Monday, 8 September 2014

Commonwealth Games 7: Pacific Quay, BBC Scotland and round to Paisley Rd West

'How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellowes as I put them down.'

- John Aubrey

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

- Kipling, 'McAndrew's Hymn'

'Photography can be a mirror and reflect life as it is, but I also think that perhaps it is possible to walk like Alice, through a looking-glass, observe the puzzles in one’s head and find another kind of world with the camera.' - Tony Ray-Jones

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  -

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For more on  the Commonwealth Games series see 

Commonwealth Games 6: the Drugs Don't Work: including Scientology, the Police, Different Breid, the Big Issue and Beggars
Commonwealth Games 5: Macbeth in the Back Court
Commonwealth Games 4: Bike Racing
Commonwealth Games 3: Glasgow Green
Commonwealth Games 2: Lockdown Glasgow, from Kelvingrove to the Clyde Flotilla; these are the Friendly Games- and don't you forget it
Commonwealth Games: the Queen's Baton at the Glasgow Gaelic School, Berkeley St

Today is Friday, 1 August 2014 and we are off to Pacific Quay again for one of the last days of the Games festivities.

At Finnieston - quite busy

There are a few Christian leafleters about

Crossing the Squinty bridge

For the memorials  on the bridge see the previous Pacific Quay post

Clyde Navigation

Clouds like to hang around the Finnieston Crane

It's a strange place, the BBC at Pacific  Quay - Someone described  it as a cross between The Prisoner and something genuinely mundane. It does have an eerie feel.. 

More fun ahead. 

As can happen with panoroma mash ups. . .

. . . you might get a figure repeated twice, as with this chap

Magic fun. And not a scene from The Prisoner

A levitating lion

BBC R&D. If the No campaign wins on 18 Sep you will probably soon see nationalist  protestors massing here to demonstrate against  what they see as BBC partiality.

Yes, whoever wins; there will be a lot  of head in sand analysis

Inside R&D

The Games Mascot, Clyde

Two fine domes (sorry can't help it - I'm getting that way too)

Someone abseiling off the dome

The guy is after food for his wife - Pawnee Mary of Argyll (Bud Neill joke)

Anita Manning of Great Western Auctions and Bargain Hunt. We took some stuff to sell at Great Western Auctions  last year and a stunningly horrible tiny staff member  came over,  picked up the stuff  and walked away without speaking - as I was talking to him. Must add that the real expert we spoke to subsequently was much nicer, but in our experience, well not a family  friendly  place.
The more upmarklet McTear's is much more welcoming and Natasha Raskin (also of Bargain Hunt) is pleasant, helpful and deeply knowledgeable. Take your stuff to McTear's. 

Let's go into the BBC

Someone famous whom we don't quite recognise has just left. That often happens

Heading out. I do not care for the management culture at BBC Scotland. Up until the early 80s, the organisation  was - like many Scottish institutions -  a cesspit of sectarian hiring policies.  Also, I was part  of an NUJ anti-bullying campaign in 2004, and BBC Scotland management simply shrank from dealing with bullying by middle management and the so-called  'talent'. Better now maybe?

Dark clouds over the BBC - just wait till we are in power, say the nationalists

The desk where Clare Balding and the experts sit

Leaving now

We are going to walk up through a bit of Govan to Paisley Rd West and Cessnock Undergound

In Govan Rd now

We are heading this way, in direction of Govan Town Hall

Festival Park over there

Govan Town Hall there,but we are heading left. For more on Govan see
Govan 2: from Ibrox Underground via McTear's to Govan Underground
Govan 2: from Ibrox Underground via McTear's to Govan Underground

Looking back

We are heading down Whitefield Rd

Little Stars

We are emerging onto the junction of Paisley Rd West and Edmiston Rd (Iborox down there). For more on Ibrox and Rangers see
Glasgow Rangers 1: the Ibrox Park Triangle, from Cessnock to Ibrox to Govan
 Glasgow Rangers 2: the 50,000 sellout match

Another Clyde

Sadly this Clyde was stolen a week later, and 
the other Clydes were taken into protective custody. See

We are heading thataway

Looking back. For Bellahouston Park up on the left and the Pope's visit, and Craigton Cemetery a good bit further up see
Bellahouston Park
Bellahouston Park 2 : After the Pope is Over
Craigton Cemetery

On we go

Welcome to our Commonwealth Friends

Used to be the Zen newsagent on left - see Craigton link above

The fine Greek Thomson Walmer Crescent. See
Cessnock / Kinning Park

Union Jacks only 99p

Tartan Fish & Chips

Cessnock Underground

Thank you for browsing, dear visitor. 

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(Cartoon by Katherine Grainger created for the St Wilfrid's Hospice annual Charity Auction 2014. No connection with my Scotland book - I just like it) 

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 

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 

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