Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Go visit the Lighthouse, but look deeper inside

I’ve featured a wander into the Lighthouse before, but that was focussed on the building and some interesting feature noted regarding only that aspect.

The Lighthouse Tower Spiral Stairs

The Lighthouse Tower Spiral Stairs

I’ve dropped in quite a few times since, mainly to get some exercise by climbing up the spiral staircase to the top of the tower, but there are occasional, changing, exhibitions featured there (I don’t think there was a decent one worth mentioning any time I’ve fallen through the door), and more interestingly, a permanent, dedicated exhibition space feature Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his life, and his work.

It seems to be slowly changing and expanding. (Unfortunately, bits of the audio-visual displays seem to be… unreliable).

I’m not sure how many people know about it, or visit, since its located on one of the upper floors, doesn’t have much in the way of signs or publicity, and when I’m there – I’m almost alone, with few others to be seen.

I’ve always meant to make a trip to look at this display more closely, but it seems to alter each time I drop in, with pieces moved around, or not seen.

The most stunning aspect is series of models of projects Mackintosh DIDN’T have the opportunity to complete.

Last time I was there, I thought they’d cleared those models away for some reason, or put them into storage – they weren’t to be seen where they had been before, at the entrance to the Mackintosh exhibition area.

I found them later, as I wander up to the top of the building, where they were found sitting on one of the landing.

I should have grabbed some pics, but the place was closing by the time I came across them.

However…

I see one of local media sources has made that trip, taken some  pics, and added some archive material too…

No one has left their mark on Glasgow quite like Charles Rennie Mackintosh has.

Rightly heralded as one of the most innovative architects of the 20th century, the buildings he designed that stand tall in the city encourage visits from people from far and wide in pilgrimage to appreciate his genius.

And while the likes of The Lighthouse, the House for An Art Lover, Scotland Street School Museum and the Mackintosh church are all well known tributes to his originality, foresight and spirit of creation, they should also be looked at in tandem with the designs that never went past the drawing board.

The unbuilt Mackintosh gems that would no doubt have furthered his legacy and brought about a new level of architectural beauty to a city in Glasgow that already bears witness to his genius.

Competition entry designs that were brought to life in model form and exhibited within The Lighthouse and the House for An Art Lover in recent years.

The incredible Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs that never made it off the page

The article’s worth a look.

And the models are worth a visit.

 

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24/08/2019 Posted by | Lost, Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Volunteers… DON’T go into the light!

While I admire those who are able to volunteer their time and effort to support legitimate charities (always check any organisation sailing under the charity banner – and find out if it’s supporting a multimillionaire head first, and beneficiaries second).

I can’t offer the same ‘charitable’ opinion of huge commercial ventures that depend on volunteers to make it work.

Yes, I’m looking at you, usually giant sports ventures that eat millions, pay little or nothing to those who make them successful, and strut their stuff with claims of how much they benefit the local economy – while selectively forgetting about any monies that goes to those behind them.

I suspect a few lucky folk walk off with a nice little pot – while thousands of volunteer get expenses and beer money to keep them happy, and probably lots and lots of mind-bending indoctrinational inspirational talks about how ‘important’ they are to the success of the venture.

I’m impressed, really, I am, at how these events manage to pull the same trick every time they come around, be they the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games or whatever.

There’s currently a whopping THREE such events competing for free labour volunteers to help them along to a healthy bottom line once the books are closed and the accountants go home.

A recruitment drive has been launched for volunteers to join the team running three major sporting events in Glasgow.

Glasgow Life are looking for people to help with the running of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship and UEFA EURO 2020.

Applicants will be able to choose which event, and how many, they’d like to be involved in.

A variety of roles, including supporting spectators and visitors,

Applications open on Monday July 22 and will close on Sunday August 25, for a variety of roles including supporting spectators and visitors to the city during the events.

Thousands of people have volunteered at previous events in the city including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships.

Across all three events, more than 1,000 volunteers will participate in some of the biggest events in the world.

Glasgow volunteers sought for three major sporting events

It’s funny how unions and suchlike get all up in arms and mouthy about ‘Free labour’, ‘Cheap about’, or even ‘Slave labour’ when business try to run apprenticeships, or work experience schemes, but I can’t think of a union that has lifted a finger over highly profitable sporting events and similar – which would probably be financial ‘Black Holes’ if they were forced to pay EVERYBODY involved in their running.

Maybe the union bosses like football etc, and have corporate boxes at those events, for their rich mates.

Volunteer Zombies

PS – Don’t forget

Don’t forget the other little scheme that let goodies be divvied up between the lucky few.

The ‘Awards’.

I’m not going to waste time on this, but it would be nice to know how much Glasgow will have to throw into a ‘Money Pit’ (regardless of whether it wins this award) just to keep in the running for this.

Glasgow officially noted its intention to bid in January of this year, and submitted a formal candidature bid last month, resulting in the city being shortlisted for the title alongside Genoa, Italy.

If successful, Glasgow would be the first city to win the coveted title twice. It would also mark 20 years since it first gained the accolade back in 2003.

Glasgow shortlisted for European Capital of Sport award

Mentioning ‘sport’ seems to make some people lose touch with reality, and expenses.

22/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost | , , , | Leave a comment

‘Unsustainable’ Carfin Grotto announces closure

It’s always sad to see something established by a dedicated few being lost, but it seems this is the fate of Carfin Grotto, a shrine described as being ‘built by hand and opened in 1922’.

Plans to close the Pilgrimage Centre at Carfin Grotto, in Motherwell, which is home to the national shire to Our Lady of Lourdes, were announced last week.

Every year it attracts thousands of visitors – but the Diocese of Motherwell announced it was no longer ‘economically viable’ to continue operating the site, including a gift shop and cafe.

A petition urging for a rethink has been signed by 5,000 worshippers.

But a spokesman for the Diocese of Motherwell said those campaigning to save the centre should have spent more cash there when they had the chance.

“Unfortunately, as its losses show no sign of improving, it continues to cost the Diocese a substantial amount of money.

“If all those commenting on this difficult situation had themselves spent regularly on the goods and services offered by the centre and encouraged others to do the same, its future may have been different.

“Ultimately, the diocese has a responsibility to all its parishes and it simply cannot justify the continued substantial subsidies.”

Carfin Grotto Pilgrimage Centre no longer ‘economically viable’ with closure to go ahead despite petition

The grotto is not near me, and I don’t do pilgrimages, but I did once pass the door when visiting a colleague’s home for work – I did intend to go back for a look, but good intentions often fail miserably.

I wish I had, as I only have photos taken my others to gain an impression of the site from.

I suspect (from those pics) that the place is a victim of its own success (and I have to add, bad management), since it can’t have lasted for some ninety years if it wasn’t viable for most of that time.

I suspect over-ambitious development and expansion over the years, and the creation of a place much larger than it ever needed to be, and costs arising, which are the real reason it is now being declared ” no longer ‘economically viable'”.

Someone should be taking the lead and rescuing the grotto, or should have done so some years ago, when the subsidies being paid were signalling future problems.

All the superfluous extras and staff that it had become attached should have culled, and the grotto restored to its original purpose – a place of pilgrimage, not a glorified tourist attraction.

Closing this place will not make it disappear overnight, unless someone is already planning to send in the bulldozers and raze it.

Once closed, there may be an option for volunteers to move in and take over the important and relevant parts, even protest against any developer or similar that wants, or tries, to take over, and build flats or shops on the site.

It could become interesting.

This pic, taken back in 2013, shows what I think is the real problem (not a lack of generous visitors), and is referred to in the original caption it was given then “The Grotto site has fine expanses of gardens with beautifully maintained lawns”.

They had already forgotten the reason the place was there, and were squandering donations on vanity!

The sin of pride?

Carfin Grotto - Anne Burgess via Geograph

Carfin Lourdes Grotto
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Anne Burgessgeograph.org.uk/p/3626633

 

19/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , | Leave a comment

Did I find some of George Square’s original Christmas Bells? (Yes I did)

Wandering along one of the routes I’ve not seen for some months, I was surprised to something I thought I was unlikely to see again (and wasn’t lying here until recently).

If I’m right, and these things are pretty rare and recognisable, it’s a pair of animated bells from the string which once hung around George Square as part of its past Christmas Lights.

Unlike the lights seen today, which can probably be assembled from various lighting modules found online, George Squares original Christmas lights were actually made locally, by Glaswegians, and formed the basis for many later display elements seen elsewhere. Prior to that, many of the features were obtained from Blackpool’s illuminations once they had been retired when those were updated. (That wasn’t just true of Glasgow, as I used to visit other illuminations, and slowly began to realise I was recognising items I’d seen before, in larger displays elsewhere).

Many of the elements were based on steel frames with rope lights attached. The rope lights were made of lights strung inside a clear plastic tube. Great fun for those who worked on them since they carry mains voltage and are joined by waterproof connectors. Well, you know what THAT means in Scotland – NOTHING’S waterproof in Scotland 😉

They were substantial, and stored from year to year for reuse, until the budget was steadily reduced, the street displays disappeared, and George Square became the centre of the council’s Christmas display.

Unfortunately, this find was sitting just behind a metal grid fence, so the pics aren’t the best thanks to its presence in front of the bells.

Click for bigger (sharper than the resized version below, and shows more detail).

George Square Bells

George Square Bells

I’ve passed the link to this post and pics on to someone involved in building these things many years ago, and will hopefully find out if they actually are what I think they are.

Update

Remarkably,I was right, and those are a couple of sections from George Square’s original home-brewed Christmas lights.

The story behind them, and their history is both fascinating and surprising.

I had no idea about their background.

If you have an hour or so to spare, and are in the least interested, I thoroughly recommend sitting down with your favourite treat, and enjoying this video from someone who knows better than me.

Incidentally, if you’re not familiar with these videos, I might add that there are more which show some more recent gems and reveals about the squares slightly more recent festive lighting.

 

18/08/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

A lost cat story with an ending (and it’s a good one)

I think there’s only one ‘lost cat’ story I raised in here that actually came to a successful conclusion, and the owner followed up the ‘Lost’ posters with another offering thanks and letting folk know their cat had been found, and was safe, back at home.

That’s not to be misinterpreted as criticism, since the cat may never turn up or be found. I’m just saying it’s nice to know when there is a success.

There was news of a find after three years, thanks to the cat in question being microchipped, and checked when a concerned member of the public called in the Scottish SPCA to help a stray.

Microchipped moggy Amber had not been seen since disappearing from her home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, in 2016.

However, she was found around 19 miles away in Stepps and returned to her owner earlier this week.

The Scottish SPCA said the case shows how important it is for pet owners to get their animals chipped, as without it, it is unlikely Amber would ever had made it back home.

Holly Bates from the SSPCA said: “Amber was taken to our centre in Glasgow where she stayed until her owners were able to collect her and take her home.

“Instances such as this act as reminders as to why microchipping your cat is so important.

“If Amber had not been microchipped it is possible she may have never been reunited with her owners.

“It’s also important to keep your cat’s chip contact details up to date, even if they have been missing for an extended period.”

Purrfect surprise: Missing cat reunited with owner three years on

Amber - Reunited with owner after three years Pic credit Scottish SPCA

Amber – Reunited with owner after three years Pic credit Scottish SPCA

17/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , , | Leave a comment

Mildly interesting view from Yorkhill

During my recent wander through Yorkhill, I climbed the (nor very big) hill to the hospital for a look.

Sadly, there wasn’t much to be seen there either, but I did think the view from the hill was a little more interesting.

At top left is a different view of the old Pontecorvo Building (still no obvious news of its fate seen, but it must surely be slated for demolition), which can be seen to be decaying and falling apart now that it is derelict and abandoned.

From this viewpoint, an intriguing covered balcony can be seen just under the roof level.

I wonder if there was a technical reason for this open area, since most of the services tend to occupy this upper area, or if it was a privileged area few lucky people to wander out onto, and enjoy the view?

Perhaps it was Professor Guido Pontecorvo’s (1907-1999) penthouse suite, a perk of his job and position.

However, what really caught my eye at first was the glazed area that can be seen in the centre of this pic, with the planters making a nice little roof garden for the occupants.

Not obvious from the view, this is actually the roof of the Kelvin Hall, and is an area not visible from the street or ground level.

I had thought it was a secret penthouse at first, but a closer looks shows it to be little more than office space.

Before looking closer, at the interior, I’d even thought it might have been a staff roof restaurant, but all that can be seen are desks and computer screens.

Click for bigger.

View over Kelvin Hall to Pontecorvo

View over Kelvin Hall to Pontecorvo

Unless I’m making VERY bad searches online, I STILL can’t find any newer information regarding demolition of Pontecorvo than the original 2011 story, published by Glasgow University and noting that the building was due to be demolished, and that staff were in the process of being relocated.

That’s now EIGHT years old.

05/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Can anyone enlighten us on Helensburgh born inventor Charles Johnson?

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I never cease to be amazed by some of the gems that come to light as regards Scottish invention, and our friends at Helensburgh Heritage have come up with yet another.

The original piece is short, and in the form of an appeal, so I’ll quote it in full…

MYSTERY surrounds a Helensburgh man who is credited with having invented the electric gramophone pickup.

Burgh-born Charles Johnson sold the patent for the pickup to record giants HMV in 1929.

He moved to London in the 1900s and worked for Kelvin Bottomley and Baird in 1908, joining Dent clockmakers in 1911 the year before they moved to Linwood in Renfrewshire.

As well as producing record players, Dent and Company were engineers and makers of scientific instruments until they closed in 1960.

The building they used was demolished in 1966 as it was considered radioactive from making compasses and luminous dials for military and civilian use.

Charles died in hospital in Paisley in 1945, when a local paper described him as a well-known local inventor.

The Heritage Trust would be delighted to hear from anyone with information about the inventor and the company.

Details of inventor wanted

All I could come up with was confirmation of the factory and business, and that they made a compass which seems to have been used in World War I military boats.

While I wasn’t able to come up with any of their audio products, I did find a number of their compasses have appeared in auctions, and can be found for sale online.

As for Charles Johnson, nothing seen, not even in some of the more obscure industrial history sites I dig around in. The company name of ‘Dent and Co and Johnson’ is referred to, as is its location of Linwood, Paisley, but it is only referred to as a maker of scientific instruments, and”The Linwood” (Johnson’s Patent) Compass.

For what it’s worth, I had a look at some sources claiming to tell the history of the record, or gramophone, pickup.

While they did provide some reasonable technical background on the evolution of this device, and its variations (electromagnetic and crystal), they all failed to give any reference to the inventors behind them, and concentrated mainly on the principles involved, and the mechanical aspects of the needles used (seems they used the same needles as mechanical pickups), and their development from steel towards more wear resistant (and less damaging to the record surface) materials.

Those early devices had a hard life, as records generally went around at 78 rpm then, and could wear out a steel needle in as few as three plays.

So, does anybody know anything?

Please let us know in the Comment area below, or contact the trust.

‘The Linwood’ label courtesy of Helensburgh Heritage.

02/08/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost | , , , , | Leave a comment

HELP! A kitten was lost near Glasgow Green and TRNSMT on Saturday

An appeal has been made for help to find a kitten lost somewhere near Glasgow Green and the TRNSMT festival on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the person the kitten escaped from was a stranger to the area, and can’t identify exactly where it happened.

Gabrielle, a 12-week-old British shorthair, is micro-chipped and had never been outside before, and was being driven on from her breeder’s home in Ayrshire to her new owner’s home in Ibrox.

Due to the heat, the breeder’s husband stopped to give the kitten some water, but she bolted and disappeared.

April added: “We’ve searched, phoned the vets, the microchip company and the SPCA but we’ve found nothing in the city centre.

“I’m just a disabled person hoping for another loving companion that is now missing and vulnerable in a busy place, she is only a baby so I’m worried about what is going to happen to her.

“She has now been over 48 hours without her usual cat food routine and water always available.

“She is only a baby so she won’t last.”

If you’ve seen Gabrielle, please phone 07474948507.

Kitten vanishes near TRNSMT site – owner launches desperate appeal for information

Sad to say, I had something similar happen many years ago (not my cat), but the outcome was not good, and I suspect this will not end well.

I would love to be proved wrong.

Lost Kitten Gabrielle - Pic via GlasgowLive

Lost Kitten Gabrielle – Pic via GlasgowLive

16/07/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost | , | Leave a comment

Trump – a disease that ruins everything it touches

With sufficient money, you can probably get away with just about anything, for a while at least.

Even serious blatant criminals, gangsters, and drug cartels do quite well behind their millions, until they make a mistake and the authorities lock them up, or their ‘friends’ arrive packing machine guns one day.

If you’re a orange moron you can even tell your fans how the Continental Army “took over the airports” during the American Revolutionary War in the 1770s, even though there was no air travel in 18th Century America, or anywhere else for that matter, since the famous Wright brother’s flight didn’t take place until 1903.

But if your name’s Trump, historical facts are irrelevant to your ‘Alternative Facts’. YOU know better!

While his army of followers, paid commenters, and camp followers think he’s some sort of god, the rest of us just look on, shake our heads, and marvel at how his billions are protecting him from impeachment, or being brought down some other way.

Many predicted he would destroy a part of Scotland some years ago, when he bulldozed land and people to make way for his golf course.

They were dismissed, and assured everything would be fine.

That nice Mr Trump and his organisation said they cared, and would look after everything.

Golf Trump

Golf Trump

Guess what?

They lied!

But, the Trump machine has already swung into action, and is accusing SNH of being the villain.

(My bold bits.)

Sand dunes at Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort may lose their status as a protected wildlife site.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said there is no longer a reason to protect the dunes at Menie as they do not include enough of the special features for which they were designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Trump International described the move as a “stitch-up” and said SNH had hit an “all-time low”.

The designation is given to areas with rare species of fauna or flora, or with important geological or physiological features.

Friday marks the beginning of a three-month consultation on the future status of Foveran Links SSSI, of which the dunes at Menie form part.

Mr Trump was granted permission to build a golf course at the site despite concerns about damage to the dunes and Trump International Golf Links opened in 2012.

SNH said evidence showed permanent habitat loss following the construction of fairways and greens, and that the stabilisation of mobile sand “has destroyed the dynamic nature of the site”.

Sally Thomas, director of people and nature at SNH, said: “The denotification of SSSIs is unusual, however in this case we have found there is no longer a reason to protect the dunes at Menie as they do not include enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated.

“We work with developers across Scotland to ensure habitats and wildlife are protected when development work is undertaken.

“Most of the time, development can take place without damaging important natural features, but this was not the case in this instance.”

SNH said evidence showed around a third of the special habitats at the Menie section of the Foveran SSSI had been damaged.

Trump’s golf course sand dunes could lose protected status

Let’s have the whole Trump organisation’s statement…

Sarah Malone, executive vice-president at Trump International, said: “This is an utter disgrace and shows SNH has hit an all-time low.

“To make an announcement to the media before informing us, the actual landowner, shows how politically-motivated this decision is. What other SSSI landowner is singled out in this way.

“It’s a stitch-up. Before Donald Trump invested in the site, SNH had little interest in the SSSI at Foveran Links and did even less about it, and has barely been on property since.”

Back in 2009, Ms Malone actually sounded as if she cared.

I wonder what hr bank account’s like nowadays?

How much IS integrity worth?

08/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , , , , | Leave a comment

Looks like St Peter’s has reached the end of the innovative thinking road

It’s remarkable how many things seem to happen whenever I have to ‘drop out’ for a few days, on this occasion, probably the most significant news about the future of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross.

Built in the 1966 (commissioned 1958), as an innovative design based on the then church’s teaching philosophy, it was rendered obsolete only a few years later as the church changed its thinking and closed during the 1970s as the numbers attending fell, and was deconsecrated in 1980. The remains were A listed in 1992.

Unfortunately, the structure’s relatively isolated location meant it suffered numerous attacks from vandals, whose cumulative attention over the years led to the almost complete and total destruction of the interior, with even the stone altar being attacked and broken.

Not forgetting the weather, which maintained a relentless 24/7 assault on the structure. It may be referred to as a concrete building, but anyone involved in architecture or building understands that’s a gross oversimplification, and there were plenty of materials that would quickly rot or decay once the rain reached them, and accelerate the rot once occupation and maintenance of the building ended.

While there are many who cared, and even others who were able to initiate plans to re-use, or even preserve the structure over the past decades, the stark reality is, or was, that the place is huge, and was commissioned by a body which had significant financial resources to play with.

While I’ve watched those plans appear and disappear over the years, and would have been happy to see any of them succeed, even if only partially, again, reality was always in my mind, and I never really expected any of them to succeed.

Now, after almost thirty years of such efforts, it seems as if the end of the road to any sort of recovery for the structure has been reached, and  failure of the most recent effort to use the remains for some sort of purpose (arts organisation NVA planned to turn the site into an arts venue and cultural centre, spent  about £3 million trying to make the building safe and remove hazardous materials, but closed down last year when a  funding bid was unsuccessful) has signalled an announcement that the remains will simply be rendered safe, so they won’t present a danger to the public.

The numbers reflect the reality I referred to…

But hopes of that happening have been halted after Historic Environment Scotland estimated that addressing it would cost in excess of £13m over 20 years to just maintain the building and make it safe for public access.

The Scottish government has now declined the request to take the building into state care, blaming increasing pressure on public resources.

However it offered to “facilitate discussions with key partners about St Peter’s future”.

Artist Angus Farquhar – who tried to restore the building – said Scotland had “turned its back on the 20th Century”.

Like many idealistic views, unfortunately they don’t come with bottomless wallets, and expect others to pay for their ideas.

As I have said about the many buildings others whine about being left unused after becoming abandoned and derelict, if they were so good, people would be flocking to take them over if they were so desirable, and not simply ‘money pits’.

Even charitable groups and trusts need to have some sort of reason and justification for existing, even if relying on non-profit funding.

Read the full statement in this article:

A-listed Cardross seminary will be left to ‘decay’

It’s sad reading in a way, but until there’s a great big pot of magic money that can be used to fund ALL such projects, the reality is that there will be winners and losers as they all fight for a share of what is available.

See also:

The future of a disused A-listed seminary in Cardross is at risk after the Scottish Government declined a request from the Catholic Church for the building to be taken into state care.

A report from Historic Environment Scotland into St Peter’s Seminary – commissioned by government ministers – estimated that the challenges of maintaining the building and making it safe for public access could cost more than £13 million over 20 years.

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop has written to the Archdiocese of Glasgow, offering to arrange a roundtable with any interested parties to discuss the report and any alternative solutions available.

Ms Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government has no choice but to accept the recommendations from Historic Environment Scotland not to take St Peters Seminary into state care, due to the risk and cost to the public purse it would entail to the detriment of other properties in care.

“We accept the report’s analysis that the only reasonable way forward for this site would be ‘curated decay’ and I plan to convene a meeting with all key partners to see if there is a way forward collectively to deliver what looks to be the only viable option for St Peters.”

Future of St Peter’s Seminary at risk as building not to be taken into state care

The title of that article would be funny if it were not so sad (suggesting that the future of St  Peter’s seminary has somehow suddenly become ‘At Risk’).

Specter of St Peter's

Specter of St Peter’s

The above pic introduced an article on the seminary:

St Peter’s Seminary as seen by ‘Sometimes Interesting’

Who knows?

This could be the best thing that has happened.

It might even have been better had this route been taken years ago, when the remains were in better condition, more complete, and the vandalism had not been so advanced.

Had the site been tidied sooner, made more accessible, and been more inviting to normal people, perhaps their increased presence  would have kept the human dross that made the place their home for so long might have gone elsewhere.

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

Where is Beethoven?

After having to take an enforced break, I was looking for something to give the blog a kick-start.

I got it!

I’ve been familiar with the bust of Beethoven in Renfrew Street ever since I first wandered along that particular back street decades ago, and had to make sure it was real, and not some sort of modern gimmick. My first pics of it are locked away somewhere, on film.

So, it seems I don’t have any digital pics.

But, it means I can take a pic of something that isn’t there!

I had to take a few, just to convince myself it really wasn’t there.

Last pic of this set was just to prove it hadn’t fallen off its plinth, into the stairwell below.

Missing Beethoven

Missing Beethoven

It has a back story and reason for having been there, as this is the rear of T A Ewing’s Piano and Harmonium Emporium, which faced into Sauchiehall Street in its day.

It also has a statue, fortunately still there.

T A Ewing Piano and Harmonium Emporium

T A Ewing Piano and Harmonium Emporium

At the time of writing, a check of the media provided no answers.

Police enquiries are ongoing, but they only reported they had not been able to confirm that the bust had been stolen, or just removed by the owner of the building, for some reason.

Incidentally, I featured this facade a while ago, when I mentioned some so-called artists, or rather graffiti vandal scum whose ‘work’ has thankfully since been painted over.

Sauchiehall Street Vandalism Even Closer

Sauchiehall Street Vandalism Even Closer

Well…

THAT kickstarts the blog with a bang!

02/07/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

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