Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Autumnwatch 2: Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Airport

'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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Today is Sunday, 1 November 2015 and we are cycling with Alex from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Airport. For Alex's marvellous blog see

Loving the curve

Here we are in lovely Autumnal Kelvngrove Park. For pics from last Thursday see

Autumnwatch: Kelvingrove Park

Alex ahead, as indeed he will be for the rest of the trip

A curtain of light

Here we are in Argyle St preparing to cross over to cycle past the Ahmadi Mosque there. For a linking cycle trip to Govan and back  see

Ahmadi Mosque to Govan to Ahmadi Mosque

Down by the Expressway now. For more on this area see

Partick: Clydeside Expressway, on the bridges

Taggart: Trials of an Extra part 1

We take the right fork here

Through here

Onto the Expressway - Alex over there in the so-called 'Glasgow Harbour' district beside Andy Scott's fine work, 'Rise'. see

Looking east

Looking west, where we are going

We have crossed the road and are heading up that path by the ladies.

We will be running with South St to our left and Dumbarton Rd to our right

For a previous trip along here (and South St) see  the somewhat dramatically  entitled post,

South Street to Thornwood: an 'X'-Listed' walk in which we encounter the Secret State

And for a 2011 cycle along here to Clydebank to raise funds for the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow University, see

Cycle Glasgow 2012 - Sunday 19 August

And over there we see. . .

The Death Star. See

Around this time  a friend of ours is being treated in the Death Star for a broken leg. She falls over in the toilet, pulls the emergency cord and nothing happens. She phones a friend in the world outside who phones the hospital and gets someone to go to the toilet and rescue her.  In bed, our friend is abused by an agency nurse for causing trouble. Welcome to Scotland's NHS, November, 2015

For my Gartnavel experience, see

Gartnavel 4: a Detached View

Dookits galore along here. For more on this culture, see the South St post above

Alex points to a mound  of  something. . .

. . .over there.

A building down

A low road to Loch Lomond

Looking back

Under that bridge we go

Looking back

Out into sun

We link up here with a previous walk - see

Welcome to Glasgow 2: the Yoker Rd

The Renfew Ferry - we will be crossing the Clyde on it

Looking back

Ferry coming for us

The ferry is not subsidised - pays its way

For more on the ferry, see

Hello Renfrew

Ferry Nice Food

Looking back

Up to main drag

Combung the above two pics in a panorama  gives us two Alexes.

As you can see, many of these pics are taken while cycling

The splednid Town Hall. See

We will be heading right

At this junction we link up with our Inchinnan car trip with Ian -

King George V Dock to Hillington to Renfrew to Inchinnan to Clyde Tunnel

Renfrew Mercat Cross and War Memorial

On we go, down Inchinnan Rd

Part worn tyres

Renfrew Catholic church


White Cart Bridge in front, we want to cross road to Normandy Hotel  first

For the hotel see

This is what we have stopped to see.  From the Normamdy Hotel wiki entry linked above -

'A pair of historical stones are situated within the grounds of the hotel. One stone is a pediment called Argyll Stone. It is said that the Earl of Argyle once rested at the rock in 1685. The other rock is the base of a cross called St. Convals Chariot. The cross was erected to the memory of St. Conval. Water gathers within a small hollow on this rock. It is said that the water has healing potential. The stones are enclosed behind steel railings on a small woodland path and are approximately 1m in length, height and width.' 

Anyone else thinking of the Holy Stone of Clonrichert?

My Holdsworth

Alex's bike

Heading on

The fab White Cart Bridge. See

From the Wiki entry - /White Cart Bridge is situated on the A8 road in Renfrew, Scotland. It is a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridge. The bridge crosses White Cart Water at the confluence with the Black Cart River. It is the only remaining lift bridge in the country and became category A listed on 13 December 1994.[1][2][3][4] The bridge is still capable of opening, as the Doosan Babcock factory in Renfrew require the capability to move large loads by river.'

Looking back

The Inchinnan Bridge over the Black Cart, Greenock Rd. See For listed buildings in Renfrew see

We are heading over to the left for Abbotsinch Rd, for Glasgow Airport

Airport on our right

Plane spotter ahead

Looking back

Great country for clouds

We go to the right up here into the airport

Pause to take stock

Alex goes off to collect his passport (why we are here)

'Canadian Affair' What's that about?

Weather beaten, Hacket.

Off we go home -  looking back

Out onto the road

Great tree

Looking back

Looking up - Alex spots some migrating geese

Looking back

Back at the bridge

Looking back

Nice old car emerging on our right

We're going  to take this path back

Renfrew Golf Club on our right

A very pretty golf club. See

I have no idea what this is

A beacon of some kind?

Interesting stuff off to our left

We will go in and investigate

Looking back

We are in Meadowside St,  Renfrew. See,-4.3925522,17z

Tram  Trolley lines - always exciting

Alex having a keek

What Alex is looking at

Waterside Buildings 'Hardstanding'.  Great word

Pressing on

Somewhere to our right is the magnificently named 'Milligans Gifed Family Store'. See

Coming up to Ferry Rd again

Back on the Ferry

Cyclists boarding

'Crossing alone the nighted ferry
  With the one coin for fee,
Whom, on the wharf of Lethe waiting,
  Count you to find? Not me. . .' - Housman

Pressing on

Lady with dog carrying a big stick (dog not lady) has just passed but camera strap in a fankle

Off the path and back on the Expressway

Back at Glasgow Harbour and 'Rise'

And back across to the Home Stretch through Partick

Thank you for browsing, dear visitor.

My other barking wee blog is

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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