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The Lighthouse – Part Two

Looks like the media has finally run out of victim to report for lynching over the Mackintosh Building fire, so I’ll just stick Part Two of My Lighthouse ramblings in the slot.

There’s not really a lot to take pics of inside The Lighthouse (excluding anything you might like to collect from the Mackintosh Gallery).

Most of the interior has been refurbished and brought up to present day standards to allow the space to be reused for modern offices, presentations, and displays.

The most interesting original features are the internal wall and atrium space, which has been cleaned and taken back to the original brickwork, and lead up to the large central chimney. It’s quite difficult to get access to some of the most interesting features, so…

For a great collection of pic showing the interior, and telling the story of the original building see here:

The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Glasgow Herald Building

This view looks back from the modern viewing gallery seen in Part One, and shows the chimney, and the open tower where the pic of the gallery was taken from. You can see some tiny people under the tower canopy, which give an idea of the scale of this thing.

The Lighthouse Tower And Chimney

The Lighthouse Tower And Chimney

Back inside, while waiting on one of the floors for the lift to the viewing gallery (notably ONLY accessible by the lift), I noticed an exterior door, and considering where it was, thought it was ‘interesting’. Where it might lead was a bit of a mystery.

The Lighthouse Mystery Door

The Lighthouse Mystery Door

Taking a closer look.

The Lighthouse Mystery Door View

The Lighthouse Mystery Door View

Closer still (just for confirmation) it really does open onto nothing at all. Open that and step out – you won’t be turning around and coming back in!

The Lighthouse Mystery Door View Below

The Lighthouse Mystery Door View Below

Little label explains all -(did you spot it in the first pic above?) Hope the key’s locked away somewhere safe.

The Lighthouse Mystery Door Explained

The Lighthouse Mystery Door Explained

I might do Part Three.

It seems a shame not to use the pics I grabbed from the tower, looking down on some of the city centre streets, and across the city into the distance.


25/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

What is this Rutherglen marker post for?

Rutherglen has thrown some interesting features, such as some fairly odd old benchmarks embedded in the pavement/footpath that don’t seem to match any listed on sites dedicated to such things, and even defied an enquiry to the museum service.

This one seems to be the opposite, and is so new (in relative terms) that it doesn’t seem to have been listed or recorded anywhere (at least not that I’ve been able to find online).

I’ve passed it for a few years now, and think it appeared while the ‘new’ motorway works were being carried out nearby, and the roads were being altered to suit.

It is an unidentified stone (or concrete – to my shame I have never looked closely) marker with unexplained writing carved on its face.

As some of the carving is already a little indistinct, I’ll describe what is shown in the pic.

I’m not even sure what is written on it, having first interpreted a ‘/’ character as a slash, then began to wonder if it was a stylised number ‘1’.

The top line is easy, that’s an ‘R’

But the next could be taken to be ‘/85/’ or ‘1851’, so is ambiguous.

There is then a horizontal separator line.

The next could be taken to be ’20/8′ or ‘2018’ – but it’s worth remembering this was placed BEFORE 2018!

Next line is a stylised ‘RHS’.

At the bottom is what I interpret as a stylised thistle.

Rutherglen Marker Glasgow Road

Rutherglen Marker Glasgow Road and Quay Road

Given the thistle, I had thought this might have identified ‘Royal Horticultural Society Scotland’, but a look around their web site does not appear to mention the placing of any markers.

The ‘H’ could also be Historical, but that proved too vague to come up with anything.

And the /85/ over 20/8 doesn’t correspond to anything such as any co-ordinate system that I’m aware of.

I tried the date pair of 1851 and 2018, but again, too vague to find anything with no other clues.

Thank to Google, I can say there was nothing but industrial units on the ground before the motorway changes, and that the spot for this marker was not there back in 2010, was prepared in 2012, and the marker itself was in place by 2014, so the idea of ’20/8′ being 2018 seems unlikely, being at least four years after the thing was put in place, and six years before the spot was set aside.


Does anybody know what this is?

I find it odd that something so obvious should be placed so carefully yet have nothing nearby to explain it.

This is how it looks on Street View, showing its location.

Use ‘View on Google Maps’ to see what this spot looked like all the way back to 2007.

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Haghill Public School garden

This started off as nothing more than a few pics grabbed as I wandered along a road not usually on my path, but then changed to something a little more amusing when I looked what I had collected.

I’m not exactly sure what work was being carried out to the former abandoned and derelict building (nor do I know as I have yet to return to the area), but I was diverted looking at all the vehicles and rubbish lying around, so didn’t spot the ‘sky garden’ at the time.

However, when I saw the pic of the façade showing the school’s name, and then the overall view of the building, the greenery became very evident.

It’s funny to see this sort of growth, since work to clear up such things is seldom (if ever) seen, so it may be that rather than dealing with it specifically, buildings just stay clear of it as a result of being occupied, and having such things tidied away before they can get a hold, and develop to the extent seen here.

Haghill Public School Facade

Haghill Public School Facade

More to be seen all over the building.

Also, having done a little ‘desk research’ I suspect all the apparent ‘work’ suggested by the playground full of skips and contractor’s vehicles, and advertising, has NOTHING to do with the school, and the contractor was just taking advantage of the space. The work was related to the tenement surrounding the school.

The building appears to be being marketed by Glasgow City Property in 2018

Haghill Public School Garden

Haghill Public School Garden

The school’s derelict condition has come in handy in the past.

It seems it played a part in the post-apocalyptic set of a £15 million film, for the science fiction film ‘Doomsday’, set in Glasgow in 2033, where it sat amongst burnt-out OUT cars, armed soldiers in black uniforms, boarded-up windows and ‘Welcome to Hell’ daubed on a tenement door.

I wonder if they had to add the last two for the film, or if they were there anyway?

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Today is Colour TV Day

25 June is Colour TV Day.

The source for this day claims European broadcasting systems lagged the US in adopting this technology, and that it took until 1967 before such broadcasts became regular, and it took until the 1980s before it became common, with another 5 years passing before it became prevalent around the world.

I can’t really comment, as ‘we’ were late to this in our home.

Part of the reason was down to the poor rendering of colour in those days. While we did make the change from 405 to 625 line TV quite early (so early, we had a switchable 405/625 set), the cost of a colour TV (and the licence of course) just didn’t seem worth it.

This seems to be more of a US than a global day, and most of the info tacked onto it is based on US systems, so rather than go into more detail, and maybe upset UK readers (plus US, and maybe many other since so many were involved with early television development), and those who have a detailed knowledge of the work being carried out by John Logie Baird, I’m not going to dive into those waters.

However, the strathwonderwall has a section depicting Baird’s electronic colour television of 1940, a 600-line system which he developed after the more widely known and earlier mechanical television system. Even that had been demonstrated with colour back in 1928 – it was purely experimental but showed the principle of using red, green and blue images to create a colour image.

Baird strathwonderwall mural

Baird strathwonderwall mural

25/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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