Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Ahmadi Mosque to Govan to Ahmadi Mosque

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 and a  list of all posts see the  'Introduction' post  -

 Feel free to drop me an email with suggestions, offers of £20 notes etc. The address is I have had to start watermarking the pics as I have come across one big website using a pic without permission - I suppose there must be others. 

If you are a private individual and want to use any of the pics for non-commercial purposes please get in  touch and I will usually be happy to say 'Aye' for free - just give the Album a credit. If you want to use a pic for commercial purposes a small mutually agreed fee and a credit will suffice.Today is 30 April 2013, and we are off to McTear's auction house in Meiklewood Rd, to pick up some items  we bought. We will be cycling to and from the fine Ahmadi Mosque in  Haugh Rd. 
Here we are in Dumbarton Rd, about to cross over to Haugh Rd by the mosque

Looking down Argyle St. I love these long tenement vistas in sun and shadow

Looking back at Radnor St

For more on the mosque and Ahmadis, see

The Ahmadis are a persecued community throughout the Muslim world. See

Badly stitched together pan

Let's take a wee detour to the right up Blackie St

The Kelvinhaugh Orange Hall.  Damaged by fire in the early 1990s

This is the Overnewton Recreation Centre. See

This is the Steiner School, Lumsden St; badly damaged by fire in March, 2013. See 

The school's website is here

It's a good school - friends of ours have children here

Overnewton Square

Back in Haugh St

Pressing on

Fine corner building - Yorkhill hospital buildings up there. For more on Yorkhill Hospital (and its strange unused sections) see

River City in Yorkhill Hospital: Trials of an Extra part 4

Going down Kelvinhaugh St

Yorkhill Fire Station

We  are in Sandyford St, going to head over the bridge down there eventually

We'll take a wee diversion up there first, do a link with a previous walk

The blossoms are prettier in the original pic. Aren't  they always

For a walk along that path, see
Yorkhill Park to the SECC to Finnieston

Looking along Gilbert St 

Let's head back down

My faithful steed

University  of Glasgow's MacLay Residences

Eastvale Place - let's take a wander down

Coach House Trust - fine charity. See

Lot of work gone into that

Galvanising works I think

A sort of street Harry Potter?

We're heading through there

Through the arch

For a possible Taggart murder mystery here, see 
Taggart: Trials of an Extra part 1

Looking west

Looking east, where we are heading

Police helicopter

We too will be taking the bike over the footbridge

Up the steps

Looking west

Looking east

A 'B' listed building this -

From the link -

'Italianate hydraulic hydraulic power and pumping station. T-plan with 4-stage 'campanile'accumulator tower at NW corner, 6 x 3 bays. Coursed ashlar with ashlar angle quoins, surrounds, and fanned voussoirs over openings. All openings plain, roundheaded. 3 x 3 unequal bays. S section oriented E-W, regular windows with band course at impost level. Pediments to both faces, sculpted panel in tympanam. 3-bay N section with keyblocked windows. 
4-stage tower with band course to each level, moulded cornice to 2nd. Bracketted cornice over clock to each face. 
Replacement windows correspond to original top-hopper pattern. ' 

Ah, the Waverley

The last seagoing paddle steamer in the world, apparently. See

Clyde barge goes by

Swan in the swell

For the sadly defunct ClydeRiver Festival, see

BBC Scotland over there

While taking pics I absentmindedly almost step  in front of a fellow cyclist. Oh the shame

Our swan heading up river

Over we go

'Ceartas'. The word means 'Justice' in Gaelic and is the slogan of a protest group promoting the use of Gaelic. See
The word 'slogan' itself is of course a Gaelic word - not a lot of people know that. See

Let's go and look at the Waverley

An accidental pic

We head on past the Glasgow Science Centre, described in Owen Hatherley's grimly witty book, A Gude to the New Ruins of Great Britain, as 'titanium molluscs. . .complete with 'landmark' tower

Looking back

Govan over there

We will be there shortly

Another barge, going about its business

Heading out

Out onto Govan Rd

Govan Rd swings round to the right here

Whitefield Rd; We're going to head down there shortly

Finnieston Crane

Accidental self portrait

The splendid Govan Burgh Hall. For more on Govan see


Merryland St. At the other flank of the Hall is the equally cheery Summertown  Rd

Summertown Rd

Pressing on down Whitefield Rd

The BBC listening post

Was going to bin this, just noticed interesting sign

Caledonian Snacks; I can feel my arteries hardening

Handlebar shot

Almost everywhere you look in Govan, there are interesting dilapidated buildings

35 Whitefield Rd

Out onto Edmiston Drive; we are heading up here. On  our left on the other side of the billboard is Paisley Rd West. For walks along there see 

Craigton Cemetery

Looking back into Whitefield Rd

Ibrox Stadium coming up on right

The John Grieg statue

For more on Rangers see 
Glasgow Rangers 1: the Ibrox Park Triangle, from Cessnock to Ibrox to Govan
 Glasgow Rangers 2: the 50,000 sellout match

What's it all about, John

Think I mentioned before, that one of those men who knows everything  said in the 80s to invest in Rangers if you ever get the chance -   'can't go wrong, backed by Scottish bankers'.

The Wee Rangers Club

Ah, this fine wee Greggs building again

Heading down Balbeg St  to McTear's

Now in Meiklewood Rd; McTear's on left

Inside McTear's we find a marketing promo item for King Kong coming up for auction

Lovely pot

The pannier will carry what we bought thank goodness. For previous trips to McTear's see the Govan and Craigton Cemetery links earlier. Och here they are again  -
Craigton Cemetery

Crossing the Clyde again

Work on Bell's Bridge

The Clyde Auditorium - or 'Armadillo'. See

This is the Hydro.  Rod Stewart will be the opening act. Haud me back. 

Enjoying the sun

Long line of doubtless anxious yellow jackets walking the rim

Goodness -  there are dozens of them


We are heading up to the red tunnel

Beside and below the tunnel entrance is the touching memorial to Gillian Purvis. See

On we go. The covered walkway is used by pedestrians and cyclists and connects the SECC with the Exhibitin Centre railway station, Minerva St

Workies relaxing below

A Glasgow version of Last Year in Marienbad

Railway below

A symbol of our births perhaps

A long way down, ma

End in view

Out in Minerva St

Fine building this

Looking back

Swinging round to the right

Finnieston Evangelical Church

Old public toilet

Nice flowers

We're heading up Argyle St on our right

A smiley face

Looking back

Condra Dental Laboratory on left. Probably nicer than it sounds


Funeral parlour

Great Deco clock. Time running out for all of us, alas

Faded; Strathmore Services

Argyle Court; old ads

The Finnieston Restaurant. See

Taste of Punjab on left

The Ben Nevis

Building on left has great old signage - looks as if renovators plan to keep the signs

Kelvingrove Cafe

Kelvinhaugh St on left

Back at the mosque

Looking back

And here is what we bought at auction - some lovely  Ottoman textiles

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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

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.'

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 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mr DYE Bay - this is superb! One year on from your photos here and I've just spent a few days in Kelvingrove and over to Govan and its all flooding back from these marvellous photos. Will explore much more of your site now.
    Best wishes
    Paul W