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So, the People’s Palace IS open

I did say I might divert for a look at the reopened People’s Palace – and I did.

Small point, I only saw the outside since I arrived at 5 pm on the dot, in time to see the staff closing the front door.

Well, I hadn’t planned on going inside anyway, just wanted to make sure it was open (since Easter is not quite here yet).

Nice to see it active again, and you might be able to see that door is no longer locked shut.

This pic is too wide to really see the detail of the signs, but these were plain white last week, just stating the museum was closed until Easter.

You can see it is now coloured (header and footer), and it now lists the opening hours.

I also wanted to try a shot from the near side of the fountain, as I hadn’t tried this before and had been wondering if the shot could be made without a ridiculously wide lens.

It can, easily, I’m happy to say.

I was so used to taking the shot from the hillside on the other side of the fountain, I never even thought to try it before.

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People's Palace Reopened

People’s Palace Reopened

I’ll have to organise a wander in.

Of course, the Winter Garden at the rear of the building is still closed, and the new fencing and gates are securely shut and locked.

A little bit unfortunate, and a nuisance for cyclists, as the bike racks are located just at the side entrance to the glass house, so bike parking not available thanks to the fence and locked gates.

Guess visiting cyclist will just have use their imagination, and the surrounding cast iron fences and other fixtures.

Winter Garden access closed at Peoples Palace

Winter Garden access closed at Peoples Palace

If this is new too you, and you don’t know why, see the story beginning here.


07/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S37

With no more news of the ‘Witch Hunt’ following the board of the Glasgow School of Art (personally, I’d be getting my Little Black Book out, and taking note of the names of the most vociferous ‘hunters’ – wondering if they are making so much noise about others in order to divert any attention from themselves), I thought I should acquaint myself with the O2abc building, since it’s one I’d never had reason to pay any attention to. I didn’t even know it was in use, having never seen its doors open. Guess I was never nearby at the right time.

Since the odds on what’s left of the building being left standing for much longer, I took the opportunity of a decent day to fly past and collect a few pics.

At the time, there was a fair amount of work underway in Sauchiehall Street (and there still is, although it is coming to an end), so some views and shooting locations were restricted.

I still managed to get just about the same shot I’d have taken of the front entrance and door, even if there was some large machinery abandoned nearby.

Sauchiehall Street O2abc Entrance

Sauchiehall Street O2abc Entrance

Looking west at the corner of the building.

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Sauchiehall Street O2abc Looking West

Sauchiehall Street O2abc Looking West

Looking east.

At the time I couldn’t really get a decent view by moving further to the left (to match the west view above) as there was too much junk and pedestrian control fencing in place, and took this standing in Douglas Street, but still had to stitch two images together to get the shot I wanted.

So, I’ll have to check back, and hopefully get a second bite at this once the street is cleared.

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Sauchiehall Street O2abc Stitch West

Sauchiehall Street O2abc Stitch West

So, they cleared the street, and I did get my ‘missing’ pic for the set.

Sauchiehall Street O2 Looking West

Sauchiehall Street O2 Looking West

Finally, a look at the Scott Street side.

Some fairly well twisted steel roof beams on show there.

Scott Street O2abc Roof

Scott Street O2abc Roof

The weather got fairly crappy after I took these pics, and I haven’t been back since, so the street may be clear now.

Since we’ve moved  the clocks forward, I should take an evening ride in to see how it looks since I was last there.

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Paying attention… can bring surprises

After yesterday’s post on paying attention, particularly in places where you may think you have been doing so (but really haven’t), I recalled grabbing a chance pic a few days ago, taken as I noticed something I had not been aware of before, despite looking closely at the source during 2018.

In yesterday’s post I mentioned combing the ‘new’ Kelvingrove when it reopened after refurbishment in 2006, and had many addition spaces opened up which allowed a number of small displays to be added in corners. I’ve mentioned a few of them, including The Lafaruk Madonna in ‘How many Italian Chapels‘, which I won’t repeat here. I also mention it briefly in the Wiki, here: Italian Chapel Orkney

Back at the time I wrote those pieces, I was surprised not to have any pics of the triptych itself.

Today, I have no idea if I was simply not paying attention, diverted, too busy thinking about the number of Italian chapels I had come across, and failed to notice the triptych on the wall adjacent to the pics I took telling the story behind the chapel built at Lafaruk.

Or if it was not on display at the time. A possibility if it was yet to be installed, or removed for maintenance.

The one thing I do remember was thinking it was odd, and wonder if I really just didn’t see something that was in plain sight.

I really don’t know, but I did grab the shot below to remind me the paintings are there, and are very obvious, being mounted on the wall facing the visitor as they approach the small side room where this display appears.

They really CAN’T be missed.

Lafaruk chapel religious paintings

Lafaruk chapel religious paintings

I’ve made a mental note to go back for a proper pic, with the low light camera. The lighting is low and varied in this room (compare the mushy sides to the better lit centre), and the walls give a colour cast that had to be corrected. Even so, I’m surprised at how well the compact did – even if I didn’t notice that nasty reflection!

07/04/2019 Posted by | World War II | , , , | Leave a comment

No Housework Day

07 April is No Housework Day.

This may seem to be an odd one for me to include, but I have good reason.

I had thought that having a little cat wandering around the house and shedding its fur everywhere was a good reason to develop the housework habit – if you DIDN’T tidy up, it didn’t take long for it to become obvious you SHOULD be.

But that isn’t actually the reason for including this one.

That’s down to Project Yuk

Having run this for a few years, I’m still no closer to solving the reason why I can vacuum up anything up to 10 grammes of ‘Yuk’ from my floors almost every day of the week – REGARDLESS of whether or not I have been outside, and might have brought in stuff on my shoes.

When I’ve had a few spells of illness and been stuck indoors, expecting to collect next to nothing in the vacuum cleaner – it STILL collects almost as much on a daily basis.

I’ve tried cleaning up weekly, then even an obsessive daily vacuuming regime for a year, which all provide much the same result at the end of the year.

I’ve even tried vacuuming once, then repeating the process to confirm next to nothing was collected.

But if I stay in, and repeat the process after 24 hours – I collect the usual amount of anything up to 10 grammes of ‘Yuk’.

Seriously! Where does this stuff come from?

Inter-dimensional fallout?

Or random particles pairs which pop into existence out of nowhere, with one being swallowed by a mini black hole, leaving other to fall onto my floor.

Project Yuk 2013

Project Yuk 2013

07/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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