Meetings between mostly remarkable people, a likeable new book by Edwin Moore (Chambers £7.99). Flicking through the index, you will find some expected encounters (Dante stares at Beatrice, Corday stabs Marat, The Beatles strum along to a Charlie Rich record round at Elvis's house), and the book's intriguing and memorable cover shows a baby-faced Bill Clinton manfully gripping the hand of JFK. But Moore has navigated past some of the more obvious collisions, collusions and confrontations of history (there is no Dr Livingstone, I presume) and much of the book's pleasure derives from lesser known incidents.

Inevitably, some of the accounts of earlier meetings are somewhat sketchy but Moore offers some piquant speculation, laced with humour (the book is tagged Reference / Humour, rather than History and this feels right, but the book, though wry and opinionated, never stoops to wackiness). I was intrigued to discover that, though Attila the Hun did die on his wedding night, it was not in drunken and lecherous debauchery, as his enemies maintained, but supposedly because he was generally a simple and clean-living man who had a few too many which brought on a particularly bad nosebleed.

Moore's book is full of such tales – it would be wrong of me to steal the tastiest morsels of his research and pepper this article with them, but look out for a subsidiary reason for the Gunpowder Plot (too many dour and powerful Scots in Parliament); a great meeting of great beards, as Castro wins the Hemingway prize for sea-fishing; Dali bringing a skeptical Freud round to the art of the surrealists; Buffalo Bill's wife claiming an aged Queen Victoria had propositioned him; Oscar Wilde getting a kiss from Walt Whitman, while Walter Scott was more taken with Burns's charismatic eyes. This is an enjoyable and vigorous rattle through some fascinating and believable yarns. My only quibble is that it's a little on the short side – let's have Volume 2 please Chambers! - Roddy Lumsden, www.Books from Scotland.com