Visit to Glasgow

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Angus Mac Kinnon
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Visit to Glasgow

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:16 pm

Took a run up to Glasgow by train an had a walk around some old haunts for nostalgic reasons. Some points noted during the walk-about :

1. My shoes would never pass any form of hydrotest - leaking like a sieve
2. My all-weather heavy-duty jaikit excludes moderate-to-heavy rain
3. My who-dunnit was about as useful as an ashtray oan a bike, i.e. nae use
4. My old and first pub - Wellington Arms, Argyle Street - remains closed up (I reckon since the 1980-ish era)
5. The Financial Centre down by the Broomielaw continues to expand - looks expensive
6. The 9-storey Offices at 200, Broomielaw, site of the old Seamens' Mission Offices is now occupied since I was last in the area, and the original handsome stone carving depicting a Barque in full sail that used to be above the old Mission doorway, is still located in the downstairs foyer but could to with a bit of TLC.
7. The new bridge crossing over to the South bank is smart looking
8. The extent and quality of riverside improvements is commendable - tastefully done all the way to the Kingston Bridge
9. Brilliant bookshop found at 27, Oswald Street - specialised in Scottish literature, Gaelic literature, Maps, etc.

Many changes around the central part of the City, mostly for the good, but it's sad to see many of the old familiar sights no longer in existence as that's where the memories lie.

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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Andy » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:01 pm

It's never been the same since the trams went. :-)

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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Allan » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:52 pm

With the exception of your comments on your personal apparel (of which only you are in control), very pleased that the City meets (in general) with your approval, Your Lordship.

I class myself as a Glaswegian, having been born, raised, and, for the majority of my life having lived within the city boundaries. Was in Argyle Street on the "Last Night of the Trams".

I would concur in the main with your comments.

I have mixed feelings about “change”; this can often involve a balancing act between “memories” and “the future”. Sometimes by definition “the future” takes time to develop, and can be on the losing side against “memories”.

So at what point does one decide “change is for the good”?
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:33 pm

My personal apparel is most certainly NOT in my control, and has never been since the wedding bells clanged here in Troon-sur-Mer, this is a function of Oxfam's stock and my good lady's generosity.

I would agree the old trams installed a modicum of character in and out the City, sadly missed.

I too class myself a Glaswegian insofar as I arrived at the SGH in the wee small hours one night when the Luftwaffe were doing there best to prevent the event of my arrival, underwent secondary education here from 55 - 58, served an Clydeside apprenticeship from 58-64, and lived on the South Side until 1966 when we relocated to Troon.

Change is an essential ingredient to progress and advancement. Notwithstanding the demise of memories, these are, after all, only a passing phase, i.e. the human life span in quantitative terms. We cannot sacrifice the progress of our future world and that of our offspring for an emotive cause such as 'memories and nostalgia' - can we now?
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Allan » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:23 pm

Change is an essential ingredient to progress and advancement.
With regard to a philosophical argument, life experience indicates that unfortunately I can always see both sides of the argument, so would be completely hopeless in any debate.

Notwithstanding (always a good start in a debate, I think) – would accept that “change is an essential ingredient to progress and advancement” – but that doesn’t mean it is always for the good?

Would accept that no change (status quo) is an indication of no advancement. - but there must come a point where the “advancement” is judged as good or bad?
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:16 pm

Nothing 'unfortunate' about being able to see both sides of a debate/argument, in my view. Au contraire, that is a gift not given to many, and so any debate is so much more productive if one or more of the debating party can see both sides!

No - it does not mean that it will always be for the good, but I believe that will far more often be the case than otherwise.

Yes, 'advancement' may at times be more retrograde than 'advance', but one has to aim at what one regards to be in the right and progressive direction and retrospectively accept that on occasion this may not have provided the desired result

(This is all getting too philosophical for an aul' teucher wae nae edumacaishun tae speak o')
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Allan » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:06 pm

Agreed - let's get back to the ships - but don't forget the banter!
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:01 pm

Ships? What ships? All I see around this area is a big fleet of NATO warships and fancy yachts and cruisers, burning fuel and consuming the world's natural resources ...... rationing and green stamps, I can see it just around the corner, woe are we .... !
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by Allan » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:19 pm

So that's the banter taken care of.......! :clap:
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Re: Visit to Glasgow

Post by tonycannon » Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:56 am

Angus,

As for your apparel for inclement weather, some of us, but not all, are brought into life with the similarities to ducks' backs in the West of Scotland, and (whilst residing in a relatively "sunny" Skelmorlie), our nearest metropolis of "living" life is in Largs, the quality of the "thrift" shops there (as our US cousins call them, whilst alighting from their expensive cruise ships at Greenock), are of a standard above and beyond the rest, you may find something suitable to keep out the cold, rain and dampness unknown in Troon-sur-mer in the outlets of British Heart Foundation, MacMillan Cancer Care, etc., etc., in Largs Main Street. You may even find one or two of my old sets of my monogrammed drawers there if you look closely enough! They have been perfectly serviceable for the last 20 years or so, but the missus thought that they didn't match the décor...so out they went! Doesn't say much for me, I suppose...my pension must be my saving Grace!

TC
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