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Weekly round-up: 02 September 2018

MV Glenachulish is almost 50 years old and serves the oldest crossing to Skye from the mainland, crossing the Kylerhea Straits between Glenelg and Kylerhea on Skye. The real story here is that Glenachulish is the world’s last sea-going, manually-operated, turntable ferry, and was NOT lost when the Skye Bridge arrived.

First female skipper of world’s last ferry of its kind

Another watery story, with a little misfortune suffered by the paddle steamer Waverley (last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, which makes regular trips across the Bristol Channel, along the Thames, and around the Isle of Wight – as well as around the Scottish coast.

Waverley Paddle Steamer back on water after breakdown

They moved it when I wasn’t around Glasgow, so I hadn’t really realised it had gone until I read this reminder – I liked it, and never understood all the negative fuss. There is some real rubbish piled up and called ‘sculpture’, yet it gets praise if a famous name is stuck beneath it.

Remembering ‘The Blob’ – the statue that divided the whole of Glasgow

Seriously? These gender claims become more ridiculous as the claimants try harder and harder to find them.

Gender row over Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival

I’m crying as I type this – but not with sympathy as this whining woman talks tripe about how TOUGH her £340,000 ‘job’ of talking for a few hours every day is.

Vanessa Feltz on the challenges of hosting two shows a day

While I remain largely apolitical, I don’t think there can be any doubt that the person who made this anonymous demand is little more than a snivelling coward – or just one of those creeps that likes to spoil things for others.

Couple told to remove Saltire that was ‘lowering the tone’ of their street

Not just thieves, but nasty thieves too.

Disabled toilet door stolen from Loch Lomond park 

Maybe the same nice people passed through Glasgow on their way to the loch.

War memorial ‘petrol bombed’ just weeks before unveiling

Again, why we can’t have nice things – MORONS!

Fears over protected wildlife disturbed by drones


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Mackintosh Building S16

Not really the GSA, but any opportunity mock 28.1 million sheeples and the empty-headed moron they pay homage to can’t be passed up.

Glasgow Twitter hilariously responds to Kanye West ‘art school’ tweet

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A good week for Mackintosh tea rooms

Good for me at least, as I (eventually) got around to watching the BBC’s Mackintosh’s Tea Room (it’s on iPlayer, but probably won’t be available by the time this is being read).

And I saw the extended article published on the restoration of the Oak Room, saved from Cranston’s Glasgow tearoom, which the largest Charles Rennie Mackintosh interior, and created for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms.

As a slight aside, I notice this article, even by the usually normally careful BBC writers, mixes the use of ‘tea room’ and ‘tearoom’, so was no help in working out which is correct, or even the lesser option which may be the preferred term. I might add that the same problem arises with ‘tea cake’ and ‘teacake’.

The Oak Room was the largest Charles Rennie Mackintosh interior for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms in Glasgow.

The 44ft-long (13.5m), double-height room, designed by Mackintosh in 1907 and completed in 1908, is acknowledged as one of his key works, informing his design ideas for the Glasgow School of Art Library, which was completed a year later in 1909.

The Oak Room was last used as a tearoom in the early 1950s.

When the tearooms were removed from their original Ingram Street premises in the 1970s, each room was numbered, each wall given a reference, and each piece of panelling coded.

For almost 50 years, a store room in the Kelvin Hall has been home to Glasgow Museums’ sleeping giant.

Carefully taken apart and flat-packed, an entire room of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s best work lay untouched.

But now the Oak Room from Mrs Cranston’s Glasgow tearoom has been gently woken by a team of experts.

And the restoration of the room will form the jewel in the crown of the V&A’s Scottish Design Galleries when the museum opens its doors in two weeks.

The awakening of Mackintosh’s sleeping giant

Restoration of the room was aided by the individual identification of every part as it was originally dismantled, then detailed models were created and used during the reassembly.

Oak Room Model VA pic

Oak Room Model VA pic

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Those apparent ‘doors’ on the Central Hotel clock tower

Recall the Central Hotel tower ‘doors’ I spotted by chance while looking at some pics taken over the rooftops of the city centre from the tower on The Lighthouse.

After seeing them, I speculated on possibility that they were perhaps provided for access to the roof area of the tower, but the pics weren’t clear enough to show enough detail, having been taken from a larger image of the area.

Wandering along Hope Street recently, I somehow remembered to look up and take a closer look at these features.

While they have the appearance of doors, the closer/clearer view suggest they’re not doors, although their appearance and scale is similar.

The better pics possibly suggest the glazed panels are fixed windows (just for light), while it may be that the wood slat area below is an access hatch, but this is just a guess.

Central Hotel Clock Tower Corner Detail

Central Hotel Clock Tower Corner Detail

A closer look at one of the ‘doors’.

Note that the one on the left has a bar across it.

Central Hotel Clock Tower Door

Central Hotel Clock Tower Door

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