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Poles in Dalmarnock beat stars in Glasgow

Unfortunately for their fans, although I’ve recently come across quite a few shared photos and stories of Glasgow streets being converted to American streets to allow filming of their next blockbuster, I couldn’t care less about most people introduced to me as ‘celebrities’ nowadays, so I can’t tell you the ‘Who, What, or Where’ behind this.

But the media’s noses were stuck to their backsides, so I’m sure the details will be easy enough to find in online news articles.

Although I’ve never actively followed up this thought, I’ve always wanted to go catch some pics of the Polish community I’m immersed in within the east end of Glasgow.

I did start this a few years ago, collecting a number of Polish shops that had been open in the east end for some time, but I decided I had left it too late, as the number was growing and I realised I was finding many more than even I had expected, and that even more were opening as I covered the area. Since I knew I’d be missing many (and new ones as they opened) I gave this up as I’d wanted to catch most of them, but realised it wasn’t going to be possible, at least not without more effort than it was worth (I don’t get paid enough).

I seldom walk along the street without hearing conversations in Polish, and when I’m in any of the Lidl stores I can reach, it’s rare to overhear a conversation in English – you may even recall a news article that broke a few months ago, where Lidl staff were ordered NOT to speak in Polish (which I think was ridiculous – I never spotted a follow-up, and still wonder if that was even legal).

Lest anyone think this is somehow racist, or wants to try to twist this observation (and post) into some sort of racist issue (this has happened in the past, when one clown kept accusing me of all sorts of fantasies they made up), nothing could be further from my mind. For what it’s worth (not a lot since I’m 100% Glasgow born and bred), I’ve discovered I’m Polish, but thanks to that nice Mr Stalin and his postwar victimisation of Poles who joined and fought with the Allies, it seems my family went into hiding to avoid having all they owned being seized at best, or being shot at worst.

I found I should really have been able to speak Polish and German (as well as Glaswegian), but this never happened as it might have given ‘us’ away.

I’d love to be able to listen in on all those conversations. (Yes, I’m sneaky that way).

Rather than see America in Glasgow, I prefer to see Poles (or poles even), or Poland in Dalmarnock, where there are sometimes quite a few ‘imported’ foreign registered vehicles to be found on the streets, and you have to look twice, to make sure you have not been teleported while not looking.

Poles In Dalmarnock

Poles In Dalmarnock

10/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian, military, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Any love for the alternate Templeton view?

While I’m little different from most who head down towards Glasgow Green and grab the odd pic of the Doge’s Palace look-alike façade of Templeton’s old carpet factory side, it looks as if I differ in that I take pics of the rest of the remains of this building.

I saw some other pics of the developed side (facing the Green) which was largely demolished and redeveloped in a modern, but matching, style beside the old factory face with it chromatic glazed brick topping.

I’d include a sample of that view (but see end of post), but for the fact that I made the mistake of taking a set of pics on a sunny day, and the bright glare and reflections ruined them. So a revisit on a less sparkling day will be needed.

The real subject today was the view from London Road, one which I can’t recall seeing anyone bother about.

I just grabbed a shot in passing, with no real plans for it, so it’s not ideal, and needed quite a lot of straightening since I didn’t take care over it. but it came out ok.

This view has changed slightly over the years – what is now an entrance on the corner was once a window looking into a gym.

The view was once better than then sweaty bodies of those who chose to show off there.

The ground floor window was once proudly displayed the carpet factory’s work for all to see.

Templeton On The Green

Templeton On The Green

No, I’m not going to miss out the rest of the place.

Standard view.

For those not in the know, this is a decorative façade, with the factory wall behind.

Templeton Facade

Templeton Facade

Along the street, start of vivid polychrome brickwork, and view past the new flats.

Templeton Development

Templeton Development

Recovered view of the area topped by the polychrome brickwork.

The exotic weave is created with crimson Ruabon brick, red terracotta (for the twisted mullions) and red sandstone; by vitreous enamel mosaic in deep blue, gold and white within the tympana; and in the topmost storey, by red and green glazed bricks zigzagged against a bright yellow ground – an essentially High Victorian marriage of medieval forms and modern materials.

Ignore the black areas below, they’re just the result of processing the original view to get something decent out of it.

Templeton Polychrome View Glare Etc

Templeton Polychrome View Glare Etc

Came out better than expected, but there’s no detail – I had wanted some closer views of the bricks themselves, and the pattern.

In real life, sunlight really brings out the vividness of the colours, but the angles just don’t work at the times I’m there.

10/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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