Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Welcome to Glasgow 6: West End to Bishopbriggs - Main Drag up, Canal Back

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Today is  Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, and we are off on a cycle to the HarperCollins offices in Bishopbriggs, just outside Glasgow. We will be mostly taking the road up, and coming back we will come down the Forth and Clyde canal path.

For other Welcome to Glasgow posts see

And I must plug  my book Brief Encounters - the KIndle edn is now available on Amazon for 99p!!!

There is much Scottish interest in the book, including Macbeth's pilgrimage to meet the Pope, Flora MacDonald meeting Dr Johnson, Walter Scott meeting Burns  and much more. For glowing reviews of the print edition, see the end of this post.

In Maryhill Rd - we are going to cross over to the canal in middle distance

For more on Maryhill, see
Maryhill 2: Dawsholm Recycling Plant and Maryhill Locks

Big balls - presumably they stop cars from parking or are decorative

Up the steps we go

Looking back at Maryhill Fire Station

On the Forth and Clyde canal path now. For more on the canal see
Forth and Clyde Canal 1
Forth and Clyde Canal 2

Looking west

We are heading this way

Firhill coming up. Ruchill Park is over the bridge then up Firhill Rd. See
 Queen's Cross and Firhill 

Firhill Basin

Some big carp and pike around here. See

Firhill Stadium on right, home of Partick Thistle. See
Sunshine on Firhill: Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0

Looking back

Dookit ie Dovecot

Fisherman's  seat

Spiers Wharf up ahead. See
Speirs Wharf

We are heading down here  - Baird's Brae. . .

. . . to Possil Rd

We're cycling up thataway

In Possil Rd

Now at Possil Cross

Looking up Saracen St

For a looping walk along Craighall Rd there and round Speirs Wharf see the Speirs Wharf link -
Speirs Wharf

Looking back

Used to be a rather basic pub on the left there - cycled past a few fights outside

View down Craighall Rd

A bad pan 

In Keppochhill Rd now

Looking down Pinkston Rd to Sighthill.  For Sighthill and Glasgow's stone circle see
Sighthill Stone Circle
Sighthill Summer Solstice 2010
Sighthill Towers Before the Fall
Sighthill Towers After the Fall

Handlebar shot

And another - Impact Bodyshop

Carlisle St off to our left. Bowmore Open for Business as usual

Looking back. I once had bricks chucked at me here by a gang of boys about 12

Keppochhill Drive down there

Sighthill Cemetery, Glasgow's second oldest. There is a pretty wee Greek-style temple the other (Springburn Rd) side. See
Sighthill Towers: Before the Fall

Handlebar shot

For what used to be here - Springburn Burgh Halls - see
Springburn Burgh Halls and the Winter Gardens

Now in Springburn Rd

For more on Springburn see
Glasgow North-West By-election 2009

Looking back

Something pleasing about these wee things,  whatever they are

We're heading up the hill, going to join the road further up after flanking it on left for a bit

Springburn  Orange Halls

Elmvale Prmary School I think

We are heading up here

Dual carriageway on right

Hmm - a road not chosen. No time

Joining Springburn Rd

Clouds nice and dramatic

NO DUMPING. Let's see what lies over the bridge

Of course

The fine B listed Colston Wellpark church. See

Campsies in the distance. The climber Tom Weir described how as a young boy in Springburn he would hike out to these hills

Oh a recumbent passing

Pressing on 

Abandoned  petrol station

Locked path to railway

Looking back

World Buffet

Coming into Bishopbriggs

On Kirkintilloch Rd

For more on Bishopbriggs see

Cadder South Hall - the Cadder parish is over 800 years old. See

We'll cross over, have a look at the field

Coming to Park Rd

Coming up to Cowden Drive

Handlebar shot

Bring the Dream Home - In Every Dream Home, a Heartache

When we come back we will be crossing to get to the canal over the road

We're going down that lane across the road

Asda on our right

Love the giant polo mint. Gorgeous house, actually

Coming up to Westerhill Rd

We're heading up here to HarperCollins

HarperCollins coming up on our right

I remember cycling in the morning  Ruoert Murdoch took over when we were still Collins - someone had put up Sun posters on the fence

Now back in Kirkintilloch Rd, we are going to head down Hilton Rd over there

East Dunbartonshire Recycling Centre

Hinton becomes Balmuildy Rd

Now at Firth and Clyde Canal

That path not the one we want

Looking back

We head back to Glasgow along that path

Through this gate

What lurks beneath

Looking back

Pressing on. For more on the canal and its swans and fowk see 
Forth and Clyde Canal 1
Forth and Clyde Canal 2

Pressing on

Quite busy for cyclists - we meet our first runner

I like this tree coming up. I commuted along here for about 15 years. An old friend

Handlebar shot


The horizon forming a Hogarthian line of beauty

Possil Loch and March off to our right. See

From wiki -

'Possil Marsh has been under the custodianship of the Scottish Wildlife Trust since 1982, when it was acquired as a gift. Prior to this it had been managed by the Scottish Society for the Protection of Wild Birds, on behalf of the Scottish Wild Birds Sanctuaries Trust, since 1950. This management, and subsequent protection, has resulted in little alteration within the site in the past 50 years. Due to its importance, the marsh was first notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1954. Subsequently it was then designated a bird sanctuary under Wild Bird Statutory Instrument 1956 No 333 (S10). Following the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the bird sanctuary was redesignated under Wild Birds (Possil Marsh Sanctuary Glasgow) Amendment Order 1983. At present the reserve has multiple occupation – 4 owners, 2 occupiers, 1 owner/occupier. It also has British Trust for Ornithology status and district importance for wintering wildfowl, and its diversity of wintering birds, supporting up to 150 bird species, with 22 species recorded breeding. In addition to this it also contains a diverse number ofinvertebrate fauna, including 2 nationally scarce species and a number of locally scarce species, as well as many important plant species.'

Miles to Nowhere

Nice cloud

We'll pause for a moment here

Possil Loch over there

Possil Marsh entrance

Think that's Balmore Rd exit above. . .

. . .and here

Note wee memorial coming up on right

Other side of the bridge

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Above the railway

More erased destinations

Lochburn Gate, Lochburn Rd

Cadder Rd down there: no relation to the Cadder church we passed in Kirkintilloch Rd

Here we are. We have to drop temporarily off the canal path and head down to  Lochburn Rd

More annoying damage to signage

Before we drop down to get to path continuing on other side, we'll have a look around

On bridge looking down - we come down that path on right

Another runner

Across the canal

Another memorial

Celtic scarf and union jack


Fading images - signs to the past

Red, white and blue, and green

Above us only sky

Down we go

Tricky tunnel to go through, this

Nasty pothole coming up

A horror for cyclists. Duly reported

We rejoin the path up here to the right. Maryhill Rd is up ahead

Looking back

Home stretch now

Handlebar shot

The memorial

Runners more common this side - more people living beside the canal I suppose

Handlebar shot again. These accidental pics are as good as my taken-with-care ones, Sheesh

We'll cut up to the bridge for a minute

The renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ruchill church down there. See

Runners on Ruchill St, on the bridge

We're heading back along the right path

Down we go

50-66 Ruchill St over there. B-listed See

Where we started

Down we go

Student residences across the bridge

Back on  Maryhill Rd

Let's cross over

Pub for sale

Heading for Queen Margaret Drive

Steps we do not take

Envious Bridal. Envious of what?

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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 

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