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Nardini mural revisit

Last time I passed the now derelict Nardini ice cream parlour in Byres Road I mentioned a mural I spotted at the rear of the interior.

Since I hadn’t noticed it at the time, I was only able to expand the catch in the original pic, which meant it was a fairly poor view.

I passed recently, and actually remembered to stop and take a better pic, albeit through dirty glass.

It appears to made of panels, so could have been taken down and removed, but since it was left, it can be assumed to have been new, rather than any sort of original (and costly),

That said, a closer look suggests it was painted by someone with good knowledge of the Art Deco period and style as it contains recognisable elements which were prevalent at the time. I’d say some more modern elements have crept in, but they’re probably only noticeable if you’ve studied the period, and look more closely than normal at the detail.

The3 more I looked at it, the more I began to like it and wouldn’t mind having it on one of my own walls.

Pity it will most likely be torn from the wall and skipped when the interior is refitted for the next occupant.

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Nardini Mural

Nardini Mural

Out of interest, I also noticed one of the side walls had some old B&W pics mounted, and while the lighting units had been stripped, the pics had been left on the wall.

It wasn’t passible to take a proper pic due to the oblique angle as seen from the street, but I did take the oblique view, then corrected the perspective in an attempt to see what was in the pics.

It worked reasonably well, and the only real problem is the increasing blurring toward the right, as this was the furthest (and therefore smallest) part of the view, so was also the part that had to  be stretched most to correct the perspective distortion.

Probably just fairly standard ice cream novelty pics from the mid-20th century, but there’s also a couple of pics of Nardini’s shop in Largs.

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Nardini Pics

Nardini Pics

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

Nardini update (Byres Road)

Not sure if ‘update’ is the right word, but it will have to do after I passed Nardini’s defunct Byres Road venue.

Since I’d never seen the place before that chance spotting, I had a slightly closer look when I was in the area again, and remembered.

It was hard to avoid the reflections on the glass, and see anything, let alone take a pic through the glass.

I didn’t even know what I had until I saw the pic, and found the place had been largely stripped of anything that could be moved, leaving only the fixed part of the servery – the counter had gone, as had whatever seating and tables might have been there.

I didn’t realise there was a rather nice Art Deco mural on the back wall – it was just a blur in the background as I looked inside.

Byres Road Ex-Nardini InteriorByres Road Ex-Nardini Interior

Byres Road Ex-Nardini Interior

Not ideal, but I tried cropping and enlarging the mural…

Nardini mural

Nardini mural

And what was left of the similarly styled servery…

Nardini servery

Nardini servery

And, of course, since it was added the day AFTER I took the first pic, a look at the sign warning anyone trying to access the place after its closure was confirmed.

Nardini repossesion sign

Nardini repossession sign

Since I had to do a short course on law, I always seem to start analysing such signs for legitimacy, and whether the folk who make them had a clue about the law and what they assert.

In this case, I found myself wondering about what law might be used to make the mere opening of a door illegal.

At least they didn’t make the mistake of referring to trespass.

Scotland DOES have trespass laws (it seems to be a VERY long time since I’ve heard anyone make the bold, but just plain wrong, claim that “There’s no law of trespass in Scotland”), but they’re a little different from the English version. Ours is a little harder to break.

 

20/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Byres Road historic video surprise

It’s funny, but it’s so long since I’ve seen video shot with conventional ‘video cameras’ I almost wonder if these are poor people who can only afford old gear they can buy second-hand.

Just about any project I’ve looked at recently has used dSLRs to shoot hi-res video.

The only pure video cameras I’ve seen recently have been shown by content producers who tear them down to show how such things used to be built, and how they work.

I’m not including some pro news gathering kit I’ve spotted on the street. which is pure video of course, but still tiny compared to the kit seen below.

And then they show the quality of image the old tech provided, and compare it to what can be done today.

Typically, those old video cameras cost from £3 k and could easily hit £10 new from the manufacturer, but were what you had to buy to produce broadcast quality video when they were current.

Today, in shocking comparison (and I’m not referring to things like 4 k or similar), a decent hi-def consumer video camera can easily match and exceed the quality of image those cameras – with those teardowns being recorded in details using just such later cameras.

Byress Road Video Surprise

Byress Road Video Surprise

07/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Byres Road farce defines “Too many cooks”

If you’ve never come across the fiasco that has become the Byres Road “City Deal-funded comprehensive public realm scheme”, then I suggest sitting down with a strong cup of tea or coffee (or maybe something even ‘stronger’ – you’ll probably need it), and doing some background reading of past articles online.

The get ready to keep reading for another THREE YEARS!

This scheme is CURRENTLY not expected to be completed until 2022 – and that will only happen if no more ‘cooks’ come to the table.

In the past, plans such as this were created and imposed on an area.

Not necessarily right, but at least it meant the plan was delivered, something was done, and then the various interested parties could fight it out over the years and have what they thought was ‘Most Important’ installed as a modification in later years, if they could get anyone to listen to their whining.

Now?

Now, schemes can end up delayed for years as those who think THEIR requirements are the most important, and should override everyone else’s needs and wants.

This almost happened in Sauchiehall Street, with various groups whining on and on about how THEY should get priority in the scheme to alter that street, until it just seemed to start and get built, while those people were still whining away in the background.

But Byres Road just seems to be one never-ending collection of ‘Cooks’ determined to have their say and get priority for THEIR group and demands, and stuff any other group.

I’m not even going to TRY to take a representative quote, I’d have to copy the whole article!

But, the bottom line…

The current timetable for the work shows construction starting in summer 2020 with completion in spring 2022, although the programme may be subject to change depending on the nature of objections raised during consultation required to obtain a Traffic Regulation Order.

MAJOR Byres Road Revamp Won’t Be Finished For At Least Three Years

While all these ‘Cooks’ have their fun, the rest of just have to carry on cycling on the same old roads and routes, with the same problems they say exist on them.

Somebody should bang all their heads together, and force the word ‘compromise’ into them – there’s clearly enough space in there!

On that basis, I suspect few them actually use the roads as such, and just whine about what they think they see as problems, as they stand on the pavement and study their belly buttons passing traffic, without ever being part of it.

I have to ‘borrow’ one of the pics with the article as I’ve never take a pic of ‘just’ Byres Road – apart from the find of the now closed Nardini’s a few weeks ago.

I’ll have to rectify that.

Byres Road with cyclists Pic Credit reGlasgow

Byres Road with cyclists Pic Credit reGlasgow

Update

Seems the wider media caught on to this a few days later.

But did have anything to say, just parroted off the plan without noticing the three-year timescale, or all the wailing and moaning that’s already gone on, and might add more years to that timescale if there are objections.

Cyclists and pedestrians are set to benefit from a £9m project to redesign Glasgow’s Byres Road.

Protected cycle lanes will be installed on both sides of the road, while pavements will be widened to make more room for pedestrians and public seating areas.

Meanwhile, the taxi rank at Hillhead Underground Station will be restricted to the hours between 6pm and 2am and a speed limit of 20mph will be enforced for the entire length of the road.

Bus stop bypasses – routing the cycle track behind the bus passenger boarding area to maintain the separation of cyclists and motor traffic – have also been included in the design.

Cycle paths and 20mph limit in £9m Byres Road revamp

Well, we’ll see.

I just hope I’ve got enough time left to see this one delivered, and get to try it one day.

Further update

The media seems determined to release news about this drip by drip.

I’m just adding this to the existing post rather than making another one…

Byres Road is to be transformed after Glasgow City Council approved a controversial £9million public realm project yesterday.

Funded by the Glasgow City Region Deal, plans will see the major west end street revamped to create a more attractive environment for those who live, work and shop in the area – with work to begin next summer.

Following a public consultation last year , a reduced speed limit of 20 miles per hour has been proposed along with additional seating, upgraded pathways and an improved cycle infrastructure to encourage people to walk and cycle.

Further measures revealed by the council include protected cycle lanes and bus stop bypasses to separate cyclists from motor traffic. There will also be drop bollards and kerbed segregation at the Hillhead Subway taxi rank.

Road space will be cut by around 30 per cent to make way for wider pedestrian areas and protected cycle lanes, with on-street car parking to be slashed from 117 to 42 bays. But after local firms raised concerns, the council confirmed they will consider increasing parking spaces in the wider west end area.

Carol Connolly, Head of City Deal at Glasgow City Council, said: “The new public realm at Byres Road will improve the experience of the area for all those who live there or use it for shopping, studying, or going out to eat and drink.

“Byres Road is one of the most popular destinations in the city for both Glaswegians and our visitors, and this public realm work will ensure it maintains this position.  The public consultation saw a wide range of views expressed, and the revised designs reflect this.”

Byres Road – controversial £9m redevelopment plans given green light by council

Just GET ON WITH IT!

Completion is already THREE YEARS away in Spring 2022.

If those concerned keep on whining and seeking ‘perfection’, completion is more likely to be something like Spring 3032.

I’d like to try this one before I die!

20/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Time to stop grovelling to activists and campaigners

I’m not going to mention any specifics, but I think it’s time that all the various activists, special interest groups, campaigners etc were shoved down the priority list and not ignored, but also not given the apparent power they seem to have gained by being not the most RELEVANT voices, but the LOUDEST!

I could rhyme of a list of about five or so who appear in most stories about cycle lanes/routes, and transport realignment, and come to the planning table (and leave it) with one chorus, “We have been ignored” or, “We have not been prioritised”.

While all plans need to be consulted on, and modified as they are developed, the Byres Road plan is a pretty good example of what I refer to, as it is now not expected to start braking ground before the end of this year (2019), having been expected to start in December 2018.

Have a look at this article on the changes coming to this road, some of those I have in mind are mentioned:

Segregated cycle lanes and fewer parking bays feature in latest plan for Byres Road

I’ve even cycled in Byres Road, which is rather odd (the cycling, not the rad).

As a pedestrian, it looks terrible, packed with all sort of traffic.

Yet on the bike (and even observing from on board a bus), that apparent congestion seems to vanish when you are moving with it.

Also, the activists won’t like me for saying this, all but one or two drivers seem to give cyclist a wide berth – space permitting.

Dopey pedestrians and cellphone zombies are a bigger hazard.

In fact, I’m surprised there were cellphone activists at the meeting, whining about there being NO LANE FOR THEM in the plan!

Cellphone Lane

Cellphone Lane

Update

Just saw this, and HAD to include it – a real phone zombie gem…

And then there was…

SmartphoneZombies.jpg

25/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to stop grovelling to activists and campaigners

I’m not going to mention any specifics, but I think it’s time that all the various activists, special interest groups, campaigners etc were shoved down the priority list and not ignored, but also not given the apparent power they seem to have gained by being not the most RELEVANT voices, but the LOUDEST!

I could rhyme of a list of about five or so who appear in most stories about cycle lanes/routes, and transport realignment, and come to the planning table (and leave it) with one chorus, “We have been ignored” or, “We have not been prioritised”.

While all plans need to be consulted on, and modified as they are developed, the Byres Road plan is a pretty good example of what I refer to, as it is now not expected to start braking ground before the end of this year (2019), having been expected to start in December 2018.

Have a look at this article on the changes coming to this road, some of those I have in mind are mentioned:

Segregated cycle lanes and fewer parking bays feature in latest plan for Byres Road

I’ve even cycled in Byres Road, which is rather odd (the cycling, not the rad).

As a pedestrian, it looks terrible, packed with all sort of traffic.

Yet on the bike (and even observing from on board a bus), that apparent congestion seems to vanish when you are moving with it.

Also, the activists won’t like me for saying this, all but one or two drivers seem to give cyclist a wide berth – space permitting.

Dopey pedestrians and cellphone zombies are a bigger hazard.

In fact, I’m surprised there were cellphone activists at the meeting, whining about there being NO LANE FOR THEM in the plan!

Cellphone Lane

Cellphone Lane

25/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Found Nardini – Immediately lost Nardini (Byres Road)

I thought I had walked further than I thought when I saw a ‘Cafe Nardini’ sign a few days ago.

As I seldom get to Byres Road I decided to go for an extended wander while I was in the area, and thought I’d been teleported to Largs for a moment, as I saw a familiar Nardini sign ahead of me.

Seems they opened there about four years ago, but closed on 31 December 2018, with the sign in the window promising ‘Closing for refurbishment’, and ‘Back soon – New & improved’.

Nardini Refurb Notice

Nardini Refurb Notice

Nope!

Only a few days after I grabbed this pic, I read that the unit had been repossessed and was now up for let.

The refurb notice is said to have gone (replaced by a handwritten sign warning any joiners or locksmiths that it is ‘Illegal to open this door!’ – wish that had been up when I passed, and could have got a pic), and Nardini’s have reportedly confirmed that they will not be reopening the place.

Not known if related or not, but it seems they had made a retrospective planning application for a change of use at the address (as a café), and that was rejected last year.

Byres Road Nardini

Byres Road Nardini

Pity.

Still, I’d probably have decided to have a treat, taken a look through the window at their prices, and needed an ambulance!

Update

This major story hit the local media later…

Nardini’s ice cream parlour has shut its doors in the west end

01/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Chancellor Street decorations off Byres Road

It’s no secret that the West End of Glasgow is considered the more upmarket end of the city, while the East End is where you’ll find all the scruff, like me.

It was interesting to see an analysis that suggested one reason for this was the prevailing wind direction, apparently blowing from west to east, this ensured all the smoke and smog from Scotland’s industry (loaded with steel works and foundries) would blow away from the gentry.

I’d say this is one of those tales that’s both true, and not true.

I’ve looked at a lot of east end history, and the lost mansions that once stood here, and along the River Clyde, and it makes for some amazing reading to discover just how many wealthy people chose to build their Victorian mansions and villas in this area.

What is true is that while the West End maintained its élite residents, and residences, many of those east of the city were abandoned when the owners died, and don’t seem to have been taken up by new owners.

One of the signs of the West End’s affluence is the decoration of the tenements built there, as this example from Chancellor Street, just off Byres Road, shows.

I took some pics a while ago, but never got around to playing with them, but passed along the same road recently, so decided they had to come out to play.

Two similar shots, I couldn’t decide if the eye level, or kneeling, perspective looked best, so just went with both.

It’s nice that they’ve survived.

Some tenements in Shettleston had tiny front gardens (I hesitate to use the word, they are so small) in front of the ground floor flats, with fences and gates, but most of those have gone, probably cut down for scrap during World War II.

Chancellor Street Cast Iron Street Decoration

Chancellor Street Cast Iron Street Decoration

 

Chancellor Street Cast Iron Street Decoration

Chancellor Street Cast Iron Street Decoration

I hate it when I have to choose between two very similar shots that actually look different.

I should probably have chosen an eye line that had the tops of these panels in line, and neither above nor below.

22/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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