Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Where we're going, we won't need roads . . .
The subject header above is a fine sentiment from the Doc * but until the flying car does get invented it appears that roads are exactly what we are going to get.
We've posted before that we are "slightly" sceptical about the building of the new M74 which is going to drive right through the Southside cutting us off large chunks from the City Centre. Six lanes of two storey motorway is not going to be the most pleasant thing to walk under to work each morning. The promise of less congestion has also been rubbished by several universities and road research groups along with the Governments own independent report. More roads = eventually more cars, seems to be the rule apparently.
It could, however, have been a lot worse.
The building of the M74 is the final stage of the great Glasgow highway plan of the 1960's when roads were seen as the future and salvation of humanity. No problems, it appears, could not be solved by chucking roads at them. Across the UK, rails lines were ripped out, trams were dug up and new roads sprung up all over the place as the nation become more and more dependant on our cars.
The original plans though would have been even more crazy as you can see from the very entertaining and very thorough review of "A Highway Plan for Glasgow" on CBRD site.
Its very interesting reading and I love some of the artist proposals, showing families sitting at picnic benches under a 6 lane highway. The aerial view above shows Glasgow as a city full of black shimmering roads, surrounded by trees with only a smattering of cars happy zipping around.
The site also has photos of where the route went wrong, where the left overs can be seen today and where the road would have gone had the entire plan been carried out at the time.
Thankfully it wasn't, but sadly it looks like the powers at be have decided to dust down the proposals and finish the job. Lets hope they know when to stop. I remember flicking through a few of these past plans, when I went to the Mitchell a couple of years ago, some of the other proposals of the time were to: sink George Square by 2metres, knock down the Mitchell Library, City Chambers and large chunks of the city centre and .
Another good site to visit on this topic is pathetic.org.uk which charts pathetic motorways around the country - from ones which are only a few meters long, to ones that are just a bit of a mess ie the M74.
*Doc Brown "Back to the Future Part II"
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The doctor advised that she thought I'd fractured a bone and that an xray was in order. She gave me a wee card and told me to go between the hours of 9am and 5pm any day of the week. So not wanting to be to late for work I decided to head down there really early yesterday morning and get first in line. I walked over to the Victoria Infirmary at 8:30 only to find that the xray clinic door was locked. I took a seat and waited. About 9:30 someone eventually walked passed and I tried to follow them through the door - only for them to tell me that on Thursdays the clinic doesn't open until 11am.
Victoria Infirmary - Xray clinic
This was a bit of a pain as it meant I had an hour and a half to kill. But it was a pretty nice day so I went for an adventure around Battlefield. I met some really nice people in a couple of local family run businesses and it reminded me of a project I recently read about on the Queens Park Camera Club website. (I'll post separately about the shops I went into later.)
New Victoria Hospital being built - looks a bit crappy from the mock proposed image.
I then took a wander along to see the new Victoria Hospital being built across the road from the original. I knew vaguely that there had been a bit of controversy over its building - relating to the costs involved and local concerns of that the range and quality of care available would be downsized but from reading through some articles on the web it is probably going to be a much healthier building once its completed and will combine a lot of new services - albeit there won't be an A+E anymore, which will move to Southern General.
I hate to see old buildings like the Victoria not able to meet the gowing demands of their original purposes, and I worry that developers are a bit quick to right off old buildings as not fit for purpose to get their hands on the land - its a big problem at the moment in Glasgow, with old schools, Churches and hospitals being sold off all over the city. The Victoria is a really nice old building and sadly apparently only the back section (the bit facing the Queens Park) is listed so who knows what the developers plans are for the rest of the place. I'd like to think it could become a real mixed use site maybe with a nice hotel over looking battlefield rest - but I'm pretty sure we can almost guarantee it will be "luxury" flats within two years.
The staff I chatted with in the hospital were a bit pessimistic about the whole thing. They are partially looking forward to the new building - but a lot of services are going to move to the Southern General over at Govan and some people were still not sure where they'll end up working in a years time.
Whatever happens I hope that the area around the Victoria Infirmary continues to thrive. I haven't spent a lot of time over there but it seems a really nice wee community with a good mix of new deli's, coffee shops and old traditional stores run by generations of the same family.
Theres a book on sale about the old hospital available in the shop.
PS - good news I've not fractured the bones - it looks like just bruised tissue which should fix itself up in no time.
Links: the Glasgow story, Annan images of old hospitals, BBC article about new hospital
The Govan Portal
Link: Clyde Water Front Regeneration
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Over the moon
We did a little search for Glasgow related items and found, a couple more films about the Clyde regeneration, a film about Glasgow Parks and a short film about the renowned guitar maker Jimmy Moon of Moon guitars whose workshop is down a lane off Pollokshaws Road.
Friday, August 17, 2007
There have been a few interesting programmes on in recent weeks regarding the future of the Clyde - one on the Beeb and one on STV.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Glasgow Residents Network
One site we found today was the Glasgow Residents Network which is "an evolving coalition of residents associations and communities from across Glasgow, drawn together to work for better stronger communities, and a better fairer city for all our citizens."
Very informative site, not sure I agree with all their opinions, but it makes for interesting reading and does get you thinking about issues in the city. For example, the image above which we found on their site but which is from Glasgow Lost gives ten facts about the new CaSG which I've not seen written about else where.
There was also news of a "rabbit problem" - apparently the rabbits are breeding out of control and the foxes are too busy eating out the local bins to bother chasing them. This has resulted in the rabbits going on an eating spree and the council are having constant problems with their planting getting munched as soon as it is in the ground. The Park Managers cat is trying to do its bit, and is getting a couple of rabbits a day but its not really enough. I think they should maybe reintroduce wolves to the park, possibly bears. This would quickly solve the rabbit problem and would probably be a good way of dealing with the kids drinking in the park as well. (Not sure what they do if the bears start breeding out of control though.)
I also had a good chat with Jim Paterson, the man behind the mini festivals that have taken place in different parks in the Southside this summer, including the upcoming fun days in Kings Park on Saturday and Queens Park on Sunday. (For a programme of events click here.) Looks a fun line up, I like the sound of the dog and duck show - one man and his dog but with ducks.
EDIT: Here's some of our photos from the day- It was a fun day with lots going on - my favourites were the falconry show especially when the turkey vulture escaped and pecked a woman on the head, and the excellent dog and duck show. One man and his dog herding a pack of ducks around an assault course. The host was brilliant - like a Victorian circus ring master, the kids absolutely loved it.
minutes of the meeting page 1, page 2, page 3
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Last weekend's allotment open day in Queens Park suffered from some pretty abysmal weather but this weekends forecast is slightly better so come along and enjoy the fun.
Also remember the mini festival at Kings Park on Saturday and the boat party/ mini Southside festival on the Sunday. The more people that we get along the better - as it will mean more investment for the real thing next year.
Neighbours, back gardens and climate chaos - a filmnight for the Dear Green Place, 7pm, Wednesday 22ndAugust 2007, CCA cinema (CCA 4) Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, GlasgowAdmission free (but ticketed).
Four short films presenting different approaches to how ordinary individuals can respond to local and global environmental issues.
(Directors Ruth Clark andDianne M. Barry), 2004.
(Director: David Newbiggins), 2007
(Director: G-MAC with Editing byCraig Walker), 2007
(Director - a cine rebelde film) 2006
Monday, August 13, 2007
The Great Scottish Run
It's a great route taking you over Kingston Bridge, down Paisley Road West, through Bellahouston and Pollok park, then up through Shawlands and right down Pollokshaws road before turning into the Gorbals and across the river.
If your not up for taking part, get out on the street and give them a cheer.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Murder by Candlelight
BBC Film Festival
Some of the best of the rest of the Southside sites
Govanhill CG - Govanhill community group
MFCC - Mount Florida Community Council
Radius - sustainable development through creative projects
S&S - Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council
Southside News - Website of the Southside's local newspaper
Strathbungo Society - Strathbungo community group
Walmer Crescent Association - Walmer Crescent Association
Urban Roots - A community led organisation in Toryglen
There are hundreds of creative folk in this great city, here's some sites to browse through.
Fish and Game - Glasgow performance group
Galgael - Govan ship builder with a difference
Hole in my Pocket - Glasgow based artists
QPCC - Queens Park Camera Club
The Fridge Gallery - Art gallery in Govanhill
Eastwood Photographic Society - Eastwood Camera club
New Moves - Company behind the National Review of Live Art and the New Territories Festival
Art /Theatre/Music Venues/Festival
Fancy a wee bit of culture, be it a play or exhibition.
Glasgow Theatre - History of theatre in Glasgow
The Tramway - Theatre, Art Venue, cafe
The Citizens Theatre - Theatre located in the Gorbals
The Odeon at the Quay - for all the hollywood blockbusters
House for an Art Lover - Mackintosh building in Bellahouston Park
The 02 Academy - The Southside's largest music venue
The Southside Festival - The Southside's largest festival
Pollok House Arts Society - Bring world class artists to perform in Pollok House.
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall - Venue in Pollokshaws
Polloksheilds Burgh Hall - Venue in Polloksheilds
Little kids and Big kids Day out for the kids?
The Science Centre - For the mad scientist in you
AGTS - The Alexander Greek Thomson Society
Cathcart Circle - A history and study of its Architecture
SSC - The Southside Speakers Club
The Scottish Idlers Guild - Idle be as idle does
Southsider Blogs What have we southsiders got on our minds?
Alburt's blog - Adventures and roof top gardens
Cartside - Cartsiders take on a varied range of topics
Getting worse - what's wrong with the southside
Leyton - A techie southsider
Platos Way - An estuate gentleman southsider
On the road - A newly arrived resident to Glasgow and the southside
Food and Drink Glasgow - A Southsiders thoughts on eating in Glasgow Battlefield Blogger's weblog - Life in Battlefield
Do your bit for the environment and use these sites below to recycle and reuse your unwanted stuff.
Dear Green Place - The people who produced the Green Map of Glasgow
Second Oppurtunities - Reusing/recycling furniture
Starter Pack - reusing/recycling
Freeserve - post your unwanted stuff and people will come around and take it away for free Freecycle - a site for reusing and swapping
Farmers Market - not reuse but buying your goods from here, cuts down on the old carbon foot print
Useful Info Met Check - whats the weather like in Glasgow
If you have a suggestion or would like your link added, then send us an e-mail
Thursday, August 09, 2007
The Glasgow Green Map
Allotments & ships
We've had an email to let us know that Queens Park allotments are having an open day this coming Saturday from 12 - 4. Being a keen gardener - (I have a ton of mini veg growing in pots in my stairwell and on my roof) I look forward to seeing some proper gardeners, wonder if they will have any giants turnips.
Land & Environmental Services supported by Southeast Community Planning Partnership, Culture & Sport Glasgow, Queen’s Park Model Boat Club and other agencies are holding the Queen’s Park Community Fun Day in Queen’s Park on Sunday 19th August - 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm.
Land & Environmental Services supported by Southeast Community Planning Partnership, Culture & Sport Glasgow, King's Park and Croftfoot Community Council, The Friends of Kings Park and other agencies are holding the Kings Park Community Fun Day in Kings Park on Saturday the 18th August - 12.00 noon until 5.00pm.
Building on last years successful event which attracted over 3000 visitors this years attractions include music and dancing stages, falconry displays, magic shows, free bouncy castles, plant sales, dray rides, children's games and much more.
Both events are free. The contact is James Paterson and he can be reached on 0141 632 5763.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
New news and some news about news
Thirdly, the BP station on Pollokshaws Road opposite Queens Park has closed for six weeks while it goes through a transformation to become a Marks and Spencers - bringing tasty grub and a new cafe to the Southside - good news as well its going to be open 24 hours a day so we can get expensive, tasty grub on our way home from the pub.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
It was absolutely hoaching with people - there were millions of kids just running around, playing with all the different exhibits, giggling, screaming and generally having a great time.
From previous visit I knew that the exhibits are mainly aimed at kids, but there is enough going on to keep the big people occupied too. There are hundreds of different little stands, covering all aspects of science - from light refraction and prisms, to motor power/ pendulums and pistons, to biology and the inner working of the human body. Each is explained through a simple working model/ test/ game or experiment and a short card explaining the principles. I got the feeling that kids were more interested in playing the games and moving on as fast as possible and not so bothered about hanging around to understand what it was all about. Kids probably get more out of it if some of the principles have been discussed before they get there.
Friday, August 03, 2007