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Glasgow’s close tiles – still some to be found

This was a simple chance find, the result of glancing along a side street while walking near Alexandra Park.

Still surviving in Dennistoun’s Aberdour Street, a few close tiles on an entrance wall.

A close is the term for the entrance to a tenement.

I’m not sure if such ceramic tile decoration was reserved for the ‘better’ buildings, or just those nearer the main road.

This was a bit of a surprise – I’ve seen these in the closes nearer, or in, the city centre, and my ‘radar’ was not really looking for something like this, but I could hardly miss it.

Dennistoun Close Tiles

Dennistoun Close Tiles

Glamorous surroundings caught in the original view.

Sadly, plenty of nearby tiles lost and damaged.

Aberdour Street Close

Aberdour Street Close


November 19, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Doctor Who in Dennistoun

Might be worth a trip to Duke Street (Dennistoun) if you are a ‘New’ Doctor Who fan (I’m not, the pre-publicity for the 2017 series was the last straw for me for various reasons, and this travesty of the classic series is now firmly off my list), and a collector of goodies.

While they’re not exactly giving the stuff away, it is on offer at charity shop prices, so there’s are bargains to be had for anyone serious.

I couldn’t get a decent pic, sorry, but the reflection of the footpath on the glass was pretty strong, even when I processed a lot of it away.

Raid the piggy-bank, and go…

(Click for a bigger pic.)

Doctor Who Charity Shop

Doctor Who Charity Shop

June 14, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

No more Shoplifters

While this could have been a happy little story about the restoration of the gallows on Glasgow Green, and the return of a once popular attraction there…

Before executions were held in Duke Street jail and later in Barlinnie, they were held at the entrance to Glasgow Green, in an area called Jocelyn Square facing what is now the High Court building in Saltmarket. The first executions there took place in 1814, and 67 men and four women were hanged there. It’s said they met their ends with their back to the court, facing the Green’s Nelson Monument.

An inscription in the flagstones there reads: “Jocelyn Gate. This area, formerly known as Jocelyn Square, was the site of both the famous Glasgow Fair and, until 1865 of public executions.”

Dr Edward Pritchard was the last to be hanged there in 1865, in an execution that was such a sensation it became one of the city’s greatest tourist attractions that year. Pritchard had been a respectable doctor established in Sauchiehall Street, but was convicted of murdering his wife and mother-in-law by poisoning.

Account of the day tell of thousands of people travelling to watch his execution on the gallows, filling the square and surrounding streets while drinking and celebrating his demise.

It’s not.

In fact, it’s just a sad little story about the loss of a shop sign I’ve enjoyed passing for a number of years.

The pic below was taken exactly one year ago.

But when I passed the same spot a few days ago – the sign was gone, and it looked as if the shop and its neighbours were undergoing a complete refit.

Must be one of the few ‘Shoplifters’ anyone will be sad to see gone.



May 16, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

When Lois Lane’s Mercedes was seen in Dennistoun – 17 LL

Well, Lois probably have got a lift and been flown in by a ‘Super’ friend.

But we can still pretend, and if he’s busy she might still go for a drive.

Nice to see legit spacing preserved.

I wonder if 77 LL is floating around anywhere? That would look good.



April 14, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Just steps now, Dennistoun’s Parade Cinema

I’ve passed the steps shown below quite a few times recently (turning off Alexandra Parade into Meadowpark Street), and was sure they’d led to a substantial building, one which had vanished not all that long ago (in historic terms at least).

Reasonably sure it was a cinema for at least part of its life, and then the inevitable bingo hall, I found that was the case (Parade), and that it even been turned back into a cinema (New Parade) from 1969 to 1986 after being a bingo hall, then derelict for a while, then a pub, then demolished.

As usual, more details can be found at the Scottish Cinema web site:

Parade / New Parade, 200 Meadowpark Street, Dennistoun

It’s almost amazing to see those metal handrails are still there years later!

Parade cinema steps

Parade cinema steps

March 7, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | 1 Comment

Rubble – 6 month kitten – is missing from Onslow Drive Dennistoun

I see the odd missing pet poster stuck up while I wander around, sadly they are usually fairly tatty (ie old and weathered) and are also usually undated so there’s no way of telling how long they have been up.

This time was different, and these pleading for help to find ‘Rubble’ were recent, clean, and numerous. This family really made an effort.

Not much I can say, just hope she turn up safe and well (but more than a week had passed when I took these pics, and I’m a realist).

I used to live on the corner of Onslow Drive, and I still remember getting my first, and only, real cat scratch there.

I learned – DON’T startle a cat, even a gorgeous big fluff-ball. Their reactions are faster than yours – MUCH faster.

Lost Kitten Rubble 01

Rubble – Lost Kitten


Lost Kitten Rubble 02

Rubble – Lost Kitten

February 13, 2017 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, photography | , , , | 1 Comment


I’ve been looking at this shop sign for ages, but for various reasons, never been able to stop and catch a pic.

The shop itself is long gone (I assume, since I’ve never seen it open when I’ve been passing), and if business was better, probably another would have opened in the premises and I’d have lost the chance to catch the sign, but I managed it this week, even if the heavens did open and try to make it almost impossible to dare take out a camera that was guaranteed waterproof.

Shoplifters sign


February 22, 2014 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

Dennistoun high flats in the mist

Although it was quite dark when I spotted the high flats at Dennistoun appearing to disappear into the mists of some low cloud, I thought I’d give the anti-shake toy of a new camera a test, and see if it would help on such a long exposure, as it was going to be hand-held, with nothing handy to lean on, and of course, no tripod stuck in my back pocket.

I can’t complain, the exposure was over 1/4 second, and the noise isn’t too bad as the ISO sensitivity shot up to 800 – I’ve tried similar things under much better conditions, only to be rewarded with a blue-grey smudge instead of a picture.

Reminded me of something like an Asgard ship descending through their cloud camouflage, as seen in Stargate.

Dennistoun flats in mist

Dennistoun flats in mist

January 10, 2013 Posted by | photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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