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Still a City of Culture

I have often passed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Scotland Street School (Now a museum) in Glasgow.

Yesterday was the first time I’d ever seen it from the inside:

I took these photos with my phone but they don’t do it justice.

There are fascinating displays of old classrooms and school work through the 20th century.

You could almost smell the Jeyes fluid and carbolic soap.

Afterwards we headed up through the west end and on to Maryhill Rd. I had hoped to get something to eat at Jaconellis Cafe but it was just closing by the time we got there.

The cafe was used as a location in Trainspotting but is famous for retaining many original features of the old Italian cafes in Glasgow.

Anyway by this time everyone was starving so the only other place in the vicinity was……. drum roll……..have you guessed yet?

After the family settled on what to have I decided on the chicken salad clearly displayed on the lit up menu board behind the counter.

What followed was pure comedy.

The wee girl behind the counter said “SALAD?”

“Aye chicken salad” says I

“Haud oan a minute” says TWGBTC at which point the manager appeared.

“SALAD?” he said.

By this time I was expecting him to call all the staff and customers over and shout “Hey! everybody! this guy wants SALAD!”

With not a hint of irony in his voice he said “Salad? – I think I’ve sold four in the last two months – I’ll have to check if we’ve got any salad”

Off he went and then gave the thumbs up. “Would you like the chicken grilled or in batter?” he said. “Eh grilled please”

As we sat down and I consumed my non conformist snack, we noticed that the music playing was classical. Vivaldi, Bach,Dvorak followed each other, as one client called over to his friend as he came in:

“Haw you ya dobber!”

It was then I realised a possible reason why the classical music might be playing

And playing in a well known fast food outlet at that.

As we left, we noticed another cultural delight in the shape of Ruchill Parish Church Hall -another Mackintosh design.

As we drove back, thankfully the A82 had been given the all-clear by the bomb squad and had reopened.


Every day’s a school day.


House for an Art Lover

Took a wee trip up to the Rennie Mackintosh inspired house at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow yesterday. There is a fantastic virtual tour of the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition available which is worth the admission on its own. Here’s a flavour.

I only had the phone with me for photos but these below maybe give an idea of the brilliance of the place. My 12 year old daughter contributed the following:

“Couldn’t live here. Far too big and museum perfect for me”

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I found this footage on youtube. A wee bit amateur and the contributor confuses ceilings with roofs but again it gives you a flavour of the place.

The Hill House

I’ve been enjoying the blipfoto site I mentioned recently. I thought I’d share this one with you of The Hill House in Helensburgh which I took at lunchtime today.

The Hill House, Helensburgh